5 very trendy cocktail bars in Istanbul
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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