How to tell that the political landscape of a country has changed? Just look at your tab. I’m giving you a well-scouted list of bars in Istanbul, but not without warning. Alcohol has gotten really expensive in Turkey since I lived there in 2007, due to increased taxes on imported alcohol and domestic producers. Your best bet is to order a beer or glass of wine. Luckily, there are some fantastic bars with rooftop views, bean bag chairs, and live music to do so.