Hookah Bars on Akbiyik Cd: Hookah Bars in Sultanahmet
Just around the corner from the Four Seasons is a colorful street filled with restaurants, pensions, mid and low range hotels and several hookah bars. Whether or not you indulge in inhaling the smokey resin, hanging around the carpeted, low rise couches while engaging with the patrons was great fun. You can always just have a few beers.
Dress Code: Casual
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Babylon is a great live venue. Although the tickets for famous bands sell fast you can always check their site in advance to be sure. Hopefully, the night we visited the club we saw the local singer ETE KURTTEKIN so we just bought the tickets from the box office right opposite the club (15TL). I was listening his first solo album Suyun Ustune on the bus and trains the previous days so it was nice to see him live, he because a bit popular after his appearance at the Turkish movie Av Mevsimi.
The sound in the club was very good, cant say the same for the prices though, 10TL for a bottle beer (there’s no draft beer). By the way, while waiting for the concert your drinks at Nublu will be %50 off (Nublu is one street down from Babylon at Jurnal Sokak No:4)
Baran Bar - Typical Turkish Nightlife?
While wandering around during the evening, getting ready to go the airport, I started to notice the signs for Efes Beer. I was thirsty as always, so I decided to stop into one of the local Turkish Pubs with an Efes sign. I chose a pub right alongside Fındıkzade Tram Station, called Baran Pub.
I walked in and noticed I was surrounded by older locals, who were busily drinking, smoking, eating, and chatting. I grabbed a seat and ordered an Efes beer. They soon sent over the one English speaking worker who asked if I wanted food. No, beer is OK for me!
This pub was unusual by American standards. There was no bar, everyone just piled into the tables near the beer tap, even if the table was occupied by strangers. Everyone seemed to be eating something with their drinks, from nuts to big meat dishes prepared at the restaurant upstairs. I was also surprised by the number of workers here, at least 5 or 6 people, one pouring drinks, one preparing food, and several waiters, all to serve perhaps 10 customers.
Art Activities to Do
There are many nice activities going on in İstanbul. Although it is difficult to obtain tickets for various events you can check them online.
Concert halls such as Borusan Philharmonie, İstanbul State Orchestra, Garaj İstanbul are specifically good.
As a nice night out point do not miss Asmalimescit, a parallel small street by the end of main shopping street Istiklal
BABYLON: BEST VENUE FOR MUSIC
The place of BABYLON was an old car repair shop and I know it wast as nice as today.
There is live music everyday now.used to there was just weekend concerts.
You can listen Jazz,Funk,Latin,Alternative Rock,Turkish Music with Jazz sound.
Caravan Rock Bar: For rock and metal
Caravan Rock Bar is one of the best place for listening to rock or heavy metal especially on weekends. Beer is cheap and the local bands rock. Usually they perform cover songs so you will enjoy the tunes you already know. The ventilation is not adequate as you will see a smoke cloud rising when the place is full.
Dress Code: "Black shirts and boots" as the metal code says :)
Reina: Hottest Spot in Istanbul Nightlife
Reina deserves to be called the hottest spot in Istanbul nightlife. Many events are organised here with participation of famous people from Istanbul and International elite. It has a fantastic view of Bosphorus as it is located on shore line. Restaurants are located in Reina serve different international cuisine. Check out the website for more detailed information.
Dress Code: No Jeans and No Sneakers
Kemanci is the oldest rock bar: First Rock bar of Istanbul
The oldest rock bar in Istanbul.It was under the old galata bridge.After the fire of the Bridge itHAS moved to Beyoglu at the beginning 90'S.You can listen local rock bands and have your beer.Age is between 18-26.But also you can see older guys in this rock bar.
Dress Code: Jean and tshirt
Turkish style night life: ANDON
Andon is the place you can find any kind of music entertainment.Turkish classical music and nigth club.Visit nice web page and find everything inside.Page is in turkish but you can get what it says. There are 4 section in the complex.It is an old neo classical house in Beyoglu District.first section is cafe,second one is PERA (PUB),MUDAVIM is a Restaurant with bosphorus wiew.Meyhane is Tukish style food (Mezes(turkish style appetizers) and olive oil based light foods) with Turkish music.And at the roof there is another restaurant with fusion food.If you want to best wiew from beyoglu while having your food go to this place
Babylon: Stylish: Babylon Turns Istanbul On
This small place is very important in Istanbul's nightlife. Many famous groups from Turkey or abroad takes place in this stage. Drink is expensive and there are not many places to sit.
I've been here 3-4 times. At least 2 of them for Gypsy Nights.
The link is very informative, also you can see the program.
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Blanco: White nights
Blanco is where house music rules (or various interpretations thereof) and is a welcome addition to the hipsters' scene in Istanbul this summer. Not that being hip is a must here but definitely embracing house music is a 'hip' characteristic if you ask me. It is pointless to resist the house music invasion and influence and you haven't embraced it by now, you are on the short end of the stick...That aside, Blanco (white in Spanish) is the predominant theme obviously. It is up on a top floor of a building or 'teras' as they refer to it in Turkish. There is a smaller upper terrace where you can lounge on big white (well, they must have been really white at some point) oversized pillows. Both terraces have full bars but the DJ space and dance area is on the main terrace lavel. Some awesome DJs, like Chuck Love played in July for Om Records' gig that month. I also like the tracks DJ Ilkay plays but pretty much, all house DJs there are good as well as the music they put out. I saw people who go to Reina and Anjelique get theirr feet wet at Blanco this past summer too. It was the hottest rooftop in that area for sure and there was no pretense whatsoever in that cool space.
Dress Code: Dress up or dress down, this place does not have strict rules and inhospitable doormen. Everybody who loves house music is welcome. That's what's so cool about the place.
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The North Shield,Kalamis.: Crazy football nights.
As it's only down the road from Fenerbache stadium there are many local supporters in here for matches.Big screen plus lots of smaller ones,which are usually showing sports or music.Always lively and the prices are reasonable.
Open 12.00-02.00 every day.
Enjoyed their mexican burger there last time as well as the beer of course but if all their food is as good then it's well worth a try.
The company had 14 bars but they have since closed some, all pretty much the same with an English flavour,check their web page for the other bars.
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Leyla: Cool artsy bar in Cihangir
2004: It's really a neighborhood bar that is frequented by those living in Cihangir, a very cool, bohemian crowd in their 20s and 30s. Of course as any bar in Istanbul, the air is filled with smoke (not to my liking or my lungs') but the ambiance is tres cool with fantastic soulful or electro-jazz tunes in the background. Meet your friends for a beer and converstaion. My friends living over there are so lucky they have this awesome watering hole.
2006: Alas my friends residing in cool Cihagir no longer go here. They say it has been 'taken over' by people who hang there that are not even residents so for that reason, its popularity among the locals went down. They now go to Otto or a restaurant in Beyoglu owned by a photographer. I went there for lunch for I forgot the name of it. Arrrrgh Just check it out ...it's next to the bookstore in the corner. It has outside seating and serves good salads although mine was too oily.
Dress Code: 2004: Attire is casual hip to trendy to apres office wear. It's a neighborhood quasi pub without the snob factor.
2006: I peeked in there and didn't really see much change.
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Rock Bars: Are U ready?!
If you like rock, soft rock, rock'n roll, metal, hardrock music,i suggest you go to Kemanci Alt Kat( violinist-Downstairs)
Kemanci is favorite of IStanbul's ppl for a long time..never lost popularity.
There is always full with many rockers.
and nonStop Music
open hours:19:00 - 04:00
capacity :600 +200 people
Live Music :Yes
Dress Code: however you feel comfortable..just like a rocker :)
On Istiklal Caddesi you’ll find rock clubs, jazz clubs, R&B and Hip Hop Clubs, trance and techno music clubs and many of these feature live bands regularly.
For a really cool atmosphere, great views, and nice, trendy crowd, you couldn't do much better than visiting Club Reina in Ortokoy. It's an open-air club, that is a restaurant till 2300 hours, and then turns into a heaving club. Offers nice views over Galata bridge, etc.
Dress Code: Smart & trendy. This place is favoured by many international celebrities!
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