At first, Karaköy was all about cafes, restaurants, and art galleries. But one by one, new bars and clubs began opening in the area. The hip and trendy neighborhood reached a new level, fulfilling the needs of its crowd. Now Karaköy is a vibrant blend of all kinds of places - you might just move there and live forever without the need to leave for anything. With its new character, Karaköy houses some of the best nightlife places in the city. Here are our favorites.
Mitte's focal point is its bar, and with his formative experiences in mixology in the UK and Norway, Taner Özkan is behind that bar. Özkan created herb- and fruit-infused vodkas that add a unique touch to the menu, and is planning to go even further with smoked and molecular cocktails. Try the favorite Siberian Satsuma and Matruşka (with echinacea-infused vodka), or go for revived classic such as the Negroni. Necatibey Caddesi No.66A; T: (0532) 540 65 69
Colonie regularly hosts live DJs over the weekends, and invites Karaköy’s hipsters to wine, dine, and sip cocktails over designer marble-top tables or kick back in the cool breeze on the veranda. Colonie offers you the best cocktails with a fully stocked bar and menu including all the classic and house specials such as the Hot Passion — a rum-based long drink with dominant passion fruit notes, the acidity of lime, and a pronounced kick of Mexican chilli pepper. Kemankeş Caddesi No.87/A; T: (0212) 243 21 03
With three floors each with a different concept, Unter houses a restaurant, a lounge, and a loft - which is perfect for private parties. From Thursday through Saturday night, the place turns into a fully fledged bar with loud music and big crowds, where dancing is definitely encouraged. Kara Ali Kaptan Sokak No.4; T: (0212) 244 51 51