Sunset behind mosque in Istanbul, Turkey

The Essential Istanbul Nightlife Guide

Istanbul is a vast city and forms the cultural, historical and economic hub of Turkey. As the largest city in the country, Istanbul is vibrant, intoxicating, colourful and very diverse. Take a package holiday to Turkey, and in this buzzing urban hub you will find plenty to do in terms of exploring, learning about the local culture and delving into the area’s rich and fascinating history.

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However, there is also another side to Istanbul — the pulsing, exciting and electric nightlife here caters to a wide range of tastes and preferences. When the sun goes down, Istanbul comes alive with sounds, sights and experiences that will keep you entertained until the early hours.

Sunset behind mosque in Istanbul, Turkey
After the Sun Sets on Istanbul … © Matthias Rhomberg

Colourful Nightlife

You will find all sorts of evening entertainment venues in Istanbul. Some offer a chilled, laid back ambiance for those who want a relaxing night out. Others are far more energetic, with a dynamic atmosphere. There are nightlife options to suit most adults within Istanbul, so no matter what your tastes or age you should find the perfect option.

Below are some of the hugely popular nightspots in Istanbul where you can head for an evening of relaxation and socialising, fun and entertainment, or thrills and excitement — or the whole lot.


Situated in Ortakoy, this colourful entertainment hub has not only attracted many visitors and locals but also attracts a range of celebrities including the likes of Salma Hayek, Gloria Estefan, and Lionel Ritchie. Cosmopolitan and exciting, this venue offers a great atmosphere with a variety of restaurants, relaxing bar areas and nightclub action all in one place.

Masquerade Club

Located in Besiktas Istanbul, the Masquerade Club is an energetic, vibrant nightspot that uses state-of-the-art sound systems and visuals to create an electric atmosphere. You will often find top DJs playing here, which adds to the thrill and excitement for patrons who are looking for a night of drinking, dancing, and great music.


This Ortakoy nightspot is one of the most diverse you will find, as it offers top-notch dining as well as dancing. Located in a three-storey mansion by the Bosphorus, the venue offers Mediterranean and Asian food in a wonderful setting. As the night goes on, the place transforms into one of the most popular nightspots in Istanbul. All three floors offer a buzzing atmosphere, with different music played on each of the three floors.

Billionaire Club

Located in the heart of the financial district, Levent, the Billionaire Club is a slick and luxurious nightspot that provides great atmosphere and great service. The club is inside the Istanbul Edition Hotel, which means that visitors can head for something to eat at the hotel’s Cipriani Restaurant before heading to the Billionaire Club for an evening of excitement and entertainment in opulent surroundings.


Located in the heart of the city in one of its most historical buildings, Lux is a stylish nightspot that offers dance, soul and funk as well as the talents of visiting DJs. The sound systems are second to none, which helps with the ambience.

When it comes to nightlife in Istanbul, dining is often a big part of the whole experience. For many the perfect night out is a great meal followed by a night of music, drinking, socialising and dancing. Often, both the dining and the clubbing can be enjoyed at the same venue with many catering for diners as well as for revellers.

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