Beyoglu District and the Galata Tower, Istanbul, Turkey
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Istanbul Rock Bars

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Kemanci Rock Bar

Kemanci Rock Bar

Istanbul's oldest rock bar offers 3 floors of rock, hard rock and heavy metal to a a largely youngish crowd. Once situated under the old Galata Bridge, Kemanci is now located in the nightlife centre. ...more »

  • Location: Taksim
  • Type: Bars
Shaft

Shaft

Grungy rock fans gather in one of the first blues and rock stages in the city, Shaft. Located on the Asian part in the Kadikoy district, this bar provides a unique opportunity to see the local rock music scene ...more »

  • Location: Kadikoy - Asian side
  • Type: Rock Bars
  • Tel: +90 533 541 25 14
Haymatlos Bar and Performance Venue

Haymatlos Bar and Performance Venue

Haymatlos is one of Istiklal Street's best kept nightlife secrets. Tucked away down a dark passage, this large venue hosts regular rock, R&B, jazz and ethnic music concerts. ...more »

  • Location: Istiklal Street
  • Type: Live Music
  • Tel: +90 212 243 5535
Caravan Rock Bar

Caravan Rock Bar

Combining cheap beer with good rock and heavy metal music, Caravan Rock Bar is a popular hangout for students. It's situated just off the famous Fish Market in Taksim. ...more »

  • Location: Beyoglu
  • Type: Bars
  • Tel: +90-212-2434247
Dorock Rock Bar

Dorock Rock Bar

Situated just off Istiklal Street, Dorock Rock Bar plays a good range of heavy metal, '80's thrash and early '90's classics with live acts regularly taking to the stage. ...more »

  • Location: Istiklal Street
  • Type: Bars
Arsen Lupen Bar

Arsen Lupen Bar

Arsen Lupen is known for its friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere. This Taksim bar is a popular hangout for intellectuals and plays a range of alternative music. ...more »

  • Location: Beyoglu
  • Type: Bars

Our Local Experts say:

Rock music is an integral part of Istanbul's vibrant music scene, with many dedicated rock bars scattered around the city. 

From classic rock to hard rock, heavy metal and more, there's certainly no shortage of venues large and small. Most of the rock bars in Istanbul are concentrated around the Beyoğlu-Taksim district, with a few over on the Asian side in Kadıköy.

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Rock'n Coke

Rock'n Coke

17 Jul - 19 Jul
Festival

One of Istanbul's funnest and most raucous events, Rock'n Coke is a must if you're in the city... more »

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