Istanbul Gay Bars & Cafés

Gay bars in Istanbul often serve as cafés during the day. Most venues are located around Taksim Square in Beyoglu district.

Küçükparmakkapı Sokak, İpek Sokak 16, Beyoğlu, Istanbul | map | distance

| website | facebook
+90 212 243 8601 |

weekday: 16:00 - 04:00

weekend: 16:00 - 04:00; Sun 16:00 - 03:00

Haspa Bar

audience rating: 3.6 stars from 13 votes - click to vote

Opened since 2010, Haspa Bar has quickly become a popular gay bar in Istanbul, with go-go dancer, Zenne, karaoke, live music and shows.

The bar plays traditional Turkish music on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Special activities start from 9:30pm.

features: bar, music, karaoke, live music | Updated: 02-05-2017

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Chaplin Café

İstiklal Cad./ipek Sk No:16 D:3, Taksim, Istanbul | map | distance

| facebook | +90 212 245 5562 |

weekday: 20:00 - 02:00

weekend: 20:00 - 02:00

audience rating: 2.8 stars from 6 votes - click to vote

Small upstairs gay bar Chaplin Café draws a young, local pre-party crowd. Fun, relaxed atmosphere and budget-conscious prices.

Located a 10-minute walk from Taksim metro station.

features: bar, music | Updated: 20-02-2017

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İstiklal Caddesi, Büyükparmakkapı Sokak 26/1, Beyoğlu, Istanbul | map | distance

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+90 533 039 5875 |

weekday: 17:00 - 04:00

weekend: 17:00 - 04:00

Pinokyo Café & Bar

audience rating: 4.2 stars from 6 votes - click to vote

A must for all karaoke fans. This popular gay café bar features handsome, singing waiters who can actually sing, along with the bar owner himself.

A unique experience to hear some traditional Turkish favourite songs. Pinokyo serves a bar food menu and attracts a mixed crowd.

features: bar, music, karaoke, cafe | Updated: 02-05-2017

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Chianti Bar

Istiklal Caddesi, Balo Sokak 31, BeyoğluBeyoglu, Istanbul | map | distance

| facebook | +90 541 629 8970 |

weekday: 15:00 - 02:00

weekend: 15:00 - 02:00

audience rating: 3.3 stars from 9 votes - click to vote

Café by day, bar by night. This friendly local gay bar has a laid-back atmosphere and gets busiest early evenings. There’s karaoke.

features: bar, music, cafe, karaoke | Updated: 20-02-2017

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Bostanbaşı Cad. No: 3A, Beyoğlu, Istanbul | map | distance

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+90 533 551 5314 |

weekday: 10:00 - 19:00

weekend: 10:00 - 19:00

Palamutis Coffeeshop

audience rating: 4.0 stars from 1 votes - click to vote

Palamutis is a lesbian-owned, LGBT-popular, vegan-friendly café and eatery that serves breakfast, lunch, sandwiches, homemade cakes, healthy smoothies, juices and exceptional coffee.

Located in Beyoğlu district, this cosy place has a laid-back atmosphere and friendly staff. Opening hours may vary slightly each day.

features: cafe, restaurant | Updated: 02-05-2017

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Cafe MorKedi

Istiklal Caddesi, Imam Adnan Sokak 7/3 Beyoğlu, Istanbul | map | distance

| +90 212 244 2592 |

weekday: 10:00 - 00:30

weekend: 10:00 - 00:30

audience rating: 2.7 stars from 9 votes - click to vote

Long-running gay café bar attracting a younger local crowd. Open daily.

features: bar, music, cafe | Updated: 02-05-2017

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transgender bars & clubs

The transgender community is long-established in Istanbul where a few bars for transvestites and transsexuals can be found.

At these venues, there are regular-attending trans-girls acting as ‘hostesses.’  If one of them sits and talks with you at your table, then you are expected to pay for their drinks. To avoid this, make sure you notify the bar staff that you are not paying for their drinks.

Trans-girls can go out with clients, but the bargain should be done clearly in advance.

No Name Club

Tarlabasi Bulvari 32,Taksim, Beyoğlu, Istanbul | map | distance

| +90 212 235 9453 |

weekday: 00:00 - 04:00

weekend: 00:00 - 04:00

audience rating: 3.8 stars from 5 votes - click to vote

The most accessible transgender bar in Istanbul, located next to the flower shops of Taksim Square. This small bar is popular with transgender locals and a mix of gay, bisexual and straight men.

features: bar, music | Updated: 02-05-2017

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Sahra Bar

İstiklal Caddesi, Sadri Alışık Sokak 40 , Beyoğlu, Istanbul | map | distance

| +90 212 244 3306 |

weekday: 23:00 - 04:30

weekend: 23:00 - 04:30

audience rating: 2.8 stars from 5 votes - click to vote

Istanbul’s long-running transgender bar with two floors, attracting a mixed local crowd including drag queens.

features: bar, music | Updated: 02-05-2017

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Club 1001 – CLOSED

Sıraselviler Caddesi 61/18, Taksim, Beyoğlu, Istanbul

| +90 21 229 3631 |

audience rating: 4.0 stars from 7 votes - click to vote

Reported CLOSED.

Well-known she-male bar with two floors – dance floor on the first, and bar on the second. Club 1001 features DJ music with live Turkish music performances and also serves food.

| Updated: 05-12-2016

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25-06-2017