Warm and inviting

The Bell Wood Bar in Jerusalem strikes the right chord.

The Bell Wood Bar in Jerusalem (photo credit: PR)
The Bell Wood Bar in Jerusalem
(photo credit: PR)
The Bell Wood Bar has been offering its customers a fun and relaxing bar and dining experience in the heart of Jerusalem since 2005. Designed as an English pub, the bar features dozens of bells placed throughout the space and has a very “woody” decor. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, with plenty of bar side seating, and lively pop music from the 1980s and ‘90s is also a staple.
The fully stocked bar offers customers up to 15 types of beer on tap, which range from the popular Tuborg, Carlsberg and Guinness to more obscure brews like Hobgoblin, different types of Shapira and Belgian Tripel. There is also an impressive selection of whiskey, as well as other wines and spirits.
Another highlight of the Bell Wood is the food. It has a basic menu of standard bar items such as nachos, burgers, chicken wings and other fare, but what sets the menu apart are the little things and the attention to quality and detail. As most bar food is just dumped into a fryer and thrown onto a plate, the Bell Wood Bar pays much more attention to the food that is prepared for the customers.
While sitting at the bar, I was able to sample several of the 15 beers on tap while I was served a plate of chicken wings, which was tossed in a light sweet chili sauce and topped with toasted sesame seeds. These were light, simple and very flavorful.
After that, I was recommended to try the “all together now,” a tasting platter with generous offerings of onion rings, potato wedges, chicken nuggets and something called a chicken cone (loose translation).
This was served with mayonnaise and ketchup for dipping. The platter could easily satisfy the munchies of three people.
Everything was quite tasty, but the highlight was the chicken cone, a grilled tortilla filled with grilled chicken, aioli sauce and pesto cut into bite-sized pieces. This was a flavorful identity crisis of a dish that had the texture of a boreka, the intention of being a Mexican tortilla and the look of a sushi roll.
Overall, the Bell Wood Bar has something for everyone. It’s quite difficult not to feel at home in a place like this. The staff is friendly and helpful, and the patrons seem happy to be there. This was my first time at this establishment, and it will definitely not be my last.
The writer was a guest of the restaurant.
Bell Wood Bar
5 Yosef Rivlin St., Jerusalem
Tel: 054-447-8464