Istanbul after dark: best clubs and live music venues
Among all the clubs and music venues in Istanbul, some places guarantee a late night well-spent. Follow them on Instagram for the latest information.

Where to find live music

Babylon is a concert venue for various types of music since 1999. Having moved to Bomontiada im 2015, the current venue has a 550-person standing capacity. Tarihi Bomonti Bira Fabrikası Birahane Sokak No.1, Bomonti

Salon İKSV stages concerts from October to May. Located at the ground floor of the Nejat Ezacabaşı building, the venue hosted Rhye, Sons of Kemet, Mashrou’ Leila, and many other artists this season. Nejat Eczacıbaşı Binası Sadi Konuralp Caddesi No.5, Şişhane

Nardis is an established jazz club since 2002. Concerts take place Monday to Saturday, starting around 9-10pm. Reservations required. Kuledibi Sokak No.8, Beyoğlu

The Badau is a posh jazz club offering a set dinner menu. Open Thursday to Saturday. Dinner starts at 6.30pm with a limitation of 12 people; concerts begin at 9pm with 30 seats. This small venue is popular among locals, so make your reservation a few days ahead. Duatepe Sokak No.49, Kadıköy

Salon İKSV

Frankie is a fine dining restaurant at The Sofa Hotel. The menu features contemporary international cuisine and the concerts mostly run from around 10pm until midnight. Teşvikiye Caddesi 41-41/A, Nişantaşı

Brunelle is Saint Joseph Alumni Association’s Mediterranean restaurant. Located in Moda, the spacious, exquisite venue often holds live music performances after dinner. Acar Sokak No.5, Kadıköy

Angie is a club featuring live Turkish music. Featured artists include Zeynep Bastık, Ayla, and Baran Bayraktar. Open Wednesday to Saturday; concerts start from midnight. Neşe Sokak No.1, Bebek

Cemiyet is a cozy live music venue featuring local singers and bands. Hosted artists include Ezgi Aktan, Hüsnü Arkan, Eda Baba, Rewşan Çeliker, Mehmet Akbaş, and more. Nergis Sokak No.8, Beyoğlu

House of Fuzuli is a café in the daytime and becomes a cocktail bar at night. Enjoy live music on Thursday nights and DJ sets of funk disco and alternative pop on Fridays and Saturdays. Bebeköy Sokak No.4, Etiler

Bina is a multifunctional venue holding concerts, exhibitions, and events. While the ground and basement floors are bars, the first floor functions as a gallery and the second as a live music venue. Kadife Sk. No.26, Kadıköy

Arkaoda is a cozy bar with a backyard. Being one of the local hotspots for young people on weekend nights, it schedules DJ performances monthly, featuring house and techno music. Kadife Sok. No.18, Kadıköy

Nardis Jazz Club

Dance until dawn

Being one of Istanbul’s nightlife classics, Kiki in Cihangir hosts DJs such as Phil Weeks, Urulu, Djuma Soundsystem, Oceanvs Orientalis, and more. Sıraselviler Caddesi No.42, Beyoğlu

Not far from Kiki is another classic, Minimüzikhol. As the name suggests, the ‘mini music hall’ is a tiny yet established club loved by Istanbulites since 2009. Soğancı Sokak No.3, Beyoğlu

Peyote is loved by both locals and foreigners. The three-floor venue offers the complete nightlife experience. You can either drink at the terrace, enjoy live music downstairs, or get down at the dance floor behind its entrance. Kameriye Sokak No.4, Beyoğlu


Gizli Bahçe is a casual bar hidden in Nevizade that turns into a dance floor after midnight, with DJs playing chill house and electronic dance tunes. Open from Tuesday to Saturday until 5am. Nevizade Sokak No.15, Beyoğlu

Pixie opened in 2008 as Istanbul’s first bass music club. This intimate, tiny venue is where to experience the real underground scene. Open on Friday and Saturday. Ara Güler Sokak No.12, Beyoğlu

Swank and spacious, Mentha Nova is a rooftop club that provides good music with a city view. Usually open from Wednesday to Saturday. İstiklal Caddesi No.201, Beyoğlu

Love Dance Point is a LGBT friendly club featuring dance and drag queen shows. Resident DJs include Burak Şahin, Can Yalçın, and Serhat Uzunel, playing music ranging from house to pop to Turkish. Cumhuriyet Caddesi No. 349, Nişantaşı

With the visual projection supporting DJ performances, MU Istanbul is a chic and stylish club where the party goes wild until around 2am. Beyazıt Caddesi No.15, Maslak

Zor is the best place to dance in Kadıköy after drinking on Kadife Sokak. Visit after midnight. Moda Caddesi No. 70/4, Kadıköy

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