Izmir’s nightlife is wide and varied, with something for everyone, including jazz clubs, hardcore rock pubs, and laid-back and cool bars. Culture Trip rounded up some of the best places to hang out with the locals when the sun goes down.
One of Izmir’s best nightlife venues, you’ll see all the city’s cool kids hanging out at 1888 while dancing the night away to some of the best local and international DJs. Located inside an old and beautiful Izmir home, every weekend is like one giant house party, complete with plenty of drinks from the bar. The house-bar also hosts live music events, so keep up with their Facebook page for the latest happenings.
1888, Alsancak Mahallesi, Cumhuriyet Bulvarı, No: 248, Konak/Izmir, Turkey, +90 232 463 18 74
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One of Alaçatı’s (a very popular resort town in the Izmir province) most popular bars, Nar Bar also opened a branch in Izmir city and became an instant favorite. Enjoy excellent cocktails in a laid-back and cool atmosphere, including a pretty great backyard. Also a café, you can go from day to night quite easily at this venue or start out your night here with a few drinks before heading to the next venue.
A favorite on crowded Gazi Kadınlar Sokağı, Bios Bar features some of the best live performances you can find in Izmir. The large stage has hosted famous names from Turkey’s music scene, from the alternative to the classic, as well as up-and-coming names with a lot of talent. Order a drink at the bar and enjoy some great live music.
Bios Bar, 1453 Sokak No.18, Gazi Kadınlar Sokağı, Alsancak, Izmir, Turkey, +90 232 463 10 68
Gazi Kadınlar Sokağı
Gazi Kadınlar Sokağı is Izmir’s most popular nightlife street, always overly crowded on the weekends with people going to and fro between venues. The renovated historic homes that line the street, the fish restaurants with their live fasıl music, and the rock bars all come together in this amazingly lively place.
One of the best places to enjoy a tall glass of beer and some excellent pub grub in a very laid-back atmosphere is Sirena Pub, a local favorite during every season. In the summer, the outside seating is always full, while the interior abides by the classic pub look, including decorative steins and a coaster collection from all around the world.
If you’re looking for some great live music while you enjoy a drink and some pub grub, then BlackJack will become your favorite spot in Izmir. The bar hosts regular events such as Mexican, Cuban, and Greek Music Nights, as well as some great local musicians. Also, don’t miss out on the daily Happy Hour between 12–7 p.m.