Istanbul Nightlife: Located between two continents and with over 15 million inhabitants, Istanbul is a city that never sleeps and offers vast options for nightlife, with plenty of bars, nightclubs and concert halls. If you like to party you will not be disappointed!
Lying on the Bosphorus Strait, the Turkish city of Istanbul is famous for its attractions and monuments, such as the Blue Mosque, ancient ruins, Turkish baths, numerous museums and palaces and delicious local food.
But Istanbul is not only a city full of charm, intense aromas and flavors, but it is also appreciated for its fervent nightlife . Its nightlife is very active, dynamic and engaging. The Turks like to have fun and, as the sun goes down, many young people and tourists invade the streets of the city.
Istanbul's nightlife is one of the liveliest and most animated and can be compared to that of the great European capitals. The scenographic nightclubs alternate with the small bars with jazz music with a more intimate atmosphere and offer entertainment for all tastes. Despite the opening of increasingly trendy and European nightclubs, Istanbul's nightlife has managed to retain its traditional side , with the presence of markets and bazaars, bars where you can smoke a hookah or eat typical oriental dishes.
The streets are full of bars that stay open until late at night and discos that close only when the sun rises. In the summer months, you can sip a cocktail or a glass of wine on one of the large panoramic terraces that offer an enchanting view of the city and the Bosphorus. Or why not attend a traditional Turkish dance show? In the center of Istanbul you will find numerous tourist spots where you can dine and attend one of these Turkish dance and belly dance shows .
If you want to immerse yourself in the authentic Turkish nightlife, head to one of the many Meyhane , typical family-run taverns where you can taste traditional Turkish dishes and get in touch with the locals, immersed in a cheerful and jovial atmosphere. Meals are always accompanied by a glass of "raki", a local anise-flavored grappa. Among the best meyhane in Istanbul we can recommend Seviç , a restaurant with an authentic atmosphere, particularly popular with tourists (it is best to book in advance). The birahane represent the more rustic version of the meyhanes: here flow a lot of beer and raki than the former and are frequented mainly by men.
The districts of Istanbul and the nightlife
Istanbul is a very large city and is divided into several districts. Some are more lively than others and you need to know where to go to fully experience the city nightlife.
Istanbul's nightlife is more developed in the Beyoglu , which starts from Taksin Square and continues along the pedestrian street “Istiklal Caddesi” . From Thursday to Sunday, the place comes to life, with restaurants always full of people, lots of partying and live music that resounds from one club to another. Trendy shops and bars, clubs with live music and lots of young people. This is definitely one of the best areas to go out at night in Istanbul .
The modern center is the most famous of Istanbul, Taksim offers shops, bookstores, cinemas but above all, many pubs and discos. You can watch a movie in the nostalgic theater, climb the Galata Tower and watch the city, get drunk and stroll the streets, visit an art gallery, or dance in a nightclub. Taksim offers countless food options, musical genres, price ranges and types of entertainment, from gay clubs, to Turkish folk music bars, to electronic music clubs and typical meyhane taverns. Here the night starts early and ends very late. Move to Galatasaray to find plenty of cheap cafes and bars populated by students partying late into the night.
During the summer season, the best place to party in Istanbul is on the shores of the Bosphorus . In the warmer months, the neighborhoods on the Bosphorus are raided by the population and the big clubs of Istanbul open their rooftop terraces with exceptional views of the Bosphorus and the Asian coast. In winter, however, the clubs on the Bosphorus close their terraces and the party moves to the heart of the city, to the small underground clubs and bars.
The nightlife here is more homogeneous than in the other districts. A long coastline full of elegant, luxurious and beautiful nightclubs. Almost all of them have stunning views of the Bosphorus Bridge. Here there are nightclubs frequented by celebrities and political figures . It is definitely a privilege to enjoy a drink and dance while looking at the Istanbul skyline, its historic and shining buildings and the Sea of Marmara. In the center of Ortaköy you will also find cheaper bars and clubs. You can also sit on the shore and grab a beer from a market, watch the sea and the boats.
Located on the left bank of the Galata Bridge, Karaköy is the most popular and fast moving district of Istanbul . The atmosphere is very hipster, almost every day there is a new bar, restaurant or new club. Most of the old forges, fabric factories and ateliers are now art galleries, vintage shops and designer shops. Most of the bars serve delicious and sophisticated food until 10pm and then turn into a dance floor with good music. Sometimes the party moves to the street due to being too crowded.
The Kadiköy district , located in the Anatolian part of Istanbul, has recently become very popular. Here you will find streets full of old wooden buildings that now house trendy bars, restaurants and cafes. It is a cleaner, cozier and quieter area of Taksim, although most bars close after 1.00.
Bagdat Street is the most famous street in the Kadiköy area. Besides being the center of shopping, there are bars and clubs that are a little more expensive than average. Just note the very expensive cars that pass on this road. It is a 9 mile long road, parallel to the Sea of Marmara, which is very popular with young people who come here for shopping, having a coffee or a cocktail.
Here you can savor the authentic atmosphere of a Turkish neighborhood that has not yet felt the touch of gentrification. During the day you see people shopping from the arcades, young people exercising on their skateboards on a hot summer day, and people of all ages drinking tea at street kiosks. At night the streets around the fish market get crowded, joyful and drunk. Around the fish market there are taverns serving seafood and raki. Other places are mostly visited by young people. Prices are average, not expensive. Except for the nightclubs located on Akaretler Street . Here you can find luxurious bars, lounges and clubs.
Clubs and discos in Istanbul
(Kuruçesme, Muallim Naci Cd. No: 54, Istanbul) Open every day from 18.00 to 4.00.
Lying on the banks of the Bosphorus, Sortie is one of the best nightclubs in Istanbul . The elegance and style of the setting make the place one of the most exclusive clubs in the Turkish city. The space is immense, with six restaurants, three bars and a giant outdoor terrace boasting stunning views of the Bosphorus channel. It is possible to reach the club from the mainland or by boat directly by sea. A must especially in summer: beware, however, men do not enter alone but only if accompanied by girls. the club organizes evenings with the best DJs and the most popular contemporary music, which makes it one of the best night clubs in Istanbul .
(Yildiz Posta Cad. Sinan Pasaji No: 38 D: 26, Istanbul) Open Wednesday to Monday from 11pm to 5am.
Masquerade is one of the most popular clubs in Istanbul , which offers a fantastic club experience with extraordinary performances, quality music, DJs and world famous artists. The club is made up of various spaces that follow a different design and atmosphere, all characterized by an exaggerated extravagance to amaze even the most experienced palates. A reference point for Istanbul's nightlife .
(Harbiye, Cebel Topu Sk. No: 4, Istanbul) Open Friday and Saturday from 23.00 to 4.00.
Located within walking distance of Taksim, Klein is a famous club in Istanbul , extremely popular for its nights with electronic and techno music. Klein quickly gained popularity among Istanbul's young electronic music fans by hosting a variety of local and international DJs. Decorated with old-school armchairs, eclectic rugs and spotlights on the dance floor, the venue quickly fills with enthusiastic crowds.
(Merkez, Silahsör Caddesi & Birahane Sokak Tarihi Bomonti Bira Fabrikasi No: 1, Istanbul) Open since 1999 and located in an old brewery, Babylon is Istanbul's most famous nightclub . Here there are evenings with the best DJs and concerts by artists of international caliber, with a musical program that ranges from experimental music, hip-hop, rock, reggae, lounge and electronic. The club always has a very busy calendar and a range of events to suit all budgets. Babylon is one of the main night entertainment venues in Istanbul, with festivals, a hall, a bar and even a radio station. It supports talented musicians from all over the world and hosts concerts by local and international bands and artists almost every day of the week.
(Cihangir, Soganci Sk. No: 3, Istanbul) Open Friday and Saturday from 22.00 to 5.00.
Located on the ground floor of an apartment building in the heart of Cihangir's bohemian district, MiniMüzikhol is one of the best places to experience the thrill of electronic music, with international DJs and local artists unleashing people on the dance floor. Between music and fog, this small underground Istanbul nightclub promises an exciting experience for electronic music fans who want to hear something new. Frequented by a young and lively crowd, this club is now a classic of Istanbul nightlife .
(Hüseyinaga, Yesilçam Sk. No: 9 / A, Istanbul) Open every day from 22.00 to 6.00.
Club frequented by interesting locals, tourists and Erasmus students. You can switch from one type of music to another passing from one piano to another, from r'n'b music to electro house. The place usually gets busy after 2am.
(Yildiz, Ortaköy Salhanesi Sk. No: 5, Istanbul) Open every day from 19.00 to 5.00.
Housed in a three-story building in Ortaköy, Ruby is a lively club with a breathtaking panoramic view that allows you to dance the night away with spectacular views of the Bosphorus. With two separate floors playing different musical genres, the club is able to satisfy the tastes of most. Don't forget to dress smart and casual to avoid potential door problems. The cocktails are a little expensive, but the unique atmosphere is worth it.
(Cihangir, Siraselviler Cad. Aslanyatagi Sok 1-3, Istanbul) Open Friday and Saturday from 22.00 to 5.00.
Located in the Taksim district, Roxy is one of the best live music clubs in Istanbul. Here you will find pop rock concerts by Turkish and international bands. A staple of Istanbul nightlife, this nightclub also includes an exhibition gallery and gastrobar. In addition to live concerts, there are also disco-dance nights on weekends, Latin music and electronic vibes and funk.
(Harbiye Mah. Cumhuriyet Caddesi No: 34 Dag, Istanbul) If you love live music, Jolly Joker is the place for you. This club hosts all kinds of live performances and concerts from pop music, Turkish rock, jazz, metal and indie. The club is furnished with funky artwork and caricature-like depictions of the court jester from a deck of playing cards, paired with the chic Hard Rock Cafe-style bar in the shape of a guitar and a piano table, while the Upstairs balcony has a glass floor and seating. In addition to the upbeat atmosphere, Jolly Joker also offers impressive DJ sets.
(Gümüsdere, Bogaziçi Kampüs Yolu 1 / A, Istanbul) Located by the beach overlooking the Black Sea north of Istanbul, Suma Beach is a club with electronic music, especially popular in the summer when the crowds flock here to party until the sun rises after a day spent at the beach.
(Maslak Mahallesi Atatürk Sanayi Sitesi 1. Kisim, 52. Sokak No: 12, Istanbul) Open Friday and Saturday from 23.00 to 5.00.
A great nightclub in Istanbul with trance music and crazy parties until the early morning light. This is also a gay friendly club and offers many themed nights and shows. Always very popular.
Azucar Latin Bar & Food
(Cihangir Mahallesi, Siraselviler Cad. Aslanyatagi Sokak 5. 4 Kat-Teras, Istanbul) Open Friday and Saturday from 19.00 to 4.00.
With a warm and welcoming atmosphere, Azucar is the ideal place for those who love to dance to the rhythm of Latin pop music and Spanish songs . There is also a rooftop terrace and live music on weekdays. You can find some Latin foods (including nachos, tacos, chorizo) and some Latin drinks (sangria, caiprinha).
(Bereketzade, Bankalar Cd. No: 21, Istanbul) Open Monday and Tuesday from 9.00 to 2.00, Wednesday and Thursday from 21.00 to 4.00, Saturday and Sunday from 21.00 to 2.00.
Located in the heart of Beyoglu, Anton Peran will delight you with its view of the Golden Horn and the Old Town. This elegant club in Istanbul is the ideal place to dine with friends and offers everything you need for a weekend.
Club IQ Taksim
(Katip Mustafa Çelebi, Bahçeli Hamam Sk. No: 3, Istanbul) Open daily from 21.00 to 5.00.
Unpretentious club where you can dance the night away to Turkish folk pop music. There are cheap beers on tap, and if you're on a budget, this is the perfect place to hang up your jacket and soak up the local sounds.
(Ortaköy, Muallim Naci Cd. No: 44, Istanbul) Swim between Europe and Asia, in a swimming pool on the sea! This floating pool club is a crazy place for night parties. Here beautiful people come to sunbathe, sip world-class cocktails and tease the best sushi and other international cuisines. The ferries will take you to the club where you can party late and enjoy the beautiful view of the Bosphorus Bridge. During the summer months, Suada is a must stop to experience Istanbul's glamorous nightlife .
Nardis Jazz Club
(Galata Kulesi Sokak, No. 8, Istanbul) Open Monday to Saturday from 8.00 to 2.00.
Located near the Galata Tower, Nardis is one of the most popular jazz clubs in Istanbul , offering quality live jazz performances. The Nardis Jazz Club is a unique venue with a capacity of 120 guests and offers a concert stage in a club atmosphere. The place offers a concert-like atmosphere, while visitors can still enjoy the comfort of a club and listen to great music from experienced musicians. New artists play here regularly and each month the program features at least one international band. In the past it has hosted big names like Wynton Marsalis, Benny Golson and Ibrahim Ferrer.
Maestro Donizetti Jazz Club
(Asmali Mescit, Asmali Mescit Cd. No: 85, Istanbul) Open every day from 17.00 to 2.00.
Named after the famous Italian conductor Giuseppe Donizetti, this jazz club is a lively place for those who want to have a great jazz night in Istanbul. It is located on the lower floor of the famous Palazzo Donizetti Hotel , in the Asmalimescit part of the Taksim district. The club hosts young artists and masters with weekly live concerts.
(Katip Mustafa Çelebi, Siraselviler Cd. No: 42, Istanbul) Open Tuesday to Saturday from 18.00 to 4.00.
Just down the street from the busy Taksim Square, Kiki is a club that offers a variety of musical styles ranging from disco to rock'n'roll, and is characterized by a relaxed atmosphere. Hipsters, college students and local artists come to this club to enjoy beers and socialize. There is also a back garden where you can enjoy your drink in the open air.
(Asmali Mescit, 34430, Sehbender Sk. 5-7, Istanbul) Open Tuesday to Sunday from 18.00 to 3.00.
Lose yourself in this club with a terrace, live DJs and stunning views over Beyoglu. Clubbers love this place for its lively atmosphere and great food in a relaxed, informal setting. It is much cheaper than other places.
(Hüseyinaga, Kameriye Sk. No: 4, Istanbul) Open daily from 13.00 to 4.00.
A nightclub that offers visitors alternative live music. If you like live music and want to hear some Turkish underground dance / rock then come here.
(Nejat Eczacibasi Binasi, Sadi Konuralp Caddesi, No: 5 Sishane, Istanbul) One of the coolest stages in Istanbul hosting international and local indie bands, theater and dance performances, from October to May. The atmosphere is welcoming and warm, especially watching the stage from the mezzanine is a lot of fun.
Love Dance Point
(Ergenekon Mh., Cumhuriyet Caddesi / Hastane Sk No: 349 D: 1, Istanbul) Open Friday and Saturday from 11.30pm to 5.00am.
Istanbul gay-friendly nightclub with techno music and hosting gay music icons and international circuit parties.
(Sehit Muhtar, Bekar Sk. No: 14 D: kat 1, Istanbul) Open Sunday to Thursday from 13.00 to 2.00, Friday and Saturday from 13.00 to 4.00.
Located in a former bakery decorated with frescoes by local art students, Ghetto Istanbul is a concert hall that caters to a crowd of enthusiasts aged 20 to middle age and organizes mostly jazz performances. Sets don't normally start before 11pm - until then, the venue serves as a quieter bar.
Istanbul's bars and pubs
W Lounge Istanbul
(Visnezade, Süleyman Seba Cd. No 22, Istanbul) W Lounge in Istanbul is the perfect place to relax after work, meet, dine, socialize, dance and drink. The bright bar welcomes you as you enter, the marble fireplaces create a warm glow and a sea of glass surrounds you. Sit back and relax in the comfortable armchairs or let loose on the dance floor. The music ranges from rock, funk, soul, to house music.
(Bebek, Cevdet Pasa Cd. 51 / A, Istanbul) Open every day from 10.00 to 2.00.
An ideal place to socialize, eat and drink in Istanbul, Lucca is the epitome of the nightlife scene in the affluent Bebek district, and is frequented by the Turkish elite. At 11.00 pm the bistro turns into a bar where you can dance and listen to quality music, with DJ sets every weekend, with a mix of nostalgic hits and lively house music. The indoor space is always full and crowds usually pour into the outdoor area and the street. With its succulent cocktails, a wide choice of wines and elegant décor, Lucca is a must see among Istanbul's nightclubs.
(Tomtom, Istiklal Cd. No: 163 K: 8, Istiklal Cd., Istanbul) Open Sunday to Thursday from 12.00 to 2.00, Friday and Saturday from 12.00 to 4.00.
Located on the roof of a historic 19th century building, 360 is one of the most famous bars in Istanbul with a wonderful view over the city. Open for lunch and dinner, the place offers a twist on modern Turkish meze fused with international cuisine and an exclusive selection of wines, while in the evening it transforms into a bar and club with live entertainment and DJs playing until the rising of the Sun.
(Suites Terasi, Tomtom Mah Istiklal Caddesi No: 201 Ravouna, Istanbul) Great cocktails and a very friendly environment. this rooftop bar is home to some of Istanbul's populous DJs and boasts an absolutely gorgeous view. Perfect for groups of friends, the place can get busy late at night - best to go around 10pm.
(Visnezade Mh., Acisu Sk. No: 19 Besiktas, Istanbul) Open every day from 17.00 to 2.00.
Located on the roof of the Swisshotel Bosphorous , 16 Roof is a rooftop bar with a DJ playing dance music and a great view of the city. A classy place, ideal for having a cocktail at the bar and meeting new people.
(Kemankes Mah, Necatibey Cd. 66 / A, Istanbul) Open every day from 9.00 to 4.00.
Located in the Karakoy district, Mitte is an elegant cocktail bar and club with electronic music. Come here to sip a good cocktail in an elegant setting, to continue the party when the DJ starts playing after 11pm. Great if you want to start the evening with a drink and party all night in a glamorous setting.
(Cihangir, Soganci Sk. No: 3, Istanbul) Open every day from 17.00 to 2.00.
Located on the fifth floor of a building in the Cihangir district, 5 Kat is a restaurant and bar with an unpretentious atmosphere. During the winter months the place is a boudoir-style bar, while in the summer people move to drink on the delightful outdoor terrace, which offers great views of the coast and minarets. There is always good lounge music played by resident DJs.
(Arnavutköy, Bebek Arnavutköy Cd No: 50, Istanbul) Open Sunday to Thursday from 13.00 to 2.00, Friday and Saturday from 13.00 to 3.00.
Located in the upscale Arnavutköy , Alexandra is the ideal place to sip a good cocktail, set amidst candlelit tables and dark wood décor. The rooftop terrace overlooking the Bosphorus makes this place perfect for a romantic date with a Turkish girl. One of the best cocktail bars in Istanbul , this place also organizes DJ shows on weekends.
(Caferaga, Kadife Sok. No: 18, Istanbul) Open Sunday to Thursday from 12.00 to 2.00, Friday and Saturday from 12.00 to 3.00.
Right in the middle of the streets of the trendiest bars in Kadikoy, Arkaoda is an independent bar with a bohemian and hipster vibe, live music, DJ nights and themed parties, with a music selection to suit all tastes.
(Süleymaniye, Necatibey Cd. No: 8, Istanbul) Open from Sunday, Tuesday to Thursday from 12.00 to 2.00, Friday and Saturday from 12.00 to 4.00.
This cocktail bar offers a wide choice of excellent handcrafted cocktails, as well as DJ shows every Friday and Saturday night.
(Ulus, A. Adnan Saygun Caddesi, Ulus Parki Içi No: 71/1, Istanbul) Open Sunday to Tuesday from 12.00 to 24.00, Wednesday and Thursday from 12.00 to 2.00, Friday and Saturday from 19.00 to 5.00.
Elegant hilltop restaurant with adjacent club area, Ulus 29 offers an all-inclusive experience in Istanbul. Luxuriously decorated with large crystal chandeliers and stunning Bosphorus views, this terrace bar and nightclub is the perfect place to indulge in a night out. The bar boasts experienced sommeliers and offers an impressive selection of local and international wines. Due to the higher price and sense of exclusivity, guests are required to dress elegantly and reservations are required.
Montreal Shot Bar
(Asmali Mescit, Asmali Mescit Cd. No: 11, Istanbul) Open daily from 12.00 to 4.00.
The right place for a drink before heading to one of Istanbul's trendy clubs. This is one of the most popular bars among the locals for its very cheap drinks. The DJ plays almost all popular songs from the 80s, 90s, and there is even a dance floor. Shots generally cost one euro.
(Caferaga, Kadife Sk. No: 16, Istanbul) Open Sunday to Thursday from 11.00 to 2.00, Friday and Saturday from 11.00 to 3.00.
Located in an Ottoman mansion, Karga is a bar with brick walls, cozy nooks and vintage decor. An art café and bar rolled into one, the palace also has a concert stage. Expect a wide range of music from rock favorites to Belgian pop.
Zeplin Pub and Delicatessen
(Caferaga, Moda Cd. No: 70, Istanbul) Open Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 1.00, Saturday and Sunday from 10.30 to 2.00.
Zeplin is a great pub that draws locals and tourists alike, with great live music, classic pub food and a wide range of beers, including local beers and international labels. Locals gather here with friends in the afternoon and stay until closing time drinking beer and having fun.
(Caferaga, 60, Moda Cd., Istanbul) Open Sunday to Thursday from 9.00 to 2.00, Friday and Saturday from 9.00 to 3.00.
Ayi is perfect if you are just looking for a pub to chill with friends with the music playing in the background. They have a good choice of imported beers, local craft beers and cocktails.
(Visnezade, Süleyman Seba Cd. No: 46, Istanbul) Open every day from 12.00 to 2.00.
This brewery offers a variety of local and international beers, Turkish street food, as well as hot dogs and burgers. Inside are long wooden tables and a string light that hangs from the ceiling. The venue can accommodate around 200 people and can still be very crowded. It is a self-service place, so you will need to find a seat first and then look for your beer.
(Bebek, Cevdet Pasa Caddesi, Besiktas Tanberk Çikmazi No: 1, Istanbul) Open daily from 10.00 to 2.00.
Being the first and only brewery in Turkey makes Taps Bebek truly unique. Locals love this place for its tasty beers and fantastic Bosphorus view. Taps is famous for its Smoked Lager, Kölsch and Red Ale, although there are many more beers to choose from.
(Kuruçesme, Muallim Naci Cd. No: 107, Istanbul) Open every day from 12.00 to 2.00.
This restaurant offers a delicious mix of Italian, Spanish and Moroccan dishes and a great view of the Bosphorus. It is located on the rooftop terrace of a building, with its two twin restaurants as neighbors. The food is of excellent quality and the views are truly fabulous. Come here to try different types of tapas and sip tasty cocktails at the bar while enjoying the beautiful views.
Craft Beer Lab
(Sinanpasa, Sair Nedim Cd. No: 4, Istanbul) Open Sunday to Thursday from 11.00 to 1.30, Friday and Saturday from 11.00 to 3.00.
Craft Beer Lab has a lovely garden where you can enjoy drinks with friends and serve up delicious meals, especially grilled meatballs and mini burgers. Their menu offers a good selection of local wines and beers, the background music is not loud and allows for conversation. The craft beers are very tasty and the wines of quality.
The United Pub
(Sehit Asim Caddesi No: 26, Istanbul) Open every day from 10.30am to 2.00am.
Right in the heart of Besiktas, The United Pub is a great place to have a good beer in the evening, a place where you can meet locals, students, celebrities and business people, while observing local Istanbul life.
(Maslak Mah Tas Yoncasi Sok. Maslak 1453. No: 1-H, Istanbul) With a mix of oriental and Turkish culture, this expensive but fun place is a famous and hugely popular cabaret and musical theater that puts on shows every night. distinguished with local and international dancers. It is full every day of the week and is frequented by artists, journalists, designers and businessmen. There is also an open kitchen restaurant which plays Italian and French music during lunch hours.
(Merkez, Birahane Sk. 1 / D, Istanbul) Open Sunday to Thursday from 12.00 to 24.00, Friday and Saturday from 12.00 to 2.00.
Located within a restaurant complex, this bar has an extensive list of craft beers and a very neat decor. Drop by for a delicious beer or to watch jazz performances or music concerts.
(Tomtom, Yeni Çarsi Cd. No: 44, Istanbul) Open every day from 12.00 to 2.00.
With more than 300 Turkish wines, this illuminated cavern with a lot of atmosphere is the best wine bar in Istanbul . Regulars tend to come here after work for a glass of cheese, homemade pasta or perfectly cooked steak.
(Sahkulu Mah., Kumbaraci Yks. No: 57, Istanbul) Open daily from 16.00 to 2.00.
On the top floor of a building located on Istiklal Caddesi, Leb-i Derya offers wonderful views of the Old Town and the Bosphorus, which means that the seats on the small outdoor terrace are very popular. The prices are a bit high, but the emotions are worth the money.