The alleyways off Istiklal Street in Beyoğlu host some of the best Turkish and international live music acts and DJs. In the neighborhood of Asmalımescit near Tünel, you’ll find Babylon, a popular club with a capacity for 450 people and pumping sounds. The club's state-of-the-art lighting and sound system, mixed with its rustic Byzantine-style backdrop, makes it the crème de la crème of intimate performance venues in Istanbul. Gigs here span the whole gamut of western and eastern musical genres including rock, pop, alternative grooves, world music, and even "oldies but goldies"—music from the '80s. The two-story venue is a favorite for the local expats who have the opportunity to get up close to well-known performers from their hometown. Log onto the website below for upcoming events and ticket prices.
Photo above of celebrated Australian singer-songwriter, Sarah Blasko debuting in Istanbul (2013).