Ulus 29 (Adnan Saygun Caddasi Ulus Parki, Istanbul) — located on the hilltops of Ulus, this nightspot has a magnificent view overlooking the Bosphorus. Ulus 29’s elegant and vibrant Terrace Bar and the Club section adjoin the spectacular view of its restaurant. The Terrace Bar is a great spot to have cocktails after work or […]
The Hall Istanbul (Küçük Bayram Sk. 7, Beyoğlu, Istanbul) — Taksim-based former Armenian church-turned venue “The Hall” is a place that’s open to various artistic, cultural and creative events. Now an after-hours club, the atmosphere is enhanced by DJ shows and performances by live bands. The club consists of five high-ceiling, exposed-brick rooms, three bars, […]
Salon IKSV (Nejat Eczacıbaşı Binası, Sadi Konuralp Caddesi 5, Şişhane, Istanbul) — Located at the entrance and first floors of IKSV’s building, Salon has become a trendy stop on the line joining Galata and Şişhane, at the crossroads of the city’s hub of culture and arts. With an audience capacity of 150 seated and 400 […]
Pixie (Tomtom, Ara Güler Sk No:12, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul) – in existence since 2008, this is one of Istanbul’s nightspots that features drum & bass, dubstep and other forms of EDM (electronic dance music). This venue is rather small and has a grungy underground feel which is the appeal that its patrons want – nothing fancy […]
Peyote (Kameriye Sokak.4, Beyoglu, Istanbul) — Peyote is the heart of Istanbul’s underground music scene where Punk Rock meets Jazz and Drum’n Bass looks to the face of Anatolian Folk. Located on Kemeriye Sokak (a street within the Nevizade Balıkpazarı), Peyote can only be described as a melting pot of people who are looking for […]
Papillon (Balo Sokak 31/4, Taksim, Istanbul) — The vibe here is what you would find in your cool friend’s lounge, with its intimate atmosphere, comfortable sofas, and a glitter ball. The drinks are cheap, the music is just at the right volume, thus the crowd is happy. The weekends tend to get quite busy and […]
Minimüzikhol (Sıraselviler Cad. Soğancı Sok. Cihangir Palas No:3 D:1 Cihangir, Beyoğlu, Istanbul) – this is a small club with mostly electronic music. Check in advance the club’s list of future DJing acts, as you may have some very experimental artists. Don’t go too late in the night if you want to guarantee getting in. Open […]
Masquerade (Yilizposta Cad Sinan Pasaji 38/26, Gayrettepe, Besiktas, Istanbul) — this venue brings new life to Istanbul’s often challenging clubbing atmosphere with cutting edge nightlife entertainment. It books world-renown musical artists and DJs in Istanbul, and sets the standard for the city’s nightlife. Masquerade attracts an average of 3,000 to 4,000 patrons per week.
Klein (Harbiye, Cebel Topu Sk. No:4, 34373 Şişli/İstanbul,) — Klein is an electronic music club that just opened in 2015. It is rather big with mostly Turkish DJs. There aren’t many tourists or expats as it is located away from Beyoglu, in Harbiye. Opened on Fridays and Saturdays until 4am.
Kiki (Katip Mustafa Çelebi, Sıraselviler Cd. No:42, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul) — This is a nice place to chat with friends over an early evening meal. It has a lovely sunny garden with a calm and peaceful atmosphere. The garden is open year-round, with heaters and blankets in winter. Guests are allowed to smoke in the garden. […]