Jerusalem Wine Festival 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy Israeli Wine-Tasting Festival)
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While during the academic year, student club parties are where it's at, summer nightlife in Jerusalem is generally all about the festivals, drink specials and other outdoor gatherings. 2011 is no exception, and GoJerusalem.com
has scoured the city for the most exciting offerings of the Holy City's
summer in the way of live music, bars, clubs, parties and festivals.
One of the biggest festivals of the summer season, Hutzot Hayotzer at the Sultan’s Pool
sees loads of big-name Israeli acts taking the stage, for an experience
to complement the booths of international crafts and foods. This year
will feature Mosh Ben-Ari, Hadag Nachash and Ehud Banai, among others.
While the Front Stage features Friday afternoon street parties, on some
Thursday nights they bring in some of the biggest names in Israel and
abroad to play, including Israeli rock demi-god Berry Sacharof and
trance superheroes Infected Mushroom, who close the Front Stage season
at Sacher Park
together on August 18.
There’s big bands and then there’s big bands with lots of musicians, like party band Marsh Dondurma, who play the Safra Square concert
series on August 18. The German Colony’s weekly jazz fest features live music and other diversions every Thursday night
this summer too.
Music isn’t the only thing happening, though. The Beer Festival puts 150
different types of beer on center stage, along with DJ sets and an
appearance by Mercedes Band
starting August 31. The all-you-can-consume Wine-Tasting Festival
brings a bit of class into the equation, with unlimited wine on a
background of jazz and art in the Israel Museum’s sculpture garden.
There’s no need to wait for someone to set up a stage and a bunch of
booths just to get your booze and dance on, though. Many of the city’s
smaller bars are switching things up for the summer, like Glasgow's specialty cocktail series
. At Mia Bar
they are offering a special summer bar much menu designed by
gastro-star Roger Moore of Chakra, with foodstuffs that go great with
beer, like root vegetable salads and qeusadillas.
They call Sundays at Hatza'atzua “tipsy,” but with unlimited beer and
wine for 40 to 50 NIS, it’s really a binger’s dream
Indie dive Uganda
generally hosts progressive, artsy DJs and bands all week long, and on
August 10, quirky DJ Alon Ovnat of the FACT record label spins the
beats. It’s fitting the Americanized Mike’s Place is home to an upcoming
Grateful Dead tribute concert
, but if you prefer dancing to chilling, Hakatze's got an electro party
every other Thursday and a pride/trash pop party
on the intervening Thursdays this month. For complete listings of everything going on around Jerusalem, check out GoJerusalem.com's calendar of events and latest articles.