Tel Aviv is the second most populous city in Israel after Jerusalem. Beautiful Mediterranean beaches, year-round sunshine, amazing food, historical sights, and performance venues make Tel Aviv the trendiest city in Israel. Tel Aviv is not the capital of Israel, but it is often described as “the gay capital of the Middle East”. The huge Gay Parade, vibrant gay discos and beaches, and inclusive atmosphere make Tel Aviv a gay favourite. Lots of hotels in Tel Aviv support the LGBT community, so finding a gay-friendly hotel is easy. The epicentre of gay life is located in the gay quarter surrounding Nahalat Binyamin Street and Rothschild Blvd. This is where you will find the best gay hotels in Tel Aviv. The area is close to the historical neighbourhood of Neve Tzedek, and the hipster area of Florentine. Nearby, you will also find the predominantly Arabic quarter of Jaffa. Alternatively, gay hotels are plentiful along the streets surrounding Hilton Beach. This gay beach in North Tel Aviv is located within walking distance of Yarkon Park, an amazing spot to disconnect from the city’s hustle and bustle. Other not-to-be-missed sights in Tel Aviv include the white Bauhaus buildings around Dizengoff Square, and the colourful Carmel Market.
From Gay Pride to the Gay Hilton Beach in Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv’s Gay Pride, held in June, is one of the most popular gay events in the world, and the only gay parade in the Middle East. Because of the festival’s popularity, it is wise to book a room in a gay hotel in Tel Aviv well in advance. The Gay Pride kicks off with the parade, which crosses the inner city. Afterwards, thousands of revellers gather on the beaches to dance and enjoy live performances until sunset. During the week preceding the Gay Pride parade, there is a lively program of cultural events, concerts, themed parties, and performances as the whole city enjoys a loud celebration of sexual diversity. Hilton Beach is the place to be during Pride week, as it hosts a rich program of events. And Hilton Beach, a beach with a surfing club, lounge chairs for sunbathing, and nearby cafes is a good place to visit at any time of the year. The middle portion of the beach is explicitly gay-friendly, but the whole beach is welcoming to all visitors.
PAPA Party: the Hottest Gay Party in Tel Aviv
The PAPA Parties were launched in 2010 by Israeli producer and event organizer Eliad Cohen. Over the years, they became the most popular event during Pride week. Now, PAPA Parties are held throughout the year in several locations around the globe. Tel Aviv’s Gay Pride PAPA Parties are known for their visually striking performances, special effects, and top-notch electronic music played by some of the best DJs in the world. The event is usually held in one of the best nightclubs in town, typically located in gay-friendly neighbourhoods close to the best gay hotels in Tel Aviv. Tickets to PAPA events can be purchased online several months ahead of time.
A Night Out at Ha’oman 17
Ha’oman 17 is considered to be the temple of electronic music in Israel. That is no small feat considering how many amazing techno and house events are held in Tel Aviv. The club was initially located in Jerusalem, where it hosted regular gay parties organized by promoter Shirazi. When the Jerusalem venue was closed, Ha’oman 17 moved to Tel Aviv. The huge venue, located in the trendy Florentine area regularly hosts top international DJs. In addition to the dance floors, the club has a lounge bar, where hungry partiers can relax and eat sushi. Some of the best gay parties in town are held at Ha’oman 17. The most spectacular and popular ones are the Friday PAPA parties. PAPA parties are attended by lots of expats and travellers, so they are a great way to socialize. Travellers should bear in mind that, like most nightclubs in Tel Aviv, Ha’oman 17 is open on Thursday and Friday nights, during the Israeli weekend. Also, buying a ticket online ahead of time often makes the entrance price more affordable.
Cocktails, Food, and Music in Tel Aviv’s Top Gay Bars
Tel Aviv’s gay bars are the perfect place to get into the party spirit before hitting the dance clubs. Lots of gay bars in Tel Aviv serve food and drinks, and host live DJs. The best gay bars are located in the same neighbourhoods as the best gay hotels in Tel Aviv: the gay quarter, the city centre, and the areas near Hilton Beach. Shpagat is the most famous gay bar in Tel Aviv. Conveniently located at the heart of the gay quarter, close to lots of gay nightclubs, it serves good quality food and cocktails into the early hours of the morning with music ranging from electronic to pop. It is best to book tables in advance! Another favourite venue is Apolo Bar, a late-night bar centrally located on Allenby Street. This is a place for dancing and cruising, but not for eating out. Amongst numerous further options, you may want to explore Shalvata – a gay-friendly bar near Hilton beach, or Anna Loulou Bar in Jaffa, if you are looking for a mixed and friendly crowd.