Celebrate New Year Eve in Istanbul
Like every year, many of you are asking us the question: “where to celebrate the New Year Eve in Istanbul?”. This year 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 2017 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 lots of small tapas-style appetizers followed by a dish (with a choice of meat and fish), a dessert, sides and unlimited alcohol. A DJ will play lounge music from 8pm to 11pm and then will make you dance from 11pm to 3am. The price is 295TL 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
Located on the shores of the Bosphorus, this new trendy club propose a menu at 880 TL with a dinner and unlimited alcohol from 8pm until 6 am, alcohol is also unlimited during all the party. If it’s just the club that interests you, the entrance is from 11pm, the price is 450TL with unlimited alcohol. You can also book tables but this is more expensive: www.rubyistanbul.com
Gala at the Four Seasons Bosphorus:
For the first time this year, guests are invited for a festive gala dinner at the Bosphorus Ballroom. A special performance by the famous Turkish soloist Barbaros will be accompanied by a five-course menu and unlimited premium drinks. Savaş Aydemir, the hotel’s talented chef and his team offer a special New Year menu: royal crab leg, lasagnetta with mushrooms, wild bar, roast beef fillet and hazelnut crisp praline. After midnight a DJ will take control of the evening. The menu is 1150TL per person and 550TL for children between 6 and 12 years old: www.fourseasons.com/bosphorus
The Bebek Taps Brewery on the banks of the Bosphorus offers a New Year’s Eve party with a menu featuring Turkish tapas and sharing dishes, unlimited alcohol including their own beer (not bad at all) as well as DJs who will succeed to make you have a good evening. The price of the complete program (meal + party) is 295 TL, and for just the party the price is 190 TL: www.tapsbebek.com
This very beautiful (and very tasty) Asian fusion restaurant with one of the most beautiful views of Istanbul on the Bosphorus, offers a New Year Eve dinner at 450 TL per head based on the gastronomy of the Far East. This price includes unlimited food and alcohol for the entire evening. After dinner a DJ will take over and will make you dance until the early morning: www.banyanrestaurant.com
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 90TL. 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’s price is 595TL per person with unlimited alcohol. For reservations and have a look to the menu send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Kadiköy rock bar offers a New Year’s Eve party with live local rock bands and DJs. The concert hall is also full of other surprises such as the draw of a pot to start the year 2018 with gifts. For more information, visit: www.dorockxl.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 € 150 and € 200.
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 2018 under the lights fireworks and the Bosphorus Bridge.
We wish you in advance all our best wishes from the whole team of tooistanbul.com, and we would like to thank all our readers and valued customers of the 2017.