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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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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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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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Until around 2000, Turkish wine rarely received great attention - if any at all. Despite Istanbul's great nightlife and fine cuisine, it can be all the more frustrating to find a glass of wine. Luckily, Sensus has been mending the situation. Located immediately behind the Galata tower, it is part...

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Set in a 140 year old former church, this multi-purpose space is open day and night for music, films, art and design. A clean, cutting-edge venue with a semi-industrial feel, two stages, a courtyard, an exhibition and workshop space. Made popular on Saturday nights by a steady stream of top-class...

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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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Established in 1994, Roxy hosts live acts as well as DJ performances. With a high ceiling and large projection screens, it offers a combination of music and visuals to ravers, rockers, and jazzheads alike. Like any live music venue worth its salt, Roxy gets busy on the weekends. From popular...

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Located in the awe-inspiring Rahmi M. Koç Museum , Bar Bar Rossa has a befitting nautical theme with antique decorations that will have you examining your surroundings for a long time before you can even consider your drink. Come by for the happy hour every day from 6-8pm in this English-style pub...

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The lobby bar in the Grand Hotel de Londres ( Büyük Londra Oteli ) has been frequented by many writers and artists, among them Ernest Hemingway, who was reporting at the time for the Toronto Daily Star. The atmosphere still carries the flavor of Levantine (European Christian) culture as well as the...

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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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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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