For a Saturday night out, many locals will head to Beyoğlu’s liveliest street, Nevizade. It’s nothing but 100m of meyhanes (taverns) and bars where mezes (starters) and seafood are peddled openly and the rakı (aniseed liquor) and Efes beer flow freely. The highlights of the night here are the live musicians who roam the street playing fasıl tunes (classical Turkish music) accompanied with darbuka (drums), violin, clarinet, and the kanun (a triangular-shaped string instrument that sits on the lap or a table). If they come to your table and play a song or two, it’s customary to tip them 10-15T lira. It’s also customary that if you do not wish to part with your money, you politely gesture them to move on before a note is played.
Judging by the number of explanatory brackets in this article, it’s obvious that a night on Nevizade is a cultural experience and a great way to immerse yourself in local nightlife. Be wary, though—like any crowded place in any part of the world, Nevizade does get very busy, so keep an eye on your valuables.
To find Nevizade, walk along Istiklal Caddesi (Road) and turn onto Balik Sokak (Street) near Çiçek Passage. Nevizade runs off Balik Sokak on the right.