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Istanbul

Things We Love:

The street food is worth the calorie count: try a “dondurma” (chewy Turkish ice cream)
The views – they make up for the steep hills.
Don’t leave without a proper Turkish hammam. That’s one serious scrub.
Cay, piping hot black tea, which you’ll be offered it everywhere

 

Things We Wish We Had Known:

Hit up İstiklal Caddesi – it’s the street that doesn’t sleep.
There are dive bars and super glam bars, but not much in between.
A Wet Burger is so much better than it sounds. Find one in Taksim Square.
Booze is pricey. Keep things local if you’re on a budget.
Make sure to cross the Bosphorus to check out the Asian side too.

Best bars in Istanbul
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360 Istanbul
360 Istanbul

For those hitting the Istanbul night scene, 360 is an absolute must, it’s tricky to find but well worth the adventure. Don’t freak out when you find yourself in a run-down apparently residential building, BarChick has a nose for this Read More

49 Çukurcuma
49 Çukurcuma

Oh how BarChick loves a double entendre; a sick little bar masquerading as an antique shop on a stunning side street, not far from Istiklal. It’s some kinda perfection. A former workshop, the bare brick walls are covered in birdcages and Read More

Ikinci Bahar, Cicek Pasaji
Ikinci Bahar, Cicek Pasaji

While most of Istiklal is full of rock bars, rooftop restaurants and Western shops, Cicek Pasaji is here to remind you that you are in fact in the Orient. Having opened in 1876, this domed passageway/bazaar is one BarChick’s most Read More

Köşe
Köşe

Sometimes, for no reason at all, a beer just tastes better than usual and this seems to happen at Köşe. Located on the buzzing street of Asmali Mescit, this banging little joint is one of our fave places in town Read More

Litera
Litera

Set in a tall Ottoman building, in a street full of stunning architecture you’ll find Litera. A laidback rooftop bar on the fifth floor of the Goethe Institute, BarChick comes here to get her smart on and mingle with literary Read More

Mikla at the Marmara Pera Hotel
Mikla at the Marmara Pera Hotel

This chic rooftop bar looks out over the Bosphorus towards Asia and the Golden Horn, with great views of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia, making it one of the smartest around. Just above one of Istanbul’s best restaurants, Mikla is Read More

Münferit
Münferit

Predominantly a restaurant serving some of the city’s best upmarket cuisine, Munferit has a bar well worth a look in its own right. Off a quiet side street, filled with other hip hangouts populated predominantly by locals, this place manages Read More

Otto
Otto

This is a firm favourite on the Asmalimescit bar crawl. With the motto, ‘good food, good music, cool crowd’ be sure to expect great things. An eclectic menu of fresh international and local cuisine is offset by a banging drinks Read More

Reina
Reina

Right on the shores of the Bosphorus, rock up to this glamorous complex in a taxi boat and feel like a baller all the way. A variety of bars and six different restaurants, serve up fantastic local and international food Read More

Solera
Solera

This blink and you miss it place, on a side street near Istiklal, is a charmingly tiny and intimate wine bar. Simply designed, with minimalist interior, wooden tables and chairs lined up against the wall there’s barely enough space to Read More

Sortie
Sortie

Sortie is Istanbul’s 2000-capacity super club. Located in the upmarket district of Bebek, home to footballers and film stars, apparently even Didier Drogba is a regular. Glam up if you want to party here, though this place falls just on Read More

Urban
Urban

The love child of the chilled café genre and the boho bar, Urban is an oasis of calm during the day and a red-hot hangout by night. Set across two levels, with a mezzanine floor at street level and a Read More