Eating tapas or finger food when you are out is the best way to mingle with people. Standing up or sitting down around a bar, ordering everything to the middle, you can chit chat with people around you and sip your cocktail slowly.
Unfortunately there are not that many tapas places in Istanbul. There are very good few
ones in the trendier neighborhoods of Istanbul -such as Asmalimescit and Bebek-; but this is no Barcelona. A near local version of Tapas is "meze" houses or local traditional kebab and fish restaurants; where you can still order everything to the middle and enjoy a lively wine - raki - meze trio.
Below is a list of best tapas and meze places where you can enjoy cocktails and wine accompanied by little bites.
Cevdetpasa Caddesi No:51/B
Local's choice of lounge, tapas bar... read more
Sair Nedim Sokak 5, Akaretler
Local wine brand Corvus' sophisticated wine&bite house in Nisantasi... read more
Ilk Belediye Caddesi 5, Sishane
Friendly and cozy tapas bar serving genuine samples of Spanish tapas... read more
Mesrutiyet Caddesi 67, Tepebasi
Asmalımescit Mah., Şehbender Sokak No:5
Sümbül Sokak Tünel Geçidi İşhanı, B Blok No: 9/1-2
Tünel branch of famous House brand -cozy atmosphere... read more
Cevdet Paşa Mahallesi İpek Sokak 1, Bebek
A bar, a library room, a garden and a dining area is called "multi-purpose"... read more
Hamalbasi Caddesi 256
Modern version of traditional Greek taverna...
Asmalı Mescit Beyoğlu
One of the best traditions on Asmalı Mescit Street... read more
Asmalı Mescit Sok. No:29
Decent meyhane, decent prices, typical Armenian&Turkish food... read more