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. […]
Kasette (Korsan Çıkmazı 6, Asmalimescit, Istanbul) — located on a side street away from the bustle of Istiklal street, the red glow of Kasette pulls in a crowd every night, where a dance party ensues until the morning hours with a DJ and plenty of refills. The music of choice here is electronic, primarily house […]
Balkon (Şehbender sk. 5, Kat 6 Asmalı Mescid, Beyoğlu, Istanbul) – this is a popular bar by virtue of its panoramic view of the city (including its river). Sit on a high bar stool and watch the sunset while sipping your beer and snacking on pistachios and nuts. The bar also offers food, but most […]
Asmali Shot House (Asmalımescit mahallesi Sofyali Sokak No 14 Beyoğlu, İstanbul) — located in Asmali, this shot bar has a South American atmosphere. You can get a single shot for 5TL, 13 shots for 50TL and 35 shots for 125TL (3,5TL per glass). You can come on weekend nights to enjoy live music.