Cuisine Crawl 4 MINS READ

The Best LGBT-Friendly Bars & Restaurants In Turkey

The Best LGBT-Friendly Bars & Restaurants In Turkey

Cuisine Crawl 4 MINS READ
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Are you looking forward to visiting the beautiful turquoise coast, the bustling Grand Bazaar, or the modern Taksim Square? Then, you might want to see what the Turkish bar and culinary culture have to offer as well. Bear in mind that there aren’t many LGBT-friendly bars and restaurants in Turkey, but there are a few worth your time and money. Check out our quick guide!

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LGBT Friendly Bars & Restaurants In Turkey

Pinokyo Bar

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Since 2011, Pinokyo Bar has distinguished itself from other bars by offering a unique concept of entertainment. Among the characteristics that make it unique are drag shows, Zenne shows (male belly dancers), DJ performances, and special music nights including Latino Night, Arabic Night, and more.

Keep in mind that Pinokyo Bar is no longer operating exclusively as a gay bar, but it’s still classified as gay-friendly. Centrally located on the famous Istiklal Street, it provides a safe place for the LGBT community and it boasts tasty drinks, great music, and fun parties.

Address: Katip Mustafa Çelebi, Katip Mustafa Çelebi Mh. İstiklal Cd, Büyük Parmakkapı Sk. No 19, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey

Hotels Near Pinokyo Bar: The Parma Hotel Taksim, The Marmara Taksim, Witt Istanbul Hotel

Mor Kedi

A glass of beer in front of a rainbow wall

Mor Kedi is a lively gay bar located on the European side of Istanbul in the Taksim district. It’s within walking distance of Taksim Square and the Taksim Metro Station. It offers incredibly good yet cheap drinks, amazing food, and a laid-back atmosphere. The bar is mostly frequented by a young local crowd but it also attracts tourists.

Address: Katip Mustafa Çelebi, İpek Sk. no:16, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey

Hotels Near Cafe Mor Kedi: Gezi Hotel Bosphorus, InterContinental Istanbul, The Elysium Istanbul

Tekyon Club

A drag queen putting makeup on

Tekyon is the most famous gay club in Istanbul. It often hosts DJs, special-themed nights, and drag shows. The music played here is mostly Turkish and international pop, the prices are reasonable, and the club itself is very spacious. The area gets busy around 1 AM, so it’s best to come a bit earlier.

Address: Cihangir, Sıraselviler Cd. No:63/C, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey

Hotels Near Tekyon Club: CVK Taksim Hotel Istanbul, Avantgarde Hotel

Leymona Beach, Restaurant & Bar

A bartender serving a bright orange cocktail

Found in a calm area of Kas, Leymona offers semi-open dining areas, a cozy bar with stunning views of the sea, and a three-floor relaxing area surrounded by lemon and olive trees. The gay-friendly bar with a rainbow flag at the door offers incredible food and refreshing drinks. The ideal spot to enjoy a warm summer breeze while having your own space and tranquility.

Address: Andifli, Hastane Caddesi No:33, 07580 Kaş/Antalya, Turkey

Hotels Near Leymona: Saylam Suites, Oreo Hotel

DRAFT Gastropub – In Caddebostan

People eating burgers at a restaurant

Thanks to its super friendly service, DRAFT in Caddebostan continues to attract gay travelers seeking a welcoming bar. The charming spot offers craft beers and American-European mouthwatering dishes. Try hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken tenders, nachos, and more!

Make sure to take time to explore the gorgeous Caddebostan area famous for its Bağdat shopping street. It’s located on the Anatolian side of Istanbul and has top-rated attractions including Dalyan Park and clean beaches.

Address: Caddebostan, Bağdat Cd. 349/D, 34728 Kadıköy/İstanbul, Turkey

Hotels Near DRAFT Gastropub (Caddebostan): Doubletree by Hilton Istanbul Moda, Burgu Arjaan by Rotana

Rocinante Cafe Bar

People holding their shots with sliced lime at a bar

Rocinante Bar was formally operating as a lesbian bar, but it mostly attracts a gay male crowd today. Visit this vibrant spot if you enjoy live music and themed shows. Plus, it’s a great place to meet new friends and take in the cozy atmosphere of Istanbul!

Address: Şehit Muhtar, Öğüt Sk. No:6 kat:2, 34435 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey

Hotels Near Rocinante: SuB Karaköy, AKKA Lush Taksim

FAQ

What are the best LGBT-friendly bars and restaurants in Turkey?

The best gay bars and restaurants in Turkey are:

  • Pinokyo Bar

  • Mor Kedi

  • Leymona Beach, Restaurant & Bar

  • Tekyon Club

  • DRAFT Gastropub – In Caddebostan

  • Rocinante Cafe Bar

Are there any gay districts in Turkey?

No. However, the Taksim district in Istanbul has a thriving gay scene and offers several LGBT-friendly bars and restaurants that are safe for gay visitors.

Are there any gay-friendly hotels in Turkey?

You can find a gay-friendly hotel in Turkey, but there are no gay-only hotels. Most LGBT-friendly stays are 4 or 5-star hotels. They’re all very welcoming and safe.

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