Situated in the heart of Tel Aviv, The Norman brings unprecedented sophistication and boutique character to the historic Mediterranean city.Launched in November 2015, The Norman redefines the art of hospitality, capturing the timeless elegance of the 1920s with comforts of a world class boutique property. It is no wonder then that they chose to create Tel Aviv’s first gin bar within the hotel, a true nod to the prohibition era.FOUR finds out more from head barman,Noy Davidai…

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in a small city north of Tel Aviv that only had two bars.

How did you find your way into the world of drinks?

Well fortunately one of those bars was owned by a freind of my brother and he offered me a job and that’s how I found my in to the business.

Where do you find inspiration for your drink recipes?

Inspiration for new cocktails I find in many different places, but it is usually a planed and collaborative endeavor between me and the team, we think of the atmosphere we wish to create and continue for that.

What interesting trends/themes are going on in the spirits world?

Big trends going on now are the use of “unlikely” ingredients in drinks, bartenders and mixologists are borrowing ingredients from kitchens and patisseries for their drinks. And mezcal is gaining momentum as well which is a great thing in my mind.

What are four spirits that you always keep handy and what do you mix them with?

I always keep the whisky, gin, rum and various vermouths and usually mix them with basic bitters.

Whats next for you?

Establishing The Library Bar as the go-to bar a great experience with classic and new funky cocktails in Tel-Aviv.

Find out more about the gin bar at The Library Bar in The Norman here…