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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.

Chaplin Café
Chaplin Café

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

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+90 212 245 5562 |

weekday: 20:00 - 02:00

weekend: 20:00 - 02:00

Chaplin Café

audience rating: 2.6 stars from 10 votes - click to vote

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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-Jun-2018

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Chianti Bar
Chianti Bar

Istiklal Caddesi, Balo Sokak 31, Beyoglu, Istanbul | map

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+90 541 629 8970 |

weekday: 15:00 - 02:00

weekend: 15:00 - 02:00

Chianti Bar

audience rating: 3.4 stars from 11 votes - click to vote

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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.

features: bar, music, cafe, karaoke | Updated: 20-Jun-2018

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Cafe MorKedi
Cafe MorKedi

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


+90 212 244 2592 |

weekday: 10:00 - 00:30

weekend: 10:00 - 00:30

Cafe MorKedi

audience rating: 2.7 stars from 10 votes - click to vote

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

features: bar, music, cafe | Updated: 20-Jun-2018

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Pinokyo Café & Bar
Pinokyo Café & Bar

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

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+90 533 039 58 75 |

weekday: 18:00 - 04:00

weekend: 18:00 - 04:00

Pinokyo Café & Bar

audience rating: 2.9 stars from 10 votes - click to vote

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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)

features: bar, live music, drag shows | Updated: 26-Sep-2018

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Arjin Cafe
Arjin Cafe

Katip Çelebi Mahallesi 28, Istanbul | map

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+90 212 243 19 33 |

Arjin Cafe

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

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Opened in May 2016, Arjin Cafe is a relatively new venue for the LGBT in Istanbul, where everyone is welcome.

features: bar, music, cafe | Updated: 07-Feb-2018

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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.

No Name Club
No Name Club

Tarlabasi Bulvari 32, Taksim, Beyoglu, Istanbul


+90 212 235 9453 |

weekday: 00:00 - 04:00

weekend: 00:00 - 04:00

No Name Club

audience rating: 3 stars from 14 votes - click to vote

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The most accessible transgender bar in Istanbul, located next to the flower shops of Taksim Square.

This small bar is popular with local transgenders and a mix of gay, bisexual and straight men.

features: bar, music | Updated: 26-Sep-2018

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Club Gia
Club Gia

Istiklal Caddesi, Mis Sokak 15 Kat-2, Beyoglu, Istanbul | map

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+90 533 583 49 15 |

Club Gia

audience rating: 3.2 stars from 5 votes - click to vote

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Gay-friendly lesbian bar & nightclub near Taksim Square, with DJ, dance floor and themed events.

Open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

nearest station : Taksim

features: bar, music, dancing | Updated: 20-Jun-2018

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Sahra Club

Istiklal Caddesi, Sadri Alısık Sokak 40, Beyoglu, Istanbul | map

weekday: 21:30 - 05:00, weekend: 21:30 - 05:00 / 00:00

audience rating: 2.9 stars from 10 votes - click to vote

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Istanbul’s long-running transgender bar with two floors, attracting a mixed local crowd including drag queens. Also known as “Sahara Bar”

features: bar, music | Updated: 20-Jun-2018

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Haspa Bar
Haspa Bar

Katip Mustafa Çelebi Mahallesi, Sokak 16, Beyoglu, Istanbul | map

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+90 212 243 8601 |

weekday: 16:00 - 04:00

weekend: 16:00 - 04:00 / 03:00

Haspa Bar

audience rating: 3.7 stars from 18 votes - click to vote

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Opened since 2010, Haspa has quickly become a popular gay bar in Istanbul, with go-go dancers, 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: 18-Jul-2018

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2018-10-17