Street Guide

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THE DRINK

Evita 31 Yavne St; 011-972-3-5669559 Evita is one of Tel Aviv's rare true lounges, with comfy furniture, a full dining menu, and an excellent range of cocktails. Its three owners are thoroughly tall, dark, and handsome, and the casual vibe ensures a welcome balance between professional types and just-out club kids.

Cedamus Amori

37 Nahalat Binyamin St.; 011-972-54-7750707 Serving both cocktails and light cuisine, this split-level lounge bar includes a gallery and events space up top, while the downstairs bar features rotating DJs spinning an eclectic mix of punk, electro, classic soul, and deep New York-style house.

Levontine 7

7 Levantine St: 011-972-3-5605084 Opened late last year, this is a performance space established by New York City jazz musician Assif Tsahar and Ilan Volkov, the Israeli-born conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. The duplex club showcases the best of local and international punk, rock, jazz, and modern classical. Its queer Yod party (Yod.shoyn.com) is an '80s hitfest starring Madonna, Morrissey, et al.

THE BITE

Brasserie M&R

70 Ibn Gvirol St.: 011-972-3-6967111 With its art deco atmosphere, authentic Parisian menu, and prime city-center location, Brasserie lures everyone from politicians to celebs, army officers to high-tech whiz kids. Do as they do and park yourself on one of Brasserie's rich wooden banquettes to enjoy Left Bank classics like oysters, steak tartare, braised short ribs, and coq au vin.

Martha Kitchen and Bar

26 Ibn Gvirol St: 011-972-3-6966843 Owned by Israeli-American fashion designer Elie Tahari (of Theory fame), Martha Kitchen and Bar is an all-hours hot spot with a tasty range of house-made vodkas (flavored with cinnamon, lavender, or ginger) and a modMediterranean menu. Come for lunch, followed by a visit to the nearby Tel Aviv Museum, or pop in for a late supper after artsy performances at the neighboring Tel Aviv Cinematheque.

THE GROOVE

Cafe Barzilay

13 Horechev St.; 011-972-3-6878090

Tel Aviv's indie homo haunt of choice before moving to grand new digs in the gritty east end about a year ago. …

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