REiNA: most popular place of Istanbul
Reina,the choice of both foreigners and local Istanbul people on the shores of Bosphorus as a result of its quality and elegance became worldwide known thanks to its nightfall bar,dishes from distinguished cuisines of the World,and entertainment opportunity till the first lights of the morning.
Dress Code: Causal + Elegant.
no sneakers,no hat
orient bar.: good place for a beer.
the orient bar is located in the orient hostel.
i won't really recommend staying in the hostel as it's noisy and not really the best if you ask me, but it's a great place to socialise and meet other travellers.
the place have 2 bars.
one upstairs that stays open every night and a downstairs bar with belly dancing about 3 times a week.
good place for a few pints and some fun company.
Dress Code: anything goes here.
- Beer Tasting
- Budget Travel
Turkish rock bar: Roxy bar
Roxy Club Istanbul has been the premier live music stage for numerous artists from all parts of the globe. As the official club of The International Istanbul Jazz Festival, Roxy Club has hosted such names as Brandford Marsalis, Marcus Miller, Ernest Rangling, Red Snapper, Groove Collective,
and such names as you can see below.
In terms of its live stage Roxy is open all forms of music but especially to nu-jazz, rock, latin and DJ's including electronic and funk vibes. Roxy Club is also famous with the weekend disco- dance nights and includes performances, films and video art in programming with a capacity of 750 people standing
Dress Code: jeans and tshirt
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
Hayal Kahvesi Beyoglu: Cafe of the Dream
Another old 90's rock bar in the same Beyoglu district.Near the Istiklal street.This is oldest hyala kahvesi in Istanbul.After that opened another one hayal kahvesi in Cubuklu for the Summer.But later thye have split up and now there are 2 diveded hayal Kahvesi .You can listen turkish rock songs from turkish rock bands.It is very old but popular rock bar too.When I was teenager and 20's age I was visiting these rock bars.
Dress Code: jean and tshirt
Barbahçe: Gay- gay friendly bars
Very busy on Saturday nights as all other gay bars and clubs. Recommended for those who would prefer to meet real gay people instead of rent boys and girls cos this is the biggest problem of so called gay bars in Turkey!!
It can be considered as lesbian friendly also.
Dress Code: causal..
- Gay and Lesbian
Nevizade Sokak: Popular spot in Beyoglu
Nevizade sokak is a street organized in "meyhane" concept. There are many restaurants on this street serving various food and drinks as well as numerous meze (appetizer/side dish). You will also come across some musicians going around the tables and playing Turkish music. Don't forget to tip them if you ask them to play. Nevizade is always crowded on evenings especially on weekends. There is always a flock of people walking up and down the street between the rows of tables. You should try a dinner there at least once.
Dress Code: Casual
Nevizade Sokak, Beyoglu: Where the action is at nighttime
This narrow street and some of the side streets are filled with restaurants and meyhanes with indoor and outdoor seating. In the evenings, and espcially on weekends, this place is packed with locals and tourists alike, eating mezes, visiting with friends, listening to live music, and drinking. It is supposedly the place to go if you only have one night in Istanbul. And perhaps the only place to go on any given night for that matter. We didn't come by here in the evening so it was pretty quiet on a rainy weekday afternoon.
Dress Code: Casual
UNFORGETABLE VIEWS FROM VOGUE
This is one of those WOW places. I have travel and been in many of the most amazing club scenes around the world. But I can't remember a place like this, the closets will be at the Guinnes pub in Dublin.
The bar at Vogue is very cozzy and chilled. This will be a place to begin the night or for those days where you just want to listen to some good music.
Outside an impresive terrace that must be a dream at summer time. Incredible views of the city.
Thanks Memhet! I will never forget this place...
Dress Code: Dress to impress!
All Bars: Beyoglu
The night place is around Beyoglu in Ýstanbul, you can find all kind of places here, from traditional music to techno parties, jazz to metal.
The best bars nowadays,
Line Music Club
All have entrance fees at weekends from 7 $ to 20 $
Dress Code: No dress code
- School Holidays
The Cheers Pub: Cheap Beer with Great Location
If you simply want a place to have a beer or seven, the Cheers Pub, located in Sultanahmet is a good place to seek out. The pub is quite tiny upon first impressions but there is a second floor where you can also congregate. The pub has a "patio" which in Turkish terms, means they simply set up tables and chairs along the street outside of the pub. If they all fill up, then they set even more.
Beer here was cheap by Istanbul standards. A large beer set me back about $2.25 US.
something for everyone!
From traditional music to rock/jazz this city has something for everyone!
Around Taksim square you can find many bars and clubs with live music. Walk down Istiklal Cad. and in many small alleys you will see signs for many of them like Mojo Blues Bar, Kemanci, Hayal Kahvesi, Du Rock(metal pub)... For Jazz music try Nardis Jazz Club. For rock/ethnic and other concerts try Babylon. In this area you can go to many cinemas or theatre or just sit in one of the many cafes.
There are some folk music bars that called TURKU BAR. You can hear Fasil music there. Many people from Anatolia go there and enjoy to sing along. I found many places like that and we had great time, drinking a lot of drinks although in most of them no one spoke English.
There are many dance nightclubs -during the summer- along the Bosphorus like Pasha but they are more pricey…. Reina & Laila are famous nightclubs too but I never been there,,, Everyone find Ortakoy area cool for its nightlife or Etiler (bring more money here!)
Kumkapi area is famous for its fish restaurants so come here if this is your way for spending the night!
Sultanahmet area turns up to an empty area during the night.
Taps,Dulcinea: Clubbing or chillout?
Taps is the best and maybe the only real brewery in Istanbul and the whole Balkans..
You can enjoy the daily made different kinds of beers and strike conversations with the local people..Large beers are 3 $ and really delicious..
Dulcinea is among my favourites in Pera disctrict..It is a nice cafe ,bar and an art gallery at the same time..You can even experience dj performances(deep house) on weekends..Lovely chillout place..Not very cheap but you can have a nice evening by spending 15-20$ ..
Dress Code: Come as you are...Nudity is prohibited..
- Beer Tasting
- Whale Watching
first bars began in the second half of the 19th century around Kadikoy(Asian side) and Tophane..They were called Balyoz...There are more than 8000 bars&restaurants in Istanbul;twice of Rome that is!
Dress Code: except the bars that are picky ,you can dress anything!
Balance Brau: A popular brewery in Istanbul
This brewery is in a fantastic location which is always crowded. There are 3 types of home-made beer : White, Special and Caramel. All tasty and reasonably priced. Naturally there are many snacks and meals to accompany the beer. There are 2 large screens for watching sport games. Reasonable prices, friendly service and delicious beer.
Dress Code: Casual
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