Calendar Picks and Clicks: Mar. 2-8, 2013


SUN MARCH 3

PETER YARROW

One-third of the legendary Peter, Paul & Mary, the folk icon and political activist has reinvented himself by authoring children’s books that draw on egalitarian themes. His latest book, “I’m in Love With a Big Blue Frog,” celebrates diversity, following a one-of-a-kind couple that proves unconventionality can be a beautiful thing. Yarrow performs music from the book’s accompanying CD at Barnes & Noble and signs copies of the book this afternoon. Tonight, he performs a concert at Pepperdine University. Barnes & Noble: Sun. 1 p.m. Wristbands required (available after 9 a.m. with purchase of the book). Barnes & Noble, The Grove at Farmers Market, 189 The Grove Drive, Suite K 30, Los Angeles. (323) 525-0270. barnesandnoble.com. Pepperdine: Sun. 7 p.m. $20-$40. Pepperdine University, Smothers Theatre, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4522. arts.pepperdine.edu.

“GAME, SET, LAUGH: MACCABI USA COMEDY FUNDRAISER” 

Stand-up comedians Moshe Kasher, Michael Kosta and Jay Larson perform to raise funds for Team USA ahead of this summer’s 19th World Maccabiah Games. Silent auction and raffle prizes include tickets to “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Chelsea Lately” and “Dancing With the Stars”; gifts donated by Nike; and certificates to Santa Monica restaurants. 21 and older. Sun. 7 p.m. $20 (general admission), $25 (includes two raffle tickets), $45 (includes 10 raffle tickets). Westside Comedy Theater, 1323-A Third St., Santa Monica. (310) 451-0850. westsidecomedy.com.

 

MON MARCH 4

“JEWISH MEGATRENDS”

Rabbi Sid Schwarz, a social entrepreneur in various sectors of American-Jewish life and a consultant to synagogues and Jewish organizations, appears in conversation with Rabbi Sharon Brous, spiritual leader of egalitarian congregation IKAR. Their discussion highlights ideas expressed in Schwarz’s book, “Jewish Megatrends: Charting the Course of the American Jewish Future,” a collection of essays, to which Brous contributed, that sets out four guiding principles that can drive a renaissance in Jewish life, with an emphasis on Millennials who are engaged on the margins of the Jewish community. Jumpstart, IKAR and the Miller Introduction to Judaism Program at American Jewish University co-sponsor. Mon. 3-5 p.m. Free (RSVP required). American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 424-3670. ikar-la.org.

 

“INTERROGATING THE INDEX” 

Jeffrey Shandler, a professor of Jewish studies at Rutgers University and a senior fellow at the USC Shoah Foundation, discusses how the consideration of form — not just content — allows for an against-the-grain reading of survivor testimony. Exploring issues that impact how Holocaust survivors tell their stories, Shandler examines how the incorporation of live performance and other media shape survivor narratives, the role language choice plays in shaping the interview process and humor’s part in Holocaust remembrance, among other topics. Mon. 6-8 p.m. Free. USC Campus, University Park Campus, Doheny Memorial Library 240, Los Angeles. (213) 740-6001. sfi.usc.edu.

“GUNS: A PANEL DISCUSSION”

Experts weigh in on the debate over gun control during a discussion at Temple Israel of Hollywood. Panelists include Charlie Beck, chief of the Los Angeles Police Department; Marc Cooper, contributing editor with The Nation magazine; Gene Hoffman, director and chairman of the Calguns Foundation; and Laurie Saffian, a board member of Women Against Gun Violence. Adam Winkler, a professor at the UCLA School of Law and author of “Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America,” moderates. Mon. 7 p.m. Free (RSVP required). Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 876-8330. tioh.org.

 

WED MARCH 6

AMY EPHRON: “TIME, PLACE, (TABLE) SETTINGS”

The renowned novelist, screenwriter and journalist appears at Skirball for a reading and discussion of her critically acclaimed memoir, “Loose Diamonds … and Other Things I’ve Lost (and Found) Along the Way.” Ephron reflects upon the many aspects of a woman’s life — from childhood through young adulthood, marriage, divorce (and remarriage), and everything in between. A Q-and-A and book signing follow. Wed. 8 p.m., $8 (general), $6 (members), $5 (full-time students). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org

 

FRI MARCH 8

JEWLICIOUS FESTIVAL 9

Jewlicious returns to the RMS Queen Mary for a weekend of music, culture and learning for young adults (ages 18-36) of all backgrounds. Rabbi Shmuley Boteach delivers the keynote speech on “Kosher Lust,” and an eclectic mix of bands and DJs perform aboard the art deco cruise ship/hotel. Other highlights include a Q–and-A and discussion with the filmmakers of the documentary “Craigslist Joe”; lectures on topics such as “Jewrotica,” careers in social media, urban animal rights activism and diversity in Israel; yoga classes; a Shabbat dinner and more. Fri., 1 p.m.-Sun., 4 p.m. $50 (full-time student), $85 (young adult, under 36), $149 (festival package, includes four-person hotel room), $169 (festival package, includes two-person hotel room). The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach. jconnectla.com.

Calendar Girls Picks and Clicks August 9-15: Tisha B’Av, music, opera, comedy and Brad


SAT | AUGUST 9

(OPERA)

The rabbinical prohibition of kol isha a woman’s voice precludes women from singing in front of men. Lucky for Michael Kleitman, a talented lyric tenor, this law does not prevent men from entertaining the opposite sex with their vocal skills. Born in Kishinev, Moldavia, to a musical family, Kleitman studied music and composition before leaving his home for the land down under in search of a democratic forum for his talents. ” target=”_blank”>http://www.milliondollartheater.com.

(TISHA B’AV)

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SUN | AUGUST 10

(TISHA B’AV)

A multifaith gathering will commemorate Tisha B’Av with a traditional service and a provocative film screening. “The Longing: The Forgotten Jews of South America,” by filmmaker Gabriela Bohm, chronicles the plight of Crypto-Jews from South America, who repressed their Jewish identities for centuries (largely as a result of the Inquisition). Woven through the personal stories of six individuals including a doctor, a microbiologist and a mother and daughter the film reveals the struggle of long-forgotten Jews who are seeking to affirm their identity religiously, nationally and spiritually. Sun. 7 p.m. Free. Beth Shir Sholom, 1827 California Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 453-3361. ” border = 0 vspace = ‘8’ hspace = ‘8’ align = ‘left’>Speaker of the House, Pelosi has given women everywhere a reason to watch CSPAN and be proud. Gracing the American Jewish University’s Whizin Center for Continuing Education with a discussion of her new book, “Know Your Power: A Message to America’s Daughters,” Pelosi salutes women in America throughout history to today. Following the path paved for her by the likes of Susan B. Anthony and Alice Stone Blackwell, this influential politician stands literally before the House and metaphorically before American women as a role model to women everywhere. Mon. 7:30 p.m. $30 (includes a copy of the book). Whizin Center for Continuing Education Familian Campus, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. For tickets, call (310) 440-1246. ” target=”_blank”>http://coffeegallery.com.

TUE | AUGUST 12

(FILM)

Thanks to a brilliant marketing campaign that takes advantage of its audience’s online socializing addiction, you can now see the high school docudrama, “American Teen,” in theaters, “friend” and chat with the cast of real life characters on Facebook, hang out with them at one of the American Teen Nights and win all kinds of “American Teen” goodies if you create an online clique and invite more friends to join it than any other clique. But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves with all these promotional gimmicks. First, you have to like the movie. Filmmaker Nanette Burstein spent 10 months in the small town of Warsaw, Ind., following five teens who each could be summed up in one word jock, princess, heartthrob, rebel and geek but are more complex and nuanced than those stereotypes initially suggest. Touching and hilarious, the Sundance favorite that garnered Burstein the directing award has been generating loads of buzz, online and off. Film opens July 25. Check local listings for theaters and show times. ” border = 0 vspace = ‘8’ hspace = ‘8’ align = ‘left’>with the unfulfilling job working as a celebrity’s assistant to the drug-using jailed son, the only thing typically Jewish about this mishpacha are the neurotic parents. Fox, a regular at the Second City, Improv Olympic and the Comedy Central Stage, is an actress and writer who seeks to portray a loving family in which nachas may be a bit harder to come by. Wed. 7:30 p.m. Also, Aug. 14. $15. Pico Playhouse, 10508 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 300-3401. ” border = 0 vspace = ‘8’ hspace = ‘8’ align = ‘left’>Klug will debut her treatise, “Cool Jew: The Ultimate Guide for Every Member of the Tribe,” and sign copies for her cool Jewish fans. And for the lovelorn or single folk, fear not: There’s instant matchmaking and a rather large (pay-as-you-chug) bar. Thu. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. $15 (advance), $20 (door). Fu’s Palace, 8751 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 405-2336. ” target=”_blank”>http://www.jdc.org/genD/GenD.asp.

(POLITICS)

” title=”The God Blogger”>The God Blogger, will be holding the reins of “The Young Jewish Vote,” where Republican Jewish Coalition Director Larry Greenfield will face Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Pasadena) in a battle to win the hearts and educated minds of young Jewish professionals between the ages of 21 and 39. Come for the fireworks and stay for the martini-infused, dessert-laden afterglow. Sponsored by ATID, HIAS and ZOA. Thu. 7 p.m. $10 (advance), $15 (at the door). Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3244. ” target=”_blank”>http://www.skirball.org.

Jina Davidovich contributed to this article

Where to party in Haifa, ‘the city that works’


It’s said that Haifa works, Jerusalem prays and Tel Aviv parties. But even people who work need to party — maybe even more so.

Locals might groan that Haifa’s nightlife consists of a few landmark establishments, and while it’s true that the city’s nightlife selection is sparse when compared to Tel Aviv, Haifa offers a little bit of everything for locals and tourists: mega clubs, live music bars, dance bars, resto-bars and pubs.

Usually, Haifa joints aren’t built as passing trends. They must provide a solid night on the town for a steady clientele, consisting largely of students and high-tech professionals who wouldn’t waste their hard-earned money or productive time on a dingy watering hole or fly-by-night stylish fad.

So when Haifa’s famous Baha’i Gardens light up at night, so too do the following nightlife joints:

Barbarossa: Considered the most “in” resto-bar in Haifa, this is where locals go to see and be seen. On weekends there is hardly room to move among the pretty-ish, 20-something crowd. Designed in heavy wood, Barbarossa has the aura of a Crusade cellar — a tribute, perhaps, to Emperor Barbarossa of Germany, who led the Third Crusade in the 12th century. Opens 6:30 p.m. Pika 4. (04) 811-4010. http://www.barbarossa.co.il/

Beer House: As should be obvious from the name, The Beer House specializes in brews, serving 120 brands as well as beer-battered dishes. Located right near the hotels in the Carmel area, this is a natural choice for tourists — especially Europeans. Opens 7 p.m. HaNassi 116. (052) 501-8889.

Brown: A branch of the Tel Aviv resto-bar, Brown in Haifa resembles an English-style pub evoking warmth through its color scheme, which is, naturally, wooden brown. The bar is separated into a two areas: a lounge with booths, and a large, square “Cheers”-style bar for a diverse, easygoing crowd. Opens 9 p.m. Moriah 131. (04) 811-2391, (052) 224-9095.

Carmela Jazz and Wine Bar: Newly opened by the owners of Brown, Carmela acts as a resto-bar by day with a fusion menu and bar. Toward the end of the night, the jazz music picks up in tempo and eventually turns into funk, rock and groove with touches of jazz. Opens 6 p.m. Moriah 12. (077) 336-1616.

City Hall: Considered a Haifa institution, as befits its name, City Hall is a live music and dance club that celebrated its heyday in the ’80s and ’90s. The top floor is outfitted with state-of-the-art sound, lighting and stage props to host quality rock performers such as Aviv Gefen , Monica Sex, Faith No More and Rage Against the Machine. Downstairs, DJs spin synth-pop, goth, drum n’bass and reggae. Opens midnight on Thursdays (ages 18+) and Fridays (ages 18-25). Shabbatai Levi 7. (04) 862-7523. http://www.cityhall.co.il.

Frangelico: A sushi bar with friendly service despite its aura of exclusivity. A long bar featuring sexy spot lighting allows for plentiful pick-up opportunities for the generally 25- to 35 year-old crowd. The sushi, prepared by Japanese chefs, is so popular that they opened a little chain at the Haifa Grand Canyon mall. Sunday-Monday, opens 5 p.m.; Friday, Saturday, opens 12 p.m. Moriah 132. (04) 824-8839.

Geah: The third branch of the mega-bar chain (the others being in Tel Aviv and Eilat), Geah means “asylum” in Hebrew, and rightly so. The vibe can get crazy around the massive rectangular bars sprawled around gargantuan hangar space. The colors of the design and clientele tend to be on the dark side. Opens midnight on Thursdays (hip-hop/Israeli) and Fridays (gay-friendly night, N.Y. house). HaNamal 16. (050) 700-8020.

Gobi: Gobi looks like a dingy, if cheesy, everyman’s dance bar, playing mainstream pop, dance and hip-hop. The décor is minimal, with walls painted black, but maybe Gobi doesn’t need to invest too much in design. Large windows facing the bar show off a beautiful, panoramic view of the Haifa port and beach at night. Opens midnight on Tuesdays (electro), Fridays (23+), and Saturdays (students). Yefe Nof 115. (054) 812-4801.

Horva: A veteran dance bar, Horva features three halls, one each for mainstream, trance and Israeli music on Thursdays (students) and mainstream, hip-hop and Israeli music on Fridays (soldiers). Opens midnight. HaNamal St. 10. (052) 388-8188.

Irish House: The pub is certainly not as invested as authentic as the Irish pubs in the center of Israel, like Dubin, Molly Bloom’s and Murphy’s. The lighting is a little too bright and the décor — consisting of flags, mugs, and chandeliers — is haphazardly Irish, but for Haifa it does the trick. Opens 8 p.m. Yefe Nof 120. (054) 559-0615.

Levinsky: More than 6 years old, Levinsky is a large resto-bar designed in classic red and black leather. Levinsky is a restaurant in the afternoons and turns into a mellow pick-up bar at night, with relatively spacious lounge areas. Opens 12 p.m. Moriah 133. (04) 825-8294, (052) 431-2314.

Luna: A mega-club that has made its home in an impressive, preserved stone Ottoman bathhouse, which emerged unscathed from a Katushya hit last summer. Nowadays, antiquity mixes with raunchy modernity as Luna bathes its dancers in updated club music under high ceilings and a powerful sound system. Opens 10 p.m. on Thursdays (N.Y. house, trance and Israeli/rock) and Fridays (N.Y. house, hip hop and Israeli rock). Al Pasha 5. (04) 862-6264.

Maidler’s Pub: You can usually find Maidler himself — a gruff, buff, bald Israeli — sitting on his bar on any given night. An animated picture of him is part of the logo, but don’t let his unfriendly expression turn you off. When the big games are on, Maidler’s transforms into one of the friendliest sports bars in the city. Opens 6 p.m., Moriah Blvd. 126. (04) 824-8754. http://www.rest.co.il/sites/Default.asp?txtRestID=4205

Morrison: Named for Doors singer Jim Morrison, whose large picture looms over bar-goers, Morrison, is, appropriately, a loud, popular — and squishy — mega rock bar, which occasionally hosts young rock bands and Israeli artists. Reservations recommended, or first come, first stool. Opens 8 p.m., Yef Nof 115. (04) 838-3828, (054) 740-0501. http://www.morrison.co.il/.

A Traveler’s Guide to Tel Aviv Nightlife


 

If the Cinderella story had been set in Tel Aviv, her raggedy slipper would have turned into a magical glass pump at the witching hour, instead of the other way around.
New York may be the city that never sleeps, but life in Tel Aviv begins at midnight. There are dozens of nightclubs and about 200 bars in this mini-metropolis, each with its own flavor and theme. Yet they all share a determination and dedication to having a good time.
Think of this list of diverse venues as a starting point to explore Tel Aviv’s nightlife, since whole new worlds can open up within a two-block radius.

Abraxas
The only Tel Aviv bar with an art director, Abraxas attracts an artsy, sophisticated and intellectual crowd, thanks in part to Monday and Tuesday nights, in which Abraxas headlines a different Israeli singer, artist, musician, writer or chef as the DJ for the night. These celeb DJs give Abraxas an eclectic musical menu and a clientele consisting in large part of Israeli “industry people.”
Address: Lilienblum 40
Phone: 03-510-4435
Music: eclectic; live bands on Sundays
Hours: From 9 p.m.

Allenby 40
Allenby 40 is known as the sleaziest dance bar in Israel; but if you ask the owner, an Orthodox Jew named Mendy, he would say it’s not sleazy but liberating. So, what would a Jew who grew-up Chabad know about liberation? A lot, it seems. At Allenby 40, Orthodox men can gulp a beer and three chasers with their kippah on — guilt-free. And if the religious feel that way, you can imagine how the secular Jew gets down at Allenby 40. The decor is minimalist — just some walls painted flesh and a few dangling disco balls, but the DJs and overly gregarious bartenders get Jews of all streams dancing together, which, of course, would make the Lubbavitcher Rebbe proud.
Address: Allenby 40
Phone: 052-892-9218
Music: R & B, hip-hop and MTV hits
Hours: From 10 p.m.

Dixie
A Tel Aviv landmark, Dixie feels like a gourmet Denny’s. Open 24 hours and lined with leather booths, this is where you land with friends at 3 a.m. to digest the night’s events along with eggs, hash browns, pancakes and American coffee refills.
Address: Yigal Alon 120
Phone: 03-696-6123
Web: www.dixie.co.il
Hours: 24/7

Dungeon
Dungeon is where you mix pleasure with pain. The first and only S&M club in Israel, equipped with a stage for live shows, Dungeon is where almost anyone — freaks, geeks, doctors and lawyers — can transform themselves into masters and slaves for the night. Surprisingly, Dungeon is not as sleazy as you might think. It attracts many vanillas (sexually conventional people), curious to watch, but too inhibited to actually participate.
Address: Kikar Kedumim 14, Old Yaffo
Phone: 054-443-2195
Web: www.dungeon.co.il
Music & hours: Tues from 11 p.m.: dark electro, industrial, dark ’80s; Thurs from midnight: house, trance; Fri, from 11 p.m.: metal, gothic
Cover: Tues., 40 NIS; Thurs., 80 NIS; Fri., free (member discounts)

Fetish
Blame it on the name, but almost anything can happen at Fetish, and pretty much everything is allowed. A mini-nightclub hosting the finest local house DJs, Fetish merges partiers of all classes, professions and nationalities. This encouraged amalgam of energies and lifestyles, achieved through a rigorous selection process, helps break down boundaries, cultural and mental.
Address: 48 King George St.
E-mail: Maxim55@bezeqint.net
Music: House (and all sub-genres)
Hours: Thurs., Fri. (ages 25+) and Sat. from midnight
Cover: 70-90 NIS

Haoman 17 Tel Aviv
Haoman 17 is the Starbucks of Israeli nightclubs. The only nightclub chain in Israel, Haoman first opened its coveted doors in Jerusalem in 1994, and has been conquering the Holy Land ever since, with a branch in Haifa and now one in Tel Aviv. At a time when nightclubs were considered passé in Tel Aviv, the owners promised to educate the metropolis. The sound system, design, decor and DJs are all world-class, but it’s those intangible qualities (not to mention a few tax troubles) that have made Haoman a national legend and, ironically, a brand name: energy, sensuality, grandeur. Now they just need a branch in Be’er Sheva.
Address: Abarbanel 88
Phone: 052-560-6661
Web: www.haoman.com
Music: House, techno; usually MTV hits in the small room
Hours: Thurs. from midnight (ages 23+); Friday from midnight (ages 19+)
Cover: 70-100 NIS

Lanski
Known as the largest bar in the Middle East, Lanski’s four massive bars zig-zag like a tic-tac-toe board, allowing for some serious games of eye contact.
Address: Montefiore 6 (Shalom Towers)
Phone: 03-517-0043
Music: Mostly ’70s, modern hits
Hours: Sun.-Thurs., Sat.: from 9 p.m.; Fri. from 10 p.m. (ages 27+)

Mike’s Place
It’s no wonder that Mike’s Place of Jerusalem opened their Tel Aviv branch right near the American Embassy. Despite having been the victim of terrorism in 2003, Mike’s Place is still an escape from Israel. Split into a sports bar and music diner, Mike’s Place feels more like an American tavern. With English as its first language, Mike’s Place understands that tourists and immigrants sometimes need to take a break from the abrasiveness of Israeli life with an ice-cold beer in a relaxed, open, English-speaking environment.
Address: Hebert Samuel 86
Web: www.mikesplacebars.com
Music: Live rock and blues bands nightly
Hours: From 11 a.m.

Minerva
Minerva opened its doors eight years ago as a lesbian bar, but now they consider themselves “multisexual” with a gay and lesbian orientation. A different DJ pumps sensual beats throughout the bordello-style bar every night, providing the perfect atmosphere for female flirtation, and any flirtation for that matter. On most nights there is a higher female-to-male ratio, except Tuesday night, which is for men only.
Address: Beith Ha’Shoeva 1 (Allenby 98)
Phone: 03-560-5595
Music: Electro, freestyle, alternative; live rock cabaret shows on Sunday
Hours: From 9 p.m.

Mishmish
Mishmish, apricot in Hebrew, is the only American cocktail lounge in Israel, with each cocktail meticulously prepared down to its historic ingredients. The American cocktail lounge gathered steam in the 19th century to offer the growing upper class an alternative to the loud saloon, and Mishmish is an alternative to the rowdy Israeli pub. With its sleek wooden decor, dim lights, cushioned sitting areas and soothing jazz in the background, Mishmish provides an elegant yet down-to-earth atmosphere, where attractive single yuppies can mix spirits in drink and in company.
Address: Lilienblum 17
Phone: 03-516-8178
Hours: From 9 p.m.

Molly Bloom’s:
The Irish owner opened this first traditional Irish pub in Israel because he needed a place to drink. The green wood, antique pictures, Irish paraphernalia and Irish tunes give Molly Bloom’s an authentic Irish atmosphere where people freely mix and mingle. Guinness, Kilkenny and Irish whiskies contribute to the Irish feel — inside and out.
Address: 2 Mendele St.
Phone: 03-523-7419
Web: www.molly-blooms.com
Hours: Sat.-Thurs. from 4 p.m.; Fri. from noon.

Move
A mini-club in the old port compound with intimacy, music, prices and a generally clean-cut crowd that make it a sane alternative to the heavy house/techno parties at major Tel Aviv nightclubs.
Address: Hata’arukha 3
Phone: 052-665-5001
Music: Hip-hop and dance hits
Hours: Mon. from 11:30 a.m. (ages 19+); Thurs. from midnight (ages 25+); Fri. from midnight (ages 23+); Sat. from 11:30 a.m. (ages 23+)
Cover: 30-60 NIS

Nonotschka
A Georgian restaurant-bar, Nonotschka has imported the republic’s warmth, effusiveness and roughness, in addition to its cuisine. Nana, its mysterious Georgian owner, sought to create a homey place where people could enjoy mama’s Georgian cooking with a quantity of drinks of which mama would not approve. The local Georgian “circus” begins at around 2 a.m., and you may find some visitors — and maybe even yourself — jovially trapezing on the bar.
Address: Lilienblum 28
Phone: 03-516-2254 (reservations recommended)
Music: Eclectic
Hours: From noon.

Powder
Powder is the hot spot for gay men. The owner, Shirazi, a colorful figure in the Tel Aviv gay nightlife scene, wanted to find a stationary home for his steaming mobile party line, FFF (Friendly Freedom Fridays). The warehouse-style club is named Powder in part for the old flour factory that once operated on the premises.
Address: Shonzino 9
Phone: 03-624-0094
Music and hours: Fri. from midnight (flagship gay night): house, techno; call for other parties.

Scores
At Scores you can hit on your neighbor and the eight ball, and hopefully succeed at both. Scores fits two spacious pool halls and a New York-style lounge bar, which opens a dance bar on weekends. Scores attracts a diverse crowd, from local celebrities to Orthodox Jews to tourists, and they pride themselves on being a spot where women can feel comfortable with a cue stick.
Address: Yehuda Halevi, corner of Allenby
Phone: 03-566-2010
Music: Rock, MTV hits, classics.
Hours: From noon.

Shesek
Next-door neighbor to Mishmish, Shesek, Hebrew for cumquat, is an alternative fruit for an alternative bar. Shesek has an East Village vibe with bohemian types and bar bums enjoying the eccentric atmosphere and the DJs underground sounds.
Address: Lilienblum 17
Phone: 03-516-9520
Music: Groove, rock, funk, drum ‘n’ bass, electronic, free style and hip-hop.
Hours: From 9 p.m.

Velvet
The newest “in” spot in Tel Avivis filled with poza (“posers,” or people trying to look pretty). This all-in-one restaurant-bar-lounge-nightclub was created by one of Israel’s leading designers, Arik Ben Simhon. Go on a night when it’s not too packed so you can actually see the place.
Address: Hamasger 66
Phone: 03-624-1204
Music: Thurs: hip-hop, dance; Fri: house; Sat: ’70s-modern hits; Sun: house
Hours: From 9 p.m.
No cover

Vox
Voted No. 1 nightclub of 2004 by Time Out Tel Aviv, thanks in part to its flawless design and intimate atmosphere. The dance floor is cozily surrounded by two bars, a balcony and a DJ station upon which international DJs pump energy through the stylish club.
Address: Yegia Kapaim 2
Phone: 03-687-0591
Web: www.vox-telaviv.com
Music and hours: Mon. from 11:30 p.m., hip-hop and dance hits; Thurs. from midnight, house, techno, trance (flagship party for ages 24+); Fri. from midnight, house (gay night); Sat. from 11:30 p.m., hip-hop and dance.
Cover: 60-100 NIS.