In this sunny resort city, the crowds move from the shoreline to disco, bars or clubs after the sun sets. As you would expect from a touristy city like Eilat, there is plenty to do and engage come the evening. The major international hotels compete with live entertainment and fancy restaurants while along the Promenade Area, you will find a fairground-like rides and flea market. A very popular entertainment venue in Eilat is the floating bar and restaurant known as Rafsoda.
Situated only east of the Eilat Marina entrance, Rafsoda (means ‘the raft’ in Hebrew) is one of the most unique entertainment venues not only in Israel but also across the world. Touted as the new island in the Red Sea, this exotic raft is the sole entertainment center of its kind in the world. Comprised of two wooden decks with the best view of Eilat, visitors can find a range of fine restaurants and bars in a quaint ambience of a fishing village.
It is a floating entertainment venue and indeed, entertaining it is. This bar and restaurant offer stunning views of the beach, Eilat, the upper deck of Gulf of Aqaba and the lofty red mountains of Edom. Inside are several restaurants, including a Mediterranean Grill Bar, a Fish & Sea Food Restaurant, an espresso bar, Italian and Thai restaurants, wine cellar and an upper deck pub.
Besides the gastronomic installations, it features live music, dinner dance, discos till midnight and sometimes, even dinner shows. There are performances from local Israeli artists at night, along with dancing and international music. In addition to the inviting suspended and netted sundecks, there are snorkeling and swimming facilities for those who want to enjoy the waters along the ‘raft’. Rafsoda is open from 10am until after midnight.
Eilat offers a wide variety of nightlife, whether its discos, pubs or huge parties. After dark, the North Beach area and the lagoon are thronged with crowd. There is minimal drinking because the emphasis is more on atmosphere, food and quality entertainment. Big hotels have posh lounge bars that offer glitzy cabaret, folklore shows or live music. Some have discos but if you want a grittier late-night sites with young crowd, check out the beach bars and the New Tourist Center.
Many shops are still open even in late hours so take a valuable beach time to shop for a bargain. Several attractions stay open late as well so you can take your family to King’s City after sunset or proceed to the Imax to watch 3D movie. There are many pubs and nightclubs in Eilat, some with karaoke or live entertainment, along the Promenade Area, in hotels and on the opposite of Mol Hayam shopping center. There is a hamam (Turkish baths) and bowling alley on the Durban Road.
Aside from Rafsoda, don’t miss other amusing bars and restaurants in Eilat including Red Sea Star, Three Monkeys Pub, The Underground and Platinum. During high summer, late night dance parties are organized on the Taba Road. Go out and explore the city, take a fun walk at night and check out different places around.