The best restaurants are those that provide an exciting place to escape from reality. And there’s no greater escape than what you’ll find in the photos of this abandoned underwater restaurant in Israel’s southernmost city of Eilat.
It’s located under the water, and its photos, history, and current state will get your imagination going.
The story came to light thanks to Gil Koplovitz, a marine biologist, who was working in the area one day. He told Huffington Post in an email that he found the location while on his dive, swam up to the windows to see what he found, and then took photos of his surprising discovery. Here’s what he found.
But this wasn’t just an ordinary restaurant — it was also a fancy club where diners could spend the evening dancing the night away.
Below, you’ll see another, clearer shot of the dance floor. You’ll also notice the mirrors in the background showing Koplovitz taking the photo.
Some tables can still be seen stacked in the background of this shot. (This detail will be important later in the story.) In this case, you can see another swimmer out the window — this time without a camera — so it’s clear that Koplovitz wasn’t alone.
But what was this abandoned underwater restaurant, what were its origins, and what is it today? Clearly that question garnered everyone’s interest, which is why Huffington Post reached out to Koplovitz to learn more.
Here’s what he had to say, and what we discovered when we did a deep dive into YouTube.