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Top Choice Live Music in Istanbul

Babylon Bomonti

İstanbul's pre-eminent live-music venue has been packing the crowds in since 1999 and shows no sign of losing its mojo, especially now that it has moved to a larger space in an atmospheric old beer factory in the up…
Performing Arts in Sultanahmet & Around

Hodjapasha Cultural Centre

Occupying a beautifully converted 550-year-old hamam, this cultural centre stages a one-hour whirling dervish performance at 7pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday year-round, with additional performances in busy mon…
Live Music in Bodrum

Kule Rock City

This rock bar and club is grungy by Bodrum's standards, although there are still plenty of beautiful people on the outside decking. Two-for-one drink promotions are sometimes offered. There are great old motorbikes …
Live Music in Alanya

Çello Türkü Bar

This rollicking, friendly Turkish bar features live 'protest and folk music' and is a top spot for an acoustic-fuelled night of rakı (aniseed brandy) and beers. Locals crowd in before the bands start (at 10pm), esca…
Live Music in Kuşadası

Orient Bar

On a narrow street in the Kaleiçi, this perennial favourite in an atmospheric old stone house is the perfect escape from Bar St, where you can listen to the nightly acoustic guitarist or settle in for a cosy chat be…
Performing Arts in Beyoğlu

Galata Mevlevi Museum

The 15th-century semahane (whirling-dervish hall) at this tekke (dervish lodge) is the venue for a one-hour sema (ceremony) held on Sundays throughout the year. Come early to buy your ticket.
Live Music in Selçuk

Pink Bistro Cafe

The oldest drinking establishment in Selçuk, Pink calls itself a bistro-cafe, looks like a pub, but functions as a bar-cum-nightclub. Live music at 8pm on Friday and Saturday.
Cultural in Sultanahmet & Around

Les Arts Turcs

This long-established cultural tourism outfit based near the Basilica Cistern offers twice-weekly opportunities to attend a sema (whirling-dervish ceremony) at the EMAV Silivrikapı Mevlana Cultural Center in Fatih o…
Live Music in Beyoğlu

Salon

This intimate performance space in the İstanbul Foundation for Culture & Arts (İKSV) building hosts live contemporary music (classical, jazz, rock, alternative and world music) as well as theatrical and dance pe…
Live Music in Eskişehir

Eskişehir Municipal Symphony Orchestra

Eskişehir's symphony orchestra is one of Turkey's best, and offers weekly concerts for an enthusiastic local audience. It also provides backup for operas and ballets. Works performed here run the gamut from classica…