Istanbul Nightlife

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    Nevizade Sokak: Taksim Outdoor Nightlife

    by H-TownJourneyman Updated Feb 5, 2007

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    Nevizade Sokak, a side street 1 block from Istiklal Caddesi, is an area popular with locals for it's many small "meyhanes" - Turkish taverns, and outdoor sitting areas for chatting and drinking. All along Nevizade, primarily on nice evenings, you will find tables set up outside with loads of people chatting away; snacking on "meze" - small Turkish dishes, and sucking down Efes beer or some "raki" - a Turkish liquor. The taverns and bars here are generally quite small, but are great places to hang out with friends. Many of them play a variety of music, anything from traditional Turkish tunes to Rock. But if you really want to experience Nevizade, grab a spot outside on the street. When we were here, it got so packed outside, people were sitting anywhere they could, even on the curbs of the street. It was great! A excellent place to do some interesting people watching as well!

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    Galata tower: The show in Galata tower

    by hekate Updated Feb 9, 2005

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    Belly dancing attempts :)

    This is where I was on my birthday :)

    I wanted to go to a belly dancing show and a friend of mine took me there although it seemed that my request surprised him a bit :)))

    I know it is a bit too touristic but I really enjoyed it. The food is delicious, the service is really good and a piece of advise from me - do not miss the red wine there, it is really good.

    Aha, almost forgot, you will be asked where are you from and they will mark your table with the flag of your country :)

    The show itself is interesting to see and they even give you a chance to make a fool out of yourself as you can see on the picture :)

    You can go there at 20.00 h and have something to eat. he show starts at 21.00 h and last about midnight.

    Do not have a clue. I did not pay for it. So, you will have to find out for yourself :)

    Pictures from the show :)

    A small hint:
    If your camera makes good night pictures, take it with you. You may go out on the balcony and get wonderful night time panorama pictures of Istanbul.

    Dress Code: Didint notice something like a strict dressing code there.

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    Whirling dervishes: A spiritual journey

    by midnight_mike Written Jun 15, 2006

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    The Mevlevi Order of Whirling Dervishes was founded in Konya in 1273, but you don't have to travel to central Turkey to see one of their performances. The group featured in the accompanying photograph performed in a room at the Sirkeci train station. As you walk around Istanbul, look for flyers or brochures about their performances. Often, the Whirling Dervishes will perform as part of a dinner package.

    There are not many followers left of this sect of Sufism, so what you see might not be authentic. The act of rhythmically spinning in synchronization is suppose to be part of the spiritual journey. The more you know about this group, the more you will enjoy the performance.

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    Sultana's: Belly dancing show

    by midnight_mike Updated Jul 21, 2006

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    There are not many places to see a belly dancing show in Istanbul. One of those places is Sultana's, a packaged dinner show, which cost 40 Euro per person.

    The Sultana, the mother of the sultan, was in charge of the harem and its concubines. At the beginning of the show, the audience watches as the sultana selects a new slave girl for the harem. If she is lucky, she will give birth to the next sultan and her power and wealth will increase. One of the ways a concubine would garner attention was by her belly dancing skills.

    There are many good belly dancers here. Later in the night, folk dancers dressed in traditional Turkish costumes give a demonstration. The night ends with a singer performing well-known ballads from various countries.

    This is more of a tourist trap than a cultural experience. I felt like I was in Disneyland, not Istanbul, while watching the show. That being said, I would recommend it to older travelers or people with children. The price includes the dinner, a small bottle of wine and transportation to and from your hotel.

    You can purchase tickets from any travel agency in Istanbul or through your hotel. There will likely be literature about Sultana's in your hotel lobby.

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    Orient House: Dinner and Orient Show

    by wise23girl Updated Dec 26, 2012

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    We thought we could not leave Istanbul without seeing an oriental show and we were in luck. The Orient was 2 minutes walk...down the hill and round the corner.

    The meal was tasty and there was a good choice available. We listened to the "Kanun" a typical Turkish instrument...saw belly dancing....other examples of folk this time and even some vocal.

    A good choice if you want to experience the flavour of words and customs of the Turkish people.

    Dress Code: Some wore evening dress...not formal. Just be tidy. I would not consider jeans or sneakers appropriate.

    For a la carte menu and the show the cost was 90 euro in 2011. We paid by credit card and it was charged as TL.

    Look at the photo to get an idea of the programme.

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    Turkish style night life: ANDON

    by neodue Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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

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    Several Clubs..: Nightlife in Istanbul

    by Erkmen Updated Sep 20, 2006

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    I have made a list of several clubs in Istanbul.. Indeed there are many more but these are the ones that are most commonly known..

    Muallim Naci Caddesi 120 – Ortaköy
    Tel. : 0212 259 59 19. Web :
    Open all day from 17:00 to 04:00

    Muallim Naci Caddesi No:141 – Kuruçesme
    Tel. :0212 327 85 85
    Open all day from 18:00 to 04:00, Except wednesdays

    Dereboyu Caddesi 36/38 - Ortaköy
    Tel. : (0212) 259 89 11
    Open all day from 12:00 – 02:30, Located inside the Ortakoy princess hotel

    Zambak Sokak 6 - Beyoglu
    Tram/Métro : Taksim
    Tel. : 0212 244 02 41
    Web :
    Open all day from 10:00 to 02:00.

    Nispetiye Caddesi No:47 - ETILER–Besiktas
    Tel. : 0212 263 78 14. Web :
    Open all day from 11:00 to 01:00. weekends 05:00

    Soganci Sokak 7 - Cihangir / Beyoglu
    Tel. :0212 293 37 74. Web :
    Open all day from 11:00 to 01:00 except sunday

    Sehbender Sokak 3, Asmali Mescit – Tünel / Beyoglu
    Tel. :0212 292 73 63 Web :
    Open Thursday to Saturday from 21:30 – 03:00

    Mesrutiyet Caddesi 149, Passage des Petits-Champs – Tepebasi / Beyoglu
    Open all day from 18:00 to 02:00

    Sira Selviler Caddesi 69/1 – Cihangir / Beyoglu
    Tel. : 0212 251 27 23
    Open all day from 21:00 to 04:00

    Arslan Yatagi Sokak 3 - Cihangir / Beyoglu
    Tel. : 0212 245 65 39
    Web :
    Open all day from 22:00 to

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    Crystal: it happens at around 3 am on weekends

    by Alikatt Updated Sep 13, 2006

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    Crystal at daylight

    Crystal is the place to be after all the clubs shut down. This summer, due to the new 'noise level regulations' in effect on the European shores of Istanbul, many clubs have had to turn down their music at 2 am. So Crystal got busier earlier than usual. Cyrstal was good again this summer. I was only there three times this time around but the second time was the best. There was a DJ from Chicago that rocked the club inside. The DJ booth now moved to the opposite wall but the sound is still top quality as before. The club is open from Thursdays to Saturdays (going into Sunday morning actually). It's in Ortakoy almost right underneath the enormous span of the bridge to Asia. The location with its large 'outdoor' bar and seating all around it, large covered lounge area and house music create a super cool atmosphere to hang out in and dance to house music if you feel like it. Last fall/winter, the lounge area was spiffed up so that it's now sleeker and more disco-ey with disco balls, black and white scheme that lends the lounge a rsuper retro feel. Crystal books top DJs from Europe and the US regulary + hosts the best DJs in Turkey as well. Inside is the cavernous club with its dope sound system. Mostly deep, tribal and progressive house music is played in the indoor club but it's running a wider gamut these days from funky to break beats to electo tunes. Famous DJs from all over the world have gotten on Crystal's decks and some really good ones from Istanbul like UFUK and my friends, Evren + Evren played there a while back. I like it when house music is played in the lounge area by DJ Kiwi. One thing I don't like is it gets really hot in the summer months in the lounge area since it it not air-conditioned. The inside club is but there's so much smoke in there that I cannot stand being there for more than 10 minutes!

    Dress Code: The dress code's pretty relaxed. Jeans is the predominant Crystal culture wear but for the tops, the trendier the better. Fashionistas have been known to hang out there but in the summer, it's really very casual. Men are usually in T's and crisp linens. Girls, feel free to wear your hot frocks with Christian Loboutins or Manolos, Jimmy Choos or Miu Mius, Gunmetals or G Shocks; your Diors, Dolces, Guccis or grunge, Stellas or Spassos; Polo Garage or Tweens and True Religion jeans and indie designer threads. Soho, boho or the real cats, gals and their pals are welcome as long as you have the matching attitude. It wouldn't hurt if you know people either...that should get you on the VIP line straight through the door. See you there when I go back!

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    Reina: Queen of the Bosphorus

    by abc_of_freedom Written Dec 24, 2004

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    From Reina

    Reina, the choice of both foresigners and local people on the shores of Bosphorus as a result of its quality and elegance, if you come to istanbul, Come to reina, regardless. I'm meeting to you :)

    Dress Code: Ten Restaurants
    Turkish Nights

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    Kervansaray Restaurant Night Club: Belly Dancer

    by fachd Written Sep 3, 2007

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    The main belly dancer
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    We went to Kervansaray night club to see Belly dancer. For 60 Euro p/p we had dinner (fixed menu) and two drinks plus entertainment. The entertainment consists of two belly dancer, Kosak dance and Folk Dance. They also had a guest vocalist, that night he was imitating Frank Sinatra. He also sang the different nationalities songs. For Australia he sang Waltzing Matilda. The audience can participate in the belly dance. It was fun.

    Dress Code: Dress neat casual, no sneakers.

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    Rock Bars: Are U ready?!

    by KIZGINdamdakiKedi Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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
    Food :No
    Credit Card:No
    PArkingLot :No

    Dress Code: however you feel comfortable..just like a rocker :)

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    MeTroSexual: straight+Gay+lesb..they are all there

    by KIZGINdamdakiKedi Updated Oct 13, 2006

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    you dont pay anything on the enterance but you should proof to bodyguard u are a person of MetRoSexual who is there for dancing&having fun. :)
    thats not a gay bar. what i tried to tell is its a mix bar. not bother anyone !

    u wanna guarantee to get in? if ur gay take a straight w/u if ur straight take a gay w/u :)))

    That NightClub+bar became one of favorite place in Istanbul.
    MeTroSexual is closed on Monday.
    Tuesday is night of DJ's-Drinks are %25 less discount(10pm-5am)
    Wednesday is night of any famous Turk Singer as a special guest (10pm-5am)
    Thursday nights are Red Nights by Teo (10pm-5am)
    FRiday and Saturday have suprise shows(11pm-7am)
    Sunday is only only Turkish music (10pm-5am)
    Drinks prices are btwn 10 YTL-15 YTL (around 8-10 Euro)

    No reservation need,Credit Card is acceptable

    Dress Code: there is No dress code..but if u wear like hip-hop style or rocker..i am not sure if the boudguard will let you in :))

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    Anjelique: Bosphorus night extraordinaire

    by Alikatt Updated Jun 1, 2009

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    DJ Dogus in the house playing house music!
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    It's a tres cool restaurant and bar on the Bospohrus and that alone is a major draw for me. Second reason, I love the house music DJ Dogus plays there...and the fact that it draws the coolest crowd some of whom are chased by the paparazzi as they arrive from Reina or elsewhere. Back in summer '06 lights were flashing when my socialite companion and I were entering Anjalique. Anjalique actually has been my favorite place since 2003 when I first went there for afternoon cocktails. Food's quite good too. The portions are quite small though. Anjelique gets banging at 'round half past midnight to 3:30 am. The cool Turkish set and the hip international crowd descend (or should I say, ascend since you either have to walk up a set of stairs to get to the main deck or come by boat) at around 1 a.m. ready to imbibe some more and be teased to dance by the superby talented DJ's house beats. For me, with my hair blowing in the wind (depending on the temp and breeze) by the Bosphorus and the house music I love dancing to, nothing beats Anjelique on a any summer night.

    Overall, I love the view, the music and the crowd...and the bar tenders can now make decent cok dry vodka martinis...bring your Platinum or Black/Centurion credit cards.

    Dress Code: The trendier the better. Show-off-the-summer-tan/ bod attire. Jeans are fine as long as they are either short or the latest models from Joe's, True Religion, Rock & Republic or some premium denim brand from Vakko, Beymen, Milan or Paris or LA... and paired with sexy tops and summer sandals in colors that go well with your bronzed skin.

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    Rio Bravo: Latin beat in Taksim

    by Tijavi Updated Sep 30, 2007

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    Rio Bravo's facade in Taksim

    I know Turkiye, the land of belly dancers, is an unusual place to enjoy Latin music, but Rio Bravo on Istiklal offers just that -- good, lively Latin music -- along with several rounds of ice-cold Corona (to round up the Latin spirit, quite literally!). The crowd is usually mixed local, tourist/expat, and some couples even unabashly put up a show for the crowd (i.e., Public Display of Affection), while others dance to the beat of salsa, cha-cha and rhumba.

    Dress Code: No strict dress code. Appropriate wear would be smart casual.

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    Leyla: Cool artsy bar in Cihangir

    by Alikatt Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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'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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