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Istanbul - Where to find the best cocktail bars

6th June 2014

Istanbul, a bustling vibrant city where East meets West. Straddling the Bosphorus, a vast metropolitan paradise combining history and culture. This cosmopolitan city is a hub of exhilarating nightlife.

YellAli discovers the best Istanbul has to offer from rooftop bars with views over the Bosphorus to top swanky hotel lounges to enjoy that perfect cocktail in the most glamorous locations.

Pera Palace Hotel - Orient Bar

The stylish lounge at Orient Bar was once a popular hangout for the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Alfred Hitchcock, this sultry bar boasts an extensive drinks list, filled with fine wines, spirits and cocktails from all over the world.

TIP: Try the ‘Orient Express cocktail’, also just for fun the barmen will take your photo and bring you a copy in a frame to treasure your experience here.

Biber Bar

The ultra modern Biber Bar is located in one of Istanbul’s trendiest districts. The interior is designed with a contemporary feel with wood floors, bold wall art and elegant leather couches, making it the perfect place to relax. The DJ plays chilled music and the bar serves a comprehensive menu of ‘tapas’ alongside a range of sushi.

(0212) 231 41 06 Address: Abdi İpekçi Caddesi No. 36 District: Nişantaşı


Located along the shore of Bosphorus and open from may to October this three storey mansion attracts a young and fun-loving crowd.
The nightclub is located on the top floor. Some like the place for its music and some for the cocktails. 
If you find yourself getting too steamed up, grab a seat on he terrace under the stars and you'll soon cool off.

Address: Muallim Naci cad. Salhane Sok. No:5 Ortaköy
Telephone: +90 212 327 28 44 – 45 District: Ortaköy

Conrad Hotel - Summit Bar and Terrace

Located on the 14th floor, Summit offers flawless aperitifs, classic cocktails, and a spectacular view of the Istanbul skyline.

Inside it’s a stylish space, blonde wood, comfy chairs and huge windows to make the most of that view, outside there’s a large, attractive terrace area full of elegant tables.

The drinks list features modern and classic cocktails and there’s an appetizing food menu too featuring light bites and more substantial dishes. The place attracts a stylish, international crowd, as you’d expect. But it’s the view you’ll go away remembering.

Conrad Istanbul Cihannuma Mah., Besiktas, Istanbul, 5 34353 TEL: 90-212-310-2525

Fourseasons hotel -YALI LOUNGE

The Elegant and sophisticated YALI Lounge is an intimate space for business and social get-togethers. Featuring sunwashed views of the Strait from its terrace, this all-day venue offers tasty snacks, afternoon tea, champagne and wine served by the glass, classical and contemporary cocktails, and cigars.

Çırağan Cad. No. 28
Istanbul Beşiktaş Turkey 34349 +90 (212) 381 40 00

360 Bar

With views stretching over Istanbul in all directions, as the name suggests, glamorous 360 is worth coming to for that alone.

The bar here boasts some of the best awards in Istanbul for original cocktails.  The selection consists of 360’s special recipes, the classics, martinis, mojitos, margaritas, shots, ice cocktails, virgin drinks and detox fresh fruit mixes.

Guests can even purchase a drinks menu for making some of the drinks in their own home.

Address: Istiklal Street, Mısır Apartment 8th Floor No: 163 Beyoglu - ISTANBUL+90 212 251 10 42 – 43


Münferit is one of Istanbul's chicest bars. Designed with a 1940s influence of wooden paneling, tiled floors and mirrored walls. Many locals come here for after work drinks. There is many tables in the discreet, private garden, just off the street.

Expect a free shot from Ferit the owner as the night wears on who delivers round after round of free shots to keep the atmosphere buzzing.

Firuzaga Mahallesi, Yeni Carşi Caddesi 19, Beyoğlu, +90 212 252 5067

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