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How to Spend a Night Out in Istanbul's Taksim Neighborhood

Mojito Cocktail | © Quim Perelló/Flickr
Mojito Cocktail | © Quim Perelló/Flickr
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20 February 2017
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Though perhaps not as fashionable as Arnavutköy, Taksim still has plenty of charm, with nightlife venues that have become legends in their own right. Whether you’re in the mood for an upscale cocktail or a late night with loud music, Taksim has everything imaginable.

The Bar With No Name

Bar, Pub Grub
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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.

Kiki

Nightclub, Restaurant, Gastropub, Cocktails, $$$
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Kiki
Kiki provides an excellent environment in which to socialise and have fun | Courtesy of Kiki

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.

Peyote

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

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Salon IKSV

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

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Mikla

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

Georges Hotel

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All rooms at Georges Hotel Galata have french windows that open onto balconies
All rooms at Georges Hotel Galata have french windows that open onto balconies | Courtesy of Georges Hotel Galata
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Now from $244 per night

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.

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