Beth T
Beth T
Istanbul, Turkey
In Turkey: blogging for Gulet Escapes, enjoying Turkish food and exploring the amazing landscapes, culture and history.

Rooftop Bars of Beyoglu

Party until you see the sun come up over Istanbul's skyline.

Beyoglu is the best place for a night out in Istanbul. After an evening grazing at the meze restaurants in Nevizade, head to one of the bars and clubs to continue your evening. And why not combine the drink with awesome views of the city from above.

Ps. Worth noting that most rooftop places are through an unassuming apartment block door often with only a very small sign to tell you where you are heading. 
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360 Istanbul

Istiklal Caddesi | Misir Apt. No: 163 / 8, Istanbul 34330, Turkey

360 is the powerhouse of rooftop bars in Istanbul with 3 venues across the city. The Taksim branch has a restaurant, bar and club. The bar serves very good cocktails though the food is not that highly touted. However, along with the view, the club really sells 360 Istanbul. They regularly host the best DJs that are in town and parties go on until the morning hours.

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Ritim Roof

Hüseyinağa Mh., Beyoğlu/Istanbul, Turkey

The most reasonably-priced rooftop drink you'll find in Istanbul and a great atmosphere to boot! A great place to dance the night away with a friendly and energetic atmosphere.

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Balkon Cafe Bar

Asmalı Mescit Mh., Tünel Meydani No:6, İstanbul, Turkey

Drinks and views. Balkon is one of the more reasonably priced rooftop bars and one of the more down-to-earth ones.

Peyote

Hüseyinağa Mh. Kameriye Sk No:4 Beyoğlu, Turkey

At the grungier end of the rooftop bars on offer, Peyote is usually a raucous but entertaining night out. Good selection of drinks on offer as well.

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Arsen Lüpen

Mis Sok. No:15 kat:4 (4th floor), 34435 Beyoğlu,

A rock/metal place that serves very cheap beer so a good rooftop option for the budget travellers out there. As might be expected, it doesn't have the best view but it's still nice to be floors above the streets of the city.

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NUTERAS -- CLOSED

Asmalı Mescit Mh., Meşrutiyet Caddesi No:67, İstanbul, Turkey

Uber-trendy Nupera has a number of great places around Istanbul. Nuteras is on their rooftop offer, with wonderful views across the city and great cocktails. Look for their cafe, auf, as you walk down the street -- Nuteras is at the top of the same apartment block and it's not easy to spot the sign.

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Teras Hardal -- CLOSED

Asmalı Mescit Mh., Minare Sokak No:12, Beyoğlu, Türkiye

A chain restaurant doing very average food, Hardal in Asmali Mescit nevertheless has great views. Head here for a cold beer on a hot day and enjoy the view over the city.

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Vida Pera (The Pera Residence)

Asmalı Mescit Mh., Şehbender Sk No:7, Istanbul, Türkiye

In Asmali Mescit, the new hot spot for a night out, Vida Pera sits somewhere between pub and posh bar. Good for those who want something a little bit upmarket but not too posh.

Araf Cafe & Bar

Şht. Muhtar Mh., İstiklal Avenue No:32, Beyoğlu, Turkey

Not the most stylish of places but always a good night out. There's definitely an air of student bar here but what makes Araf stand out from the crowd is the awesome view. It's on the top two floors and has well-placed windows so you can see the Istanbul skyline while you're dancing to some classic tunes.

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City Lights Bar and Restaurant (Intercontinental Hotel)

Asker Ocağı Cad. No:1 Taksim 34435, İstanbul, Turkey

Like many hotel bars, City Lights is a little bit sterile and this being the Intercontinental the visit will set you back more than a few liras. The cocktails are good however and the view is spectacular. You can see the Intercontinental from most points in Istanbul so naturally, you can see most points in Istanbul from the Intercontinental.

Litera

Yeni Carsi Cad. No. 32 Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey

Run by IKSV (Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts), Litera is a based at the top of their music salon. I've never tried the food but it's apparently fairly average. However, the view is not average at all and the atmosphere is great.

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Leb-i Derya Kumbaracı

Kumbaracı Yokuşu no.57, kat.6 (6th floor), Beyoğlu, Istanbul

Not that highly rated as a restaurant by most accounts but the view is fantastic so a great place to stop for a cocktail or two.

Last updated at Feb 12, 2015