Girls' night out in JerusalemSure, we at GoJerusalem.com may have put out an itinerary for guys' night out in Jerusalem - but ladies, honest, we were just trying to get the Neanderthals out of the picture to make way for a proper girls' night out.
Sure, we at GoJerusalem.com may have put out an itinerary for guys' night out in Jerusalem - but ladies, honest, we were just trying to get the Neanderthals out of the picture to make way for a proper girls' night out. Jerusalem lends itself beautifully to a evening of double-X carousing, from its cozy coffee shops to its chic bars to its abundance of trim 'n' swarthy Mediterranean delights. So gather up the girls and prepare to demonstrate that hell hath no fury like a woman out on the town.
Putting down a base
Friends don't let friends carouse hungry. So lay the groundwork for the evening's coming bacchanal by meeting up with everyone for dinner, catching up and perhaps a cocktail or two. Sushi always goes over well, especially with the city currently in the throes of a not-unimpressive sushi renaissance. Or head down to the Mamilla Hotel and grab a table at Rooftop, a swanky bastion of new Jerusalem cuisine with al fresco dining and an Old City view to die for - it's a trendy spot by night perfect for small groups. Another downtown spot popular with the female set is HaMarakiya, a tiny and eclectic spot known for a killer lineup of comfort food soups, with a cozy atmosphere highly conducive to intimate conversation.
Local music and local dancing
While '80s night (which sometimes feels like it's every night) over the sound system at your standard Jerusalem bar has its charm, sometimes you're "Safety Dance"d out (it can happen to you) and you want to hear and mingle with the musicians and music lovers of the Holy City. If your clique includes at least one art history major, look no further than Uganda, the arak-soaked intersection of Jerusalem's underground musicians, artists, and brooding, stubbled intellectuals.
Riot-ier grrls may enjoy the cramped dance floor at Sira, where you run about an equal chance of encountering a punk band or a hip-hop DJ - and since the crowd tends toward the hip and global, you probably won't get ground against by someone wearing half their weight in hair product and bus station cologne (although if that's your thing - no judgment, sister - there's always Talpiot and its clubs).
Straight-up club kids who don't want to make the lengthy voyage to Talpiot and its cast of Middle Eastern versions of Jersey Shore types should find the rhythmic release they seek at HaTza'atzua, an oasis of grownup chic with the city's top DJs appearing nightly. Shakuf, a dance bar in the sky (so to speak) offering 360 degree views of the city, abounds with beats, booze and boys.
To drink, free of televised sporting events
Visitors from the West may be pleasantly surprised to find that most Jerusalem bars do not cater nearly as aggressively to predominantly male inclinations as Western ones do. Jerusalem's watering holes are not really Bukowski-and/or-the-Yankees sorts of places, so it's hard to go wrong on girls' night out.
Still, there are places especially conducive to a pack of girlfriends: Winery, Jerusalem's only wine bar, is great for wine lovers or laid back groups (or laid back groups of wine lovers); Yehoshua is known both as a gastro-bar and a pick-up bar (the polite kind); Mia's bartenders are some of the few in town who know how to mix a proper cocktail; and GoJerusalem's sources report that the local fauna at Jabotinsky is possessed of particularly noble conformation, if such matters are on your mind.
Such a night demands chocolate syrup
Okay! By now you and your posse should be well and truly schnockered! Congratulations - clearly, this calls for dessert. Any Jerusalem girl will tell you that there is no better nightcap than one of Babette's famous Belgian waffles, jacked almost beyond recognition with such indulgent delights as caramel, whipped cream and syrups of all flavors - and the line out the door of this closet-sized downtown eatery into the wee hours of the morning will prove it (there's also Waffle Bar on Shlomtzion). The 24-hour eatery Mifgash HaSheikh, which makes it living on revitalizing drunken revelers, offers plenty of sweet and savory delights within stumbling-and-giggling distance of the Talpiot clubs.
24-hour coffee shop Bolinat will perk you up, and offer the night's last chance to rub elbows with Jerusalem's beautiful people, who flock here as dawn breaks to recharge their batteries, keep their buzzes going, or chat up the evening's conquests in more relaxed surroundings. Not to be missed.
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