While gay life in Istanbul may be subdued in public, at night behind closed doors, there is a thriving and vibrant nightlife scene where locals and foreigners come together to dance, drink and socialize with their queer family. Many gay clubs in Istanbul attract a mixed crowd, but we have done out best to distinguish these from the Istanbul gay clubs which have an active LGBT focus.

There are many gay bars in Istanbul most of which pull double duty as gay-cafes during the day – mostly around the gay area of Istanbul aka Taksim Square in Beyoglu district, which is the best place to head to start your night if you don’t already have a plan. If you’re lost just use our helpful Gay Instanbul map at the end.

The Turks love to party, and while the Istanbul gay scene is under pressure, it seems local queers are merely more determined to come together at night and celebrate pride and diversity in the face of increasing adversity. Things can get crazy on a night out in Gay Istanbul, and what better way could there be to get to know the locals than in Istanbul gay bar! Just don’t forget your common sense.

Sadly the feeling of inclusivity and ‘one family’ doesn’t extend to bartenders in Gay Istanbul so always ask the price of everything in advance and have small notes to avoid being ripped off – It is extremely common and the biggest complaint from gay travelers in Istanbul.



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Chaplin Cafe

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34807,İstiklal Cad./ipek Sk No:16 D:3,Istanbul

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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Pinokyo

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34433,26 Büyük Parmakkapı Sokak,istanbul

A must for all karaoke fans. This popular gay café bar features handsome, singing waiters who can actually sing, along with the bar owner himself. A unique experience to hear some traditional Turkish favourite songs....
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Chianti Bar

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34110,Istiklal Caddesi, Balo Sokak 31, BeyoğluBeyoglu,Istanbul

Cafe by day, bar by night. This venue emphasizes their laid back attitude and their promotion of mingling. Unlike all the other gay venues , there is a moderate level of music that most homosexual venues don't have....

No Name Club

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Tarlabasi Bulvari 32,Taksim, Beyoğlu,Istanbul

The most accessible transgender bar in Istanbul, located next to the flower shops of Taksim Square. This small bar is popular with transgender locals and a mix of gay, bisexual and straight men.
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Sahra Bar

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İstiklal Caddesi, Sadri Alışık Sokak 40 Beyoğlu,Istanbul

Istanbul’s long-running transgender bar with two floors, attracting a mixed local crowd including drag queens.

X-Large Club

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34398,1-2 1. Sokak,Istanbul

Weekend nightclub with DJ’s, hot shows and dancers on the stage. X-Large Club is popular with gay men, women.. everyone. Lcated in Maslak district, further from Taksim Square and with higher entry charges than other...
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KappaK Club

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34433,26 Büyük Parmakkapı Sokak,Istanbul

A relatively new dance club in Istanbul that draws a mixed/gay crowd. Located in the Taksim area. Open every night from 10pm.
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Love Dance Point

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34373,203 Cumhuriyet Caddesi,istanbul

This popular weekend gay nightclub has been an institution in the Istanbul gay scene for over a decade. Love Dance Point features cool resident DJ’s, house drag queens and some of the hottest male go-go dancers in...
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Cheeky Club (CLOSED)

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Şehit Muhtar Mahallesi, Küçük Bayram Sok. 1/A, 34435 Beyoğlu/,Istanbul

This is an exceptional after-hours night club open on Fridays and Saturday nights. It is usually not busy before 02:00- or even 03:00 am, attracting LGBT people after all other gay bars and clubs closes down. They are...
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Bigudi Club

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34320,5 İstiklal Caddesi,Istanbul

Bigudi is the first ever exclusively lesbian venue opened in Turkey. The venues has been closed down, re-opened and changed location several times since it was first opened in December 2006. It is open only for lesbian...

LEMAN KÜLTÜR

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34435,14 İstiklal Caddesi,istanbul

Meeting point for Istanb34rs
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