The 6 Best Bars and Clubs in Kadıköy

Arkaodas tap line
Arkaoda's tap line | © Dave Jaques
David Jaques

Beyoğlu may get all the hype when people talk about Istanbul’s bar scene, but Kadıköy has been not-so-subtly hiding the city’s real nightlife. This Asian-side neighborhood doesn’t get inundated with tourists at night like it’s neighbor—so here you’ll get to see the locals’ choices for some of the city’s best spots—not only its typical bar crowd, but also its craft beer enthusiasts and music junkies. For Istanbullus and expats alike, let’s look at Kadıköy’s best nighttime diversions.

1. Arkaoda

Bar, Beer, Cocktails

Arkaoda Patio
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A long-standing local favorite, expats are starting to come in droves now as well, as this bar sits in the middle of Kadıköy’s Barlar Sokağı or Bar Street. It’s famous for its extensive backyard which is open all year round (heated in the winter). It’s a great place to grab a beer and relax on the comfortable couches during the day, and after 11pm they host local and international DJs, as well as the occasional indie band for those with more eclectic tastes.

2. Viktor Levi Şarap Evi

Bar, Restaurant, Wine Bar, Pub Grub, Turkish

Viktor Levis patio, which has a 250-person capacity
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If the bar scene isn’t your style, but you still enjoy that glass of wine at dinner or want to keep date night classy, then Viktor Levi, in Moda, is your ideal spot. This historic restaurant has been in operation for over 100 years and you can feel it in the ambience when you sit down. The real highlight, though, is the house wine. There are over 12 types of white, red, and rosé wine coming from their personal cellar. Or, choose from the rest of their full bar menu if wine isn’t on the cards for the night.

3. Karga

Bar, Pub Grub, Turkish

If fancy isn’t in your vocabulary then go here, a favorite—because of the dive bar atmosphere and affordable, yet quality drinks. Located in a converted traditional Ottoman mansion next door to Arkaoda on Barlar Sokağı, you can sit in the back, by the fireplace if you’re feeling contemplative. Or, you can go upstairs to the three other levels where your group can mingle or feel like you have the place to yourselves. However, Karga isn’t just for the solitary, as it routinely plays music from downtempo to house, with some live acts thrown in to contrast with that old-time vibe.


You should already know how good this place is. With an 18-page drink menu and four locations in Kadıköy you’ll be hard-pressed to find a bar with more options. All of them do a good job of setting an atmosphere that is perfect for enjoying a few drinks and pub fare with your friends. Make sure you come on a Friday or Saturday if you want to taste the local microbrews, but don’t fret if you’ve missed them, because the cocktail list will always be there for you.

Ayı Pub, Moda Caddesi No: 60, Istanbul, Turkey, +90 (216) 418 44 76

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