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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.
Updated Feb 9, 2005
Address: Galata tower (Galata Kulesi)
Phone: +90 (212) 293 81 80
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!
Updated Feb 5, 2007
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.
Written Jun 15, 2006
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.
Updated Jul 21, 2006
Address: 16/1 Cumhuriyet Caddesi
Phone: 212 2193904
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
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: Siraselviler cad. No 89
Phone: +90 212 251 0222
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 Bono...cool 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!
Updated Sep 13, 2006
Address: Muallim Naci Caddesi No.65 Ortakoy
Phone: 0212 261 1988
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 : http://www.reina.com.tr
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
THE JAMES JOYCE
Zambak Sokak 6 - Beyoglu
Tram/Métro : Taksim
Tel. : 0212 244 02 41
Web : www.irishpubjamesjoyce.com
Open all day from 10:00 to 02:00.
Nispetiye Caddesi No:47 - ETILER–Besiktas
Tel. : 0212 263 78 14. Web : http://www.thenorthshield.com
Open all day from 11:00 to 01:00. weekends 05:00
BESINCI KAT – BILSAK
Soganci Sokak 7 - Cihangir / Beyoglu
Tel. :0212 293 37 74. Web : www.5kat.com
Open all day from 11:00 to 01:00 except sunday
Sehbender Sokak 3, Asmali Mescit – Tünel / Beyoglu
Tel. :0212 292 73 63 Web : www.babylon-ist.com
Open Thursday to Saturday from 21:30 – 03:00
NUTERAS / NU PERA
Mesrutiyet Caddesi 149, Passage des Petits-Champs – Tepebasi / Beyoglu
Open all day from 18:00 to 02:00
KEMANCI – TAKSIM SANAT EVI
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 : www.roxy.com.tr
Open all day from 22:00 to
Updated Sep 20, 2006
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 dancing...men 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.
Updated Dec 26, 2012
Address: Tiyatro Cad. No25A
Phone: +90 (212)5173488
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
Written Dec 24, 2004
Address: Bosphorus - Istanbul
Phone: +900212 259 59 19
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.
Written Sep 3, 2007
Phone: 212 247 163 031
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