Israel has long been known for the high quality of its musicians, and the recent wave of Russian immigrants has led to an even greater embarrassment of riches. Classical music lovers will discover new and remarkable artists performing everywhere, from concert halls and clubs to street corners and pedestrian malls. Also watch for English Theater productions listed in the Friday editions of “The Jerusalem Post” and “Haaretz” newspapers.
Note: Jerusalem’s two main ticket agencies are Klaim, 12 Shamai St. (tel. 02/622-2333; www.klaimonline.co.il), and Bimot, 8 Shamai St. (tel. 02/624-0896; www.bimot.co.il/eng).
Additional Note: To find out what’s going on in town, look in the Friday edition of “The Jerusalem Post,” “Haaretz,” and in the monthly “Calendar of Events,” which you can pick up free at the Tourist Information Office. If you have a student card, bring it; at times, you may be given a discount.
Clubs & Bars
Israelis (especially Jerusalemites) are not really a drinking people—an evening at a cafe over a meal or wine and snacks are more the local style. Try Rivlin Street (where some of the ever-changing bars offer small dance floors) or the neighboring Salomon Street Mall, in the heart of the cafe/pub scene near Zion Square.
The American Colony Hotel Bar in East Jerusalem is atmospheric, visited by locals and travelers in the know. You can also have drinks and tasty food at the hotel’s gardened Courtyard Cafe/Bar.
West Jerusalem shows the latest European and American films, almost always in the original language with Hebrew subtitles.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.