Celebrate New Year Eve in Istanbul
Like every year many of you are asking us the question: “where to celebrate New Year Eve in Istanbul?”. This year, for security reasons, the municipalities of the city haven’t organized anything, but there are still plenty of places to celebrate between restaurants, concerts, boats or nightclubs, here are some addresses as well as tips for a successful 31 December 2016 in Istanbul:
A little history and some tips:
You’ll quickly see the enthusiasm of locals for this celebration during your walks in the city where Christmas decorations richly adorn the streets and buildings; Christmas trees are everywhere. Like the Christmas celebrations in the West, the Istanbulites celebrate New Year, the christmas tree, indispensable part of the festivities, is called the New Year tree. We exchange gifts during that evening, and another tradition is that women wear red underwear for a lucky new year.
Many prefer to spend this special night at home or at private parties, but Istanbul is so populous that all establishments are always full. Our number 1 tip is to book as soon as possible, and especially not to go randomly in an area or a restaurant at the risk of spending your evening in a tourist trap.
If you want to party until the early morning we advise you to opt for a establishment proposing the dinner & the party, or to choose a restaurant near the party spot you want to attend. Otherwise, you may spend the transition to the new year in the traffic or on the sidewalk looking for a cab!
If you do not feel like doing something special for the end of year, a good option is to go to Turkish cuisine restaurants, particularly those offering kebab or fish. Find our addresses here and here. These restaurants won’t offer no “new year” menu and are characterised by their fresh products and impeccable service. Think to call for reservations.
The common feature of all these parties is that you will have to spend. It is impossible to find a beautiful place with a view or in a beautiful setting at the low price. The enthusiasm of Istanbulites and tourists for the New Year has contributed to a real inflation: practically all the major hotels, restaurants and nightclubs are offering new year packages that include the dinner and the evening. In general everything is included (alcohol and dinner), but think about asking if you find a place that is not in our list.
Now that you read our tips, here are our addresses; we tried to put something for everyone, if there are some places you found and you want our opinion do not hesitate to share them comment.
On the Bosphorus
Even though this year there is still no fireworks on the Bosphorus organized by the city, the Bosphorus remains a magical place and it will be enlightened at midnight by the fireworks of nightclubs and cruise boats.
House Cafe Ortakoy :
This is a beautiful, very stylish and comfortable restaurant located on the Bosphorus from where you can enjoy the fireworks on the Detroit. The menu consists of a three course meal (with choice between meat and fish), aperitifs and unlimited alcohol. A DJ will play lounge music from 8pm to 11pm and then dance from 11pm to 3am. The price is 275TL per person and covers all consumption from 8pm to 3 in the morning, after 3am they will serve soups for those who want: www.thehousecafe.com
Also located on the Bosphorus, this trendy club offers a menu of 750TL with dinner and unlimited alcohol. Alcohol is also unlimited for the evening. If it’s just the club that interests you, the price of the party without dinner is 500TL with unlimited alcohol. You can also reserve tables but it is immediately much more expensive: www.anjelique.com.tr
Babylon Bomonti :
The legendary concert venue of Istanbul that has moved in the Bomonti district in an old beer factory offers an evening “Oldies but Goldies”, you can dance to classical artists hits as The Cure, Duran Duran, James Brown or even Madonna. The artistic complex is composed of several restaurants, bars and art galleries that are worth seeing. The party begins at 10pm, is the entry price is 67TL. To buy the tickets: babylon.com.tr
Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah :
A dinner followed by a party takes place in the ballroom of the famous Pera Palace and promises to be spectacular. This is an opportunity to live a good evening that will remind you the times of the Orient Express. During dinner a band will interpret a varied repertoire from Turkish and foreign pop songs, but also classical and salsa music. A DJ will then take over to party through the night.
The menu price is 525TL per person with unlimited alcohol. For reservations and have a look to the menu send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nardis Jazz Club :
The Galata Jazz club offers as every year a jazz concert. You will attend the performance of the very talented Şenay Lambaoğlu Quintet. The concert starts at 9:30pm and the price of the entry is 80 TL. You can buy tickets at the counter, but do not stay late. Before the concert you can go for a tour to the wine cellar just next door, the Sensus Sarap Evi. www.nardisjazz.com
Hilton Convention Center:
Every year, the Hilton organizes a huge concert to celebrate your New Years Eve gathering the hottest Turkish music stars of the moment such as Kerimcan Durmaz, Yasin Keleş, Caner Çalışır, Ümit Peynircioğlu, Ece Gürsel & Dj Sözden. The atmosphere promises to be original! The price of the single entry is 164TL and can rise up to 4200TL for a table of 8 people. For more informations: www.biletix.com
Cruising on the Bosphorus
New Years may be the only time we can recommend the very touristic cruise on the Bosphorus with shows and dinner included. Prices are between € 100 and € 150.
During this evening then you will cruise the Bosphorus between Asia and Europe passing along the Ottoman Palace, luxury villas and you will admire the panorama of Istanbul at night. The most is that you will be at midnight in the middle of the Bosphorus to start 2016 under the lights fireworks and the Bosphorus Bridge.
We wish you in advance an happy new year from all the team of tooistanbul.com, and we thank all our customers and readers of 2016.