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…
Jazz in Beyoğlu

Nardis Jazz Club

Named after a Miles Davis track, this intimate venue near the Galata Tower is run by jazz guitarist Önder Focan and his wife Zuhal. Performers include gifted amateurs, local jazz luminaries and visiting internationa…
Live Music in Beyoğlu

Jolly Joker

The gig-goers among the lively multinational crowd here gravitate towards the upstairs bi-level performance hall, which hosts Turkish rock, alternative and pop outfits. Check the website for schedules and cover char…
Live Music in Beyoğlu

Munzur Cafe & Bar

Hasnun Galip Sokak in Galatasaray is home to a number of Türkü evlerı, Kurdish-owned bars where musicians perform live, emotion-charged halk meziği (folk music). This simple place, which is two decades old, has a re…
Classical Music in Kadıköy

Süreyya Opera House

Built in 1927 and used for many years as a cinema, this bijou building was restored and opened as an opera house in 2007. It is the base of the İstanbul State Opera and Ballet.
Cultural Centre in Beyoğlu


This performance space occupies a former parking garage in a narrow street behind İstiklal Caddesi and is about as edgy as the city's performance scene gets. It hosts contemporary dance performances, poetry readings…
Booking Service in Istanbul


The number-one web-based resource when sourcing tickets for concerts and events across the city.
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…
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.
Stadium in Beşiktaş, Nişantaşi & Ortaköy

Vodafone Arena

This is the home of one of the top football clubs in Turkey's Super League (Süper Lig), Beşiktaş (the Black Eagles). Matches usually take place at the weekend, often on a Saturday night, between August and May. Tick…