weekday: 16:00 - 04:00
weekend: 16:00 - 04:00 / 03:00
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.
+90 212 245 5562 |
weekday: 20:00 - 02:00
weekend: 20:00 - 02:00
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.
+90 533 039 58 75 |
weekday: 18:00 - 04:00
weekend: 18:00 - 04:00
Popular, gay café bar (since 2011) with live Turkish music, singing and drag shows on different nights.
Centrally located, off Istiklal Avenue, on the first floor of a building.
+90 541 629 8970 |
weekday: 15:00 - 02:00
weekend: 15:00 - 02:00
Café by day, bar by night. This friendly local gay bar has a laid-back atmosphere and gets busiest early evenings.
There’s karaoke, too. Open from 3pm daily.
+90 212 244 2592 |
weekday: 10:00 - 00:30
weekend: 10:00 - 00:30
Long-running gay café bar, attracting a younger local crowd.
MorKedi is open daily, from 10am.
Opened in May 2016, Arjin Cafe is a relatively new venue for the LGBT in Istanbul, where everyone is welcome.
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.
+90 212 235 9453 |
weekday: 00:00 - 04:00
weekend: 00:00 - 04:00
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.
+90 533 583 49 15 |
Gay-friendly lesbian bar & nightclub near Taksim Square, with DJ, dance floor and themed events.
Open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Metro: Taksim
| +90 536 663 74 32 |
weekday: 21:30 - 05:00
weekend: 21:30 - 05:00 / 00:00
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. Also known as “Sahara Bar”
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