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Best Bars in Istanbul

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21980


Sensus

Sensus celebrates Turkey's wine culture and aspires to make knowledge of wine more accessible. An array of regional wines stock up shelves against unrefined stone walls at the former cellar. Over 400 varieties are available to sample with an assortment of appetizers and local specialties. Pair mini samosa boreks or fruit, cheese and bread platters with some of the best reds and whites. If you like what you taste, take home a bottle or two at affordable prices. Also on sale are olive oil and glassware. The old-world atmosphere is dotted with rustic vases and earthy accents to create a mystical experience for the senses.

Istanbul, Turkey
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Simdi

A long established eatery in Istanbul, Simdi (pronounced Shimdi) knows its stuff. Whether it's brunch, coffee, dinner or an aperitivo you want, you'll be surprised by the delicious flavors of the colorful dishes. The Mediterranean-influenced cuisine is light and healthy. The decor focuses on the ancient architecture of the building, featuring antique tills, high ceilings and small, bright windows. The result is a cozy, stylish vibe that creates a smart, casual atmosphere. The bonus, apart from the delicious food and drink, is the people watching. Indeed, this relaxed refuge opens onto a busy pedestrian street. Sit back and enjoy the view through the large French doors. -Stephanie Berton

Istanbul, Turkey
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Susam Cafe

Away from the crowd and hidden from the tourists, the quiet Café Susam is perfect for cocktail hour. Laze about with a couple glasses of wine, or indulge in a Sunday brunch while you're comfortably nestled in an arm chair. Befriend a waiter and you'll get the best table. -Stephanie Berton

Istanbul, Turkey
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360 Istanbul

Set atop a 19th Century residential building, 360 Istanbul features stunning 360 degree vistas of the city. Open throughout the day, it is only when the sun goes down that the place truly starts to heat up. Indulge in a drink from their innovative cocktail list or sip on an international wine to complement the global cuisine. Stick to Turkish specialties or opt for sushi, or pick from contemporary dishes like Prawns in a Jar with Lemon Grass or Bollywood Chicken. Mood-enhancing beats by DJs and live musicians set the tone for the night, with house music and R&B dominating the scene. The intimate setting coupled with views of the city skyline and the Sea of Marmara exude a romantic and mystical aura.

Istanbul, Turkey
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La Boom

Umut Evirgen and Nikol Başoğlu aspire to revolutionize dining in Istanbul with a unique concept that marries Parisian bistro with New York lounge. Chef Fikri Kaya designs the inventive menu to incorporate contemporary platters with Italian flavors dominating the palate. Breakfast options like traditional Menemen share space with Eggs Benedict and Croque Monsieur. The charcuterie and cheese assortment can be followed by Rigatoni Piti, Beetroot and Asparagus Risotto, Turkish Meatballs or Ravioli. The fare is complemented by an imaginative list of cocktail and spirits. The glass enclosed kitchen lends a glimpse of behind-the-counter action while the elegant decor, warm fireplace and tasteful upholstery extend to the terrace seating that boasts beautiful views of Marmara.

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