Mike's Place

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Mike's Place (מייקס פלייס)
Industry Bar
Founded Israel (1992)
Headquarters Israel
Number of locations
7 (as of August 2014)
Area served
Products Hamburgers, chicken, french fries
Website www.mikesplacebars.com/

Mike's Place (Hebrew: מייקס פלייס‎‎) is an Israeli chain of sports bars, with six bars around the country, and one pizzaria, located next to the chain's beachfront promenade bar.


In 1992 Michael Vigodda, a photojournalist, opened Mike's Place in downtown Jerusalem. Vigodda named the bar after another bar called "Mike's Place" located at the Carleton University Student's Center in Ottawa, Ontario. This was, in turn, named after former Canadian Prime Minister and statesman Lester B. "Mike" Pearson,[1] who won the 1957 Nobel Peace Prize for his role in defusing the Suez Crisis.

In 1995, Assaf Ganzman, an Israeli blues musician and vocalist for a band called SOBO, became an owner of the bar after Vigodda returned to Canada.[2]


Mike's Place bars[edit]

Mike's Place on the beachfront promenade in Tel Aviv

In 1999, the bar moved to Jerusalem's Russian Compound and in 2005 to Jaffa Road. In 2001, a second branch was opened in Tel Aviv, next to the American Embassy on the Tel Aviv beachfront. The Jerusalem branch closed on January 4, 2009, when the 19th century building in which it was housed was demolished.[3] In October 2010, Mike's Place re-opened in Jerusalem at a new location also on Jaffa Road. The Jerusalem branch, the first Mike's Place franchise, is owned and operated by Jerusalem architect Reuben Beiser.

As of August 2014, there are 6 branches of Mike's Place:[4]

  • Tel Aviv, promenade
  • Tel Aviv, Ramat HaHayal
  • Tel Aviv, Ha'Arbaa St.
  • Jerusalem
  • Herzliya
  • Eilat

Mike's Pizza Place[edit]

On 12 March 2014 Mike's opened their first pizzeria[5] called Mike's Pizza Place in Tel Aviv, next to their beachfront Mike's Place location.[6]

Similarly to the Mike's Place locations, Mike's Pizza Place is centered on the main bar. Instead of burgers and fries, this location offers Pizza and ice cream.[7]


The Jerusalem and Ha'Arbaa locations are kosher.[4] The other locations are in primarily secular areas of Israel where Jews do not typically keep the laws of Shabbat. Therefore, if the locations were to be kosher they must close on Friday nights, a very popular night for bars in these secular areas.

Suicide bombing[edit]

On April 30, 2003, a Palestinian suicide attack perpetrated by British Muslims, killed three civilians and wounded 50 in the Tel Aviv location.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Carleton University#Mike's Place
  2. ^ Mike's Place History - Retrieved 28 August 2014
  3. ^ Zohar, Gil (January 8, 2009). "Here's looking at you - one last time". Jerusalem Post. Jerusalem, Israel. Retrieved January 11, 2009. Though the Nahalat Shiva bar had 36 months remaining on its eight-year lease, last fall the landlord Darinel Business Inc. invoked a demolition clause in that agreement to force the bar out. 
  4. ^ a b Locations - Retrieved 28 August 2014
  5. ^ Day 3!!! Looking better each day. - Retrieved 28 August 2014
  6. ^ Location - Retrieved 28 August 2014
  7. ^ Take Away Menu - Retrieved 28 August 2014
  8. ^ Details of April 30- 2003 Tel Aviv suicide bombing-3-Jun-2003 - Retrieved 28 August 2014