5 very trendy cocktail bars in Istanbul

1) Alexandra

Located on the crowded main bar street of the upscale Bosphorus neighbourhood of Arnavutköy, Alexandra definitely has one of the most impressive cocktail menus in the city. Inside a renovated historic building, there’s an undoubtedly sophisticated feel with a dimly lit mystery. Head to the rooftop to enjoy the view.

bar interior of Alexandra Istanbul

Arnavutköy Mh. Bebek Arnavutköy Cd. 50

+90 212 287 58 48

http://alexandrabar.com

2) Salon Cuma

When a secret bar opens up in Çukurcuma (known for its many antique shops) then it’s bound to be inspired by the past. Think of Salon Cuma as a speakeasy inspired cocktail bar with dimly lit antique chandeliers, shiny mahogany surfaces, Chesterfield-style vintage leather sofas and classic cocktails served true to imbibing authenticity.

Salon Cuma cocktail bar

Firuzağa Mh. Çukurcuma Cd. 53-A

+90 212 293 20 62

http://cuma.cc

3) Flekk

In a narrow and descending cobblestoned street, Flekk is a real neighbourhood cocktail bar with people usually standing outside with their drinks and chatting away. Follow their Instagram account for upcoming DJ parties and enjoy their syrup-free cocktails of great delicious-ness.

bar with spirits at Flekk Istanbul

Galatasaray Mh. Yeni Çarşı Cd. 54-A

+90 212 252 80 99

4) Finn Karaköy

One of the few bars that has managed to stay open in the Karaköy neighbourhood (which sadly saw its popularity dwindle over the years) Finn will always be strong with its excellent cocktails and finger foods. Onurcan Gençer is the talented mixologist who loves the fresh and fruity ingredients that give his cocktails pizzazz.

bartender and bar at Finn Karaköy Istanbul

Karaköy Mh. Arapoğlan Sk. 8-B

+90 530 946 08 88

5) Markus Tavern

Restaurant and cafe by day and rampant cocktail bar by night, Istanbul’s cool kids really love filling up this bar to capacity, often spilling out into the streets when the weather permits. DJs play on the weekends and dancing is definitely encouraged.

people enjoying cocktails at Markus Tavern

Firuzağa Mh. Hayriye Cd. 16

+90 212 252 26 52

http://markusribs.com

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