Hip is rarely a state that merely comes about without effort. Even the term ‘hipster’, so often thrown about to connote both positive and negative aspects of youth culture in the Western world, alludes to the act of being ‘Hip’, an exertion of energy in order to reach the envied stratosphere of cool. Taxidermy, the newest endeavor by nightlife catalyst Adam Horowitz, proves that ‘hip’ is a time-consuming, energy-wringing profession.
Found in the back of a parking lot in the nascent Gan Hahashmal district, The Taxidermy bears the exterior visage of a drifter’s dive, a roadhouse where lost souls get their fix of booze as they wait for their next ride out of town. Needless to say, this affect is intentional. The clash of senses hits as soon as you walk into the bar, greeted by a lively, attractive crowd, a reliable soundtrack, and a regal collection of mounted animal heads gracing the bar walls. Horowitz and friends ensure that surprise live sets by local and visiting talents, as well as appearances by the DJs that make Israel an electronica powerhouse, will occur often and unannounced. Expect a crowd that fits the description above, ranging in age from twentysomething students to fortysomething still-relevants.