Istanbul has a fabulous array of nightlife choices. Many venues boast spectacular city and Bosphorus views and it is possible to drink, dine and party all in one location. Outside of Istanbul, Bodrum leads the way for after-dark activities with hip bars and a vibrant summer club scene.

Throughout history Turks have enjoyed a liberal attitude towards drinking and socializing, a fact that was not lost on the inebriated Sultan Mahmut II, who managed to die of alcohol poisoning in 1839. Today there are three main drinks in Turkey:

Raki - the national drink is made from fermented grapes infused with aniseed flavor. Raki is drunk with water and ice, which turn it a milky-white color. Traditionally made with raisins, recent developments have seen the production of premium products such as: fresh grape raki, organic raki and triple distilled raki. The brands to look for are Efe and Tekirdag.

Wine - Turkey is not synonymous with great wine but recent years have seen substantial investment in the wine industry. Of interest to wine aficionados are Turkey's unique grape varietals such as: Bogazkere, Okuzgozu, Nevsah and Narince. The leading winemakers are Doluca, Kavaklidere and Corvus.

Beer - Efes is the leading beer produced in Turkey, it is a refreshing pale lager with tangy malt and hops aroma. Efes also produces other beer varieties such as; Efes Dark, Efes Light, Efes Ice and Efes Extra


Nightlife experiences in Istanbul:

1. Roof-top bars. Thanks to the wealth of outstanding vistas many bars are orientated towards stunning panoramic views. These are mostly contemporary settings popular with Istanbul's fashionable crowd. Bars well worth the view are: 360, Mikla, Nu Teras and Vogue.

2. Bosphorus Nightclubs. The city's premier super-clubs are all set along the gorgeous Bosphorus shoreline in Kurucesme. They are the places to see and be seen, attracting a mix of models, football stars, celebrities and the European club crowd. The undeniable king of the club scene is Reina, which also houses a clutch of popular restaurants. Other clubs well worth a visit are Angelique, Crystal and Sortie.

3. Live music venues. Istanbul has a thriving live music scene and attracts many of the top international acts. The top live venue is Babylon in Beyoglu which regularly hosts DJs and Rock bands. Jazz lovers can enjoy two great venues; Nardis Jazz Club in Beyoglu and the chic Q Jazz Bar in the Les Ottomans Hotel. If you are craving a more rustic experience many of the Turkish tavernas in and around Beyoglu have live traditional music - try Asmali, Galatea or Ya & Re'n.






Night Life & Restaurants


The pearl of the Bosporus and beloved one of Istanbul. The best dishes of the Mediterranean and Turkish cuisine which are as famous as the entertainment of Reina are served to your table after being carefully prepared in an environment which is as good as a kitchen of a Michelin star restaurant...
Address : Muallim Naci Cad. No:44 Ortakoy, Istanbul
Tel : +90 212 259 59 19

SORTIE : In Sortie you will find several fine restaurants with a magnificent Bosphorus scene one of the most beautiful escape of Istanbul. After dinner you move to the dance floor and enjoy the lounge music which echo’s over the Bosphorus.
Address : Muallim Naci Cad. No:141 Ortakoy, Istanbul
Tel : +90 212 327 85 85
ULUS29 : Ulus 29 is located between the first and second Bosphorus bridges, overlooking the Anatolian side with one of the most beautiful Bosphorus views. The menu of Ulus 29 covers a variety of cuisines, from a wide sushi selection to fresh lobster, plus in-house traditional classic food such as the 29 meatball, mini pita in the stone oven, Turkish pizza and yoghurt kebab. Ulus 29 has a Terrace bar in the summer months and serves both bar and lounge restaurant. The DJ at the Terrace bar livens up after dinner. ( Between May & September serves just as a restaurant / Between September & May serves as a restaurant & club)
Address : Ulus 29 Ahmet Adnan Saygun Caddesi, Ulus Parkı ici No:1 Istanbul
Tel : +90 212 358 29 29

ANJELIQUE: Anjelique Istanbul is a place for fun, chill-out and full enjoyment with fascinating view of Bosphorus and decoration. Top specialties of Anjelique are the lively feeling of the place, the majestic view of Bosphorus and the menu consisting of different flavours. Seductive different tastes from Mediterranean and world cuisines to the sushi bar…
Address : Anjelique Muallim Naci Cad. Salhane sok. No: 5 Ortakoy, Istanbul
Tel : +90 212 327 28 44
360 ISTANBUL: At midnight the dining room and lounge explode as a full-on club with occasional live musical performances, international DJs and pop celebs. The lounge part is nice, chilly and friendly and the club part is basically one large dancefloor with bars on the side and pretty good music being played.
Address : 360 Istanbul Istiklal Caddesi Misir Apt. No:311 K:8 Beyoglu, Istanbul
Tel : +90 212 251 10 42

LUCCA : Modern café-bistro-bar, Lucca’s prize-winning cocktails, delicious food, good service and pleasant atmosphere has made it Bebek’s favorite Bistro-Café for the last five years. Lucca is especially known for its signature creative cocktails such as Satsuma Vodka, it`s addictive Tapas prepared by the Spanish Executive Chef Willy Moya, its international cuisine menu, its busy weekend breakfasts & brunches, pre-night out dinners, and its upbeat crowd.
Address : Cevdetpasa Cd. No:51/B Bebek, Istanbul
Tel : +90 212 257 1255
SUPPER CLUB : Don't come to supperclub if you're in search of a traditional restaurant, have lazy taste buds or are scared of new experiences. However, if you're looking for an unusual dinner experience in an unexpected place and are not afraid to discover the creative corners of your personality, then knock on supperclub's door. The open kitchen, as we know it from Amsterdam, is introduced here too.
Address : Muallim Naci Cadd. 65 34467 Ortakoy, Istanbul
Tel : +90 212 261 1988
BLACKK : Blackk serves in Resto-lounge, club and Levendiz Greek Tavern. Guests may enjoy the unique Bosphorus landscape while sipping from their glass in Resto-Lounge that fuses 18th century Rococo Style with edgy corners of modernism , spend the night without leaving your comfy lounges while tasting world cuisine selections.
Address : Muallim Naci Cadd. 71 34467 Ortakoy, Istanbul
Tel : +90 212 236 7256
MIKLA : After several years, Mikla is still drawing crowds to its Scandinavian-style dining room in the Marmara Pera Hotel. Swedish-Turkish chef Mehmet Gürs—Turkey's answer to Jamie Oliver—puts a Nordic spin on minimalist dishes of local lamb, fish and vegetables. Mikla’s sky bar is perfect for a romantic night out and people would really fall in love with the place more and more.
Address : The Marmara Pera Mesrutiyet Cd. No: 15 Beyoglu, Istanbul
Tel : +90 212 293 5656
MIMOLETT : Mimolett restaurant presents the refined tastes from Mediterranean cuisine with its own interpretation and special sauces and takes its name from traditionally produced Mimolette Cheese. Mimolett was established in 2009 by Chef Murat Bozok who has worked in Michelin star restaurants for many years.

Address : Siraselviler Caddesi 55/A Cihangir / Beyoglu, Istanbul
Tel : +90 212 245 9858

CHANGA : Built within and spread through four floors of a 103 years old distinguished Art Nouveau townhouse and located near Taksim, serves dinner except Sunday since 1999. Under the consultancy and supervision of renowned Kiwi chef Peter Gordon. Changa`s kitchen presents modern style dishes utilizing fusion technique. The atmosphere of Changa singles it out from the others in Istanbul as it combines old & new, classic & modern.
Address : Siraselviler Caddesi 47 Cihangir / Beyoglu, Istanbul
Tel : +90 212 252 7064
SUNSET : Sunset Istanbul is located on the hills of Ulus and has one of the greatest views of Istanbul, overlooking the Bosphorus. The food is excellent and a mixture of international cuisine and Turkish dishes. It also has an excellent Sushi Bar attended by Japanese chefs trained in their native homeland. Off the main terrace is a hip bar and large lounge area.
Address : Adnan Saygun Caddesi, Yol Sokak No:2, Ulus Parki, Istanbul
Tel : +90 212 287 03 57





LACIVERT : Splash out and enjoy fine dining on the banks of the Bosphorus. Lacivert, located on the Bosphorus underneath the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge. This atmospheric fine dining restaurant is on the ground floor of a historic mansion, between the towns of Anadolu Hisari and Kanlica on the Asian side of the city. The terrace is a great place to relax, soak up the ambience and enjoy spectacular views of the busy river and the impressive Rumelihisari fortress. Lacivert invites you to a delicious meal variety of choice from typical, healthy Mediterranean cuisine and most popular international dishes. (Sunday morning, arrange open buffet brunch between 11:00-14:00). They will take you with a boat and take you to the restaurant, the place is right on water.
Address : Körfez Caddesi No: 57/A Anadoluhisari, Istanbul
Tel : +90 216 413 37 53
POSEIDON : Poseidon is the posh restaurant in Bebek. A great fish restaurant with very tasty 'mezes' (appetizers) right on the Bosphorus in the beautiful Bebek area. Open daily from noon to midnight. Seat by the Bosphorus, and see the yachts gliding on the still water. The large deck is virtually suspended above the Bosphorus and has gorgeous views of Bebek bay, but the view from indoors is almost as magical.
Address : Kücük Bebek, Cevdet Pasa Cd. No: 58 Bebek, Istanbul
Tel : +90 212 263 3823
BEBEK BALIKCI : Enjoy the experience of eating fish with an unforgettable taste of a drink at ”Bebek Balikci”, watching the magnificent view of the Bosphorus, meandering directly in front of you in the sun and moonlight. Bebek Balıkçı has including the unmatched fisbes of the Bosphorus and kind of seafood one can imagine to find it the sea.
Address : Cevdet Pasa Cad. No:26/A Bebek, Istanbul
Tel : +90 212 263 3447
SULTANAHMET FISH HOUSE : Serves mostly Aegean and Mediterranean and all the sea food types are available. Menu mainly consists of fish & sea foods but they serve turkish kebab or vegetarian dishes. It is located in historic the heart of historic area in Sultanahmet and very close to the famous Cagaloglu Turkish Bath. Recommended by Trip Advisor.
Address : Prof. K. Ismail Gurkan Caddesi No: 14 Sultanahmet, Istanbul
Tel : +90 212 527 4441





ZUMA : Zuma offers a contemporary representation of the informal Japanese dining style izakaya. Respecting the traditions Japanese food culture. Zuma brings the authentic flavours and textures of Japanese cuisine and delivers them zuma-style. The restaurant has been designed to capture the spectacular views of the bosphorus sea and the sake bar and lounge.
Address : Salhane Sk No:7 Ortakoy, Istanbul
Tel : +90 212 236 2296

VOGUE : The renovated, clean and stylish interior design meets with special tastes of the world and the beautiful views of Istanbul on the roof of Bjk Plaza. A very special sushi menu with 70 original alternatives. Rich wine selection over 200 wines and the finest cigars to accompany. House wine and olive oil specially produced for Vogue. Open buffet brunch on Sundays.
Address : Spor Cd. Bjk Plaza A Blok No: 48 Kat:13 Akaretler / Besiktas, Istanbul
Tel : +90 212 227 4404





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