of gay bars & clubs get busy after midnight. The venues
listed under Cafe section are also open busy in day time,
but still more busy in the evenings.
The busiest night is Saturday in all bars and clubs. The
second busiest night is Friday. Wednesdays are usually more
vibrant compared to other week-in days.
Most of the gay clubs requires entrance fee on Saturday
nights and some on Friday nights. (10 to 15 Euro,
approximately) Entrance fees are usually a little more
expensive than the usual price, and you can have one "local
drink" with your ticket.
In winter, you have to leave your coats or jackets at the
cloakrooms in most of the gay night clubs. and pay for
it when you leave.
There is not any place
with a dark-room. No bars or clubs provide sex-partner or
sex place as a part of the service. You have to find your
own partner, place and take your own responsibility.
Credit cards are accepted by some clubs, but not all. So it
is recommended to have some cash on you. Turkish Lira is
better. They accept US Dollars or Euros as well but the
exchange rate will be very low.
The price for one drink approximately varies from 5-7 Euro
for local drinks (beer, gin, vodka etc); and from 10-15 Euro
for "export" drinks (such as whiskey, safari, Malibu etc)
These are just estimated rates otherwise the prices are
actually in Turkish Liras.
The Turkish baths (Hamams)
and cinemas are not obviously accepted as gay venues by
their owners. They rather play the "three monkeys".
So, you are advised to be discrete in a reasonable way.
Gay Night Clubs in
listed in the category are all gay-exclusive. Almost all of
these are open / busy after midnight and some of them are
only open on Weekends (Saturday/Sunday)
Address: Siraselviler Caddesi, No 63/1 Taksim/Beyoglu.
The most popular gay night club of the recent years, packed
up on Friday and Saturday nights. It is also a favorite
place for middle-aged gay men and bears, but it is also
populated by a mixture of various styles/ages of local gay
and bisexual men as well as many gay tourists.
23:00-05:00 (open Friday and Saturday)
Address: Mesrutiyet Caddesi (street) Kallavi Sokak (lane)
No: 12 Beyoglu, Istanbul.
Opened in May 2009, X LARGE has become very popular weekend
club where you can find the atmosphere of the big European
gay clubs, even better then some. The shows are good.
Entrance fee is required. It is located on a small side
street off Istiklal Avenue, on the right hand side after
passing Galatasaray square near St. Antoine church.
PENTHOUSE - Closed Down in December 2011.
Address: Istiklal Cad. Zambak Sokak No:2 Kat:5 Taksim,
Senior Otherside Club has changed administration and its
name in January 2012, but everything else is the same. It is
a after-midnight club especially busy on Friday and Saturday
nights. It is located on 5th floor and has a large terrace
for smokers. Their shows are quite professional.
CLUB - 23:30 - 05:00 (Open Wednesday, Friday and
Address: Cumhuriyet Caddesi no: 349 Harbiye Istanbul.
This one is located out of the major night life area, in
Harbiye district, accross military museum
(Askeri Muze). You you need to take a short taxi. Although it is
locates on a central street, walking is not recommended at
night. There are many straight people now so it became a
gay friendly/mix venue rather.
& CLUB (23:30:00-05:00)
Address: Tarlabasi Bulvari No: 32 Taksim/Istanbul.
This venue has a more local and relaxed
atmosphere with no attitudes. Ekoo bar has moved to a more
central location in March 2011, very close to Taksim square.
It is now across from the flower shops at Taksim square on
Tarlabasi avenue, next to Carlton Hotel. Beware of
Address: Istiklal Caddesi, Zambak Sokak No:17 (Close to
This is a fun place to visit but you need to be very
selective with the boys you meet here. Most of them are
hustlers or rent boys. Because there are so many of them,
the place always looks full. You will also see many
transvestites in this "gay club". Do not pay any entrance
fee at the door, unless it is Saturday.
CLUB Open 23:00-05:00
Address: Kucuk Bayram Sokak, No:1/A Beyoglu / Istanbul.
This is a new club first opened in July 2010. It is an
after-club indeed not busy until almost 3 am. They got
famous for being the first club to try a dark room. It still
exist but does not operate as liberal as the dark rooms in
BAR (19:00 - 02:00)
Address: Murat Pasa Sokak, No 9, Aksaray, Istanbul
Durak bar (formerly called Pasam) is located in Aksaray
district, about 5 kilometer away from Taksim. It is a
meeting place for middle class bear and older/mature gay
men, completely different from all gay-clubs in Taksim with
a very traditional/exotic atmosphere. It is busy in late
evenings, until 01:00/02:00 am. It may also busy until 4 am
on Saturday nights.
Gay Cafe &
Bars in Istanbul
listed under this category is recommended to people who
loud night clubs or do not want to stay up too late after
mid-night. The prices of these venues are also more
reasonable with respect to after-midnight gay clubs.
CAFE & BAR (12:00- 02:00)
Address: Istiklal Cad. Zambak Sokak No.10/A Beyoglu/Istanbul
Cafe & restaurant located on the same street (Zambak
Sokak), very close o Taksim Square. It is a small venue
which also functions as a bistro and serves various kinds of
food in day time.
CAFE & BAR (15:00- 00:00)
Address: Istiklal Cad. Buyukparmakkapi Sk No: 26/1
A new cafe bar opened in March 2011. It is located on
Buyukparmakkapi street across the Benetton on Istiklal. It
is a modest place on the 1st floor. You can observe live
Turkish music and drag show performances on different days
of the week.
Chaplin Cafe (12:00- 00:00)
Address: Istiklal Cad. Ipek Sokak 16, Kat 3, Daire 5 -
A gay cafe shop on the 3rd floor, Mostly patronized by
younger gay men and the prices are fairly reasonable for
now. You can access Ipek sokak from the other street on the
left hand side of McDonald's on Istiklal Avenue.
CAFE & BAR 12:00-01:00
Address: Istiklal Cad. Ipek Sokak 16/2 Beyoglu/Istanbul
A senior straight cafe bar on a small street off the
Istiklal avenue was undertaken by gay people in April 2011
specifically declaring that they want to welcome straight
acting gay men. It is located at the same building with
ADDRESS: Istiklal Caddesi, Saka Salim Cikmazi, No: 3/A Beyoglu
This small gay cafe & bar and bistro restaurant is located on a
dead-end lane on Istiklal Avenue, somewhere opposite of St.
Antoine Church. They used to implement a double price policy
to the tourists but they changed it recently after our
publications protesting it..
CHIANTI CAFE & BAR
Address: Istiklal Caddesi, Balo Sokak No: 31. (2nd floor)
An exceptional gay bar in Istanbul where you can go early in
the evenings. It is also different than most other gay bars
and clubs of Istanbul with reasonable sound level and it's
Gay Friendly Restaurants
KAT RESTAURANT 12:00-01:00 Web:
Address: Siraselviler Caddesi, Soganci Sokak, No:7/1,
Located on top of the building (Besinci Kat means 5th floor)
housing also Club Barbahce. This is a very gay friendly
restaurant, where you can eat your dinner with your friends
on special days, or sip you drink at its reasonably priced
bar, watching great panorama of Istanbul, including the
Bosphorus straight and Asia
Address: Istiklal Caddesi, Misir Apartmani K:8 No:311,
Beyoglu - Istanbul.
The restaurant is named 360, referring to a view 360 degree.
It is a fancy venue located on the terrace floor of
historical building (Misir Apartmani) on the right hand side
after passing Galatasaray square
Address: Mesrutiyet Cad. No:51, 34344 Beyoglu-Istanbul.
Phone: +90 212 292 6496
Added to our list by the managers in July 2010. It is Thai
restaurant located on Mesrutiyet street parallel to Istiklal
avenue. When you walk from Taksim turn right from
Galatasaray square, and take the first turn to left, and
pass British Consulate.
Address: Akbiyik Caddesi 72a, Sultanahmet, IstanbulTel: (90)
(212) 458 5919
The concept is basically to offer a miscellaneous menu of
all authentic Turkish dishes, some Ottoman classics, some
home-cooking and some regional specialties. Open only for
lunch and prices are average.
Sauna and Bath Houses
no explicitly gay bath houses in Istanbul, probably
because any sexual action is forbidden in public venues.
Please visit this following website for more information
including location maps, visitor reviews etc:
Address: Cukurcuma Cd. No: 6, Cukurcuma, Beyoglu/Istanbul
A small historical bath house in Beyoglu can be the one most
recommended if you want to see the local ambiance. It is
located at the end of the same street where (now-closed)
Cukurcuma Hamam was. Cukurcuma street is well known
neighborhood for antique lovers
Tershane Cad. Yolcuzade Sok. N:74
There is no obvious gay scene and recommended not to be too
obvious. Very close to entrance of Ataturk bridge over
Golden Horn (Halic), the second one after Galata Bridge.
It is on the Taksim/Beyoglu side of the bridge and you can
walk from Karakoy along the Golden Horn.
Voyvoda (Bankalar) Caddesi, Yeni Cesme Sokak, Karakoy,
It is on a back-street (Yeni Cesme) hard to locate somewhere
below Galata Tower; or above Galata Bridge to the left. (off
Persembe Pazarı street). Not very clean. Mostly attended by
middle aged/older men or bears
Address: Hamam Sokak, No: 8 Aksaray/Istanbul.
Another small historical non-touristy hamam located in
Aksaray quarter of Istanbul's Fatih district. It can be
confused with Sofular Hamam in the same vicinity known as
Horhor, It is located close to Aksaray Metro station, on a
small back street
Address: Pasa Hamami Street., 2/6 Fatih -
This hamam is not very centrally located, and actually the
neighborhood is conservative for gay activities. Located somewhere below Chora/Kariye
Museum (walk down Kariye Turbesi street and turn left). If
you go by public bus take Edirnekapı buses from Taksim
Square or from Eminonu bus terminal by the Galata bridge.
Get off at Aci Cesme bus stop, just before Edirnekapi. Walk
down the street right next to the Stadium.
See official website
Address: Istiklal Caddesi, Sadri Alisik Sokak, No: 29/1
Friendly sauna & bath house
located in Beyoglu district very close to Taksim square
famous with young masseurs. It is open round the clock (24
hours) and everyday of the week.
Altipatlar Sokak, No: 14. Cukurcuma / Beyoglu / Istanbul
It is a senior gay friendly sauna but then they maltreated
and dismissed gay people until new people bought the
administration in late 2010. The new owners are trying hard
to revitalize the venue and gain back the gay clients. Open
in day time until around 9 pm.
this following website for more information:
Cruising Areas & Beaches
other big cities cruising areas and especially parks are
places where gay people should be very careful and selective with
the people they meet. These places are discovered by
some bad guys and pick-pockets who are always around in such
places for robbing gay men rather than cruising for sex.
Especially be careful if the person you meet proposes you to
have sex in isolated outside places. We recommend you not to
carry very valuable things a a lot of money with you when
you go to such places, just in case.
Caddesi and Taksim Square
Two-kilometer long pedestrian street/avenue starting from
Taksim square and ending in Tunel (the upper end of historical
mini-subway). It is very busy day and
night mostly with people strolling or shopping. The street also connects Taksim square to the gay venues
mostly located on the smaller back-streets crossing
it, and you can see many gay men and related people along
The park at the above Taksim Mc Donald's, near Taksim
Square. The part of the park closer to the sea-side is more
cruisy especially in the summer evenings. It is busier on
Sundays and Saturday evenings. It is not actually very much
recommended to foreigners and new-comers for safety reasons.
Since 2007 there is a very strict police control in the
Especially the small park behind the Sultanahmet tramcar
station and the corner of the park above Arasta Bazaar in the evenings. Sultanahmet is the famous tourist
town of Istanbul and the parks are also comparatively safer,
but there is not a very visible gay scene
Once a small fishing town, Ortakoy became popular with bars,
restaurants, cafeterias creating a summer resort atmosphere
within the city. It is near major Besiktas town along the
Bosporus Straight. The coastal area around the Ortakoy
Mosque is very busy and there's a vibrant night life in
summer, especially busy during the day on Sundays. Some 15
minutes ride away from Taksim with a taxi but it naturally
takes longer during rush hours.
Islands (Adalar) beaches
A group of small islands close to the main land on the Asian
side in Marmara sea. They consist of 9 islands, 4 of which
are considerably popular and inhabited. There are regular
ferryboats from Kabatas pier (accessible from Taksim by
Funicular) which takes 30-45 minutes by boat stopping on
each major Island. The isolated beach on the back sides of
Kinaliada (walk right hand side when you get off the boat)
and some less busy beaches in Buyukada are cruisy at season.
Do not expect a visible gay-scene.
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