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Six Great Jerusalem Bars

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When Lady Gaga performed in Israel, she professed that she might "get drunk in Jerusalem." Whether or not she actually did is for history to decide, but in truth the number of bars and night spots in Jerusalem might surprise you. Here are five fit for a pop star -- or a thirsty traveler, too. 

 

1. Yuda'le

Yuda'le is the little-sister bar to mighty Machneyuda, Jerusalem's most famous and arguably best restaurant. Whether you just want a drink or want to sample some of the great, locally-sourced food that has them packing in to Machneyuda, this spot is a great hangout with a hip and happening vibe. 11 Beit Yaakov St. No phone.

2. Mirror Bar

Photo courtesy Mamilla Hotel

There's nothing like capping off a long day of sightseeing with an evening detour to a swanky hotel bar, and in Jerusalem, this is the one to beat. Tucked inside the chic Mamilla Hotel, it's got all the right moves: modern vibe and decor, a resident DJ (Weds.-Sat.), a purple backlit bar and variety of seating configurations to match your mood. If you get the chance, don't miss out on the rooftop lounge (reservations necessary). 11 King Solomon St., 972-2-5482230

3. HaKatze

How can you go wrong at a bar that (according to the bar) "provides a platform for alcohol-saturated cultural events, parties and other oddities"? HaKatze means "the edge" and it's about it's about as close as you'll come to it in conservative Jerusalem, especially if it's Monday for Gevald!, the bar's drag comedy show. Saturdays and Sundays feature live music, and the bar is open every night of the week. 4 Shoshan St.

4. Shakuf

Shakuf is Hebrew for "transparent" and you'll see for yourself why they gave that name to this dance bar: from its location on the top floor of cylindrical glass building there are Jerusalem views in every direction. There's a circular bar at the center and DJs or live music, depending on the night. 41 King George St., 972-52-2863654

5. Sira

Somewhere between a dive bar an art bar, this lively spot in an old stone building presents an interesting mix of students and young professionals who pack in nightly for the long happy hour (5pm-9pm) and to check out whoever's performing: there's a regular roster of both established and up-and-coming Israeli singers and bands. If its gets too crowded, retreat with your libation to the balcony. 4 Ben Sira St., 972-2-6234366

6. Jabotinsky

This attractive bi-level bar makes its home in a traditional Jerusalem stone building in the Ben Shetach neighborhood. There's a daily happy hour (6pm-9pm) and pub grub too, so if want a burger with that beer, you'll have come to the right place. 1 Ben Shetach Walkway, 972-2-6244725

 

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