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Traditional turkish nights: Visit a traditional Turkish tavern to listen to music performed on a violin, lute and hand drum

The Beyoglu District The centre of all entertainment, you will find great food, a party atmosphere and live music all within this area

Late night parties Visit the Turkish clubs Kiki or MiniMuzikhol where you can dance until the early hours of the morning

Fast facts:

Language: The language spoken in Istanbul is Turkish

Currency: The currency used in Istanbul is the Turkish Lira

Local time: Istanbul is 2 hours behind GMT/UK time

Fly to: Istanbul's main airport is Istanbul Atatürk Airport

Like everything in Istanbul, the city’s nightlife is a mix of east and west. You’ll find traditional Turkish bars with folk music and bubbling nargile water pipes not far from European-style cocktail bars and clubs. The city really comes to life at night, but its sprawling size means there isn’t just one nightlife district. Instead you’ll find a few spread over both sides of the Bosphorus. Each offers something different, whether your perfect night’s at Beyoğlu’s hip rooftop bars and live music venues, the Champagne-fuelled clubs along the water in Ortaköy, or the laid back bars and pubs of Kadıköy.