Istiklal Street, which runs between Taksim and Tunel and caters to college students and the younger population, has Istanbul’s nightlife. During the summer months, the area comes alive with many bars, pubs, cafés, and restaurants, as well as celebrations every night, and the people are very welcoming. 

Kadikoy, on the Asian side of the Bosphorus, is another excellent place to spend an evening. You might easily spend the night hopping from one place to the next, thanks to the many small bars, pubs, cafés, and restaurants. We’ve compiled a list of the finest bars in Istanbul for you to enjoy with your family or friends. 

Cukurcuma 49

Cihangir, located near Taksim Square and including smaller districts such as ukurcuma, is a gentrified and now high-end area of Istanbul. In places like Cukurcuma 49, a pub and café with bare brick walls and a wine cellar, these alleys in ancient sections of town give off a bohemian vibe. The thin-crust pizza is to die for, and the wines, which are specifically produced on the Aegean island of Bozcaada, match wonderfully. The cuisine is made with fresh ingredients, and the music and drinks are flowing late into the evening. Stop in for a dinner or a drink of wine or beer at Cukurcuma 49, and stay for the lovely environment. 

Karga Bar

Karga is a five-story Ottoman house with a vintage feel. Grab a drink and take a stroll around the several levels, which include brick walls, snug nooks, and antique décor. The house has a performance stage as well as an art café and bar. Expect a diverse selection of music, ranging from rock classics to Belgian pop! 

Viktor Levi Winehouse

Do you want to treat yourself to something special? The way to go is to have a romantic supper at an old winery. The Viktor Levi Sarap Evi is an Ottoman house with lovely timber tones that create the atmosphere and let you enjoy the wine even more. You may order excellent wines from their cellar in addition to a complete bar menu. 

Zeplin Pub

Zeplin is a European-style hotel in the heart of Anatolia (Asian side of Istanbul) This is a great spot for live music, traditional pub fare, and a wide selection of beers. On weekends, don’t be shocked if you notice a group of people hanging around at the entrance; alternatively, you may join in and do the same. 


Beyoglu, one of Istanbul’s hippest and most exciting districts, is hidden away at the end of Istiklal Street, just far enough away from the city center’s tourist traps to retain its own unique appeal and atmosphere. Litera is a pub on the fifth level of Taksim’s Goethe Institute, with views of the ancient city and the Bosphorus below

The neighborhood streets are lined with nightclubs, grunge bars, charming jazz, and shisha cafés, all contributing to Istanbul’s diverse culture. After hours, walk the streets of Istanbul and you’ll witness a new side of the city come alive, with people dancing and drinking with one other regardless of where they reside. So grab a drink and come hang out with them!