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After dominating the Jerusalem nightlife scene for 12 years, the legendary Haoman 17 will close as a nightclub this week and re-open after Pessah as a mega bar. A tribute party will be held tonight entitled "One Last Night in Jerusalem" and will go from midnight through noon - one hour for every year in business.
"Today the trend is toward mega bars and dance bars, and this is also true for Jerusalem," explains co-owner Hillel Farkash of the switch. In fact, competition for Haoman's future incarnation has already opened a few weeks in the guise of Blanco, a mega bar located in the industrial area of Talpiot.
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The party will bring together staff, managers, DJs and longtime regulars from all Haoman's years of operation - and is co-sponsored by ultra-trendy, underground Tel Aviv dance bars Dada and Breakfast Club.
"They are coming to pay respect to the place; Haoman shaped Israeli night life," explains Farkash. Spinning at the closing blow-out will be DJs Sahar Zangilevich, Yuval Zach, Omri H, and Asi Kojak.
Meanwhile, the Haoman 17 branch in Tel Aviv, which opened in 2005, will continue to operate as a mega club. Renovations of the Jerusalem interior begin on Sunday.
Regarding the new design: "You'll have to wait and see," says Farkash.
Haoman 17, Jerusalem. 12 a.m. to 12 p.m. NIS 70-100. Info: (02) 678-1658.