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  • 1. Babylon Bomonti

    Nisantasi | Music Clubs

    Istanbul's top live-music space occupies an entertainment complex in Bomonti, on the other side of the Osmanbey metro stop from Nişantaşı. It...Read More

  • 2. Leb-i Derya

    Beyoglu | Bars/Pubs

    The reward for finding this sixth-floor rooftop restaurant and bar—in an apartment building with only a small sign out front—is a magnificent...Read More

  • 3. NuTeras

    Beyoglu | Dance Clubs

    The rooftop of a historic building (known as NuPera) with wonderful views of the Golden Horn is home to one of Istanbul's trendiest nightclubs...Read More

  • 4. Salon İKSV

    Beyoglu | Music Clubs

    This top-notch performance space is housed in the headquarters and cultural center of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), one...Read More

  • 5. 5. Kat

    Beyoglu | Bars/Pubs

    A rather pricey restaurant that turns into a trendy lounge/bar later in the evening, 5. Kat is on the fifth floor of an unassuming building...Read More

  • 6. A'ya Lounge

    Sultanahmet | Bars/Pubs

    Sultanahmet doesn't have many noteworthy nightlife spots, but the open-air rooftop lounge at the Four Seasons Sultanahmet is an inviting place...Read More

  • 7. Anjelique

    Bosphorus | Dance Clubs

    Overlooking the Ortaköy waterfront, Anjelique's classy atmosphere offers partiers a more intimate feel than the larger nightclubs farther up...Read More

  • 8. Araf

    Beyoglu | Bars/Pubs

    Located on one of Istanbul's busiest nightlife strips, Araf is usually packed to the gills with a young, energetic, and unpretentious crowd...Read More

  • 9. Balkon

    Beyoglu | Bars/Pubs

    A sixth-floor bar and lounge, Balkon has excellent views of the Golden Horn and a laid-back outdoor deck, now located atop the new By Murat...Read More

  • 10. Bebek Bar

    Bosphorus | Bars/Pubs

    With its masculine interior decor that brings to mind a private club, and a breezy terrace directly overlooking the Bosphorus, Bebek Bar attracts...Read More

  • 11. Colonie

    Karaköy | Bars/Pubs

    This industrial-chic bar-restaurant near the Tophane end of Karaköy serves up unique cocktails to a hip young crowd. If you’re hungry, there...Read More

  • 12. Fosil

    Karaköy | Dance Clubs

    Formerly housed in what looked like a derelict waterfront warehouse, this popular nightclub has recently moved to swankier digs nearby, but...Read More

  • 13. Hayal Kahvesi

    Beyoglu | Music Clubs

    One of Beyoğlu's longest-running live music venues, Hayal Kahvesi has been in operation for more than 20 years and now has branches all over...Read More

  • 14. Karga Bar

    Asian Side | Bars/Pubs

    The longest-established and most popular venue on Kadıköy's so-called "Barlar Sokağı" ("bars street"), Karga takes up several levels of an old...Read More

  • 15. Kiki Ortaköy

    Ortaköy | Dance Clubs

    The crowd is always lively and ready to dance at this multilevel Ortaköy bar/nightclub, where popular DJs take the booth regularly. In summer...Read More

  • 16. KV

    Beyoglu | Bars/Pubs

    Tucked into a late 19th-century open-air arcade, KV has a brasserie kind of feel that's perfect for a leisurely drink; a piano or local musicians...Read More

  • 17. Lâl

    Asian Side | Bars/Pubs

    The best thing about this low-key café/bar on Kadıköy's main nightlife street is the large courtyard in the back, where patrons can gather around...Read More

  • 18. Mama Shelter

    Beyoglu | Bars/Pubs

    The enormous rooftop terrace on the top of Mama Shelter Hotel houses a trendy restaurant/bar offering 360-degree views of the city, specialty...Read More

  • 19. Nardis Jazz Club

    Beyoglu | Music Clubs

    One of Istanbul's few dedicated jazz venues, the well-regarded Nardis Jazz Club hosts mainly Turkish musicians and the occasional big name from...Read More

  • 20. Şahika

    Beyoglu | Bars/Pubs

    On a narrow street lined with basic beer joints and meyhanes serving mostly identical food menus, Şahika offers something more unusual. The...Read More

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