Jerusalem is a city full of history, religion and culture, but it also has a buzzing music scene that not many tourists know about. Dance, music and art schools are extremely popular in the area, so the city is alive with creativity and artistic flare. Don’t miss out on this well-kept secret – live performances in pubs and bars, fantastic new artists and a whole world of unique talent; it’s all just waiting to be explored.
Here are some of the best places to visit if you’re music-mad and travelling to Jerusalem sometime soon…
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This wonderfully unique spot is the perfect place to catch some live entertainment, be that a concert or play. The theatre is built on the ruins of an ancient inn, said to have been from the Crusader period, and is surrounded by a beautiful garden. Enjoy a drink in the courtyard while you watch the latest performance in this stunning, intimate setting.
Israel’s largest performing arts complex is definitely worth visiting if you want to be amazed! The venue consists of six grand halls and offers a wide range of shows all year round, from dance displays to operas. The theatre also organises occasional festivals and educational lectures, as well as art exhibitions for the public to enjoy. If you’re a fan of the arts, you certainly shouldn’t miss this.
If you’re looking for some unforgettable nightlife in Jerusalem, Blaze Bar in the city centre is the place for you. Owned by a popular heavy-metal star, the bar is renowned for its ‘rock and roll’ vibe. Live performances take place most nights, and hard rock and metal lovers gather to enjoy some of Jerusalem’s alternative bands.
Abraham Hostel Bar
Some fantastic live music is available at the bar in the Abraham Hostel. Enjoy some drinks with your fellow holidaymakers and chill out on the hammocks and couches that are provided. As well as the music performances, Abraham Hostel organise Open Jam Nights for guests and locals to try their hand at the music scene. The cosy lounge has a warm, friendly atmosphere that is just unbeatable.
This venue is perfect if you enjoy various music styles. Often used as a performance outlet for young up-and-coming artists, the stage is regularly buzzing with every kind of music there is! Yellow Submarine strives to encourage, promote and discover young musicians and singers, so there is always a fantastic atmosphere at this trendy venue.
Zappa at the Lab
Zappa is a chain of venues that organises live music performances for guests to enjoy while food and drink are served to their tables. At the Lab (the Jerusalem venue), you can experience live performances from both Israeli and international artists. The relaxed atmosphere makes it the perfect place to enjoy refreshments alongside the music.
Where to Stay
Abraham Hostel – This accommodation is perfect if you like to get out and about. It’s just a 20 minute walk from The Old City and sits right outside a tram and bus stop, so you don’t have to worry about travel if you’re wanting to go outside the city to explore. The hostel has fantastic amenities including free Wi-Fi and an evening bar. Breakfast is provided and there is a communal kitchen for guests to use at their leisure.
The Post Hostel – A great central location, stylish rooms and budget friendly…need I say more? The Post is a beautiful hostel with a communal kitchen, lounge and rooftop terrace. Less than a mile from some of the best attractions, this accommodation is perfect for adventurers.
Cinema Hostel Jerusalem – Located at the heart of Jerusalem, this hostel is just a short trip away from some of the city’s popular tourist spots (and its hidden gems). The décor is modern and unique, featuring wall art from well-known films.
How to Get There
Airlines from the UK fly into Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport. The flight time will be just under five hours, and there are six airlines that travel directly. Plus, there are up to 67 flights a week, which means you’ll wide range of choice.
From the airport, I suggest pre-booking a transfer service with Shuttle Direct to take you to Jerusalem. The transfer will take approximately 50 minutes – it is definitely worth booking in advance to avoid being further delayed. Having to stand in a queue for public transport or taxis is not the best way to start your holiday. Shuttle Direct puts the customers first and provides a safe and easy transfer service.
About Shuttle Direct
At Shuttle Direct, we want your holiday to be relaxed, stress free, and easy – so we make sure that starts with your transfer. By pre-booking with us you can guarantee a reliable, easy airport transfer, friendly drivers, and a hassle-free start to your holiday.