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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 hip Karaköy bar Finn's bartender Onurcan Gençer to Efendi Topağacı's "Dede", we rounded up the best bartenders in Istanbul.

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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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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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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.

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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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.

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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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.

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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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 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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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.

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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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.

What was once Ghetto, and later on Hypnos, is now Kloster, and remains as one of the largest nightlife venues in Beyoğlu. With a capacity of up to 2,000 people, a quality sound system, several floors and a spacious terrace, Kloster offers top-notch amenities in addition to hosting international DJs...

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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.

This unpretentious bar is where the grunge set of the Asian side come out to party. One of the local favorites in Kadıköy, Karga offers cheap drinks, loud music, and art on the walls. In fact, the upper floors of this bar house an art gallery where you may stumble upon various activities and events...

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A short walk from the bustling Ali Suavi Sokak, referred to by locals as “The Artist’s Square,” Art Sequoia is a newly opened ceramics studio that adds another layer of creativity to this neighborhood. Walking down the street, bright and eccentric ceramic pieces immediately capture your attention and it is impossible not to peek inside to see the hand-crafted personality and details of these objects. Rabia Özdemir Tokat, the owner of Art Sequoia, characterizes her space as a not only a shop but also a workshop space and art gallery. Her motivation for opening the store is to reach people who seek to use art as a form of rehabilitation or therapy, and she invites anyone to participate in one of her ceramics workshop sessions.

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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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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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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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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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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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Discover this thriving bar with a buzzing atmosphere in Beşiktaş. Joker No. 19 is the younger but larger brother of the original Joker bar on Atıf Yılmaz Caddesi off Istiklal Caddesi in Taksim. Many of its loyal customers have now made themselves comfortable in the new roomy environs. Frequented by...

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With an English Gentlemen's Club vibe, the exclusive bar serves great drinks offering a welcomed reprieve from the bustle of the city in a cozy yet upscale atmosphere inside the Grand Hyatt hotel.

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A great place to escape from the crowds of the Asmalımescit area and have a cocktail or a bite to eat as you watch the crowds pass by. Parantez has a small bistro next door, while the bar serves up delicious cocktails all night.

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Located in the heart of Asmalımescit, Off Pera is pinned as an extremely popular spot for the lively Asmalı crowd, attracting a mix of dedicated locals the rare visitor as well. Be warned- if you’re looking for the mind-numbing effects of techno, dubstep, and house music, Off Pera tends to stick to...

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KafePi Bomonti Brasserie is part of the KafePi restaurant and bar group that has branches across Istanbul and in several other cities in Turkey. This branch is located in the historic and ever-popular Asmalımescit neighborhood in Beyoğlu, where the nightlife buzzes through the streets seven nights...

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The narrow (yet always entertaining) space of Kiki Cihangir has made a home in the Ortaköy neighborhood in a three-floored building. During the evening, international dishes are available for dinner, after which the tables are taken away for the space to turn into a club. DJs arrive as the music is...

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Geyik Coffee Roastery & Cocktail Bar is somewhat of a hotspot in the international and hip neighborhood of Cihangir, serving excellent coffee by day and delicious cocktails by night. It has been attracting a trendy, bohemian crowd since it opened in 2014 and this small coffee shop has a cosy...

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A pub that receives mixed reviews but is nonetheless flocked to by expats for a beer or two, especially when celebrating St Patrick’s Day. Conveniently located in the center of Taksim, you’ll find hard-to-get beers like Hoegaadren (orange-flavored wheat beer on draft), Leffe Brown (bottle) and...

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Located on the rooftop of the historic Mısır Apartment, 360 Istanbul provides a panoramic view over the roofs of İstiklal, and towards the Bosphorus below Tophane - hence its name! Although it is open from 11am and provides lunch, it is principally a nighttime hot spot. Very popular internationally...

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A great bar for business meetings or to start the night, the Orient Bar offers delicious drinks in the nostalgic atmosphere of the beautiful Pera Palace.

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Billed as a café, bistro, and bar, NaN has a relaxed and laid-back vibe. It’s located on Meşrutiyet Caddesi, right across from the Şişhane subway stop. It’s a great alternative for pre-party drinking and dancing for a long night out in Taksim - bars and clubs in Asmalımescit, Pera, and Tepebaşı are...

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