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Galata’s coffee scene is on fire and gay-owned cafe ‘Another Coffee Shop’ by Inqlusif serves delicious homemade cookies, freshly baked croissants and offers an exquisite selection of freshly brewed coffee from local micro-roaster KUNGPOW Coffee, whose Roastmaster Warrick is the 2019 SCA Turkey Roasting Champion. This new gay cafe is super cool to hang out and the gay staff will be delighted to meet you and to serve seasonal single origin coffee.
Istiklal Cad., ipek Sokak 6 D:3, Beyoglu, Istanbul | map
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.
Fabulous location. Near famous shops, tourist sights, gay bars Great gym. | click here
Walk to gay clubs. Stylish design Great staff. | click here
Near Taksim Square. Great for sightseeing, shopping and gay scene. | click here
Gay-owned. The only gay hotel in Istanbul. | click here
Istiklal Caddesi, Balo Sokak 31, Beyoglu, Istanbul | map
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.
Istiklal Cad., Imam Adnan Sokak 7/3, Beyoglu, Istanbul | map
weekday: 10:00 - 00:30
weekend: 10:00 - 00:30
Long-running gay café bar, attracting a younger local crowd. Open daily from 10am.
Istiklal Cad., Büyükparmakkapı Sokak 26/1, Beyoglu, Istanbul | map
weekday: 18:00 - 04:00
weekend: 18:00 - 04:00
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)
Katip Çelebi Mahallesi 28, Istanbul | map
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.
Tarlabasi Bulvari 32, Taksim, Beyoglu, Istanbul
weekday: 00:00 - 04:00
weekend: 00:00 - 04:00
audience rating: 3 stars from 16 votes - click to voteadd a review & photos
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.
Istiklal Caddesi, Mis Sokak 15 Kat-2, Beyoglu, Istanbul | map
Gay-friendly lesbian bar & nightclub near Taksim Square, with DJ, dance floor and themed events.
Open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
nearest station : Taksim
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 voteadd a review & photos
Istanbul’s long-running transgender bar with two floors, attracting a mixed local crowd including drag queens. Also known as “Sahara Bar”
Katip Mustafa Çelebi Mahallesi, Sokak 16, Beyoglu, Istanbul | map
weekday: 16:00 - 04:00
weekend: 16:00 - 04:00 / 03:00
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.
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