The 10 Best Bars Near Istanbul’s Tünel

Ayse Huseyin

When the sun goes down, Istanbul comes to life with a vibrancy that is not easily matched anywhere else in the world. The nightlife of Istanbul is cosmopolitan, atmospheric and enchanting. Amidst the variety of attractions on offer in the city, many locals and tourists flock to the bars to enjoy a relaxing drink or start off a night out with a bang! Join us as we count down ten of the best bars in Istanbul’s Tünel district!

Istanbul by night

1. Cuba Bar

Bar, Turkish

Dance the night away to the soundtrack of raw Cuban beats. The bar is incredibly popular so expect crowds. The staff are welcoming and friendly and there is even an opportunity to learn some Latin dance moves. All of these features combined result in a night out that you aren’t likely to ever forget. A drink that most custodians recommend are the mojitos.

2. NuTeras

Bar, Restaurant, Mediterranean

The best feature of NuTeras restaurant is the roof terrace upon which all diners can enjoy drinks and gaze over the jaw-dropping views of the city. As well as amazing food the venue also turns into a modern party/clubbing location after 1:30 am. You can have every sort of evening at NuTeras- a location versatile enough to have everything you need for an unforgettable night. This is a wonderful place to socialise on a warm summer evening.

3. stanbul

Bar, Restaurant, Turkish, Sushi, Japanese

This is a bar/restaurant that is slightly more upmarket. The drinks are exquisite offering a wide array of beers, internationally imported wines and cocktails that combine fresh fruit with delicious spirits. The view that the large windows offer is especially popular with all diners. Please be aware that there is no elevator and the bar is located on the eighth floor so this is not accessible to all. 360Istanbul | Courtesy of 360Istanbul

4. Babylon


This is an incredibly fun location. Live DJ’s play on most nights and come from all over the world to showcase their talent in this modern and incredibly popular venue. It is definitely more of a night club than relaxing bar and may accordingly be more popular with people ready to party than relax. It is a smaller venue and whilst being more intimate can also result in crowds so anticipate queues if you arrive later.

Babylon, Sehbender Sok. No:3 | Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey, + 90 212 292 73 68

5. Kat Restaurant

Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, Cocktails, Pub Grub

Another rooftop restaurant our list that reveals the pride many locals have in the Istanbul skyline. Again this bar is slightly more upmarket but in return you have a modern and chic environment to enjoy your food, drink, and the house DJ. This is definitely the place to unwind and either have some casual drinks or a complete sit-down dinner. Whatever your occasion or mood, 5. Kat Restaurant is sure to suit it perfectly.

6. Balkon Cafe Bar

Bar, Cafe, Beer

Here, we have the recipe for a perfect experience; great food, a variety of drinks to complement it, arguably one of the best views in Istanbul and staff that are committed to making your meal enjoyable. Stop by at any time for any meal of the day. It is one of many examples in this area of excellent bars to enjoy social drinks. Whether you’re drinking before a night out, before dinner, or after work, everything you need for an enjoyable experience is at your service.

7. Mikla Restaurant

Restaurant, Bar, Contemporary, Turkish

This is a restaurant that could easily be in any high-class location in the world. Its chic interior combined comfort and exclusivity as you dine on food cooked to perfection and drinks as varied as they are delicious. You’ll literally be on cloud nine as you recline in this rooftop bar and look out over the city without a care in the world. Don’t hesitate to stop in for comfort, intimacy, and a warm social welcome.
The gorgeous roof terrace | Courtesy of Mikla RestaurantThe gorgeous roof terrace | Courtesy of Mikla Restaurant

8. Peyote Club

Bar, Beer

This live music venue and dance club is definitely for the person who wants a wild night. The sound system and hypnotic lights paired with the array of intoxicating drinks will result in an evening of legendary proportions. Each night the bar is packed to the rafters with party-goers and so if you’re seeking a good time, this is an essential stop. Music varies from well-known chart-toppers to modern Turkish favorites to expect reminders of home and the chance to fall in love with more great music.

9. Yakup 2 Restaurant

Restaurant, Turkish, Mediterranean

This restaurant specializes in authentic Cypriot meze and gives you the chance to experience real culture. While enjoying the small flavorful dishes, choose one of the many drinks on offer to make the social and relaxing experience complete. The restaurant is open and light in design and very busy due to its high quality food and service. Come ahead of peak times to avoid disappointment.

10. Zoe Restaurant & Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Pub Grub, Turkish

View, view and more view. You can’t escape the panoramas that Istanbul promises. It is a city equally as breath-taking at ground level as it is from above. This is a firm favorite with tourists from all over the world who all sing effusive praise of its food, friendly service and the floor to ceiling windows of the coast. Fall in love with Istanbul all over again as you enjoy a delicious drink and watch the sunset.

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