FIVE awesome ways to see in the New Year (Sylvester) in Israel!

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It’s time to parrrrty! And to help you bring in the New Year like the wild party person we know you are (ahem…), we’ve come up with a sure-fire list of great things to enjoy this New Year’s Eve. The 5 very best ways to see 2018 in with a smile!

Just so you know, New Years Eve is known as Sylvester (after the Feast of Pope Sylvester, celebrated on December 31 in many Eastern European countries). Just take that into consideration when talking with Israelis, as many will not know what you’re talking about if you refer to it as New Years Eve…

Sylvester Pub Crawl

TelAvivPub_NightlifeThis is an awesome way to see in the New Year, with a pub crawl through some of Tel Aviv’s trendiest and sexiest night spots. We’ve done the regular pub crawl with the charming Eviatar, and can vouch for a superb night out. Starting at the Sputnik bar on Allenby Street, Eviatar will guide you through some of the must-see bars in Tel Aviv, including Jimmy Who? and BuXa. For just 120 shekels you get VIP entrance (no queuing!), without the hassle and aggro you’d typically get on a busy night out in Tel Aviv. You also get a free beer/Cava at each bar, with a free shot thrown in just to loosen you up!

For more details, see the official event page on Facebook – and sign up NOW!

Sylvester at Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv

We fell in love with Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv this summer, and you’ll be pleased to know they’ve been improving still further, with a whole ton of events happening on an almost nightly basis. And their Sylvester party looks like one NOT to miss, with a whole bunch of DJs performing (Yaara Goldman, Amir Pe’er, and Baba Gazumba). Early birds can buy tickets for 50 shekels.

For more details, see the official event page on Facebook.

Celebrate with a block party!

Head to Rothschild Street for a cracking New Year’s Eve Block Party care of local bar Billie Jean at Rothschild 10! What might be the clincher is it’s FREE, as long as you pre-register (you can register via WhatsApp on 054-2231000). Recommended ages are 23-45, and yep, you can get some nice little deals for tables and bar reservations, so get to it!

For more, see the official Facebook event page.

FREE hip hop at Radio EPGB

Head to one of Tel Aviv’s coolest clubs, Radio EPGB (7 Shadal Street, Tel Aviv) for a FREE night of hip hop legends. If you love your hip hop, this is your destination (expect queues big-time so get there early).

Look out for updates on their Facebook page (it’s an entertaining page, though mostly in Hebrew!).

Count the stars on Tel Aviv beach

Beach sunsetHere’s another great FREE option – take that special someone to Tel Aviv beach, bring a sheet or blanket to sit on, and cuddle up as the New Year kicks in. You could always bring a bottle of your fave tipple to make those private celebrations flow even better – and you could always substitute “someone special” for your favorite group of friends. After all, it’s not just about where you celebrate, but more about with whom


There are plenty of other great places throughout Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and beyond, where you can get to enjoy the New Year. The following places typically have some very decent NYE parties: the Anna Lou Lou bar in Yafo (HaPninim 1), the Breakfast Club (Rothschild 6, Tel Aviv), the Student Union at Tel Aviv University, Soho in Rishon Letzion (Moshe Bakar 15), Oliver Twist bar (HaNeviim 59, Jerusalem), Oscar Wilde (HaShaham 36, Petah Tikva), and Syncopa (Kiat 5, Haifa).

Happy New Year!

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