Top 8 Bars in Istanbul for Tourists
Top 8 Bars in Istanbul for Tourists – In a city with a nightlife as lively and colorful as in Istanbul, you can guarantee to find many stylish, simple and welcoming pubs to have a drink in. Whether you want to have a wild night out or just a drink with friends, there is a bar for you in here. Here we introduce 10 of the best for your pleasure.
1. Nargilem Cafe
It is really nice to be out with your friends in Turkish setting and have a seat at Nargilem Café. You will definitely enjoy some traditional Turkish delights in there. The main activity is smoking shisha and listening to live music. This is an experience practiced a lot in in the Tophane region of Istanbul. So make sure to give this place a visit while you are in the region.
Cafe Smyrna is a former antique shop that has a laid-back and old-fashioned feel to it. Tables outside are shaded from the street by awnings. This bar is a disarray of standing lamps & furniture. It is favorite place for writers and the neighbourhood’s foreign journalists as well as expats. The outdoor tables provide a lovely place to enjoy a drink in the evening..
3. Sultan Pub
Even though there are many hotel bars in the old city, it’s very hard to find a nice drink there. However, for those eager not to leave the neighbourhood of Sultanahmet, there are a few choices. The Sultan Pub is a fun, lurid, American-style bar with 3 floors. This bar serves alcoholic drinks and hamburgers near the Aya Sofya. The outer pavement seating is always nice but the roof terrace has the best views over the street.
4. Just Bar
Two words come to mind when remembering “Just Bar” are friendly and fun. You can be sure of a welcoming and lively environment in this social place full of friendly people looking to meet others. This is an amazing place for a enjoyable chat or to have a few drinks to get the clubbing started. And for shisha lovers, they offer nice ones here too.
It can cover all the views over Istanbul, as the name tells, glamorous 360 is worth a visit for that reason alone. Instead of booking for dinner, come here early, convince the waiters to give you a desirable window seat, and sip your drink real slow. Then, go the street below and find a cheaper food to eat.
Baylo is a favorite among locals, so that you will find its diners will also become your friends very soon. It is one of the limited neighborhood venues in Turkey where its regulars always pay this bar a visit once they can.
7. Litera Bar
Climbing to Litera, the bar on the 5th floor of the Goethe Institute, shows the old city, the Asian side and the Bosphorus at your feet – glass walls and high tables with stools ensure that everything is seen. Also, such views are all really rare and well worth visiting. The institute below this place, meanwhile, offers one of the most diverse cultural programmes in Istanbul, from classical music to theater as well as photography.
8. Büyük Londra
Built in 1881, the Büyük Londra is an extremely nostalgic note of Beyoğlu’s past. It clearly intends to show the neighbourhood’s bohemian peak, but the unfashinable setting and talking parrot in the bar take you back to a more recent time. This place is really a unique one and is rarely crowded. The rooftop bar is slightly less old-fashioned and watches over the Golden Horn.
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