The aptly named Maoz, which translates to Refuge, provides Tel Avivians with a sanctuary of informal hipness. Perched upon a street corner across from the Gan Meir Park, the bar drops pretenses in favor of the funky atmosphere of a laid-back establishment. No unnecessary selectors at the door, the houselights remain up and the smoking is done outside. Indeed, the owners of Maoz want to be your friends. So much so that they designed the backroom as an apartment, complete with shower and kitchen, so you’ll feel like an invited guest to their house party.
As you walk up the stairs past the patio, you will be greeted by a soundtrack consisting of funk and world music, along the line of Manu Chao and Jurassic Five. The front room is dominated by a wide central bar, usually surrounded by attractive people conversing loudly in a plethora of different languages; the Maoz is a popular ex-pat scene as well. The guys will usually be in t-shirts and jeans, the unofficial nightlife uniform at bars of this caliber, while the girls will impress you with their supposed ‘thrown together’ look. Whether finding a couch in the backroom ‘apartment ‘, or grabbing a seat at the bar, you’ll immediately find your place in the welcoming environment.