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Imperial Craft

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66, Hayarkon Street, Tel Aviv 63255

Should you be in Tel Aviv any time soon, be thankful for the team behind Imperial Craft. Bar Shira, Dror Alterovich and Gilad Livnat are a large part of why the Israeli city boasts one of the world’s most exciting cocktail scenes right now.

Of the trio’s four restaurants and bars, Imperial Craft remains its first and greatest work. Hidden inside the relatively nondescript Imperial Hotel – owned by the family of Livnat – the bar is not at all what guests might expect… unless, that is, they are expecting an Asian colonial-style bar serving super-inventive cocktails. This is a small but perfectly formed space, with impeccable table service and mixes from some of the city’s most decorated drinksmiths. Right now you can sample their all-star menu, a compendium of the bar’s most popular drinks since opening. Try the unaptly named Bullet to the Head: a heady mix of Woodford Reserve and St-Germain, beet and chipotle syrup, lemon and egg white.

This year, the Best Bar in the Middle East & Africa award, sponsored by Asahi, rightfully goes to Imperial Craft.