Here’s what Alex Schonkoff, a Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa 5 month Social Action participant from San Francisco, had to say about her experience with Tel Aviv’s amazing nightlife:
I arrived in Tel Aviv two months ago from San Francisco, a city that thrives on a very colorful nightlife. But as the bar closes in S.F. at 2 a.m., that’s when the party is just getting started on your average Tel Aviv night.
One of the first events that I attended that’s worth mentioning was a concert at the Barbi Club, located on Qibbutz Galyot. ACollective, a local Tel Aviv band, was performing that night, and as I am the photographer for Omanoot.com, I was able to get a press pass to go check them out. It was raining, but it didn’t stop a large amount of people, young and old, to go support the band at this cool venue.
The scene was like any local concert venue, but surrounded by Hebrew speakers, so that was a cool experience for me. I also was surprised how easy going people were with me venturing to the front of the stage to get shots. That’s not the normal attitude one would get when pushing one’s way to the front at any show! Lots of unpretentious, happy locals enjoying the music. It was really cool.
The general bar scene overall I find relaxed, with people checking each other out and enjoying their Goldstar and chasers. Usually great music, but not a lot of dancing (unless you go to a club, but that’s not my scene). I love to dance, I’m certainly not too shy to rock out, and people either smile and join on the dance floor, or they don’t. No biggie.
The other night, I went to The Container at the Jaffa Port to check out an art gallery exhibit and fashion event. It seemed to be a very diverse crowd, with surprisingly a lot of English speakers… Sometimes an event is to see and be seen, and that’s just what this was.
Very trendy, however, once again, I find the night owls to be laid back, just out to have a good time. Really cool events like this, with amazing artists, is always a plus, and always happening… And coming from San Francisco, it makes me feel right at home, but with no curfew!