Must see nightlife in Istanbul

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    Mimar Sinan Teras Cafe

    A magnificent panorama of the city can be enjoyed from the spacious outdoor terrace of this popular student cafe in a ramshackle building located in the…

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    Specialty coffee bars have proliferated in İstanbul in recent years, spearheaded by businesses such as this hip place opposite the Firuz Ağa Mosque in…

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    Fazıl Bey

    Making the call as to who makes the best Turkish coffee in İstanbul is no easy task, but our vote goes to Fazıl Bey, the best-loved khavehan (coffeeshop)…

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    Manda Batmaz

    Bored with contemporary coffee culture? Don't care where your beans have been roasted, or whether the milk has been heated to the prerequisite 54°C? If so…

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    Stocking more than 300 Turkish wines and pouring an extraordinary 47 by the glass, this atmospherically lit cavern is the city's best wine bar. Regulars…

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    Getting our endorsement as the home of İstanbul's best cocktails, this place is so crowded on Friday and Saturday evenings that the action spills out of…

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    Coffee Sapiens

    Serving coffee home-roasted at their facility in Hasköy, these sapiens have well and truly wised up to the science behind the brew. Choose from Aeropress,…

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    Erenler Nargile ve Çay Bahçesi

    Set in the vine-covered courtyard of the historic Çorlulu Ali Paşa Medresesi, this nargile cafe near the Grand Bazaar is the most atmospheric in the Old…

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    Asmalımescit's most popular bar is tiny, so on weekend evenings the action spills out into Jurnal Sokak and a party atmosphere ensues. Fight your way to…

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    Excellent cocktails and what could well be the best view in İstanbul await you on the top floor of the Marmara Pera Hotel. In winter the drinking action…

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    Derviş Cafe & Restaurant

    Superbly located directly opposite the Blue Mosque, the Derviş beckons patrons with its comfortable cane chairs and shady trees. Efficient service,…

  • Populist

    One of the few brewpubs in İstanbul, the Populist became a hot spot as soon as it opened in 2016. A seasonally changing craft-beer list that includes…

  • Suvla Kanyon Teras

    The Suvla vineyards on northwestern Turkey’s Gallipoli Peninsula produce some of the best wine in the country, a wide selection of which is available at…

  • Moda Çay Bahçesi

    The plastic chairs and tables here are decidedly no-frills, but the shady mastic trees and million-dollar views over the Sea of Marmara towards the…

  • Craft Beer Lab

    There’s a long list of bottled international beers and a good selection of international and local brews on tap at this lively Beşiktaş pub and brewery,…

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    İstanbul's most famous bar, and deservedly so. If you can score one of the bar stools on the terrace you'll be happy indeed – the view is truly…

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    Çırağan Palace Kempinski Hotel

    Nursing a mega-pricey çay, coffee or beer at one of the Çırağan's terrace tables and watching the scene around İstanbul's best swimming pool, which is…

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    Vefa Bozacısı

    This famous boza bar was established in 1876 and locals still flock here to drink its viscous non-alcoholic tonic, which is made from water, sugar and…

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    Pierre Loti Café

    Many visitors head to this hilltop cafe after visiting the Eyüp Sultan Mosque. Named for the famous French novelist who is said to have come here for…

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    Federal Coffee Company

    One of the harbingers of the city's current craze for coffee roasteries, the Federal Coffee Company advertises itself as an 'Australian Coffee Roaster'…