Nightlife in Turkey is ranges, from traditional birahanes to techno and rave nightclubs, with new venues opening by the week. As a result, Turkey’s nightlife is quickly gaining recognition as one of the liveliest in Europe. An authentic Turkish experience can be combined with a racuous nights drinking at one of Turkey ‘s meyhanes. These tavernas serve raki, beer and wine, along with an awe-inspiring selection of mezes (starters), succulent kebabs and fruits of the season.
Where nightlife in Turkey is concerned, Ankara, Istanbul and Izmir, are the places to be. The State Symphony Orchestra and State Opera and Ballet offer the works of Turkish and foreign composers under the direction of world famous Turkish and guest foreign directors.
Alongside the Turkish theatre, there are foreign theatrical groups which come to Ankara, Istanbul, and Izmir from time to time. For a different view of nightlife in Turkey, there are nightclubs and colorful shows. Wherever you are, you will be able to go into a nightclub and taste some Turkish food while enjoying yourself until morning. The discos in resort areas and large cities have the latest facilities.Unlike many of the east European capitals Istanbul is more associated by outsiders to mosques, battlements and hamams than bars, nightclubs and restaurants. This is a tradition. From the bohemian backstreets of Beyoglu to the pumping ostentation of Ortakoy or Etiler, Istanbul really does boast one of the most engaging and vibrant scenes in the region.
Past few years have seen a tall growth in the popularity of Anatolian folk music or Saz bars. These tend to be garishly decorated in artificial flowers and a profusion of kilims and wickerwork, but the prices are very reasonable and the food fresh and delicious.
For a more relaxed atmosphere, there are many late-opening cafes serving great cappuchinos along with alcohol and playing everything from classical to drum and bass.