The best of Istanbul’s nightlife
Watching the sun go down over Istanbul is one of the best things to do in the city. There’s plenty of rooftop bars you can choose from, but one of the original and best is Leb-i-Deriya. From the street it looks like a scruffy apartment block, but the top floor views are incredible. The interior’s a stylish mix of wood and glass, and you’ll find a good range of wines and cocktails.
Club 29 is another great rooftop spot, which is part of the Ulus 29 hilltop bar and restaurant. The décor is like something out of a Turkish palace with plenty of glittering chandeliers, but the terrace views are even more stunning. You can mingle with local celebrities while top DJs play on Friday and Saturday nights.
Turkey isn’t well known for its craft beer or wine, but you can find both in Istanbul. Cevdet Paşa Caddesi’s Taps was Turkey’s first craft brewery. They produce around 20 beers now, from lagers to stouts, and you can try them out on the terrace that overlooks the Bosphorus.
If wine’s your tipple, Sensus Wine Bar stocks over 300 different Turkish varieties. The bar’s in a cellar just behind the Galata Tower, and it’s a great place to discover Turkey’s wines, most of which you can’t even find in Istanbul’s restaurants.
If you want to do something totally unique, how about partying on a floating swimming pool between two continents? You can do this at 360 Suada Istanbul. It’s on Galatasaray Island, which means you’ll get 360 degree city views. During the day you’ll relax on loungers, drink cocktails and cool off in the Olympic sized pool. Then by night the glass domed lounge turns into a club where you can party into the night before catching a shuttle boat back.