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Much like in Spain and Italy, activity at the height of a Tel Aviv summer day tends to be low, which means nightlife here doesn’t really begin ramping up until 10 p.m. or so. With that in mind, follow the locals’ lead by having your dinner late – there’ll be plenty of time to party later on in the evening. The city’s top bars and clubs regularly host popular international DJs and host hip art exhibitions, and it’s fairly common to see people lining up around the block to get into a hot new venue, even at 4 a.m. on a Wednesday.
You’ll have plenty of options for quiet drinks or late-night partying, but Forbes Travel Guide’s editors think some of the best nightlife experiences in Tel Aviv can be found at Lima Lima, a fun, gay-friendly (but not exclusively so) nightclub that welcomes a mixed, trendy crowd, as well as the late-night mainstay Cat and Dog Club, located in the central Carlebach area. Florentin, a lively neighborhood in the southern part of the city, is a refreshingly alternative hub of nocturnal activity, with rows of trendy bars and pubs along Vital Street worth checking out. Wild street parties are also held here on New Year’s Eve, Purim (the Jewish equivalent to Halloween, in the spring) and Israeli Independence Day.