In order to understand Tel Aviv’s nightlife scene (and understanding Tel Aviv in general) there are few factors you should know first. The size of Tel Aviv and Israel, The transportation in Tel Aviv and central Israel, & drinking culture and cost of living.
Tel Aviv is a small city, just like Israel is a small country, just to compare Israel’s size is similar to New Jersey (approximately 8k mi). So although Tel Aviv is the largest city in Israel, it is still a small city comparing to other major cities in the world like around the world like NYC, London, Paris etc. So when a local from Tel Aviv tells you “This bar is too far” he probably means this is more than a 30 minute drive.
The public transportation in Israel is modern but not yet as developed as the public transportation in major European cities, moreover on the weekend (Friday evening till Saturday evening) there is no public transportation in most of the country (this originates from social religious aspects) while the drinking and driving regulations are strict, clear and forced by the authorities.