In Hollywood, you may wait in line for hours to get into a club, if you get in at all. The key is to be patient, stay positive, and bribe the doorman if the wait gets to be unbearable. Arriving in Israel, you may experience the same delay. The same advice holds minus the bribe which is not advisable for reasons you can figure out on your own.
After enduring an interrogation at immigration (see Detained in Tel Aviv: A Most Unwelcome Welcome), and after having a few Goldstar beers on Dizengoff Street , I heeded my friend’s advice and headed to a club called Radio. It was a Thursday. There was a queue to get in which I learned from the patrons in line was not normal. When I finally made my way to the front, I learned that there was a cover charge of 10 shekels ($2.74) which, if you kept your receipt, can be used towards your first drink.
The wait and the cover charge were well worth it. Upon entering, I was greeted with the familiar sounds of American hip-hop which lasted from arrival at 2:30AM to my departure at dawn. The music was fantastic the three nights I went there (it was a mistake not to go four), and the people were as well. The drink prices are affordable (approx $6 for a beer, $8 for a mixed drink) compared to other bars in Tel Aviv where a vodka soda can be $15.
It became a tradition to get my second favorite beer (Leffe Brune being first), Delirium Tremens, with my entrance rebate and then go back to Goldstar until a Jack and diet was warranted. Even without a drink, the energy of the place was enough to keep me buzzed all hours of the night. The diversity of the crowd coming together in celebration shows that there can be peace in the valley someday. And music may be the way that will get us there. #elvis #peaceinthemiddleeast #hiphopnothouse
For these reasons, Radio Tel Aviv is worthy of being on my Best Nightclubs in the World list.
TPOL’s Tip: Radio’s Address: Shadal St 7, Tel Aviv-Yafo, 65781, Israel