On the corner of Ussishkin Street, a wall painting depicting a Guinness beer exudes endless tranquility. A small bar in Ta’aruha 8 has been operated for more than 40 years behind old wooden doors. Since Amiram and his wife decided to de-tap and see the world, the bar has undergone several management changes until it’s run by Hagit, who is generous and charming. Even though Amiram is no longer there, the place feels just like it did 30 years ago. And the pub hasn’t changed much since it first opened.
It turns out that little has changed in Tel Aviv when it comes to drinking Guinness. And not just any Guinness – the first Guinness in Tel Aviv. The barrels are directly below the tap, which works with an ancient system of valves and pipes that are no longer used anywhere else. In the old-fashioned way of old-school bartenders, a mysterious gas canister swirls just as the beer flows out. It is a thick, foamy and delicious result. Amiram’s beer has been dubbed “the finest Guinness in Israel” for a valid reason. To accompany the beer, a frozen chaser of sweet, spiced Tekirdag raki is recommended. Hagit skillfully fries shellfish and fish at Amiram’s. There is also a plethora of sausages and cheeses – common fare in such a joint – and, of course, a rainbow of delicacies from the Levinsky market: pickled and smoked fish, ikra and labneh from an obscure source.
A long list of regulars and notables who show up at least once a week. You will find veteran drinkers as well as young folk looking for a taste of the old times.