The Minzar (hebrew for “the monastery”) is as close as Tel Aviv gets to a proper pub, or actually a Gastro-pub. The place is open around the clock, and at any given hour you’ll find here somebody with a beer in his hands. Yes even a 7 am. Drinking holes usually don’t make for great culinary destinations, but the Minzar is different. The place’s tiny kitchen executes a daily changing menu that can be roughly divided into two categories. First, traditional dishes for accompanying alcohol, such as Pulled pork sandwich, Shepherd’s pie, chilly dogs, steak sandwich, chopped liver and herring. Second comes the more adventurous part, with modern innovative dishes that can range from Thai style seared grey mullet, fresh local calamari with black tahini and yogurt, octopus and chorizo with baby potatoes or pasta with fresh artichokes, tomatoes and white wine. The Minzar’s location, in the heart of Allenby street, makes it easily accessible from most parts of the city – before or after the beach, before or after a long night of clubbing, or even in the early morning hours. And even if you are a complete stranger, the laid back vibes of the place will make you feel instantly at your favourite bar back home.