The Bar With No Name
This bar literally has no name and is a legend among Istanbul’s serious cocktail drinkers. American mixologist Alex Waldman makes excellent cocktails in this tiny yet cool speakeasy, which is always full of his fans and friends. A great place to start your evening and meet new people.
A real neighborhood bar, Kiki has been around for years and is forever crowded with Istanbul’s cool hipster crowd. There’s always a new DJ at weekends, and the garden out the back is a perfect retreat.
Sıraselviler Caddesi No. 42 Cihangir +90 212 243 53 73
Open since 1994, almost every Istanbul local has been to Roxy at some point in their lives, whether to see a Turkish pop legend or an internationally recognized folk singer. At Roxy there’s always something going down at weekends and it’s a great bet for after midnight.
Sıraselviler Caddesi, Arslanyatağı Sokak No.5 Cihangir +90 212 249 12 83
Another legend on the Taksim nightlife scene, Peyote is the best place to get acquainted with Istanbul’s underground music scene. With three floors that offer different musical genres, Peyote is a great venue to check out everything from DJs to live alternative bands.
Kameriye Sokak No.4, Nevizade Galatasaray +90 212 251 43 98
Minimüzikhol is the most popular place to go for a pretty rampant after hours party; sometimes it’s a little difficult to get in considering the club is a ground floor apartment. You’ll find DJs playing some deep house and a lot of people partying hard.
Sıraselviler Caddesi Soğancı Sokak No.7 Cihangir +90 212 245 19 96
The performance venue of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), Salon IKSV is one of the best concert venues in Istanbul, with an eclectic offering every season. Make sure to keep track of their program for the latest contemporary music and theater performances, as well as literary events and workshops.
Sadi Konuralp Caddesi No.5 Şişhane +90 212 334 07 00
For those who prefer their nightlife a bit more upscale, Mikla’s bar is the perfect place for a cocktail in a chic atmosphere. You’ll also fall in love with the amazing view, as well as the rooftop bar that’s open in the summer. If you get hungry, Mikla is also one of the city’s best haute cuisine restaurants.
The Marmara Pera (top floor), Meşrutiyet Caddesi No.15 Tepebaşı +90 212 293 56 56
Another upscale option when it comes to a quiet cocktail with a beautiful city view, Georges Hotel is one of Istanbul’s most chic boutique hotels and it’s terrace bar reflects the cool vibe. In the summer the retractable roof opens up to reveal the night sky and all the lights of Istanbul.
Serdar-ı Ekrem Sokak No.24 Galata +90 212 244 24 23