5 hottest bars in Istanbul
Don't miss these awesome cocktail bars. The hottest places to unwind after dark.
Need a break from the crowds? This boho bar café is set off the main thoroughfare, down a little side street. If you’re there in summer, pick a table on the pavement. In winter, go inside and curl up with a friend or a book. The décor is equally relaxing: cosy, old-fashioned and Parisian. The drink of choice is Turkey’s famous Efes beer, served ice cold. It’s the perfect spot to get away from it all for a few hours.
Istiklal Caddesi, Kartal Sokak 6
Tel: +90 212 252 1325 www.urbanbeyoglu.com
Views from every angle
360Istanbul's has many charms. Top amongst them is the incomparable views across the Bosphorus to the Blue Mosque and the glimmering Sea of Marmara beyond. The bar occupies a delightful nineteenth century building, there’s an excellent wine-menu, great music, famous DJ's and a jet-set clientele. It’s a little on the pricey side, but with views like that – and cocktails to match, definitely worth a visit.
311 Beyoğlu, Beyoğlu
Tel: +90 212 251 1042 www.360istanbul.com
Tel: +90 212 252 5067 www.munferit.com.tr
Can’t get better than free shots
Did someone say free shots? Yes, we did, courtesy the owner who clearly thinks that giving out hard tack is a great business model! He must be doing something right though because this is one of Istanbul’s chicest bars (and restaurant by day). The décor is to die for, designed by one of the city’s design superstars, with a wonderful 1940s feel. There are lots of tables in the private garden plus you can dance it up with DJ’s till dawn.
Firuzaga Mahallesi, Yeni Carşi Caddesi 19, Beyoğlu
Tel: 90 212 263 66 23 www.360istanbulsuada.com
360 Suada Club
For cross-continent cocktails
An award-winning bar and restaurant on Galatasaray Island in the Bosphorus strait, the 360 Suada Club sits between Europe and Asia with unforgettable panoramic views across the sea to both continents. Served from a tropical tiki bar, creative cocktails include martinis, mojitos, and margaritas alongside fresh fruit concoctions, iced cocktails and classic shots. A funky vibe characterises this cool venue that’s just five minutes by boat from the bustle of mainland Istanbul.
Galatasaray Island, Kurucesme, Istanbul
Tel: +90 212 2274404 www.istanbuldoors.com
Big on the Bosphorus
Vogue has always been in, well, vogue. Popular for over a decade, it’s one of the city’s hottest destinations. The draw cards are impressive: views of the river, an exquisite sushi bar, 200 different wines, cigars by the bushel and a long list of awards. There are three sexy terraces, live DJ sets every night and a sensual, sophisticated atmosphere. Any night is great – but Vogue struts its sexiest stuff on a Thursday night.
Spor Caddesi, BJK Plaza A Blok Kat:13 Akaretler