With thriving business districts in both the Asian and European sides of the city, Istanbul is an increasingly popular destination for corporate travel. Don’t miss out on the city’s cultural highlights. We’ve rounded up a few of our favourite ways to see Istanbul by night.
In the age of Google Maps and one-touch reservations, there’s no excuse for not checking out your surroundings when you visit an exotic location on business. It can be tempting to rush home from your conference right after the closing remarks, but take advantage of Istanbul’s beauty after dark.
For dinner with a view of the Bosphorus
Rooftop restaurant Mikla is one of the city’s most recommended hotspots, so you might be surprised by the laid back service and comfortable atmosphere. If you call too late to snag a river-facing table, they’ll make sure you get plenty of time on the patio, taking in the view. The bar and restaurant are both incredibly popular – there’s no such thing as a slow night – but whether you’re dining with colleagues or collecting your thoughts alone after a long day in board meetings, this spot leaves a lasting impression of beautiful Istanbul.
For drinks in the Old Town
You’ll also glimpse the Bosphorus from the glass-walled Litera Bar. Views from this fifth floor lounge in the Goethe Institute building are most stunning at sunset. Looking out over the rooftops of Istanbul’s Old Town, you’ll take in the iconic Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia. The bar is open until 4am with live music most nights – more traditional, acoustic performances during dinner service, and international DJ sets after the kitchen closes at 11pm. It’s in the Beyoğlu district on the European side of town, so you’ll get a closer view of the river when crossing back towards our Radisson Blu Hotel Istanbul Asia at the end of the night.
For a night of al fresco dancing
Istanbul’s balmy climate is perfect for the open air nightlife of the vibrant Ortaköy district. Elegant Sortie has a huge terrace spanning 3500 square metres; it’s the perfect place to bring a crowd of co-workers or to network with conference companions over wild berry caipirinhas. Sample local cheeses and fresh crab while looking out over the Bosphorus – the view here is unparalleled. Those who prefer a more eccentric night out should head to Supperclub. Expect performance artists in flamboyant costumes (and patrons in their designer best – this is a hotspot for the city’s elite). The entertainment is interactive, but if you don’t feel like dancing, just retreat to the row of white beds tucked away from the action. This club is all about pure theatrical indulgence – so pour yourself a glass of champagne from the oversized “bubble bath” (the giggling, submerged model will be happy to help) and enjoy the evening.