A Visit to Beer Bazaar in Shuk HaCarmel in Tel Aviv
On our trip to Israel earlier this year, one place that was recommended to me to try beer-wise was Beer Bazaar. Fortunately, it’s a very easy place to visit! Located in a very central location within Tel Aviv’s Shuk HaCarmel, Beer Bazaar is located at the intersection of the shuk and Rambam Street. This location, across the shuk walkway from the very awesome hummus place inside what looks to be an erstwhile shul on one side and another corner store selling dim sum, allows it to be easily findable.
Beer Bazaar’s physical structure is a hut open on two of its sides with a handful of seats available in which customers can sit and enjoy their beers. While Beer Bazaar has only three beers on-tap, they have another 97 in bottles, all ready for either chilled drinking right there or to buy to take elsewhere. Amongst these 100 beers available, there is a knowledgeable server, bilingually speaking with both Hebrew speakers and English speakers.
While sitting at Beer Bazaar, enjoying the open air feel accompanied by pleasant music, sounds of the shuk and occasional vehicles from Rambam street making deliveries, one can enjoy the busy-ness around one while drinking beer.
Upon my visit, their three beers on-tap were their Fat Cat pale ale, Dancing Camel Patriot pale ale, and Jem’s amber ale. One can get beers on-tap in either 280ml or 400ml glasses. Also, whenever a customer orders a beer, they receive a small plate with 5-6 olives, which is a nice touch.
A sense that I got while sitting there and listening to the staffer was that they are very much a part of the growing craft beer movement in Israel and are trying to educate Israelis (and others) about which craft beers are made in and available in Israel. With its location and ease of access, one hopes that they will continue to spread the awareness that there are many options for craft beer in Israel.