Celebrate New Year Eve 2019 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 2018 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 ORTAKÖY:
It is a beautiful, very elegant and comfortable restaurant located on the Bosphorus where you can enjoy the fireworks on the Detroit. The menu consists of lots of small entries like tapas followed by a dish (with a choice of red meat and salmon), a dessert, appetizers and unlimited alcohol. DJ will play lounge music from 8pm to 11pm and then will make you dance from 11pm to 3am. The price is 395TL + 10% of tips 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 trendy club offers a menu at 1100TL with a dinner and unlimited alcohol from 8pm until 6am, alcohol is also available unlimitedly for the evening. If it’s just the club that interests you, the entrance is from 11pm, and the price is 400TL with unlimited alcohol, and 3000TL for a table of 4 people: www.rubyistanbul.com
GALA AT THE FOUR SEASONS BOSPHORUS:
This year the Four Seasons Bosphorus has taken the festivities seriously and had extravagant Christmas decorations installed throughout the hotel and also an ice rink on the banks of the Bosphorus. It offers a six-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 seabass, roast beef fillet and hazelnut crisp praline. You will also have the possibility to enjoy a concert of Meral Ataman and her orchestra, a Turkish singer. After midnight DJs 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 mythical hotel palace on the banks of the Bosphorus offers a chic new year in two of its restaurants. At the Tuğra, the menu concocted by a chef is based on morel ravioli, chartreuse and crab risotto, filet mignon with truffles and much more… With alcohol included the price is at 1000TL per person. Jazz and pop concerts are also planned. Kempinski’s other restaurant, the Laledan offers between 19 and 1h, an “à la carte” gala dinner and an after party at the Fumoir until the early hours of the morning. For more informations: www.kempinski.com.
On the night of December 31st, a very special New Year’s Eve party awaits those wishing to enter the new year while contemplating a magnificent view of Istanbul. The dinner will be hosted by Creative Kitchen’s chef Fabrice Canelle and chef Hiroki Takemura and will begin with a welcome cocktail at 8:00 pm, followed by a fine dinner.. After dinner DJ Evrim will accompany you throughout the night. The price is 990TL and includes unlimited service, dinner and alcohol throughout the evening. For those who want to go after midnight the drinks will be à la carte: www.sunsetgrillbar.com
The very elegant club / restaurant overlooking the Bosphorus from the Ulus Hill offers an unlimited 700TL meal and alcohol menu for the entire evening. You will have the choice to take what you want on the menu with an unlimited local alcohol selection. Then if you only come for the party club the price is 1000TL per person for unlimited alcohol at the tables or the small stands of the establishment. For more info or to book: www.ulus29.com
In the city
The recent concert hall of Beşiktaş, a popular, young, lively and pedestrian district in the center of Istanbul is hosting a White Party. Specially created for New Year’s Eve you will find according to these a Snow-White theme decoration for the New Year; a visual display on a giant LED screen with shows of lights and lasers. 5 DJs and 1 live performance will be present for the occasion. A nice evening where you can meet lots of local and international students. The price is 77TL for the evening without the drinks: www.ifperformance.com/besiktas
The W Hotel Istanbul organizes a wonderful eve party with a dinner starting at 7pm and local famous DJs that will run from midnight to 5 am.The price is very correct, it is 500TL for dinner and the evening with unlimited alcohol included. You can also enjoy the Beşiktaş district next door, a popular and lively district not to be missed! At the W Istanbul.
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 is a three-course meal with unlimited alcohol, the price is 790TL per person. For more information: www.perapalace.com
Karaköy’s lovely club / restaurant offers an Asian fusion menu followed by an electro party. You can also find a more underground paralel party in the basement. The price for the whole evening with dinner, unlimited alcohol and other small surprises is 700TL. If you come just for the evening you will have to spend a minimum of 300TL: mittekarakoy.com.tr
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 2019 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 2018.