Live Music

Babylon: Istanbul’s premier concert venue, recently drawing Manu Chao and Kate Nasgh. Concerts vary to include Turkish and foreign hip hop, jazz and reggae performance. Delightfully intimate.

Ghetto: Petite magnet for international biggies including Tricky and The Charlatans.

Indigo: Heaving little hotspot popular for electronica and alternative gigs.

Kallavi: Lively restaurant renowned for its riotous dinnertime fasıl (a form of traditional Turkish folk) performances.

Dancing’til Dawn along with good food

Anjelique: If your ambition is to spot the Turkish glitterati on a night out, this is certainly the place to do it with prices to match.

Flamingo: Beginning with a decor reminiscent of a late-1940s-North-Africa-meets-art-deco aesthetic, Flamingo is a winner in all aspects. Open for lunch and dinner, Flamingo will also be an important addition to the city's nightlife scene with its beautiful bar and DJ music. 

Gaspar: The two-floored venue, set inside a beautiful renovated neoclassical building, has plenty of room to dance with the bar greeting you as soon as you walk in through the french doors.

Lucca: Restaurant by day and lively lounge by night, Lucca is calmer and less crowded during the day, which makes it an ideal place for brunch, coffee, or drinks. Later at night, the venue gets packed with its frequenters.

Münferit: Münferit is often referred to as a modern Turkish tavern, although there is nothing tavern-like about it except for the tasty mezes.

Reina: Gaudy grande dame of Ortakoy’s string of Bosphorus-side nightclubs, where thousands come to Groove to house and electro on summer evenings.

Zuma: The Istanbul branch of the trendiest Japanese restaurant in London and Hong Kong, with a wonderful view of the Bosphorus and Ortaköy’s baroque mosque.