An extension of IKSV (Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts), which is responsible for the city’s most important art and culture events, Salon is a concert venue that features music as well as theater and literary events. You’ll usually find classical, jazz, rock, alternative and world music concerts on the stage rather than more mainstream artists. With a season that runs from October until the end of May, this year the lineup includes bands such as Efterklang, Mammal Hands, Anna RF, and Local Natives.
Salon IKSV, Sadi Konuralp Caddesi No.5, Şişhane, Istanbul, Turkey, +90 212 334 07 00
If you’re looking for an authentic experience in Turkish fasıl music, then Kallavi Meyhanesi is one of the best places to visit. After you’ve feasted on a meal of southeastern meze and kebab, the musicians emerge with their violin, kanun (string instrument) and darbuka (drum) to play all the classics. Don’t be surprised when everyone around you gets up to dance, for this is the desired effect of fasıl.
Babylon’s old venue in Asmalımescit was one of the legends in terms of live music, and almost everyone has a memory associated with its many shows that ran late into the night. Many bands made their debut at Babylon and its new venue in Bomontiada has been able to rack up some new memories in a much larger space. Housed in what used to be a beer factory, Babylon features a very eclectic range of music including jazz, rock, world music, funk, electronica, indie, and pop. This month a lot of the local and international artists from the Akbank Jazz Festival will be taking on the Babylon stage, as well as the famous Oldies but Goldies party, and artists such as Michael Franti and Deniz Tekin.
Babylon Bomonti, Merkez, Birahane Sk. No. 1, Istanbul, Turkey, +90 212 334 01 90