Mike's Place

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Mike's Place

Mike, a retired photo-journalist started this tradition in 1993, when he opened a cozy little bar in downtown Jerusalem, where he welcomed all.

This tiny little pub that many people mistook for a private living room later became a prominent Jerusalem landmark.

From the very beginning, Mike's Place attracted the most eclectic assortment of individuals: from travelers to native Israelis, foreign students to Russian immigrants. Arabs, Jews and Christians all sat together with, journalists, diplomats, soldiers and UN personnel - all sharing the good vibes, good music and great beer.

In the background, unique and unmistakable, the signature of Mike's Place; free, live music - every night.

Among the original regulars, or the irregulars as they became known - was Haifa-born, Jerusalem-raised Assaf Ganzman,.

In 1995, in what became Mike's Place folklore - Ganzman inherited the bar when Mike threw in his bar-towel, tossed him the keys, wished him well and headed back to Canada Within months - Mike's Place became one of the best known secrets in Jerusalem, one of the first bars in Israel to serve Guinness on tap, customers spilling out of the door.

By 1999, Mike's Place had become a fixture on the Jerusalem scene and Ganzman decided to expand the business. He brought in his brother Gal, as a business partner. The bars got bigger, the bands got better and the regulars became family. It really never stopped being that living room

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Yafo 33
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כיף ואלכוהול שילוב מנצח (=
כיף,הנאה, משחקים ואלכוהול ..מה צריך יותר מזה?!

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Good Points
מקום נחמד ביותר! משלב אווירת חוץ והמון כיף, רוב המבלים הם אמריקאים עד כדי כך שהמארח קידם את פנינו באמירת hey girls
ואנחנו כלל לא אמריקאיות ואף לא נראות כאלה (;
ליד כל שולחן יש מסך מגע עם משחקים, צ'אט מוזיקה וכו'..אפשרי לצ'וטט ולשחק עם שולחנות אחרים או עם השולחן שלך...מבחר של אוכל בשרי ואלכוהול משובח
עצם היותו של המקום בר מסעדה בעל נוסח אמריקאי הוא חוגג את החגים הנהוגים כגון ההלוואיין ,חג ההודיה וכו'..שזה החלק שישראלים לדעתי פחות מתחברים אבל ביום יום אחלה אווירה !!מומלץ!
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אם אתה לא אוהב אווירה אמריקאית אז כנראה שזה לא המקום בשבילך..אבל לדעתי תמיד נחמד וטוב לגוון (=
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The “All-American” bar
Very close to ben-yehuda, which is why it's probably full of tourists...

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Anyone who wants to feel back in their original homeland- this is the place to do it. Menus, waiters, songs, and even fliers are all in English. This is basically the bars purpose and when you walk in you can see that they are definitely proud of it. As far a drinks and food they added cool things like nachos, fish and chips, and many more things that you wont find in the average Israeli bar.
Bad Points
Israelis come as often as the regulars, but I would advise not to come during days like 4th of July, Halloween, etc. since you would probably feel very left out...
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