Jerusalem of Rainbow
Most people think of Jerusalem as a destination of religious pilgrimage, but the “City of Gold” also has its very own LGBTQ Pride event, and of course dozens of gay-friendly hangouts. As seen in my article in Time Out Isreal, this week I’m listing the hottest spots of “secret Jerusalem”.
Dance the night away
The infamous Video Pub is the one and only “official” gay bar of the city, and it hosts fabulous balls night after night. The party people’s favorite events are the 80’s and 90’s parties, bringing on the trashiest hits of two decades. Be prepared to be called on stage by the sassy drag queens, and don’t be afraid to request your favorite songs from the DJs – they just love to satisfy the crowd.
1 Horkanus St.
You’re living in a movie!
…says the common Israeli phrase, and at Lev Smadar theatre it surely is true for everyone. This small, artistic cinema in the heart of the German Colony is a popular gay hangout, as it’s bringing several LGBTQ themed movies, usually presented earlier at TLVFest, Tel Aviv’s annual gay film festival. Smadar also has a cozy café and lobby bar – jump in for a popcorn and a beer as you plan your next movie-date.
4 Lloyd George St, 02-561-8168
Coffe or tea?
Coffee Mill is Jerusalem’s most exciting gay-friendly spot for coffee lovers, as they have an enormous selection of coffees from all around the world. Take away, sit in, or ground to perfection for your machine at home, you can choose from Guatemalan, Sumatran, or Ethiopian beans, and so much more. The place is heaven on earth for those who prefer tea, hot chocolate, or butterscotch as well. And I didn’t even mention the delish sandwiches, salads and pastries, served by the ever-friendly staff.
23 Emek Refaim St, 02-566-1665
Bookworm bash, day-by-day
For those who are hoping to find love by meeting people of similar interests, Adraba is the place to be. It’s not simply a bookstore, but a cultural hotspot, hosting round table conversations of writers and readers, and selling books most stores haven’t even heard of. The shop has an impressive selection of art albums, foreign language books, and novels connected to LGBTQ subculture.
5 Ben Maimon St, see: Adraba Books
Topolino is Jerusalem’s most famous Italian kitchen, and not only because of the fab food, but also for being open minded and welcoming towards the members of the gay community. The owners and chefs, Shai and Yona Sasson, buy their ingredients straight from the market every single day, and the mouthwatering wines are arriving from Italy’s and Israel’s best wine-growing regions. “We wanted to create something special, standing out from all the burekas places around,” they say, and they certainly did: the place is always packed, and the atmosphere is just as amazing as the food.
62 Agripas St, Topolino
For special LGBTQ events all over Israel visit the blog’s Facebook page. More about Jerusalem’s gay history: Yotam Zeira- firstname.lastname@example.org