New Years is not officially celebrated in Israel, and the 1st January is not a public holiday; however there are many private businesses and places of entertainment which make the most of an opportunity to party! National and religious holidays in Israel are celebrated according to the Jewish calendar, which means Jewish New Year is celebrated in September/October. Luckily this year (2013/2014) December 31st 2013 falls on a Tuesday and not on a Friday night (when many businesses don’t open) so there will be no restriction on bars, restaurants and clubs staying open. Take into account that the clubs open late in Tel-Aviv and stay open until the early hours of the morning. In Israel you will hear the Gregorian calendar New Year referred to as “Sylvester” as it is celebrated as Saint Sylvester’s Day in many countries.
Celebrating New Years Eve 2014 in Tel-Aviv
Some of the most popular areas in Tel-Aviv for nightlife are Allenby Street area, Florentin neighborhood, Jaffa, the Tel-Aviv beachfront and the Tel-Aviv port. For chic bars and restaurants try the area around Rothschild Blvd., Dizengoff and Neve Tsedek.
You’ll find all the Tel-Aviv bars and restaurants offering special New Years Eve parties or menus. HaMaoz is a popular place to celebrate in a chic and intimate environment. Enjoy the views from the Brown Hotel Rooftop Bar at Kalisher 35. The Hoodna Bar at 13 Abarbanel in the trendy Florentin neighborhood is one of the hot spots this year. The Block will be celebrating with stand-up performances and a number of performers like Shalom Hinuch, Bend al Kunk, Oded Kfri and Forrobodo. At the Shablul Jazz Club there will be a Sylvester Blues Party with the Mark Rashkow Band. At the Ozen Bar concert and screening club, there is going to be a 90s retro party with DJ Hajjaj, the party starts at 22:00 and entrance is 35NIS. For something unusual and a chance to meet Israelis you can enjoy a meal at an Israeli’s home on New Years Eve (350NIS). This is organized through the website “EatWith.”
For the gay community there are plenty of parties including at a drag show at Evita for over 19s (Yavne 31); a New Years Eve party at the Apolo Club (Allenby 46) and a party at Wink (Ben Yehuda 77).