5 very trendy cocktail bars in Istanbul

1) Fahri Konsolos

Touted as Istanbul’s best cocktail bar, this little imbibing haunt is big on experimentation. Unique ingredients from all over Anatolia are turned into cocktails you’ve never tasted before, like the Mardini made with gin, sumac, pomegranate molasses and parsley or the Martı with whisky, sesame, barley malt and ayran.

A cocktail with pink foam on top at Fahri Konsolos

Caferağa Mh. Dr. Esat Işık Cd. 30-C

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


More hidden secrets of Istanbul?

Discover the real Istanbul with this guide, lovingly put together by a local author. It takes you off the beaten track to hundreds of hidden gems and places worth visiting. Available in print or ebook format.

Buy the book

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) Geyik

This stylish neighbourhood cocktail bar and coffee roastery has been around for years and is still the place for Cihangir’s locals to meet up for a drink. Classic and innovative craft cocktails take centre stage and people often spill out onto the sidewalk outside, standing around, drinking and talking the night away.

People enjoying cocktails at Geyik in Istanbul

Cihangir Mh. Akarsu Yokuşu Sk. 22

+90 532 773 00 13


5) Tavern

This extremely hip and liberated cocktail bar and restaurant is where Istanbul’s cool kids like to hang out and dance to the city’s hottest underground DJs. Pop by early for dinner or come later just to enjoy cocktails and really good electronic music. If it’s too crowded, hang out a NOH next door, their cool DJ bar neighbour.

People drinking outside at Tavern in Istanbul

Firuzağa Mh. Hayriye Cd. 16

+90 212 252 26 52


Join the community

Sign up for free to gain unlimited access to the website. Plus, you'll receive a 10% discount in our online bookshop.

Sign up