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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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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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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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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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Corridor Kuruçeşme

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.

Once located in Nişantaşı’s Milli Reasürans Çarşısı, Corridor has now moved to Kuruçeşme. Its laid-back atmosphere has been attracting customers from day one. It's also known as a celebrity watering-hole, so it's a good spot to people-watch. More relaxed during weeknights and more crowded 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.

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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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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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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Especially popular with the electronica crowd, Indigo is first and foremost a live performance venue where DJs play a wide range of house, tech-house, and techno music. Recently the club has widened its spectrum to include disco, nu disco, indie, and electro-rock.

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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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Gold Bar, located in the lobby of the Edition Hotel in Levent, offers its customers comfortable seating on sofas as well as an outdoor patio. Their wine list offers a wide array of wines from Turkey, California, France, Italy, and Australia, plus a selection of original cocktails.

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Located on the top floor of the InterContinental Hotel , City Lights is a sophisticated bar in an elegant space. Upon entering City Lights, the first thing that strikes you is the stunning panoramic view of the Bosphorus. Since a complete renovation and makeover of the menu, City Lights has brought...

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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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One of the first Irish pubs to open in Istanbul, Belfast Irish Pub has been the place for happy beer-drinking crowds since 1997. From jazz to rock, world music to blues, a large music archive adds another element to the feel of this bar that features international beers and a lovely garden. Related...

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COOP is a bar and music venue in the Suriye Pasajı arcade on İstiklal Caddesi. The bar hosts regular DJ nights and live music evenings, focusing on local rock and alternative acts. With its prime location in Istanbul's nightlife hub of İstiklal, COOP attracts a crowd that knows how to have a good...

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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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