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Nightlife in Istanbul

Beyoglu has always been the place for dancing, drinking, debauchery, theatre, and a few other non-Muslim entertainments in Istanbul for centuries. Like any other city, prices of drinks vary hugely. The taverns or meyhanes

in Balik Pasaj at the fish market are less expensive than the ones sold at the live music venues or nightclubs. It is advisable for visitors to check for cover changes at the live music venues. Meyhanes usually close at midnight, bars

are at 1.00 or 2.00 in the morning while clubs can stay open all night till 6.00 in the morning during the weekends.



Visitors especially men traveling alone are advised to avoid seedier places in the back alleys of Istiklal Caddesi and to be very careful if a certain acquaintance recommends a venue. There are many belly-dancing and strip show clubs that operates a certain scheme where unsuspecting visitors are expected to pay a huge bill for women who suddenly appear to be sitting at their table and accompany them all night. The Time out Istanbul, which is the same company as the London publication is a magazine, which lists entertainment, features and reviews of Istanbul.


Live Music Places like Seybender Sokak and Babylon in Asmalimescit put on adventurous and jazz concerts with local and international DJs and bands performing. Places that offer live music are Sanayi Sitesi, Parkorman100, Yil Maslak and VenueMasla. Büyükdere Caddesi and Maslak are both huge open-air locations for bands. Siraselviler-Taksim, Aslan Yatagi Sokak, and Roxy are several popular clubs that sometimes feature foreign, Turkish and international pop and rock groups. 14 Kulebi Sokak, Nardis Jazz Club, Galata are locations that feature live musicians every night that range from ethnic jazz, classic, fusion to modern music and it also has a list of authentic dishes to order from. For traditional music, you can test out out the bars and meyhanes which advertise fasil or classical romantic singing, especially around Beyoglu.


Bars The centre of the night entertainment is Beyoglu which has a wide ranging list of clubs and bars. The side street

of Imam Adnan Sokak that is Istiklal Caddesi has many night hang spots like Pia and Kaktus which have many tables outside. The narrow streets around Asmalimescit have numerous little bars and it seems to have a new bar opening every week. Within the village of Ortakoy, heading up to Bosphorus, there is a wide range of bars and classy cafes, like Bobos on Salhane Sokak, Kethuda on Muallim Naci Caddesi, and Sedir on Mecidiye Köprüsü Sokak. Galata Bridge also has several bars, Dersa'adet is one of the popular ones with live locals every night.


Clubs in Istanbul range between a small dance-floor in a Beyoglu pub to the rustles terraces hat overlooks the Bosphorus. One of the two most popular clubs here are both in Ortakoy which are Laila, 141-142 Muallim Naci and Reina, 10 Muallim Naci. Both of these have been said to be an entertainment emporium with dance floors, restaurants and several bars, packed with millionaires, celebrities and models. Nu Teras, 145-7 Mesrutiyet Caddesi of Tepebasi is

a simpler club with an open terrace during summer with an amazing view of the city.


Adult Entertainment

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