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  • The nightlife in Istanbul is also very diverse (as everything else is also -its cuisine, hotels and people). There is something about Istanbul's nightlife that makes it one of the few cities in the world where it is impossible not to have fun: there is always something to do and someplace to go whether it is a business day or Sunday. Clubs, after-hour places and the bars generally do not close on any day of the week; and most of them are multi-functional (meaning you can drop by at these places for breakfast, lunch or dinner). The traditional form of going out for the Turkish is to go to a "meyhane" (a tavern that serves food and alcohol, and plays traditional classical or traditional popular Turkish music). Meyhanes are abound in Asmalimescit district and in Aksaray. There are a few meyhanes here and there in other districts of the city as well. Young adolescents prefer to go hard and core on clubbing and head for the main clubs in the city such as the famous Reina and Anjelique. Every now and then one or the other or some other club becomes the more preferable. You just need to know people who knows stuff to figure out which is "in" while you are here. Young professionals and mostly the i-bankers of the city hang around in Bebek for a drink after work hours. The music and the lights at bars in Bebek start to resemble a mini lounge-club after a certain hour in the night. White-collar professionals and senior college students head to Odakule-Sishane-Asmalimescit on weekends. You should not lose a pin there, because you will not be able to find it. Walking through Asmalimescit on a weekend is like rowing a boat in an oil tank. Whichever of these places you may choose to go, there is one simple rule of thumb: The fun in Istanbul doesn’t stop even when the sun goes back up. Leaving the clubs, locals head for wrap houses, mantı houses or soup houses. At 6 AM in the morning by the Bosphorus, you will see joggers, clubbers, early-risers... That is the mosaic of the city. Will you join in?

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    Seyhbender Sokak 3 Tunel-Asmalimescit
    Tünel, Asmalimescit

    For best live music performances and more... read more

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    Muallim Naci Caddesi 44

    The finest Bosphorus shore club in Turkey... read more

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    Muallim Naci Caddesi Salhane sokak no. 5

    Locals love the DJ in this on-the-Bosphorus hip club... read more

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    Al Jamal Badawi

    Suleyman Seba Cad No:42-46 Akaretler

    High-end, extremely entertaining meyhane: Bellydancers, raki & meze... read more

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    Cevdetpasa Caddesi No:51/B Bebek

    Best bar & cocktails, an afterwork hangout for "Bebekelites"... read more

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    Hariyre Caddesi 12

    Mellow cocktails, live music, tasty finger food, good crowd... read more


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    Buyukdere Caddesi No:185

    Winter's pearl is back @Kanyon, keep on clubbing...
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    Nu Club

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    Tepebaşı Mesrutiyet Caddesi 147-149
    Petit-Champs Passage

    Popular nightclub, casual style, hip people, themed parties... read more


    Asmalımescit Mah. Minare Sok. No:12 Tepebaşı / Beyoğlu

    "Eat, drink, play" they say at Hardal in Asmali...
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    Aşşk Kahve

    Muallim Naci Caddesi 64 Kurucesme

    Where magnificent view defines "high point" of a place... For a serene night out... read more

    W Kitchen Bar & Lounge

    Suleyman Seba Cad No. 22 · Akaretler, Beşiktaş

    A "concept" place... read more


    Muallim Naci Caddesi 141, Kurucesme

    Beyoglu / Taksim recreated by the Bosphorus...
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    360 Istanbul

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    Misir Apt. K:8 N:32/309
    Istiklal Caddesi

    Panoramic destination... read more

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    Istiklal Caddesi, Balo Sokak, 32, kat 5

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    Nispetiye Caddesi No:30
    Gerenkuyu Mevkii Yaliciftlik

    One of the oldest and most elitist nightclubs of Istanbul... read more

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    Nublu Istanbul at Babylon

    Jumal Sokak No:4, Beyoglu

    Ilhan Ersahin's Jazz Club of East Village, now at Babylon Istanbul... read more

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    Romeo and Juliet Performance Hall Lounge

    Evliya Çelebi Mah. Refik Saydam Cad. No.15A - 17A, Asmalimescit

    Romantic performance hall in Pera, Beyoğlu...
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    Mesrutiyet Caddesi No: 103 Sishane

    Soho type bar in Sishane... read more

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    Beymen Brasserie

    Abdi İpekçi Caddesi Nişantaşı

    Very popular cafe, bar, brasserie in Nisantasi...
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    The North Shield Pub

    Ebusuut Caddesi No:2

    Typical pub, beer & games, w. branches around the city... read more
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