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Kibbutz Galuiot 52, Tel Aviv-Yafo
The Barby is at this point a legendary live shows indoor venue, in which many international artists perform their only (or one of a few) Israeli shows. During most of the month it has shows of local bands, some of which are huge while many others are way below mediocre.
Two things I don't like about the Barby. One is that is has no character of its own. You won't just go to the Barby to see who is playing tonight. It's just a space, somewhat warehouse-like, used to get people in it and watch a show.
The second one is the fact they don't ban smoking inside. While the actual enforcement of the non-smoking law in Israel varies from place to place, rarely does it seem more reasonable to prohibit smoking. This is basically a small space, with many people inside. It can get stuffy even without the person next to you smoking.
If you're going to a "big" show (international artist, or big local band) get your tickets early (you can buy tickets online through their website but it's currently only in Hebrew). Come early - even though you may wait for a long time for the show to start, the Israeli audience tends to be a little pushy compared to anyone else.
There's a second level (you'll find stairs leading up to it) which can be a great spot to view the show from above.
Note that the prices of the bigger shows can be quite high. With international artists you can expect to pay 4-5 times as much as in Europe.
It's been pointed out that I should clarify this: Though the Barby is the second biggest indoor venue in Tel-Aviv (biggest is Hangar 11) don't expect a huge place - in fact Liron says it's quite tiny by international standards and she's probably seen more live shows than all of us.
Rothschild Blvd 15, Tel Aviv-Yafo
Just a few minutes walk from the noisy and crowded part of Rotschild blvd (mainly, where Rotschild meets Alenby / Nachalt Binyamin) you'll find what is perhaps one of the best Italian restaraunts in Israel.
Rustico's amazing not because of how good the food is (even though it's really really good). It's mostly because the people running the place and working in it strive to give you the most authentic, personal experience.
Every dish is prepared with great care, and most of the cooking is done out in the open, in front of the bar. Just sitting there as dish after dish is prepared before you is an unforgettable experience.
I've been there many times, with many different friends, almost always sat on the bar. The staff is always friendly, always happy to chat and make a suggestion.
The menu changes with time but I don't remember anything I ate there that I didn't love.
The business lunch time (from Sunday to Thursday) is quite affordable. Any other time - this isn't the cheapest place to go to. Still, you pay not only for the delicious food but also for the experience. And it's not even remotely close to how much you will pay in a "fancier" but less authentic restaurant.
It's also a great place for a date (with someone you're beginning to care about) and they have a nice selection of wines as well.
Last, when going in the evening, and especially during weekends/holidays call them to reserve. (And did I mention you should sit on the bar already?)
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