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Dive into Istanbul’s nightlife scene, find the best rakı and meze as well as the best cocktails in town. With our reviews and tips you’ll know how and where to party.

On the historic side of the Golden Horn, in Balat, is Balat Sahil Restoran . It has been open for 23 years and its owner’s family emigrated from the Black Sea town of İnebolu, renowned for its various produce and local dishes. As residents of Balat, which has been home to many immigrants from many...

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Beerhall, photo by Merve Göral

Dive into Istanbul’s nightlife scene, find the best rakı and meze as well as the best cocktails in town. With our reviews and tips you’ll know how and where to party.

In Akaretler, you wouldn’t expect a place dedicated only to beer – and Beer Hall really is dedicated, even serving cocktails prepared with beer. Yet, it has become so popular that you may not find a table to sit or even a barstool to stand near after work hours on weekdays and weekends and, well,...

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Dede - Efendi, photo by Merve Göral

Dive into Istanbul’s nightlife scene, find the best rakı and meze as well as the best cocktails in town. With our reviews and tips you’ll know how and where to party.

From the mysterious Kulhanbeyi's cheerful bartender Kevin Patnode to Efendi Topağacı's "Dede", we rounded up the best bartenders in Istanbul.

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Dear Mom, photo by Merve Göral

Dive into Istanbul’s nightlife scene, find the best rakı and meze as well as the best cocktails in town. With our reviews and tips you’ll know how and where to party.

Alexandra Alexandra may be a new addition to Arnavutköy’s trendy scene, but it is informed by some of the city’s experts like Finn Karaköy or Twins Cocktail Labs. While the menu only has nine drinks on it, the kinds of cocktail creations are often at the whim of the bartender. That is, depending on...

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Alexandra, photo by Merve Göral

Dive into Istanbul’s nightlife scene, find the best rakı and meze as well as the best cocktails in town. With our reviews and tips you’ll know how and where to party.

With young and talented Osman Fethi Baycan behind the bar, and Twins Cocktail Lab - the new cocktail brand by Onurcan Gençer from Finn Karaköy and his twin Yiğitcan Gençer - advising the cocktail menu, Alexandra is the new addition to Arnavutköy's vibrant nightlife scene. The two-story bar with its...

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Külhanbeyi

Dive into Istanbul’s nightlife scene, find the best rakı and meze as well as the best cocktails in town. With our reviews and tips you’ll know how and where to party.

If you are the 25th person to go to Külhanbeyi, they may say "We're sorry" and you'll have to find another place to drink that night. With a "first come, first served" policy and only 24 seats available, Külhanbeyi is a one-of-a-kind bar in Asmalımescit. On top of this policy, the place has no...

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Dive into Istanbul’s nightlife scene, find the best rakı and meze as well as the best cocktails in town. With our reviews and tips you’ll know how and where to party.

Located on the entrance floor of Swissotel The Bosphorus, Les Ambassadeurs bar resembles a wood-paneled English gentlemen's club. Reopened in January 2016 after renovation, interiors were kept as close to the original concept as possible, bringing in a nostalgic atmosphere of the 'good old times.'...

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Dive into Istanbul’s nightlife scene, find the best rakı and meze as well as the best cocktails in town. With our reviews and tips you’ll know how and where to party.

Efendi The next time you want a cocktail outside the world of Old Fashioneds and Gin and Tonics, head over to Efendi. Mixologist Uğur “Dede” Tekebaş will mix something that you have surely never tasted before. Whether you are into herb-infused or sweet and light mixes, you will want to stop by the...

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Discover the best restaurants in Istanbul, eat with top chefs, and taste local food by learning more about Turkish cuisine and street foods.

Brainchild of celebrity chef Arda Türkmen and his business partners, Central has entered Nişantaşı's dining scene with the slogan 'Better Mood, Better Food, Better Music.' With a spot-on location next door to the hip Fey boutique, and outdoor seats ideal for people-watching, the place has a great...

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Eclipse

Dive into Istanbul’s nightlife scene, find the best rakı and meze as well as the best cocktails in town. With our reviews and tips you’ll know how and where to party.

Do you know how it feels on top of the world? With the opening of L’Eclipse bar, Le Méridien Istanbul Etiler guarantees it quite literally: their “bright lights, big city” view from the 34th floor combined with the signature details of an international entertainment brand create the ultimate venue...

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Dive into Istanbul’s nightlife scene, find the best rakı and meze as well as the best cocktails in town. With our reviews and tips you’ll know how and where to party.

Cocktail bars are opening up on every corner of the city these days. While most of them closes down after a few months, Efendi looks like it is here to stay. Standing out with its own style and niche crowd, the bar is like the cool kid in the class. It’s a cozy place with a narrow entrance and...

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Dive into Istanbul’s nightlife scene, find the best rakı and meze as well as the best cocktails in town. With our reviews and tips you’ll know how and where to party.

Elegance wraps around you the moment you step through the door of this upscale restaurant, Madeo. Though the owners used the same name as their popular Çeşme beach club of the 2015 summer season, the two places are not alike in concept. However, the aim is the same: offering the best. As a fine-...

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Dive into Istanbul’s nightlife scene, find the best rakı and meze as well as the best cocktails in town. With our reviews and tips you’ll know how and where to party.

Klein is not like other Istanbul clubs. "It's just like Berghain," someone said in the queue outside, referring to the infamous Berlin nightclub. And he was right, to a point: like Berghain, Klein is big, the music is powerful, and the people are not just there to be seen - they're there to dance....

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Beerhall, photo by Merve Göral

In Akaretler, you wouldn’t expect a place dedicated only to beer – and Beer Hall really is dedicated, even serving cocktails prepared with beer. Yet, it has become so popular that you may not find a table to sit or even a barstool to stand near after work hours on weekdays and weekends and, well,...

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Alexandra, photo by Merve Göral

With young and talented Osman Fethi Baycan behind the bar, and Twins Cocktail Lab - the new cocktail brand by Onurcan Gençer from Finn Karaköy and his twin Yiğitcan Gençer - advising the cocktail menu, Alexandra is the new addition to Arnavutköy's vibrant nightlife scene. The two-story bar with its...

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Külhanbeyi

If you are the 25th person to go to Külhanbeyi, they may say "We're sorry" and you'll have to find another place to drink that night. With a "first come, first served" policy and only 24 seats available, Külhanbeyi is a one-of-a-kind bar in Asmalımescit. On top of this policy, the place has no...

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Located on the entrance floor of Swissotel The Bosphorus, Les Ambassadeurs bar resembles a wood-paneled English gentlemen's club. Reopened in January 2016 after renovation, interiors were kept as close to the original concept as possible, bringing in a nostalgic atmosphere of the 'good old times.'...

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Brainchild of celebrity chef Arda Türkmen and his business partners, Central has entered Nişantaşı's dining scene with the slogan 'Better Mood, Better Food, Better Music.' With a spot-on location next door to the hip Fey boutique, and outdoor seats ideal for people-watching, the place has a great...

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Eclipse

Do you know how it feels on top of the world? With the opening of L’Eclipse bar, Le Méridien Istanbul Etiler guarantees it quite literally: their “bright lights, big city” view from the 34th floor combined with the signature details of an international entertainment brand create the ultimate venue...

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Cocktail bars are opening up on every corner of the city these days. While most of them closes down after a few months, Efendi looks like it is here to stay. Standing out with its own style and niche crowd, the bar is like the cool kid in the class. It’s a cozy place with a narrow entrance and...

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Elegance wraps around you the moment you step through the door of this upscale restaurant, Madeo. Though the owners used the same name as their popular Çeşme beach club of the 2015 summer season, the two places are not alike in concept. However, the aim is the same: offering the best. As a fine-...

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Klein is not like other Istanbul clubs. "It's just like Berghain," someone said in the queue outside, referring to the infamous Berlin nightclub. And he was right, to a point: like Berghain, Klein is big, the music is powerful, and the people are not just there to be seen - they're there to dance....

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Opened by former manager of Lucca, Turgay Yıldız, Mitte is located in Istanbul’s hip area of Karaköy. Mitte – whose name is borrowed from the Berlin neighborhood where Yıldız lived and also the German word for center – is meant to bring together different kinds of people from the surrounding...

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A dedicated whisky bar with a fantastic selection of single malts and blends from all over the world. If you're a whisky-drinker, there's plenty to explore: from tart and fruity flavours to the heavier, smokier ones. Each whisky comes beautifully presented with a small snack to compliment the...

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In order for a place to survive in Karaköy, it has to offer something original. From their cocktails to their side dishes, Finn Karaköy does this to perfection. An award-winning bartender and one of the four owners of the place, Onurcan Gençer picked his 14 favorite cocktails for the menu. Each...

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Arnavutköy may once have counted as a sleepy village on the outskirts of the city, but those days are long gone. The picturesque seaside neighborhood’s wooden mansions now harbor upscale fish restaurants, and it was only a matter of time before cocktail bars got into the mix as well (no pun...

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Hayal Kahvesi is a classic venue in the heart of the Beyoğlu nightlife scene. Located just of the bustling İstiklal Caddesi, it is well-known for its live music but also serves as a bistro during the daytime. Hayal Kahvesi was established in 1992 and currently has 13 branches across Turkey. This...

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Cihangir’s hotspot MiniMüzikhol is the underground legend of Istanbul’s nightlife. The loyal fans of MiniMüzikhol (aka Istanbul’s most hardcore hipsters) make their way there in the wee hours of the night (it doesn’t really get going before 2am). Local and international DJs get behind the deck from...

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Reina is a waterfront restaurant/club complex that is famous for its wonderful views of the Bosphorus. There are four restaurants within the complex that are open during summer. Reservations are highly recommended for all four restaurants, especially on weekends. For those who want to enjoy dinner...

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Spread over five floors of a corner building on one of the side streets of İstiklal Caddesi, Nayah is the one and only bar in Istanbul dedicated to reggae music. Originally established to attract the African community in the city, it now gathers large crowds of students, young expats, funky locals...

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A small bar right across from the old Babylon venue in Asmalımescit, Groove is a good option for drinking and dancing. While listening to classic hits from mostly the 80's and 90's, both in English and Turkish, you won't want to sit down. The night won't end while moving to classics from Michael...

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To say Arsen Lüpen is a hidden spot is a little of an understatement - just getting there feels a little akin to a clandestine operation as you first enter into another restaurant, bypass the waiters and make for miniscule lift on the right. Take this contraption to the fourth floor to emerge into...

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What used to be known as Black Box Istanbul is now the Volkswagen Arena, an event venue that is located within the UNIQ Istanbul cultural complex. It offers state-of-the-art acoustics systems in a large space that plays host to some big events from concerts to fashion shows to award ceremonies. It...

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