Gay Coffee Shops & Gay Bars in Istanbul

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Istanbul's gay life is more visible after-midnight and majority of the gay-exclusive night clubs are not busy enough until 01:00 am. But there are many alternative gay/gay-friendly venues for people who do not like loud after-midnight places or stay out too late. n this page we only list the venues which are open in earlier hours of the day and evenings. Click here for update listing of the major after-midnight gay clubs and general about about all gay venues  in Istanbul



Gay Café & Bars in Istanbul



Pinokyo Cafe & Bar (20:00- 02:00)

Address: Istiklal Cad.  Buyukparmakkapi Sk No: 26/1  Beyoglu/Istanbul

Web: Facebook.com/PinokyoCafeBar
A popular cafe bar opened in March 2011. It is located on Buyukparmakkapi street across the Benetton on Istiklal. It is a modest place on the 1st floor. You can observe live Turkish music and drag show performances on different days of the week.
 

Haspa Cafe Bar (20:00- 02:00)
Address: Istiklal Cad.  Ipek Sokak 16/2  Beyoglu/Istanbul

Web: Facebook.com/groups/188389677877498/
Previously straight cafe bar on a small street off the Istiklal avenue was undertaken by some gay people in April 2011 and they now want to turn it a gay venue, specifically declaring that they want to welcome straight acting gay men.  The prices were cheaper when it was a straight bar and when they first started to serve gay men, but it was raised to standard club rates shortly after they got a little popular.

 

Chaplin Cafe (20:00- 02:00)
Address: Istiklal Cad.  Ipek Sokak 16, Kat 3, Daire 5 - Beyoglu/Istanbul

Web: Facebook.com/chaplincafe.taksim
A gay cafe shop on the 3rd floor at the same building with Haspa Cafe Bar, Mostly patronized by younger gay men and the prices are fairly reasonable for now. You can access Ipek sokak from the left hand side of McDonald's on Istiklal Avenue.


Chianti Bar
 (20:00-02:00)
Address: Istiklal Caddesi,
Balo Sokak, No: 31  (2nd floor) Beyoglu, Istanbul.

Homely cafe-pub open from 4 pm till 2 am, but expected to be busier in the early evenings and around midnight. It functions as a cafe from late afternoon until roughly 8-9 pm. The music become louder after that.

 

Mor Kedi Cafe (20:00- 02:00)
Address: Istiklal Cad.  Imam Adnan Sk. No:7 / 3   Beyoglu/Istanbul
One of the oldest of these kind of cafe-shops which you can visit at day time.  Usually busy until midnight. Clientele is younger. It is also possible to see lesbians in this venue sometimes.


Rocinante Cafe & Bar
 (20:00-02:00)
Address: Sakızağacı Cad. Öğüt Sok. No. 6 Kat 2 Beyoğlu, İstanbul 
Google Map

Web: https://www.facebook.com/RocinanteCafe

This place used to be an unofficial gathering point for Turkish lesbians. Since 2012 it became a typical gay venue with a concept very similar to other venues on this page. It is busy late in the evening and they live music performances on several days of the week.

 

But XL Bar (20:00- 02:00) (Google Map)
Address: Atıf Yılmaz (Sakiz Agaci) Caddesi, No:17 Beyoğlu 34435 Istanbul, Turkey
A new gay bar opened in early August 2014 trying to attract all LGBT people without discrimination including bears and transvestites.  It will be open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening from 20:00 till 02:00 roughly. Atıf Yılmaz
street is  the street starting from Istiklal Avenue between Demiroren Shopping mall and small Aga Cami Mosque.


 

Sugar Cafe is a small but trendy venue

Sugar & Spice Cafe (18:00-01:00)
Address: Istiklal Caddesi Saka Salim Cikmazi no: 3/A Beyoglu
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This is a very small gay cafe shop & restaurant located at the end of a narrow blind-alley on Istiklal Avenue, somewhere opposite from St. Antoine Church, not far from Galatasaray square. They used to have tourist rates until early 2012 but they seem to have abandoned it  after we put warnings on our website, and changed the name of the venue (it was called Sugar Club Cafe before)

Visitor comments about this venue
"This coffee place is popular solely because there is no other gay venue around. Coffee is only from instant powder. Beer is heavily overpriced. The staff can be arrogant. The music competes with the music from the live-music-place next to it. Still, you can meet nice people there." (Posted by John from Denmark on 11 June 2011)

'Good music, nice atmosphere. But the young waiter should be more professional, always on move, even when we wait for ask for drinks, not very friendly, and when asked for help with the directions for another gay bar (that all people there knows) answered, roughly, I don't know that bar! (Posted by Manu from Portugal on 19 May 2010 )

"I probably was here too early, but it was empty except for the barista and his new boyfriend. I'm sure that it would have been nice had it been more crowded, but it's a good GAY place to get a cup of coffee when you're wandering around Istiklal Caddesi. " (Posted by Way from USA on 22/03/2010).

 

Sahne Kahve  (11:00-23:00)
Address: Kurtuluş Caddesi No: 150  (Upper Floor), Kurtulus, Şişli - Istanbul  (Google Map)

Web: Facebook.com/sahnekahve
According to his manager the  Sahne Kahve is a straight-friendly gay venue. In other words the clients are a mixture of gay and straight people. It functions as a culture & art center besides offering typical cafe activities. Unlike most gay venues it is located in Kurtulus district, but still not very far from Taksim.  It is some 10-15 minute walking distance to popular gay clubs Neo and Love and can be a good choice as a pre-club venue especially on Friday and Saturday nights. This is how they describe themselves:

 

"Sahne Kahve is a kind of arts and cultural cafe/pub which is mostly preferred by gay people. Located in Kurtuluş which is called the new gay ghetto of Istanbul, Sahne Kahve is famous for the exhibitions, theatrical performances as well as the boutique parties which lasts until 00:00 on Friday and Saturday nights. The ones who want to warm up for the night on Friday and Saturday nights should certainly drop by Sahne Kahve. During the day, the place offers a peaceful atmosphere for the people who want to read their books or study/work and in the evening hours, it turns more into a pub where people drink and socialize together." (October 22 2014)

 


Durak Bar  (19:00 - 02:00)
Address: Murat Pasa Sokak, No 9, Aksaray, Istanbul
Durak bar (formerly called Pasam) is located in Aksaray district, about 5 kilometer away from Taksim. It is a meeting place for middle class bear and older/mature gay men. More busy in late evenings., until 01:00/02:00 am. It will be busy until 4 am on Saturday nights.  Only live traditional/classical music is performed at peak time. (no Turkish/Western pop). It took the place of of senior Degirmen pub which was closed in early 2008, this one more deliberately targeting to bear and bear lovers with almost same exotic atmosphere of Degirmen pub. PS: Despite it's dirty night life Aksaray is also a conservative district ironically and for that reason Durak bar is usually closed during Ramadan period for about 30 days every year.

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Visitor comments about this venue
"I went to the Durak Pub Sunday night at 10PM for a beer. Nice crowd. The waiter brought a small dish of peanuts, which I didn’t want and pushed down the table for the other patrons. I ordered a second beer, the waiter brought more peanuts and I ate a few. When I went to pay the bill, in addition to the 2 beers, there was an additional 12TL (US$7) for peanuts." (Posted by Paul from Belgium on November 13, 2011)

"This place is a bit out of the way from the other gay venues round Taksim square area but pretty easy to get to with a tram station (Yusufpasa) at the end of the street. If you can suss out the dolmus taxis you can get back to Taksim Square for about 3 lira or a taxi for about 12/13 lira dependant on the traffic. What you get is a traditional looking bar and at the weekends full of "men" as oppossed to the Beygolu venues that are more popular with younger guys. No techno music played but what i would describe as Turkish standards sung live by very good singers/M.C. Very friendly and welcoming waiter staff and whilst the language was a problem for us speaking no Turkish the guys who spoke English were very welcoming (hello O ) the beer is much cheaper too, bonus!. Well worth the effort to go before finishing off your night out in the more traditional gay venues over the Golden Horn. " (Posted by Gibson from UK on June 14th, 2011)

"Very easy to find, as one of the previous writers so helpfully pointed out. I would recommend taking a dolmuş back to Taksim, as it is much less expensive (only 1.75TL). Unfortunately, the night that I went there, there was a pretty dramatic fight in the smoking lounge, which somehow ended up in somebody being sprayed with mace, which effectively cleared out the bar and had everybody coughing and sputtering. I can't honestly see how you would ever meet anyone at this bar, as the live music is very loud and all of the patrons are sat at restaurant-like tables. It was not at all what I expected, which was disappointing, as it had sounded like a dream come true. Relatively crowded on a Sunday night. Prompt service." (Posted by Way from USA on 22/03/2010.)

"December 2009: we went to Istanbul for Christmas this year as we enjoyed the city so much earlier this year. A friend had recommended Paşam and we saw from this site it had closed. Nevertheless as Durak it is a wonderful evening out: we went three nights out of five! Quiet on Thursday, packed on Saturday and comfortably busy on Sunday. Great staff, good value beer and excellent music and singers. And hot men! If you're staying in Beyoglu, it's really easy to get to on the tram from Karaköy to Yusufpaşa station: it's a one minute walk to the bar. And a taxi back to Tünel/Asmalimescit costs about 7TL; bit more to Taksim. Highly recommended if you don't want another techno dance club experience - and you want to meet interesting Turkish men (not boys). " (Posted by Nemo from UK on December 29 2009)

 

 

 

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Cruisy day time venues. Not particularly gay or gay-friendly


There are several straight venues around Taksim square which are like meeting places for gay men usually before going to gay bars/clubs., or early in the day time. They are mostly self-service cafe-restaurants and the managers/staff are not very gay-friendly in real meaning. But probably because of their location, especially some gay-men living in the neighborhood would always be around. But there will also be many rent boys and bad hustlers in and around these venues, so please be selective with the people you may encounter.
 

 

Burger King's Taksim

Burger King's Taksim  (09:00-02:00)
Address: Istiklal cad. NO:1 Taksim (At Taksim Square)
You can rest for a cafe and sometimes see few gay people. It's as cruisy as any self service cafe could be near Taksim square. But there may be rent boys or some tourist hustlers hanging around inside and in front of the entrance.  

 

Mc Donald's Istiklal (09:00-02:00)
You can see some young gays and rent-boys usually at the upper floor of Mac Donald's on Istiklal avenue. It is located at the corner; the junction of Kucukparmakkapi street and Istiklal Avenue (see on Google map).  There is not a visible gay scene in this branch of Mc Donald's as the one on Taksim Square which was closed during notorious renovations around Taksim Square which had caused nationwide Taksim Gezi Park protests

Simit Sarayi (09:00-:00:00)
Address: Cumhuriyet Caddesi Taksim.
A Turkish style fast-food cafe restaurant, mainly selling traditional Turkish pastries. These pastry shops are named after simit , a traditional ring-shaped bread covered with sesame seeds. which was once sold on the streets by the street vendors only. In recent years these "Simit Houses" because popular, competing with Mc Donald's and the like. We recommend you to try simit and Turkish tea menu at least once.  There are 2 Simit Sarayi venues at Taksim square since April 2011, one of them is next to Mc Donald's, which was a cafe - restaurant until recently (former Birra Mancha/Birahi). The new one can be more suitable for cruising. The other senior one is right across the street.

StarBucks (09:00-01:00)
Address: Istiklal Caddesi, Beyoglu Istanbul See Google Map
Another point where it is likely to see some gay men is the Starbuck Cafe on the Istiklal avenue, usually sitting at the outer section. No visible gay atmosphere here as well.
 

 

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