Istanbul Gay Bars & Cafés

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.

Taksim, with its characteristically Turkish dome roofed mosques, trundling trams and high-end shops, is also Istanbul’s main gay district. It’s on the narrow streets surrounding the iconic Taksim Square that you’ll find a plentiful selection of gay bars and clubs. Many operate as cafes during the day, but as the sun sets, and the city’s LGBTQ+ population begin to descend, Taksim’s streets are invigorated with the sound of gay revelry.

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.

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bar, music

Updated: 06-Jul-2022

Istiklal Cad., ipek Sokak 6 D:3, Beyoglu, Istanbul

Weekday: 20:00 - 02:00
Weekend: 20:00 - 02:00

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Rocinante Bar is a gay bar in Istanbul.  It opened as a gay bar in its current capacity in 2017. They often have DJs and live entertainment. It used to be more of a lesbian bar but now attracts a mostly gay male crowd.

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Updated: 06-Jul-2022

Şehit Muhtar, Öğüt Sk. No:6 kat:2, 34435 Beyoğlu, İstanbul

Weekday: 12pm-4am
Weekend: 12pm-4am

3.0
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Long-running gay café bar, attracting a younger local crowd. Open daily from 10am.

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bar, music, cafe

Updated: 06-Jul-2022

Istiklal Cad., Imam Adnan Sokak 7/3, Beyoglu, Istanbul

Weekday: 10:00 - 00:30
Weekend: 10:00 - 00:30

2.9
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Gay-popular café bar (since 2011) with live Turkish music, singing and drag shows on different nights. Located off Istiklal Avenue, on the first floor of a building.

Note: Pinokyo has been reported as being “now a straight venue.” (September 2018)

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bar, live music, drag shows

Updated: 06-Jul-2022

Istiklal Cad., Büyükparmakkapı Sokak 26/1, Beyoglu, Istanbul

Weekday: 18:00 - 04:00
Weekend: 18:00 - 04:00

3.4
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Istanbul · 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.

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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bar, music

Updated: 06-Jul-2022

Istiklal Caddesi, Sadri Alısık Sokak 40, Beyoglu, Istanbul

Weekday: 21:30 - 05:00
Weekend: 21:30 - 05:00 / 00:00

2.9
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