The eight days of Hanukka running from December 5 through 12, are a divine gift, the opportunity to check out so many different bars and restaurant specials over just one holiday. Thank God there is no shortage of holiday drinks and eats - in Tel Aviv anyway.
Making sure you'll get your recommended holiday dosage of alcohol alongside your regular beverage, Temptation Bar will keep mini-doughnuts filled with chocolate and kalua to be accompanied by a different DJ each night of the festival of lights - 35 Allenby Street (03) 629-0875.
If it's pyrotechnics in a glass that you're after, why not outsource the risk: Bar Giora will honor each night by lighting a flaming cocktail hanukkia each night on the bar. And should you want to down a drink rather than just watch it burn to fulfill your religious obligations, then it is a holiday miracle for sure! Bar Giora is offering a number of flaming cocktails at the special price of NIS 25 per beverage. Also, this fine establishment with some of the coziest indoor garden seating the city has to offer has added organic jelly doughnuts to the menu for NIS 12 apiece - 4 Bar Giora St., (03) 620-4880.
The Jewish people are one of tradition - and traditionally it has always been best to get an early start on your holiday drinking. This year, head over to one of the best new bars in Tel Aviv, which pays homage to one of best Yid musicians and has one of the best indoor courtyards you can find yourself in. The Zimmerman will start each night off with 7 p.m. candle lighting and a very special offer of a shot, a beer and a doughnut for NIS 28-35, depending upon your specific alcoholic choices - 2 Brenner St., (03) 528-0218.
Over the course of Hanukka it is all too easy to lose track of just how much oil one person can consume. Hoping to help all those health-conscious folk, the good people at the Tchernichovsky 6 Bistro have put together a special dish of three steamed organic vegetable latkes served with an organic goat's yogurt sauce for NIS 23 - (03) 620-8789.
If it's rocking out with your latkes that you are after this year, then there is but one option. Sander Restaurant is hosting a latke festival to go along with their regular menu of traditional Jewish cuisine. This could be a serious outing, as it entails the need to try each of the five different varieties on offer - potato and onion, sweet potato, zucchini, potato-carrot, and zucchini-potato. Each portion of three latkes is priced at NIS 15 - 54 Levinsky St., (03) 537-1872.
Though their dynasty lasted for a paltry 70 years, the Hasmonians have not been forgotten. Along Tel Aviv's Hashmonaim St. are some great cafes and restaurants; but it seems just one is taking the namesake seriously. Shaked Restaurant has put together a fixed price menu for the length of the holiday. For NIS 95, each diner will find himself at a table covered with myriad mezes to be followed by a main course of eight different types of fish and seafood that will change daily depending upon the daily delivery of the fresh catch. Mmmmâ€¦that's good history! - 90 Hashmonaim Street, (03) 561-0546.
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