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Istanbul has a rocking nightlife that spans both continents and all hours of the evening—and early morning. While options for wild nights are limited in the tourism precinct of Sultanahmet, the beats pick up across the Golden Horn in the Beyoğlu District with rock, alternative, and world music venues along the side streets off Istiklal Caddesi. For supper clubs and VIP style, head to Ortaköy or Kuruçeşme to party by the Bosporus.
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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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Asmalı Mescit Mahallesi, Şehbender Sok. No:3, Ivy Masjid Quarter, 34430 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
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...
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Alemdar Mh., Divan Yolu Cd. No:14, 34110 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Hidden in a tiny alleyway behind the favored restaurants of Sultanahmet is the only late-night venue in the tourism precinct—Şah Bar (pronounced Shah Bar). After a long day sightseeing and with a belly full of fabulous cuisine, many international...
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Akbıyık Cd., 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
The cobblestone Akbıyık Caddesi (Road) is one of the few places to head to for a nightcap in Sultanahmet. The street is lined with cafes and bars sporting comfy Turkish divans (cushion lounges) and chilled-out tunes. Enthusiastic staff will...
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Hüseyinağa Mahallesi, Kamer Hatun Cd. No:10, 34435 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
Ghetto is one of Istanbul’s leading live music venues supporting local and international acts in a funky, elongated, neon-lit hall. Lineups include funk, world music beats, jazz, nujazz, or indieGroove. Hang out on the dancefloor by the stage on...
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Hüseyinağa Mahallesi, Nevizade Sk., 34435 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
For a Saturday night out, many locals will head to Beyoğlu’s liveliest street, Nevizade, lined with meyhanes (taverns) and bars where mezes (starters) and seafood are peddled openly and the rakı (aniseed liquor) and Efes beer flow freely....
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Otto Asmalı is a small bar tucked away in the Asmalımescit alleyways off Istiklal Street. It’s a groovy little place to chill out and snack on Italian and Turkish-style snacks and mains, or enjoy a beer, cocktail, or wine—all generously poured....
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Mecidiye Mahallesi, Mecidiye Köprüsü Sk. 1-7, 34347 Beşiktaş/İstanbul, Turkey
Reina, with its sublime ambience, elegant style, and idyllic setting, is the place to go to kick up some classy heels right on the Bosporus. Dress to impress, and come dine on a selection of international dishes at one of the four restaurants—...
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Ortaköy Mh., Salhane Sok. No:5, 34347 Beşiktaş/İstanbul, Turkey
Ortakoy is the premier entertainment precinct to head to if you’re looking for the uber chic that oozes from the well-stocked bars and pumping dance floors. Anjelique, right on the Bosporus by the first bridge, is one such swanky club that gets...