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Pubs and Cocktail Bars in Istanbul

Friday, August 19th, 2011

The most populous city in Turkey is the city of Istanbul as well as being its cultural and financial center.  It is situated on both sides of the Bosphorus Strait, the narrow waterway that separates the Black and the Marmara Seas. Istanbul has long been considered the bridge that links Asia with Europe both culturally and geographically.  It is also known for its wide array of nightlife choices and features numerous pubs and cocktail bars that are worth visiting.

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The nightlife is very diverse so no matter what your preference, you are sure to find what you are looking for by venturing out and doing a little exploring.  The following is a list of the best pubs and cocktail bars in Istanbul that you should consider whenever you are planning a vacation in the city:

Babylon – originally developed as a multi-purpose performance complex, this is the premier drink and live music venue in Istanbul.  No trip to Istanbul is complete without spending a relaxing afternoon or exciting evening here.  Jazz, Latin, and Reggae music are the primary genres, but on the weekends, it’s all about the “Electronica Spectrum” and the numerous live bands that perform it.

Reina – without a doubt, this is where you will find the best assortment of pubs, cocktail lounges, and restaurants situated along the shoreline as well as those that feature a diverse array of music and entertainment venues.  There are gigantic dance floors here that will accommodate up to 2,500 people at a time, so be prepared for crowds, excitement, and plenty of noise to keep you going throughout the evening.

Anjelique – if you’re looking for a relaxing place to enjoy a drink and listen to some great DJ run music performances, look no further as Anjelique is the place to go.  The key feature of this establishment is the views of the Bosphorus that you can take in here while enjoying your favorite cocktail.  It is also one of the most popular places to visit in the warm summer months as well.

Al Jamal Badawi – if it’s a high-end establishment that features belly dancers, a disco club, and great cocktails, this is the place you want to visit.  It is one of Istanbul’s most lively establishments as well as being one of the most entertaining places in the city atmosphere.  However, the cabaret show makers, dancers, and music are all sure to please the international traveler.

Lucca – if you want to enjoy a snack and tasty cocktail at one of the best café-bistros and lounges in the city, make sure you visit Lucca while vacationing in Istanbul.  Early morning breakfasts and midday lunches are available but after 5 pm, Lucca caters to the office worker looking to relax over a couple of drinks.

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Anita Choudhary is a freelance writer and travel blogger based in New Delhi, India. She loves to travel and has traveled extensively in India. Exploring new places, reading and writing are her hobbies.

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  1. Annalisa Liberati says via Facebook:
    August 19th, 2011 at 6:16 pm

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    August 19th, 2011 at 10:48 pm

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  3. John Castles says:
    August 20th, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Merhaba! I went to Turkey last month with a gang of old friends from high school and college (some of us studied out there during college) and it was sooo beautiful. The women: ridiculous. Everybody smokes…what can you do. We got a super cheap flight, but that sucked because there were tons of “problems”. But when we got there, it was great. The sights, the hotel…we used this site called hotelplanner.com which I found out about while watching a Laker game and, turns out they help groups save money on hotels anywhere in the world. Pretty sweet. I’m gonna go back soon. Turkey, watch out!


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