Sitting on a stool near the wall, I look around at the quaint decorations lining the wall. Old VHS tapes sit behind a glass display case, a substantial bar liquor bar with one beer tap, and fun colorful lighting all catch my eye. Other than our group, there are only a few people hanging out and one of them continuously makes flirting looks at me even sticking his tongue at me in, what I assume is, a sexy, seductive gesture. Some people head outside to smoke and others are all about the dance floor. It’s your typical bar scene on week night except this is Video Pub and it Jerusalem’s gay bar…the only one.
Jerusalem: The Historic Side
Jerusalem is known for its status as one of the holiest places in the world. It’s chockfull of ancient buildings, beautiful churches, old alleyways, and everywhere you look there is something holy. This is the reason people visit Jerusalem. It’s an incredible experience to walk through the areas where Jesus Christ was presumably entombed (there are multiple), seeing the Western Wall, and gazing on the Dome of the Rock. I mean, who doesn’t want to have these experiences? These religious beliefs changed the world and visiting such ancient historic sites is a must-do.
Nightlife…There is A Lot
So you can imagine my surprise to learn the city actually has a pretty awesome nightlife scene. There are bars and dance clubs all across the city. From a bar in the basement of an old abandoned house to your typical hipster bar, you will find the perfect place to grab a drink to suit your tastes. My favorite nightlife hot spot in the city is the famous Shuk Machne Yehuda located fairly close to the Old City. During the day you can get your produce and other vittles but at night all the food stalls close and the bars open. It’s such an awesome transformation! Jerusalem is surprising like that…it’s a city of contrasts.
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Jerusalem’s Gay Bar
Given the religious nature of Jerusalem, I definitely didn’t expect to find a gay bar. But lo and behold, Jerusalem’s gay bar is pretty awesome and I found it! The only gay bar in Jerusalem called Video Pub is super small but lively even on an off night. But don’t let it’s size deter you, it plays some of the best music out of all the bars and a small dance floor where everyone just has a good time. It was also one of the friendliest bars I visited and the bartender was super nice while totally into dancing. Located at Jerusalem, הורקנוס 1, it isn’t immediately obvious that the bar is there. You’ll need to walk through a little alleyway/courtyard, go up a set of stairs and enter the bar through a second floor door at the back of the building. The best part is it’s located fairly close to the Old City so you can walk around the tourist sites at night and stop by the bar on your way back to your hotel. It’s so much fun! But in conservative Jerusalem you never know how long it’ll be open. It’s been around for a while even when there were multiple other gay establishments in the city. But, for now, Video Pub holds the title as Jerusalem’s gay bar…the only one.
Jerusalem’s Gay Bar: What I Think…
As I’ve always said, Jerusalem is a city of contrasts and pleasant surprises. You can explore the history and make your own pilgrimage if you’d like and then you can have a crazy time hopping from one bar to another. Video Pub is an awesome bar! It’s lively, friendly, everyone wants to dance because the music is so great, and the drinks are affordable. Jerusalem’s gay bar doesn’t disappoint and it was actually the best bar I visited (I’m not just saying that because I’m gay either). And it’s not just for gay people. There were some pretty awesome heterosexual people hanging out and having a good time.
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