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Drinking in Istanbul

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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.
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High above the side streets of Taksim, on the rooftop of an old building, Araf Bar streams out world music and Balkan beats with live performances and DJs every night of the week. If you're used to dancing to 4/4 beats of western music, then you...
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It may be the ex-expat in me, but I get excited when I hear about Asian restaurants in Istanbul. I was so hungry for some variety (not to mention ginger, soy sauce, and chili oil) back then that I wish Banyan had been around. It's an upscale Thai...
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Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey
There's no cost attached to one of Istanbul’s most distinctive photo ops, and the only lines are from fishing poles. Cross the historic Golden Horn via the Galata Bridge, where fishermen from every walk of life jostle for space, and...