A shuttle service from Ataturk airport to hotel is available  and 25 eu extra fees till 4 person perway and times. A shuttle service from Sabiha Airport to the hotel is available and 60 eu extra fees till 4 person perway and times.






Istanbul Nightlife

Beyoğlu is Istanbul's nightlife hub, with an ever-growing portfolio of clubs, café-bars and live music venues which open, close and change name with bewildering speed. Pricey rooftop bars are the latest trend here, in Galatasaray, and in the equally hip Ortaköy area. Across the water on the Asian side of Bosphorus, Kadikoy has also become a happening after-dark district. At the glitzy end of the scale, ostentation, posturing and an exclusive door policy are what it's all about - so, unless you can afford to spend (and tip) like a superstar, avoid.

Time Out Istanbul (www.timeoutistanbul.com) is an English-language monthly magazine with entertainment listings, features and reviews. The Turkish Daily News, the English-language daily newspaper, also has entertainment and listings. Tickets for most cultural events are available at Biletix outlets (www.biletix.com).

Culture

Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Centre

This home for Istanbul’s most interesting painters, sculptors, printmakers and other creative spirits is a three-storey venue with regularly changing exhibitions and artists in residence.

Istiklal Caddesi 115A
Tel: (0212) 293 2361.
www.platform.garanti.com.tr

Classical Music

Borusan Centre for Culture and Art

This space alternates ‘conceptual' Turkish and international exhibitions, and has an enormous music library and concert space for classical music performances.

Istiklal Caddesi 213
Tel: (0212) 336 3280.
www.borusansanat.com

Live Music

Akbank Culture and Arts Centre

Sponsored by Turkey’s major bank, this modern venue hosts jazz and classical concerts and a changing array of exhibitions and cultural events.

Istiklal Caddesi, Zambak Sokak 1
Tel: (0212) 252 3500.
www.akbanksanat.com

Music and Dance

Atatürk Cultural Centre (Atatürk Kultur Merkezi)

The 900-seat Atatürk Cultural Centre is shared by the State Opera and Ballet, the State Theatre and the State Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Istanbul Festivals.

Taksim Meydani, Beyoglu
Tel: (0212) 251 5600.
www.kultur.gov.tr

Bars

Dogzstar

Dogsztar was a pioneer of Istanbul's new and youthful nightlife scene. Having grown out of its original home, its has moved to a new address off Istiklal Caddesi, where it continues to be one of the best places in town for a fun Friday or Saturday night with a mixed crowd, live music and DJs playing the latest cutting-edge sounds for a young and hip audience.

Kartal Sokak 3, Galatasaray
Tel: (0212) 244 9147.
www.dogzstar.com

Karga

Like Dogsztar, Karga is a much-loved stalwart of the 'new' nightlife scene in Istanbul. However, it is more than a nightspot - during the day, its cool courtyard is a pleasant place for a break from the city heat. After dark, expect local house and techno DJs and visiting bands.

Kadife Sokak 16, Kadiköy
Tel: (0212) 449 1725.
www.kargabar.org

Le Fumoir

This is the newest, smartest cigar bar in Istanbul, and you'll need a reservation and a major credit card (or a cash-stuffed wallet) for a night out here. If you have either of these, then this is the place to rub shoulders with Istanbul's rich and famous while sipping a fine cognac, an aged malt whisky or a champagne cocktail and admiring the fabulous view over the Bosphorus.

Çırağan Palace Kempinski, Çırağan Caddesi 32, Besiktas
Tel: (0212) 326 4646, ext. 7500.
www.kempinski.com

Clubs

Anjelique

When it opened, Anjelique helped to pave the way for a new generation of super-trendy bar-restaurant-dance club venues in Istanbul. Facing serious competition from other contenders, it is still a landmark on the city's nightlife map, with the requisite super view of the city skyline and a slightly less aloof crowd than some of its rivals.

Mualim Naci Caddesi, Salhane Sokak 5
Tel: (0212) 327 2844.
www.istanbuldoors.com

Club 29

This gorgeous complex is worth crossing the Bosphorus for, with its pool and sun terrace, canopied restaurant, and adjoining dance stage, all of which share fantastic views of the channel and the Istanbul skyline. Representing modern Istanbul at its best, Club 29 plays a sharp-edged mix of Turkish and international beats after dark and attracts a multi-national, multi-cultural celebrity crowd.

Adnan Saygun Caddesi, Ulus Parki Ici 1, Ulus
Tel: (0212) 358 2929.
www.group-29.com

Reina

With its multiple bars, restaurants and dance floor, Reina is a one-stop night out for Istanbul's rich, famous and beautiful. If you don't fit into any of these categories you may find it, the prices, and the service attitudes less appealing, but for those with plenty to spend this is undeniably the city's glitziest after-dark address.

Mualim Naci Caddesi 44, Ortakoy
Tel: (0212) 259 5919.
www.reina.com.tr

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