Where is the best nightlife in Istanbul?

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Mickey Ashmore

Istanbul has a vibrant nightlife scene, particularly in the popular Asmalı Mescit area in Beyoğlu. There you’ll find small pedestrian streets packed with restaurants, bars and tons of people. In Asmalı, Balkon Bar — an understated yet hip rooftop bar — is always a great choice.
 
Another popular nightlife area recommended by our Forbes Travel Guide editors is Pera, which is home to NuPera and NuTeras, two of Istanbul’s more popular dance clubs — and they’re conveniently housed in the same building. NuTeras is arguably home to Istanbul’s best dance floor: a raised space with views of the Old City.
 
The most popular bar scenes can be found at Münferit and Cezayir, just off Istiklal Avenue. You’ll find a hip crowd and great music at both, but if it’s an alternative scene you’re looking for go to the Cihangir neighborhood, where you’ll find spots like Susam Cafe (for casual drinks) and MiniMüzikhol (for late-night dancing).
 
Finally, no Istanbul nightlife list is complete without mentioning Lucca in Bebek. Lucca is an Istanbul institution, catering to a trendy, upmarket crowd with fantastic cocktails, consistently solid food and energizing music.

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