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Drinking at an all night hookah beach bar in Tel Aviv, Israel

Drinking at an all night hookah beach bar in Tel Aviv, Israel
Drinking at an all night hookah beach bar in Tel Aviv, Israel
Tamar Alexia Fleishman, Esq.

Bars in Tel Aviv don't have an official closing time; they stay open as long as people are drinking. In the summer, beach bars are especially popular. Multiply that popularity several-fold when it's the World Cup and the bar is a hookah -- "shisha" bar.

Drinking at an all night hookah beach bar in Tel Aviv, Israel
Tamar Alexia Fleishman, Esq.

I'm pretty sure I was at La Mer Beach bar! It was one of those kind of nights and I can't read my Hebrew receipt. They do take American credit cards, not a given. The place was within just a few blocks of the Metropolitan Hotel. It's great to be able to get out and socialize late at night -- when you might be terribly jet-lagged -- without necessarily going to some scary unfamiliar club.

I saw lots of people on chaise lounges out on the sand, watching a giant television screen of the World's Cup. Inside, where I was, several people were smoking hookahs under red lights. I ordered a local beer, Macabee. Many reviewers on BeerAdvocate.com call it "sweet," but a cold beer on a hot night always works.