Wondering how to spend your evenings in the Turkish capital? Here’s a list of our favourite bars, pubs and clubs in the city guaranteed to have you enjoying Istanbul at night.

Sultana's 1001 Nights Show

The place to go in Istanbul if you want to experience traditional Turkish entertainment, Sultana’s shines a spotlight on the best belly dancers in the city. A must-visit if you’re looking for a cultural activity to do at night in Istanbul. Expect authentic Turkish costumes, live music and dancing as you dine. You can’t go wrong with a classic dinner and a show.

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Red Route, Stop: Taksim Square
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Agac Ev Blues

Potentially the best blues bar in Istanbul, Agac Ev Blues fills its stage with amazing musical talent for your entertainment. Known for its rock and roll meets blues energy, you’ll feel like you’re part of the band when you pull up a chair here. If you’re looking for great music in a relaxed atmosphere we recommend heading here when the sun sets.

Red Route, Stop: Hard Rock Café

5 Cocktails

A hidden gem of the party scene in Istanbul, 5 Cocktails is a trendy cocktail bar that specialises in good music, better vibes and delicious homemade drinks. Known as the best place to go if you want your drinks garnished with Frida Kahlo or Harley Quinn’s face, you’ll be tempted to Instagram every drink you order. Try one of their signature cocktails or ask the bartender to surprise you with something unique.

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Red Route, Stop: Tophane

60m2

Sometimes the best place to go when you’re stuck for ideas is the nearest jazz bar. You can be forgiven for thinking Istanbul wouldn’t have a venue dedicated to this genre of music, it’s not what the Turkish are known for. However, 60m2 frequently showcases upcoming local talent and is a favourite haunt of those who live nearby. Buy a round of drinks and get comfortable for an evening of smooth and soulful serenades.

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Red Route, Stop: Taksim Square

Balkon Restaurant & Bar

If a gorgeous view of Istanbul is what you’re after, look no further than Balkon. Giving guests an unbeatable look at the city after dark, we’d spend every night at this rooftop if we could. Book a table on the terrace and watch the sun set before taking your seat for an evening of eclectic music and delicious food.

Red Route, Stop: Hard Rock Café

www.balkonbeyoglu.com/eng

Suada Club

Take a dip in the Olympic sized pool at Suada Club, an island not far from Istanbul that gives a new meaning to relaxing in style. Located between two continents on Galatasaray İsland, those wanting to avoid the hustle and bustle of Istanbul nightlife for an evening can do so at this well-known celebrity hangout. Reserve a day bed to watch the sun set then have dinner under the stars at one of the many appetizing restaurants at the club. Expect firework shows, live bands and so much more.

www.suadaclub.com.tr/en

U2 Irish Pub

For a fuss-free evening with no frills attached, the U2 Irish Pub is your best bet. Guaranteed to make you feel at home as soon you walk through the door, it’s a cosy and inexpensive way to experience another side to Istanbul’s nightlife. This place is ideal for watching your team play sports, listening to live Irish music and eating wholesome pub food. Go here if you’re craving a Guinness.

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Red Route, Stop: Taksim Square
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And once you’re done making the most of the Istanbul nightlife, why not visit the city’s iconic landmarks and attractions with one of our bus tours? You can hop off at all your favourite locations, take a selfie, then hop straight back on!