At night Istanbul turns into action central, with nightlife to rival the most stylish European centre. The ever-growing number of bars, clubs and restaurants mean standards are extremely high, and the discerning will find their tastes well catered for. However, Istanbul wouldn't be the same without its raki-soaked tavernas, or old-fashioned tea gardens.
Visit one of Istanbul's meyhane, the traditional Istanbul version of a tapas bar. Here, you can eat meze, drink fiery raki and dance to folk music. Istanbul's most well known meyhane version is the Cicek Pasaji, just off Istiklal Caddesi.
The latest in Istanbul chic is rooftop bars, and a number of bars have sprung up offering spectacular views of the brightly lit city and dishing out lavish cocktails.
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