Weekend Breaks in Istanbul – Istanbul Nightlife

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More famous for its historical sites and its carpets, most visitors come to Istanbul, expecting to find much in the way of nightlife. Istanbul's recent economic growth and increasing prosperity had had enormous effect on the vitality, energy and variety of its nightlife.

The range of night entertainment is huge, from traditional male-dominated birahanes to techno and rave nightclubs, with new venues opening by the week. As a result, Istanbul's nightlife is quickly gaining recognition as one of the liveliest in Europe.

Clubs and Bars in Istanbul

Babylon

Babylon, designed as a multipurpose performance space, is the premier award-winning live music venue in Turkey, that is offering both some of Turkey's most popular artists and some very special international bands and musicians at fairly reasonable rates. Since 2007, Babylon has opened the Babylon Lounge, which also hosts live music performances. The difference of Babylon Lounge is that it is also possible to have dinner or lunch here, or just come for drinks and enjoy finger food and snacks.

Lucca

Lucca is chic cafe-bistro in the heart of Bebek accommodating your mood at every hour of the day, whether you feel like partying or co-cooning. Early morning to until after lunch time, Lucca offers a menu that features predominantly a variety of options for breakfast, paninis, salads, wraps, home-made pastry and cakes. After 5 p.m. Lucca offers its clients the right atmosphere to chill and relax after a long and hard workday.

Everyday whether it is a Monday or Friday, Lucca gets heated with people dining, or just drinking. There are frequently arts and music happenings: special DJs are called in every now and the little gallery inside the cafe renews itself every two months.

Reina

One of the hottest clubs in Turkey, Reina is actually a vast playground filled with bars, restaurants and dance floors that can welcome up to 2500 people. t is located at the foot of the European side with a magnificent view of the Bosphorus Bridge. It is open every season, yet moves out to its vast open space in the summers. The place gets renovated right down to its toilets almost every season and opens both its winter and summer seasons with huge parties.

The restaurants inside this complex run the gamut from Italian to Sushi to more traditional local fare. Many well-known restaurants including Kosebasi Kebab, Samdan Restaurant and Dragon Chinese Restaurant move into Reina for the summer season.

Tek Yon

Tek Yon is the home of Istanbul's bear scene. While some nights are busier than others, the crowd is exceptionally friendly. Over recent years, Tek Yön, like the area around it, has crossed over to the mainstream; visitors are likely to find the music familiar fare, and the bar seething at the weekend.

Indigo

Indigo is the home of Istanbul's electro scene. Large, and crowded at weekends, it sits right in the middle of Beyoglu – the city's clubbing district. With big-name international and local DJs spinning techno, house, electro and disco, it packs a crowd who come primarily to dance.

The owners have gradually spread their way through the neighbourhood – down the road is their bar, Indigo Pub, and their newest venture, multipurpose space Indigo Lounge; no wonder they boast that you can spend an entire day hanging out in Indigo venues.

Sarah is an article writer whose major area of focus is travel where she shares lots of travel information. In this article she is sharing information regarding Nightlife in Istanbul, Turkey. To enjoy your Istanbul City Breaks please visit www.myistanbul.co.uk.

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