Top 10 Night Clubs in Istanbul

Reine Istanbul, top nightlife entertainment by the Bosphorus.

by Erlend Geerts

in Nightlife

Night life in Istanbul is huge. There are many popular establishments — some aged over thirty years old and some very down to date. Being such a big city with several city centers, Istanbul has more than one entertainment destination.

On the Asian side Caddebostan “barlar sokağı” — a street of pubs on Iskele Street — and Kadife Street, both in the Kadıköy district, have a lot to offer. On the European side, night clubs aren’t concentrated in one location. There are numerous venues spread out over Nişantaşı in the Şişli district, Ortaköy in the Beşiktaş district or Taksim, Istiklal Street and Nevizade in the Beyoğlu district. In this article I can only mention the tip of the iceberg with a list of 10 night clubs locals put on the top of their lists.

Partying By the Sea — Ortaköy

  • Anjelique — Located on the shore of Bosphorus, it goes without saying that this three storey mansion offers a good view as well as a broad variety of food. The night club is located on the top floor. Some like the place for its music and some for the cocktails, while others go there for the trendy dynamic atmosphere.

Address: Muallim Naci cad. Salhane Sok. No:5 Ortaköy
Telephone: +90 212 327 28 44 – 45
www.anjelique.com.tr

360 Istanbul, ready for another wild night.

360 Istanbul, ready for another wild night.

  • Blackk — Resto-lounge, Club and Levendiz Greek Tavern. One of them will surely satisfy you. Decorated in 18th century Rococo style with angling forms of modernism, in Resto-lounge you will experience “taste” in more than one sense. Modern and classic blends elegantly in the Club, where you can enjoy the Bosphorus view as well as 18th century paintings in a club spirit.

Address: Muallim Naci Cad. No:71 Ortaköy
Telephone: +90 212 236 72 56
www.blackk.net

Reina, one of Istanbul's most famous partying venues by the Bosphorus.

Reina, exquisite partying by the Bosphorus

  • Reina– Opened its doors in 2003 and is located by the Bosphorus. In a spacious elegant design,  Reina offers several bars, restaurants and dance floors. You can find different exclusive tastes of world cuisine in Reina thanks to their 5 restaurants.Reina is the pearl of the entertainment world. It hosted world wide famous stars like Bon Jovi, Kylie Minoque, U2, Uma Thurman, Daniel Craig, and Naomi Wattswith its exclusive entertainment concept.

Address: Muallim Naci Cad. No:44 Kuruçeşme Ortaköy
Telephone: +90212 259 59 19 – 259 59 21
www.reina.com.tr/en/

  • Sortie — An elite ambience, with a picturesque view of Istanbul located by the Bosphorus with a combination of six restaurants and 3 bars, open between 6 p.m. and 4 a.m. Sortie is one of the best escape places to relax and have fun.

Address: 141 Muallim Naci caddesi Kuruçeşme Ortaköy
Telephone: +90 212 327 85 85
www.sortie.com.tr

Suada, partying on the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey.

Suada, partying on the Bosphorus.

  • SuAda — This night club actually plays in a league of their own, since SuAda is not located by the Bosphorus … but on an island in it!
    Located 165 meters away from the European shore in Kuruçeşme the island was a present for Serkis Kalfa, the head architect of the Ottoman palace, by Sultan Abdülaziz in 1872. Serkis Kalfa built a three-storey mansion on the island and lived there until he died in 1899. After World War I the island was rented and used as a coal storehouse. In 1957 Galatasaray Sports Club bought the island and transformed it into a social facility.
    Today, Suada is one of the top gear venues in Istanbul for glamorous events. Suada has a pool, a night club and six restaurants offering refined tastes ranging from sea food to Cretan, and from kebap to pasta.

Address: free (15 min.) boat trip from the Kuruçeşme shore.
Telephone: +90 212 263 73 00/33
www.suadaclub.com.tr

In The city — Beyoğlu

  • Al Jamal — Middle Eastern style food, interior harem-like design, a mixture of oriental and western music and belly dancing shows are the ingredients of what Al Jamal has to offer, besides the great Bosphorus view of course.

Address: Taşkışla Cad. No:3 Maçka Demokrasi Parkı içi
Telephone: +90 212 231 03 56
www.capamarka.com.tr (it’s under construction)

Babylon, multi-purpose performance center in Istanbul, Turkey.

Babylon, multi-purpose performance venue.

  • Babylon — For more than ten years the venue serves as a multi-purpose performance center. It features a large variety of music, including jazz, reggae, world music, electronic, Latin or Turkish vibes as well as indie pop and rock acts. Food is not available whereas you will not stay thirsty since there is a bar in the place. There is no entrance fee, but you must get a ticket for the concerts.

Address: Şehbender Sokak No:3 Tünel Asmalımescit Beyoğlu
Telephone: +90 212 292 73 68
www.babylon.com.tr/en/

  • Living Indigo — Indigo provides a mix of technology and minimalism. This 400 m² clubbing place can host about 600 people to experience a great night out. Even though Indigo focusses on simplicity, it offers a variety of spectacular light shows. The state-of-the-art sound system plus an awesome projection system creates a dynamic visual experience. Indigo is another great place to enjoy live music. Check out their website for details on who’s playing.

Address: Istiklal Cad. Akarsu Sk. No:1-2-4-5, Beyoğlu
Telephone: +90 212 244 85 67
www.livingindigo.com

Jolly Joker - Balans in Istanbul, one of the top night clubs.

Jolly Joker – Balans in Istanbul.

  • Jolly Joker Balans — A good option for the live music addicts since the construction was designed especially for live performances with a decor of “old pub design”. It is a good opportunity to experience Turkish rock, alternative and pop music from senior and fresh popular bands and singers.

Address: İstiklal Cad. Balo Sok. No: 22 Beyoğlu
Telephone : 0212 251 7020
www.jjistanbul.com

  • Wan-na — If you are into Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese and Japanese cuisines you should pay a visit to Wan-na which opens at 5 p.m. You may want to experience the after dinner bar ambiance, various cocktails and music, especially with “Wan-na Friday Parties” that host world famous DJs.

Address: Kanyon AKM, Büyükdere Cad. No. 206, Levent
Telephone: +90 212 353 11 80
www.wannarestaurant.com

  • 360 — The venue is located in a penthouse of a 19th century apartment building with 360 degrees fascinating landscape views of the Bosphorus, Golden Horn and the Sea of Marmara. The place expresses itself with four elements: cuisine, design, entertainment and atmosphere. The club comes alive in the weekends, offering DJs and vocalists with live dancers and performances, and non-stop partying until the early morning hours.

Address: İstiklal Caddesi Mısır Apt. Kat 8 No:311 Beyoğlu
Telephone: +90 212 251 1042-43
360istanbul.com

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Yashiro Quak October 1, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Why do you work on price categories in another article (remember the $, $$ and $$$?) and then don’t use it for this one, where it would be more than appreciated?
That’s very inconsistent!

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Erlend Geerts October 2, 2011 at 3:20 am

Hey Yashiro,

You are absolutely right. I’ll get that sorted out real soon.

Thanks for mentioning it!

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Jessica March 26, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Hello, I am just wondering if the night life in Istanbul is still good on a Sunday night?
Its my birthday in September and unfortunatly it falls on a Sunday. Can you recommend anywhere that would still be popular and busy on a Sunday night?
Thankyou :)

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Erlend Geerts March 27, 2012 at 9:27 am

Hi Jessica,

I understand your concern, but there is no need to worry. Most places of course will be a bit less busy on a Sunday, but unless you’re a regular, you probably won’t notice the difference. All of the establishments mentioned here are fine, but since the weather is fine in September, I’d go for the outdoor experience, and party next to the Bosphorus in Reina or Sortie :-)

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Susanne March 28, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Hi!

Me and a friend are going to Istanbul the coming Saturday – Wednesday. Can you recommend any good bars/clubs for Sat/Mon/Tues? We’re living close to the Blue Mosque, but don’t mind a taxi ride ;)

Thanks!

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Erlend Geerts March 29, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Hi Susanne,

Since it’s not summer time yet, everything in the list will do, except Reina, Sortie, and SuAda.

Have fun.

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Andrea April 18, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Hi there!
Me and a friend are coming to Istanbul next week for 4 days and we are interested what clubs, bars would you recommend to visit? What kind of music do they play in each and how much is an entry for the girls?

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Erlend Geerts April 20, 2012 at 9:12 am

Well, I obviously recommend all the bars mentioned above. Some play live music, some have DJ sets, some a mix. At the moment, the open air spots are still closed, so your best bet is to check out the Beyoğlu nightlife scene first. Entrance fees change a lot and are often related to that night’s program, hence why we don’t mention them. But expect to pay something between 20 to 35 TL, which may or may not include a drink. Have fun!

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Nisa April 25, 2012 at 6:12 am

Hi,
How dressed up should girls be to go to these clubs? Does everyone wear heels when going out?

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Erlend Geerts April 25, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Most of the girls wear high heels, yet these days girls wear all kinds of stuff from a cocktail dress to jeans. If your personal choice is not wearing high heels, by all means go ahead. You can even wear casual if you look nice and decent.

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fahad May 18, 2012 at 6:41 pm

heeey,,
am fahad from saudi arabia,,am comming to istanboul in 23 jun12,,this will be my first time in istanbol and i want to ask about nightlife in istanbol and i want to ask if all the nights clubs rouls to entry should be couple?

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Erlend Geerts May 20, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Hi Fahad,

There is no need to enter night clubs as a couple in. But they may refuse bys if the percentage of males outnumbers the amount of females. But as a tourist (with money to spend) you shouldn’t have any problems.

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poria June 1, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Hi
my wife and i are going to Istambul in july 11,i want to know which club is best for us and do i have to wear suit,and how much is our approximate cost in $?and i heard that reina doesnt let Iranian poeple come in the club is it true?
and which club is allowed for people over 21?
thank you

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Erlend Geerts June 3, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Hi,

I don’t know of a single club where they ask your passport before entering, unless you look under age. So, how would they know you come from Iran? Since the minimum clubbin’ age is 18, people of over 21 are most welcome. Suits are more the exception than the rule, but decent attire (smart casual) is welcomed.

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Danielle Berlin June 2, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Hi there! A friend and I are going to Istanbul for the first time June 15-20. We are from San Francisco and love the underground, house-music scene with fun young vibes (we’re in our early 20’s). Are all of these places good around that time and do you have any other suggestions for cool-loungy bars or things of that nature?

Thanks!

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Erlend Geerts June 3, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Hi Danielle,

I’d start with Living Indigo, mingle with locals and ask what’s hot at the moment. Don’t take one person’s advice for the truth though, always double check.

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Josh June 4, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Hi! We will be in istanbul and around at the end of the month June 28-July 2, I was curious if you were aware of any websites that focus on electronic music events around istanbul, techno or house for example. Also, how difficult is it for a young couple to get into reina on a sat night? How early should we arrive if we expect to get a nice table for dinner?

thanks,
Josh

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Erlend Geerts June 5, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Hi Josh,

I’m afraid I don’t have such websites readily available. As for getting into Reina, you shouldn’t have any problems. Just make reservations over the phone first. They may be fully booked when you just show up.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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shehbaz June 5, 2012 at 5:50 pm

hi am coming to istanbul for the first time from 22nd june 2012. can you help me fing a suitable group of tourist that i may join or anyone reading this comment plz lemme knw

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Mansi Asher June 28, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Hi,

Im planning to travel to Istanbul towards the end of Ramadan this year, and was wondering how the night-life is during this time. Are the clubs and bars open?

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Erlend Geerts June 28, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Yes, they mostly are open.

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Marley Cetinkaya July 3, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Hey Erlend good job at promoting the night life of istanbul.
how much are you looking to spend if you were to go to these places and have a 2 or 3 drinks each (me and my girlfriend)
most of these places are expensive im geussing

thanks
marley

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Erlend Geerts July 4, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Hi Marley,

With entrance fee and as you said 2-3 alcoholic beverages each, that would set you back about 100 Turkish Liras each, maybe a bit less.

Have fun’
Erlend

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Lian July 10, 2012 at 11:41 pm

Hi there

Me & a friend (we’re South African) are looking for a good time in Istanbul. Just some basic ‘student-like’ questions:

Is it essential to have some, relatively cheaper, pre-drinks before going out @ night?
Are the nightclub drinks expensive (generaly speaking), or would it depend too much on where you go (i.e. really ‘posh’ places VS local hang-outs)?
Are the Turkish people as friendly & approachable as what I’ve heard from others that have been there?

Any response would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Lian

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Erlend Geerts July 11, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Hi Lian,

Nightlife doesn’t really start before 23:00. People mostly have a nice dinner out first, or have dinner at home followed by a few drinks on a terrace before joining the nightlife.

Drinks in cafés are cheaper than the ones in bars, and obviously, the posher the place, the higher the price (see comments above for some price indications).

In general Turkish people are very welcoming, friendly and approachable. However, if you plan to approach a girl, FIRST make very sure she is indeed single. Turkish men are known to be very jealous, hence will not at all appreciate a strange man talking to their girlfriend.

Have fun,
Erlend

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Giray Kartal July 16, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Hi everyone

I’m from Istanbul. Istanbul has huge nightlife. Istanbul never sleeps and no one can be bored here. Nightlife begins at 23:00 and it countinues up the 04:00-05:00. Come and visit, believe me you won’t regret it.

Giray

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Farida Abboud July 20, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Hey, I was wondering about the days that are good for clubbing?

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Erlend Geerts July 22, 2012 at 11:55 pm

Any day will do really, but weekends are obviously more crowded.

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Lianne July 22, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Hi there!
My friend and I are in Istanbul right now, but in Gungoren, staying with her family. We want to go out to one of the above mentioned clubs but are only able to on Monday or Tuesday. Which ones are the best for those nights? Also do you know how far of a ride it would be to the area, from where we are and approximately how much for the taxi ride ? Thanks very much!

Lianne

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Erlend Geerts July 22, 2012 at 11:55 pm

Hi Liliane,

A rough estimate would be between 30 to 40 Turkish liras for the ride, depending on the spot you pick. Because it is Ramadan now, it’s hard to pick one. I’d go for the Reina or Sortie in open air, and 360 if closer to your place.

Have fun,

Erlend

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Ankit August 9, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Planning my bachelors party in Istanbul with 7 guys. Ur suggestions and will I have problem entering the clubs

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Erlend Geerts August 13, 2012 at 8:25 am

Hi Ankit, since you are foreigners I don’t believe you’ll have a lot of problems. But I would go in with smaller groups.

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NOOR August 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm

hi Erlend
me and my huseband are planning to come in a toourist trip to turkey on last of august and we will be in istanbul on 2nd of september ,, we would like to experience the night life in istanbul and i would like to ask how much does it cost to inter the reina or the suada for a couple and how about food and drinks there ,, at what time the party starts and does it need previous reservation?? are there better choices in your opinion ??

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Erlend Geerts August 13, 2012 at 10:27 am

Hi,

Please find the answers to your questions in previous comments.

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Christine August 10, 2012 at 7:59 am

Hi Erlend!
We are going to Istanbul in September on business. What are the best clubs/live music venue for people in their 30s and 40s?

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Erlend Geerts August 13, 2012 at 10:28 am

This depends on the music you like, how young you still feel, etc :-)

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abhinav August 13, 2012 at 4:30 pm

hi Erlend…i really liked your article and really appreciate how promptly you have been replying to everyones querries..i have always had istanbul on my list of places to see.. and luckily i will be visiting the city in january..i will be visiting with 3 other guys, all of us being above 21 years of age…is it possible for us to gain entry at any of the clubs mentioned above?

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Erlend Geerts August 15, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Hi Abhinav,

Sure, the legal age limit is 18 years old.

Have fun,
Erlend

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Neal August 13, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Merhaba Erlend!

I will be coming to Istanbul at the end of August with 3 friends, we would like to party at Reina and Sortie on Friday and Saturday night, can you give me an indication of that table prices are like for those nightclubs, and do we have to make a reservation beforehand or we can do this via our concierge on arrival to Istanbul?

Many thanks,

Neal

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Erlend Geerts August 15, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Hi Neal,

As I mentioned before, the entrance fee and 2-3 alcoholic drinks will set you back for about 100 Turkish Liras. If you wish to eat there prior to partying, I think there is no entrance fee. You should make reservations if you want to eat, which your concierge can do for you.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Ebony August 14, 2012 at 1:11 am

Hi I’m a female considering going to Istanbul in a year’s time. I love going clubbing and to Festivals in my home town Australia wanted to know if it’s safe for a female to go out on her own at night if not i’ll keep my activities to the day.

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Erlend Geerts August 15, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Hi Ebony,

Inside the party venues, you’re safe obviously. Although Istanbul is very safe compared to other world cities, I wouldn’t suggest to walk back home alone at night. But if you take a taxi, you should be fine.

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Shirin August 22, 2012 at 11:03 pm

Hello
Im lOoking for night club for rent for 1night with the 600 or 700 people.
Which one you recommened to me for rent ?
Thnks

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Erlend Geerts August 23, 2012 at 7:08 pm

You can try to rent the ones I mentioned, but you’d better have deep pockets.

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Demha August 23, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Hi
I’m planing to visit Istanbul by sep 2012 my friend recommend for me a place called Bakardi what do you think is it good place or you recommend another one I like good and safe places for night life

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Erlend Geerts August 23, 2012 at 7:06 pm

I’ve never visited the bar, and don’t plan to either, if you know what I mean. Google the bar, and you’ll find lots of (PG-rated) reviews.

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Carl August 31, 2012 at 7:49 am

Hello… What a great resource you are!
I’m going to Istanbul in mid-September (in a few weeks!) for work and I’ll be there a week. I’d love to find fun bars where I could meet women in their 40s. Could you recommend one? And, are any of the bars more inviting to Americans?
Thanks!

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Erlend Geerts September 3, 2012 at 8:16 am

Hi,

Thanks a lot.

I’m afraid there are no real +40 bars, at least not that I’m aware of. Having said that, the places mentioned above are being visited by all age groups.

Turks are very inviting people, and will welcome all foreigners to their establishments.

Have a nice stay,
Erlend

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Rick September 13, 2012 at 7:29 am

Hello,

Looking to go to Istanbul this October. Weekdays bad for clubs? Is it like the US where Friday/Sat are the nights everyone goes out? Thank so much.

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Erlend Geerts September 13, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Hi Rick,

Well, clubs and bars are always open, but sure, they’re more packed starting Thursdays.

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Simon September 14, 2012 at 10:14 am

Hi Erlend,

great infos on the club scene in Istanbul!

We are coming to Istanbul next thursday and will stay at the WITT SUITES….really looking forward to it!

On our arrving day we would like to go for dinner and drinks (party) to 360Istanbul….is it any good on thursday nights? Or should we better go on friday or saturday?

Or is it better to go to Reina on friday or saturdays? What is your recommendation?

And anyhow….we better need to reserve a table, right?

Kind regards
Simon

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Erlend Geerts September 18, 2012 at 10:55 am

Hi Simon,

Well, if I were you, I’d indeed go to 360 on Thursday, and do Reina on Friday or Saturday. And this week it’s a bit rainy, but the weather will be better in the weekend. So that also votes in favor of visiting the open-air bars during the weekend.

Enjoy your stay at Witt Hotel, I’m sure you’ll love it. You can ask the concierge to make reservations for you upon arrival.

Have a nice trip,
Erlend

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Mike September 26, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Hi,

We are a group of 8 friends (between 30-40) going to Istanbul between 5-8 only for business. We are looking for a nice club were music is good and the place is crowded. Do need to make reservations before? Thanks.

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Erlend Geerts September 27, 2012 at 5:37 pm

All the places above apply. If you want to make sure being allowed in with a group of 8 males, play safe and make dinner reservations.

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Simone October 2, 2012 at 10:38 am

Hi!

We´re in Istanbul from next Sunday until Wednesday. Since summer is over, I wondered if Reina is still nice to go to , or would you recommend another venue? I presume the nights that we´re there are not the bussiest ones of the week. What would be the best night to go to a club?

Many thanks!

Simone

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Erlend Geerts October 3, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Hi Simone,

As I write this, summer may be officially over, but today it was still 28 degrees Celsius. So yes, if it doesn’t rain and the temperatures stay okey, it’s a safe bet.

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Ruby October 2, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Hi Erlend,

This is a very helpful article.

I’m going out to Istanbul towards the end of November with 9 girlfriends to celebrate a hen party. We’re out there for 2 nights – Friday and Saturday – and are really only interested in going to either Angelique, SuAda, Sortie or Reina. Are these seasonal clubs or will they be open in November? And if so, are there indoor areas? I’ve been to Reina a couple of years ago but this was in Summer and I can’t recall whether there are sheltered sections (should it rain!) . Of the 4 clubs which 2 would you recommend going to on the two nights?

Thanks for any advice you can provide.

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Erlend Geerts October 3, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Hi,

November will be a bit too late for ope air partying. I guess Anjelique also had covered area, if not I’d go for 360.

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Malik October 7, 2012 at 12:51 am

Hi There,
Me and My Friend Are Interested To Come To Istanbul in the Last Week Of Oct Or 1st Week Of Nov..
Do u Think Its a Appropriate Time To Visit..
Is It A good Party Time?
Which area is Best Suited For Young Ppl To Stay Who r Looking to have a great Party Time.
Will Be Great full for ur advice.

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Erlend Geerts October 8, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Hi Malik,

It’s always a good time to party in Istanbul. You can decide where to go once you’re here and see the weather conditions.

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Julie Miller October 12, 2012 at 1:12 am

I have clients arriving for NYE and the weather seems as if it will be a bit cooler, so I wasn’t sure if they would care about being on the water – where would you suggest that they stay for the 5nts.

Tomtom suites
The House Hotel Bosphorus
Witt Istanbul Suites
the Istanbul Edition hotel or anther option?

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Erlend Geerts October 13, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Hi Julie,

Definitely at Witt Istanbul Suites. Given Witt Istanbul’s location, close to the bustling party scene yet quite and peaceful at night, and the fact they will be here for NYE, it’s a no-brainer. Make sure they book early since spots are limited.

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Lucie October 26, 2012 at 12:54 am

Hey There,

I’m going to fly to Istanbul next weekend from 1. to 4. november. We also want to go to a bar and then to a club for dancing. We mostly like house music and mainstream, a bit hiphop. We are from Germany and both 20 years old. Could You give us some hints and insider-tips ?

Bw Lucie

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Erlend Geerts October 26, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Hi Lucie,

I’d start out with Living Indigo.

Have fun,
Erlend

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Courtney October 26, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Lucie,

Check out Anjelique in Ortakoy. Reina and Sortie are the two largest and most beautiful night clubs in Istanbul, but they play mostly Turkish music. Anjelique is right next door to The House Cafe which has amazing drinks and food and is right on the Bosphorous. Anjelique has three separate floors and usually the DJ plays a different type of music on each floor. By far my favorite in Istanbul! But beware, it does get very busy on the weekends and you can barely move.

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Brendan November 5, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Which of the clubs would be best to go on a Sunday and if not a particular club which area is the busiest on Sundays? We’re in Istanbul 18th November. Thanks

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Erlend Geerts November 7, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Brendan,

Any of the above mentioned will do just fine.

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rana November 13, 2012 at 2:19 pm

hello,

i’m planning to go to Istanbul for new year’s , was wondering if u can recommend a certain club for that special night. please advice whether reservation is needed or not.

thanks,
Rana

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Erlend Geerts November 14, 2012 at 7:57 am

Hi Rana,

The biggest clubs in town organize parties on New Year’s Eve, and you need to make reservations for those. Now may be a bit too early, Istanbul is not thinking about New Year yet, but you can have an overview of events and make reservations at Biletix.

Of course New Year is celebrated in ever bar in Istanbul. Smaller ones may not need reservations, so check out the programs of your favorite bar.

Erlend

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santos November 15, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Wich places is best to go out in monday and tuesday?

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Erlend Geerts November 17, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Istanbul lives 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Naji November 16, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Hello Erlend,

very interesting information found here,
we’ll be heading to Istanbul on the 22nd on this month till the 25th, this time it’s with a bunch of friends and mainly for relaxation, mingling and clubbing purposes.
we would like to experience the small pubs for early happy hours and underground electronic music for late night stays.
can you please recommend a few pubs and a club you’d find interesting to visit and enjoy a good taste of music?

thanks loads!

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Erlend Geerts November 17, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Hi Naji,

Well, you already got a nice selection here. I suggest you start with Living Indigo, and if you like that type of club, mingle with locals and ask for other hot places. Since you’re a group of people, I can’t foresee any unpleasant experiences. At the same time, always talk to a few people and check the recommendations.

By no means follow any suggestions from people on the street that suggest nice clubs or bars. They just try to drag you to overpriced, below-par quality establishments, often with scarcely dressed girls. You and your credit card will be sorry. Ask like-minded party people instead inside the establishments.

Have fun,
Erlend

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alish geraminejad November 20, 2012 at 1:59 pm

hello folks!
just was concerned about Suada swimming pool’s ticket price
can anyone inform us any fee and also the working time (whether season and time as well) for pool?
thnx in advance

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Erlend Geerts November 20, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Hi Alish,

Suada is an open-air swimming pool. You don’t want to go have a dip there this time of the year! I’m sure the pool is closed by now, but the bars and restaurants will still be open.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Iflal Faizal November 24, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Hi Erlend,

Thanks for the info, its really helpfull for a first timer. can you recomend a place where I can see some belly dance and what will it cost me?

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Erlend Geerts November 27, 2012 at 10:26 am

Hi Iflal,

If I were you I’d go to Arabesque. It’s not cheap, but you have an all included price with plenty of typical Mediterranean food, drinks and different belly dancing sets.

You can find the place in the posh Maçka district, at Taşkışla Cad., Maçka Demokrasi Parkı Yani No. 19. You can ask your hotel concierge to make reservations and give directions (to the taxi driver)

Erlend

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Mary November 27, 2012 at 7:45 am

Hi Erlend,

We are four people(age between 28-37) intended to stay in Bayrampasa Titanic hotel from 29 Nov to 3 Dec
in this time of the year I think that most famous clubs like Reina an Anjelique are closed aren’t they?If so,What do you propose to us?We are looking for the most modern and luxuries club.

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Erlend Geerts November 27, 2012 at 10:38 am

Hi Mary,

In winter the partying scene moves to Beyoğlu. So focus on the bars and night clubs in the city in the article.

Have fun,
Erlend

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Mary November 27, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Dear Erlend,
I googled and found Babylon and Nu Pera in Beyoğlu.Are they good?
Do you have any other ideas?
Do they have entrance fee?

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sima December 2, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Dear Erlend,
we are 4 persons ( between 27 and 35) will be in istanbul for the new year, which place you recommande for the new year party
Thank you

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Erlend Geerts December 3, 2012 at 7:26 am

Hi Sima,

I answered a similar question a few comments ago. Please find my answer there.

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Cosmina December 3, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Hello,

Where can i find offers for New Year’s Eve in a fancy club in Istanbul, all i can find on internet are cruises and i will visit Istanbul with 2 friends so i don’t think it’s too funny for 3 single girls to spend that night in a cruise on Bosphorus…it sounds more for family.

Thank you :)

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Cosmina December 3, 2012 at 6:06 pm

And i saw your comment above but i want to find also prices for example for Reina, 360, Suada, Super Club…should i write an email to these clubs?

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Erlend Geerts December 3, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Hi Cosmina,

I just checked Biletix, and yes they have New Year’s Eve party tickets on sale for Suada. Just go to the Biletix site, select December 31 in the calendar, and you’ll see the current listing with hotels, clubs, bars and night clubs hosting parties. I could already see Suada and Jolly Joker Balans there.

Of course some clubs ans bars may sell their tickets themselves, in which case it’s better to check their websites and/or contact them via email.

I hope you can understand that I can not provide a list of every place in Istanbul hosting a New year’s Eve party.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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NICOLO December 5, 2012 at 10:35 am

Hello Everybody!
We are going to celebrate NYE 2013 in Istanbul! We are just looking for good music, party, etc. Could you tell me which is the best club in town?
thank you so much!
cheers

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Wassim December 8, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Hello Erlend,

My friends and I are going to be in istanbul for New Year’s Eve.
We are 4 guys traveling alone and i heard that it would be difficult for us to Club in Reina. Is that true or shall i call them and contact them directly?

I also read the previous comments and i guess Reina might be closed by this time of year? Anyway i’m still concered about the fact that we are 4 guys alone.

Many thanks

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Erlend Geerts December 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Hi Wassim,

If I were you, I’d check out 360. They have a venue in Taksim and one on SuAda, the artificial island on the Bosphorus.

Have fun,
Erlend

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Horacio December 12, 2012 at 7:36 am

Hi, Im traveling with some friends from Mexico to Istanbul just after New Years Eve and it might be very cold, do you still recommend us Reina, Sortie or SuAda?
In Which area do you recommend us to stay?

Thanks!

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Erlend Geerts December 12, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Hi Horacio,

I just went to SuAda last weekend, it was great. They have covered bars too there, so no problem. If you want to get in for New Year’s Eve parties, you may have to make reservations upfront, depending on the venue.

As for a place to stay, I would recommend the Beyoğlu area. May I suggest the Witt Istanbul hotel?

Kind regards,
Erlend

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bahram December 15, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Hello… What a great resource you are
i want to know the price of bottle whisky or tequila(70cl or 100cl) in istanbul clubs
Many thanks

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Erlend Geerts December 19, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Hi Bahram,

I think you said aside something between 300-400 TL for a bottle.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Sepehr December 24, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Hi,
My friend and I are in Istanbul for a week. Yesterday night we went to babylon and 360 but they were both closed they told us they are just open in saturday and friday. So what should we do? Clubs in istanbul are just open in weekend? Can u recommend us any other clubs which are opend during the week?
Thankss

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Erlend Geerts December 25, 2012 at 12:49 am

Sepehr,

You’re right, those are closed on weekdays. Try Jolly Joker Balans, it is open almost every day except Sunday. Do check their website, if there is no red dot on the calendar, then they’re closed. Another option is Hayal Kahvesi, a side street of Istiklal Caddesi. Do please check their programs before you go.

Have fun,
Erlend

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Sandro December 27, 2012 at 10:53 am

Hi Lucca,
Just arrived in Istanbul for an unplanned trip, my girl and I are going to be here for NYE, do we still have a chance to make a reservation for a night club party? Which ones would you recomend for a 20 something years old couple looking for modern music and nice venue? Thanks!

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Erlend Geerts December 28, 2012 at 7:57 am

Hi Sandro,

I would go for SuAda if they still have some space left. Go to their website and call them to make reservations. If full, try 360 (expensive) or Jolly Joker Balans (cheaper). Again, go to their websites, give them a call, and ask for their reservation procedure.

Have a nice party,
Erlend

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Nonhlanhla December 29, 2012 at 12:52 am

Hi Erlend,

My friend and I ( we from South Africa) will be traveling to Istanbul from 18 – 24 Jan. on the 20 Jan is my birthday, is there a good club you can recommend for us.

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Mihaela December 30, 2012 at 12:08 am

Hi there.. We arrived yesterday and we wanna know fi there is any club open on 31 december at night (360 or reina). Thnks

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samir December 30, 2012 at 3:30 am

hey!
me and my freinds are now in istanbul we are 5 guys and we need clubs and im waiting for your replys,thank you.

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Erlend Geerts December 30, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Hi Samir, Mihaela and Nonhlanhla,

Did you read the (last) comments already? I have given plenty of advice on that subject recently. The clubs that are in this post’s listing are really the ones we recommend. That doesn’t mean that all other clubs are bad, far from it. But these are our top picks for a good time.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Patricia January 11, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Hi Erlend-

I’m going to Istanbul with one of my friend in early June 2013.
We are late 20’s early 30’s and we want to part and have a good time but in a place that doesn’t have a lot of very young peope (18-25).
What clubs do you recommend?
Also, we like a good mix of music. House music is good but some hip hop and top 100 is good too.

Thank you,

Patricia

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Erlend Geerts January 14, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Dave, Patricia, Philip

I’d check out Anjelique first. It has three floors, each with different music. Suada also offers a nice variety.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Dave January 14, 2013 at 6:59 am

Hi Erlend,

Im planning to visit Istanbul this coming February.. Im very particular about music & clubs.. Could you recommend me any of those clubs mentioned above that plays great DJ music (Rnb, Dance, House) with a nice ambiance ??

Pls do advise

Regards,
Dave

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Philip January 14, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Hi Guys

I’m landing tomorrow in Istanbul and wondering if you can help me is finding good nice bars during winter time . I use to go there in summer but now i will be staying 3 night until Friday noon on Jan 18,2013.

Would appreciate your feedback.

Tnx, Philip

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Annett February 19, 2013 at 9:52 am

When do the Bosphorus nightclubs open for the summer season?

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Erlend Geerts February 19, 2013 at 9:39 pm

Hi Annett,

It’s too early to get any dates about that. We’re not even in spring yet, and it really depends on the weather. Sometimes summer comes early, sometimes a bit later. But I wouldn’t expect it before June, and for your own comfort, think mid June.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Elsy March 12, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Hi!
My husband and I are coming to istanbul on the 29th of march and leaving on the 1st of April. Any recommendation about some cool bars for great music and cocktails! Cheers :)

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Erlend Geerts March 13, 2013 at 10:40 am

Hi Elsy,

You already found the ones we recommend on this page. You could also check out the Istanbul Locals Share section for more ideas.

Cheers,
Erlends

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kabir kurian March 13, 2013 at 8:37 am

Hi,
My wife and I r planning on a two week trip to Istanbul mid April…. We got married in February so this would be more of a honeymoon / nightlife holiday. We love partying so please suggest good places to stay, party, etc….

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Erlend Geerts March 13, 2013 at 10:34 am

Hi Kabir,

Congratulations.

Well, you’re on the richt page for the nightlife. You can also check out the Istanbul locals share category to chek out where they party.

As for where to stay during your honeymoon, have you checked out Witt Istanbul hotel?

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Natalia Maia March 14, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Hi Erlend!

Next week, on wednesday my boyfriend and his friends are coming to Istanbul to celebrate his birthday, i would like to know which one its the best club in Istanbul working on wednesday to take them out.

Best regards,
Natalia.

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Erlend Geerts March 14, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Hi Natalia,

Did you check out the comment I wrote on this page dated December 25?

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Natalia Maia March 14, 2013 at 10:21 pm

Hi Erlend,

Yes i did it, and i checked the options you had said, but i was looking for something more like Reina, Sauda style of party… If you know any party similar please let me know. Thanks in advance for your time.

Best regards,
Natalia

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Abdul March 26, 2013 at 3:37 am

Hi,

I will be visiting Istanbul for the first time to watch Real Madrid vs Galatasaray Champions league. I’m travailing solo and will be staying from the 8th-12th of April. I’m 24, live in Los Angeles and always party in Hollywood. Whats your recommendation for a good party spot on the 10th Tuesday 11th Wednesday and 12th Thursday. I heard a lot of beautiful things about the nightlife in Istanbul so my expectations are high …

If you are ever in Los Angeles let me know, I have a great status at the best clubs in Hollywood ;)

Best,
Abdul

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Erlend Geerts March 26, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Hi Abdul,

Check out Cahide in Maçka Park (close to Beyoğlu), Reina and Anjelique.

Have fun,
Erlend

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James80 March 27, 2013 at 11:00 pm

When I was in Istanbul,I went to Reina restaurant before night.I was fascinated by the exotic atmosphere.Sometimes you can watch football matches or other sport events.Really good place!

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ZARINA May 10, 2013 at 9:14 pm

Hi – my husband and I will be ther on Monday May 20th thru Friday May 24th…any good reccomendations since its during the middle of the weeek?

Just curious since some of the locaitons are outdoors and I dont know what the weather is like in May.

Thanks!

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Erlend Geerts May 13, 2013 at 7:36 am

Hi Zarina,

Most open air clubs such as Reina have opened their doors, so nothing to worry about.

Erlend

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Roddy May 18, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Just wanted to leave a compliment to you and your colleagues…as I notice some people complaining …I’d like to say how useful I found the site . I found the independence of your views particularly refreshing in a city where “hustling ” is the name of the game …you’re all doing a really good job ! Well done …you made my stay more enjoyable becaus rod your efforts !

Roddy

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Erlend Geerts May 18, 2013 at 11:10 pm

Hi Roddy,

Thanks a lot for the nice words.

This makes all our efforts worth while.

Cheers,
Erlend

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Visitor May 22, 2013 at 10:03 am

Dear Erlend,

Is it OK to wear a proper shirt, chinos and sailershoes at Club Reina? Or should one wear dark jeans and more proper shoes instead of chinos/sailershoes?

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Joe May 22, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Hi,

Myself and four other friends are in Istanbul for 5 nights (june 4 – 9). I have read in a few sites that Nightclubs like Reina have a dress code, no jeans or t-shirts. Is this really the case? should we pack some smart clothes if we intend to head to these places?

Thanks,

Joe

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Erlend Geerts May 28, 2013 at 8:16 am

Hi Joe,

One could describe the dress code at Reina as young, smart, and trendy. So, smart jeans are allowed, trainers aren’t. All stars may not, but Docksides/sailor shoes are (I wore them myself). A plain sloppy T-shirt may not get you in, but a trendy nice T-sirt may pose no problems. I hope you understand the line of thought here.

Cheers,
Erlend

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Scrooge June 1, 2013 at 10:51 pm

Hi

Good job on this blog!

My 2 friends and I (all guys in our mid-twenties) are visiting Istanbul in June (Friday to Monday). Do you have any good suggestions for a club with Hip Hop, RnB and House music in particular?

How are Riddim and Superclub? They look good on their site and from other reviews.

I have read that some nightclubs try to scam tourists. Are you aware of any popular clubs that should be avoided because of this?

Thanks

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Erlend Geerts June 4, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Hi Scrooge,

No tourist scams that I am aware of in reputable night clubs (see list above). Just make sure you know the prices of your drinks (and food) before you order, and there shouldn’t be any surprises.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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angie June 9, 2013 at 3:11 pm

HI,
me and my two best friends are coming to Istanbul on 20 June 2013 we will stay for a week so i need to know where to go clubbing from Thursday night to Wednesday i like busy clubs, hip hop music and house :) need ur help

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Erlend Geerts June 9, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Hi Angie,

The open-air clubs are open, so I suggest you check out Reina, Sorties, Anjelique and 360.

Cheers,
Erlend

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Joe July 1, 2013 at 7:28 am

Hey I want to ask about the good gay club in Istanbul , where are they,? are they safe ?

Thank you !

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Erlend Geerts July 1, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Hi Joe,

Did you check out our post about gay and lesbian life in Istanbul? At the bottom, you’ll find a club list. Also, probably next month we’ll post another article focused on gay and lesbian activities in Istanbul.

Erlend

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Joe July 2, 2013 at 1:24 am

Thank you :)

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Anthony July 10, 2013 at 5:30 pm

I am coming to Istanbul with my wife by mid of August and we are looking for a strip club or something similar where we can watch stripping or sex shows, can you advise us where we can find such clubs in the city?

Thanks

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Erlend Geerts July 13, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Hi Anthony,

I’m sure there are, but I’m afraid I can’t be of any assistance of pointing out good ones. I’m sure there are sites more specialized in this type of night entertainment.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Serenity July 12, 2013 at 8:07 pm

Erlend,

I have read each and every post of yours to make sure I am not asking you something you have answered previously.

My husband and I are in Istanbul 20-23 August as part of our anniversary. As we are there mid-week only where would you recommend as all venues will be full-swing over the weekend but I’m not sure about a weekday.

Ideally we would like to have dinner first at the venue or close-by.

Best wishes

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Erlend Geerts July 13, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Hi Serenity,

In summer most places mentioned on this page are in full swing, weekday or weekend. Since you don’t mention your hotel, I have no clue what would be close by. I suggest to make reservations at Reina, Sorties or Suada for dinner followed by party time.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Maja July 13, 2013 at 12:27 am

Hello,I plan to visit Istanbul in September, and I’d like to visit Club Reina or Sortie. Can you tell me the price of the entrance to the club and the price of alcoholic drinks? Does it need to be reserved to have a drink or we can get into the club without a reservation? Thank you

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Erlend Geerts July 13, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Hi Maja,

I can’t give you entrance fees and drink prices since they change too often, and it’s hard to keep up. But you can email them from the sites (see links in the article). For just partying you don’t have to make reservations, and you shouldn’t have too many problems getting in as foreigners (and as long as it’s a more or less equal match between boys and girls). If you want to be sure to get in, first have dinner there, in which case you need to make a reservation.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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steven jones July 13, 2013 at 2:48 pm

I would like to spend the day at the Sauda Club in Istanbul. Is it possible to get to the ferry at Kuruçeşme by public transportation?

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Erlend Geerts July 13, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Yes, you can take the 57UL bus from Beşiktaş to Kuruçeşme.

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ZAMO July 20, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Hey there>>
I am coming to Istanbul on 31/Jul.. is there any gay bar or sauna to visit..
And i would like to meet new gay friends.. can I?? and where??
waiting for answer>>thanks

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Erlend Geerts July 22, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Hi Zamo,

My next post will be about gay and lesbian life in Istanbul, which should be live just before you arrive. I hope you can wait until then :-)

Erlend

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Micheal August 1, 2013 at 3:45 am

Hello Erlend
im 16 years old, would i have any trouble getting into Reina? any suggestion, money isn’t a problem. BTW. i live in Istanbul and NYC.

Thanks

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Erlend Geerts August 1, 2013 at 10:34 pm

Hi,

By law you are not allowed to enter, and if you look your age, you have a big chance you will be denied access.

Erlend

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fadoua August 6, 2013 at 5:59 pm

hello
i just want to know how much will a dinner for one person cost me in reina , ( no bottles of wine or anything) pleaaaaaaase :)
Thank uu

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Erlend Geerts August 7, 2013 at 11:33 pm

Hi Fadoua,

As I mentioned before, it’s hard to give estimates because there are so many variables, and prices change all the time. Just keep in mind that Reina is upper class yet affordable. Always ask for the price list first, make choices according to your budget, and you’ll have a great time.

Erlend

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Pamela October 10, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Hi,

Is it dangerous for 3 girls to go out by night to a night club and come back late by train or taxi?
me and my 2 girlfreinds are going to istanbul during new year period, do you suggest anywhere special but yet affordable to spend the new years eve there?
Thank you

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Erlend Geerts October 11, 2013 at 10:36 pm

Hi Pamela,

It’s not dangerous at all for a party of 3 girls to go to established clubs as mentioned above. As for a drive back, just stick together and take an official taxi (with the stand place logo printed on the door). Public transportation such as trains, tramways and metro will be long out of service by the time you’re done partying.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Waleed Bayazid October 22, 2013 at 1:18 am

Hi Erlend i am now in istanbul leaving after three days i went to riena and supper club and both asked for a couple , i am wondering if there’s a place doesn’t require couples and its nice on the weekdays .

Thank you.

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Erlend Geerts October 22, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Hi Waleed,

I would give Hayal Kahvesi or Jolly Joker Balans a try.

Cheers,
Erlend

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altinkum October 28, 2013 at 8:09 pm

just amazing thanks ;)

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Ronald November 3, 2013 at 1:40 am

Thank you Erlend for this great info.
I and my GF are going to Istanbul in Jan 2014 and love to go for night clubs. we would stay in Taksim area. which clubs do you recommend?
I heard it’s not safe after 10 pm in Taksim and Istiklal St., is it that true?
Thank you in advance for your reply.

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Erlend Geerts November 4, 2013 at 10:27 am

Hi Ronald,

As you will notice, Taksim and Istiklal Street are pretty busy, even after 10pm. I’ve never heard of any general insecurity, and never experienced any problem personally.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Sonja November 5, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Hi!

My friend and I are going to Istanbul tomorrow, could you please tell me some good night clubs and bars with modern house music for Wednesday and Thursday night, especially Thursday night since its my friends birthday and we want to have fun. We were looking at the night clubs, and the one we like are outdoors like Reina, Suada etc, are they working now since it is November? or maybe you can reccommend some other similar places.

Best regards,

Sonja

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Erlend Geerts November 6, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Hi Sonja,

Please go over the comments, since this subject has been asked and addressed a few times. I’m sure you’ll find some answers there.

Have fun,
Erlend

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michael December 2, 2013 at 7:30 am

Hi,
I’ll be visiting Istanbul in mid February for 3 nights. I’m looking at hotels and am considering staying in Beyoglu over the old city. I’ll be traveling alone and am wondering if you have any recommendations on bars, restaurants, clubs where I’ll be able to mingle with locals vs more tourists. I know its off season as well, so if you can point me in the right directions of places to stay , hip neighborhoods, etc, it would be much appreciated.
Thanks

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Erlend Geerts December 7, 2013 at 11:29 pm

Hi Michael,

The bars mentioned in this post are among the best ones in town.

Surely, this time a year Reina (and other outdoor/summer night clubs) are less fun or even closed all together.

If you ask me, try out SuAda (it has covered bars too) or 360. You won’t be disappointed.

Let me know how it went.

Cheers,
Erlend

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Raquel December 6, 2013 at 2:32 am

Hi Erlend, it seems like you are the man to ask about the party scene in Istanbul so here are my questions.

I would like to spend NYE in a club/bar with views to the Bosphorus to be able to watch the fireworks and stay partying in the same place. I really like the views of Reina and Anjelique but I haven’t been able to find any party info from those places. Do you know where I might find that info? Are there other clubs with equally amazing views towards the fireworks? Finally, if I am not mistaken, the fireworks come out from the Bosphorus Bridge so is it better to see them from north or south of the Bridge?

Thanks so much! :)

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Erlend Geerts December 7, 2013 at 11:19 pm

Hi Raquel,

As far as I know, there are no official fireworks at NY for the last few years. You may be confused with the magnificent ones we have for Republic Day. There are fireworks of course, but they are individual and mostly illegal.

As for your partying, I’d try to get into Reina, Suada or 360. Check their respective websites or the Biletix website.

This may sound strange, but you may not find too much advertisement yet. Turks are notoriously late to plan or book. If you can’t find the venue you prefer, just contact them by email. All the venues mentioned had great parties last year.

Cheers,
Erlend

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Raquel December 25, 2013 at 3:40 pm

I was wondering why I couldn’t find much information about the fireworks. Thanks to you it now makes sense. Decided to spend the night partying in Suada! Have a great New Years and thanks so much for the info!

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Chris December 11, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Hi Erlend,

I am desparately trying to get some good information where to go with a group of about 15 people for New Years’s Eve…we all arrive on the 27th and are looking for a nice restaurant with good views and a party place later. We are all strangers to Istanbul and not sure where is a good place to go with a big group like us..

We stay in at Beyoğlu area but are also fine to travel a bit by taxi…any good recommendation?

Thank you!
Chris

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Erlend Geerts December 11, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Hi Chris,

You can’t go wrong with dinner and party at:

BuzAda (my first choice for NY due to marvelous views)
360 Beyoğlu.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Pamela December 12, 2013 at 9:35 pm

We will be in Istanbul for Christmas week and are hoping to hear some music but are a little older, not into dance clubs or standing-room-only (the only tickets available for Kolektif Istanbul at Babylon on 12/25, unfortunately). On the other hand, don’t want to sit in a crowd of tourists with cameras clicking shots of whirling dervishes and belly dancers. Are there any concert venues or performance calendars we can check for possible events…?

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Erlend Geerts December 14, 2013 at 9:35 am

Hi Pamela,

Babylon is indeed such a place. The best place to look for upcoming gigs is the Biletix site (see links in previous comments).

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Hatice December 17, 2013 at 2:00 am

I almost read every post here and must add that some club advices are not very up to date.

Nublu Istanbul replaced Babylon for very nice indie pop,Jazz,world music concerts.Nublu belongs to Gravida Hotel,it owns a very nice restaurant on the top of the bilduing with superb cuisine but bit pricey and if you take the stairs up you’ll find a terrace with a beautiful view over Istanbul.i recommend breakfast in the morning there,too.

Propaganda was the club to go last year,didn’t check this year but heard it’s still good.You should check the area around Asmalimescit in Beyoglu anyway for partying, so many good clubs like Kücük(the former Otto)on the way.

Locals start the night at Lucca in Bebek or end it there.It’s mentioned here.Then move over to Angelique in Ortaköy which is still one of the best places to go if you like watching beautiful people and offers a much better view over the Bosporus than Reina.

If you plan your trip in winter you should not miss the parties in The W Hotel in Akaretler.The W Lounge is part of the hotel and offers the best and posh parties in winter times with local celebrities to watch and party with.

Now my favourite place to check in is Minimüzikhol in Cihangir very close to the German Hospital.You will party along to the best electronic and house music.I love it.Close to it is Kiki. Istanbulites are very much in club-hopping no wonder with so many options,taxis are cheap in Istanbul so i would always check different places if one doesn’t please you..
Personally i would avoid Reina,Blackk or Sortie.Not the first choice to go..
Enjoy!

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Erlend Geerts December 17, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Hi Hatice,

Thanks for sharing your view on Istanbul’s night life. As usual with lists like these, you can ask 20 people about their favorite bar or club, and you’ll get as many different answers.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Abir January 22, 2014 at 8:21 pm

Hey just a quick question, I am going to be stopping in istanbul( for about 2-4 days) inbetween flights and I would just like to know whats a good place to party thats near their the airport or in the city? Something with english top 40 maybe a couple of locals that speak english? I am a 21 yearold canadian, first time in turkey

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Erlend Geerts January 23, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Hi Abir,

It would be a challenge to find good night entertainment near the airport.

Start with the list above, and go through the comments and locals share articles for more tips and ideas.

Have fun,
Erlend

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Matthew February 19, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Hello

I am coming to Istanbul next weekend (28 Feb). I am staying at the W Hotel and would be very grateful for some advice on two things.

Firstly I want to go go clubbing. You have lots of great suggestions, but some look better for the summer being outside e.g. Reina. Can you suggest?

Also I would like to go to an authentic Turkish restaurant – can you recommend somewhere?

Thank you (great website)

Matt

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Erlend Geerts February 19, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Hi Matthew,

I suggest to browse through our ‘Locals Share’ category. I’m sure you’ll get some good ideas there.

Cheers,
Erlend

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Dana March 12, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Hi Erlend,

My friends and I are going tomorrow to Istanbul, but we got too many feedback that it is not safe at all especially for girls. Is that right? Is it safe to go clubbing while we’re only 3 girls?

Thanks and Regards,

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Erlend Geerts March 12, 2014 at 8:36 pm

Hi Dana,

Respected night clubs (like the ones listed above) are as safe as in any other world city.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Patrick April 11, 2014 at 1:45 pm

Heeey Erlend,

Iam going to Istanbul in 2 weeks, mainly for a work project, but I definitely wanna go out on the weekend.

I did check out the clubs you have mentioned above, but didn´t see any specific music they are playing.
Can you recommend a good or the best club for electronic music?

Thanks in advance!

Patrick

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Erlend Geerts April 11, 2014 at 7:33 pm

Hi Patrick,

Electronic music is so vague these days. I would start with Indigo, and ask around there what they think of the other venues.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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bahram April 19, 2014 at 7:52 pm

hello
in first week of june , can i party in open air in reina or sorti ?
thank u

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Erlend Geerts April 20, 2014 at 2:59 am

It all depends on the weather, but yes, you should.

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rachel May 1, 2014 at 8:42 pm

Hi,

My sister and I are coming out here in the next couple weeks from tuesday-sunday and we wanted to know if there were any clubs/bars in particular you recommend? I know this article was written a couple years back so just checking to see if there were places you’d recommend going to now? Thanks! :) super excited to visit Istanbul!!!!!

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Erlend Geerts May 1, 2014 at 8:58 pm

Hi Rachel,

All pages are kept up to date.

Have fun,
Erlend

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You should be a tour guide! May 7, 2014 at 3:17 am

Dear Erland,

Am coming to party in Istanbul from the UK with 7 other guys. We are there from Friday to Monday morning, so plenty of party nights to experience Istanbul nightlife.

Could you recommend an Itinerary for us in terms of seeing the best areas of istanbul drinking spots during this time?

For instance we will be out having dinner and drinks from about 7 or 8pm everynight and would love to eat and drink and party in both the posh / tourist establishments aswell as the more local areas and bars. This will hopefully give us a good feel for the varied nightlife in Istanbul.

We are all guys so will likely make dinner / table reservations at somewhere like Reina to ensure entry.

Can I mail the other clubs in advance to get on a “guestlist” much the same way as we do here in the UK?

Best,
Nik

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Erlend Geerts May 7, 2014 at 9:24 am

Hi Nik,

I can’t really make an itinerary for you, but yes, since you’re all guys, I strongly suggest to make dinner reservations as a way of entry for places such as Reina, Sortie and 360.

Also, since you arrive in a weekend, start with those above, and keep the smaller venues for later in the week. Also, don’t forget to check out Nevizade street for a nice dinner to kick start your party night.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Nik May 7, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Thanks Erlend!

Just the type of suggestion I was looking for. We will definitely start Friday in Istnabul on Nevizade street and then progress through some bars on Istikal Street which is parrellel I believe, ending at 360 club. Friday sorted!

Do you have any other recommendations for “drinking areas” for Saturday?

I would love to check out Suada club on Saturday but I think this means only being able to see one place because from my understanding it is located on its own Island. Anywhere nearby to there we can go beforehand? If not then same question for Reina, as we will go there on Saturday instead.

Thanks for your help!

Nik

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Erlend Geerts May 8, 2014 at 8:39 pm

Hi Nik,

You can find some nice bars in Bebek and Ortaköy too, which is not too far from SuAda and the other open air nightclubs.

Also, many side streets of Istiklal Caddesi (certainly at the beginning) have bars to get the night going.

Cheers,
Erlend

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Brittany May 13, 2014 at 8:40 am

Hi Erland!!!
My husband (as of Saturday) and I will be in Istanbul overnight on Saturday the 24th of May on a cruise for our honeymoon! We are from the U.S. In big cities here, such as Miami & Las Vegas, we are used to being able to tip to get past the line at big clubs. Is this going to be acceptable in Istanbul? If so, how much would you say would be sufficient? We have spent anywhere from $50 in our hometown to $800 in Miami when big DJs are playing. Thank you so much for your help in advance!!! :) Also, is the food at these clubs as good as some of the nice restaurants? We’ve heard Nusret Steak House is the best in Istanbul. Is it everything we’ve heard? Thanks again & we look forward to hearing your response!!
Brittany

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Erlend Geerts May 16, 2014 at 8:30 am

Hi Brittany,

I’ve personally never tipped to get into a club. But since you consider eating there, you’ll have no problems there. The food is in general of good quality.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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angie May 13, 2014 at 9:52 pm

Hi,
Quick questions. I’m on a business trip and want to go out in Istanbul and basically just want to dance to good house music and have fun as I am on my own. I want to go out on a Wednesday. Do places like the Reina and Sortie have dress codes? Will they not let me in if I am not dressed stylish enough? What do you recommend.
Cheers, Angie

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Erlend Geerts May 16, 2014 at 8:43 am

Hi Angie,

Well, there is no real dress code, but you can’t appear sloppy. Make sure you dress smart casual, and you should be fine.

Have fun,
Erlend

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Uddipta May 14, 2014 at 8:36 am

Hi Erlend.

First of all Congratz for a splendid job you are doing.

I am going to Istanbul on 5th June. Just want to know the, How much a bottle of Chivas Regal & Carlsberg beer cost in Istanbul. That will really help me to compare price with India.

Just for information Can I carry a bottle of whisky with me or is there any restriction ?

Best regards,

Uddipta

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Erlend Geerts May 16, 2014 at 8:33 am

Hi Udippta,

I don’t know the current price exactly. Prices change often and one club may charge more or less than another. It is prohibited to bring your own drinks to a club.

Cheers,
Erlend

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Maryam June 8, 2014 at 1:40 pm

In ramadan reina is open?

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Erlend Geerts June 8, 2014 at 9:07 pm

Of course.

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Aki July 1, 2014 at 11:45 am

Hello Erlend,

Thanks for these tips – great job!

We would like to have a good time and dance and meet new people (1 gentleman and 4 ladies) tonight (Tuesday) in a friendly atmosphere. Where do you recommend we should go? It could be smaller bars with a good atmosphere or a bigger club with a dance floor. We did not enjoy Reina earlier, as there was no dance floor.

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Erlend Geerts July 1, 2014 at 9:58 pm

Hi Aki,

I would give Anjelique a try then.

Erlend

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Riya July 17, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Hello Erlend,

We are a group of 12 people travelling to IST next month. Can you please recommend a good night club with dance floor. Also if you can give us some indication on the cost per person for the above mentioned night clubs like Anjelique, Reina and Sorti Club. We don’t drink so much :)

Thanks,
Riya

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Erlend Geerts July 17, 2014 at 6:21 pm

Hi Riya,

Give Anjelique a try.

Cheers,
Erlend

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Jane August 7, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Hey, me and a few friends will be coming to Istanbul in the middle of October.

will the open are restuarants/clubs still be open? I’m unsure of the weather over there.

Many thanks

Jane

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Erlend Geerts August 9, 2014 at 1:35 am

Hi Jane,

Nobody knows what the weather would be like at that time – one year it’s still very hot, the other much less. Some bars have fixed closure times, some decide on the weather, some are half open.

I suggest you contact the bars that catch your eye, and ask. Email may work.

Cheers,
Erlend

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Josh August 8, 2014 at 7:25 am

Hi,

Travelling to IST in late Aug. Tried to make some bookings but found that clubs like Indigo and Club29 are closed during summer. Are most of the clubs closed during this period? Can you recommend clubs that would be open?

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Erlend Geerts August 9, 2014 at 1:38 am

Hi Josh,

Some bars and nightclubs move to their summer venues, but I know for a fact that places like 360, Reina, Anjelique, etc are open during the summer. Try one of these.

Cheers,
Erlend

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John September 10, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Thanks for the awesome info. I have read all of it.

My wife and some friends and I will visit IST from Oct 2-5. This is apparently overlapping a major holiday, the Sacrifice Feast. Will clubs be open or closed?

I am a live music fan, especially of music I wouldn’t hear in the states. Contemporary Turkish rock and jazz would be v cool. Also some traditional music. Babylon, Living indigo and Jolly Joker? Is one best? Any others?

Since we are in our 50s, my group probably doesn’t want the super crowded young places. But I love a happening happy fun place where there are nice people and great music!

Thanks, John

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Erlend Geerts September 12, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Hi John,

Bars, nightclubs and restaurants should be open as usual. Your list is quite accurate. You may also have a look at the Hayal Kahvesi lineup.

Have fun,
Erlend

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Arienne September 30, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Hey…
Great selection of places!… I had a look at the websites but however none of them list prices unfortunately! With places like Reina, how much are drinks and an indication of dinner costs please??

Thanks!

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Erlend Geerts September 30, 2014 at 8:57 pm

Hi Arienne,

Please go through the latest comments. More people have asked this question before.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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