A neighborhood bar is a common way to describe many bars, pubs, or even some clubs in Tel Aviv. The neighborhood bar is distinct for being in a residential neighborhood, and not in one of hangars at the port or an industrial area. Typically, the neighborhood bar should be filled with the people of the neighborhood, be a quiet bar, small and unpretentious.
This definition was correct until a couple of years ago. As of late, the neighborhood bar has become many things. The general idea is still the same, a small to medium sized place in a residential neighborhood, where there is no dress code and always good vibes. The price range will almost always be lower that the larger clubs or mega bars.
That being said, there are some major differences between them. Some are old fashioned - small and smoky with rock music in the background. Some are trendy and modern with some type of eletcro music, some are well lit, some dark and romantic, some are large and come with more of a party atmosphere, some serve a specific kind of food and some just try to imitate a style of a particular nationality.
At the end of the day (or night), these are the places that belong to the locals, where you can find the majority of the “Tel Avivians," and meet people on their home turf.