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Amazing Balcan rythms!

What a great place to hang out! We've had our best experience of live Balkan music and cheap beer... read more

Reviewed 25 September 2016
Great International Music

Great place for enjoying a night of international music in Istanbul. The drinks were okay. A bit... read more

Reviewed 7 January 2016
Shravan M
Herndon, Virginia
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25 Sep 2016
“Amazing Balcan rythms!”
7 Jan 2016
“Great International Music”
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Istiklal Cad. Balo Sok. No:32 K:5 | Istiklal, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed 25 September 2016

What a great place to hang out! We've had our best experience of live Balkan music and cheap beer in Istanbul. Splendid reunion party with dancing till the late night hours. Most recommened place by our local friend!

Date of experience: October 2015
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Reviewed 7 January 2016

Great place for enjoying a night of international music in Istanbul. The drinks were okay. A bit diluted. The DJ played all kinds of music from Hip-hop, Pop, Russian, Indian, Arabic, Turkish, etc.

Date of experience: February 2015
1  Thank Shravan M
Reviewed 24 October 2015

I tried searching for the place but could not find it. The google map location took me to a club called Club Luke or something like that. The club is ok, and not very big. Like almost everyone in Taksim, the club too tried to...More

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank adityatibrewala
Reviewed 20 September 2015

Pretty oriental experience. You don't expect digital or pure electronic music here. very cosmopolitan, safe and friendly. Just think about your way back to your place if you do not know the area well.

Date of experience: August 2015
1  Thank Hadi T
Reviewed 14 June 2015 via mobile

Araf Bar is located in the very famous pedestrian street in Beyoğlu,with very easy transportation manner,metro and tram. This is a very good and friendly spot where you can enjoy the time all night long.Try to be there after 11pm as the live music usually...More

Date of experience: June 2015
1  Thank junior1907
Reviewed 5 June 2014

If you're interested with the "world music", and if you like dancing and want to have real fun, you really have to go to that place.

Date of experience: March 2014
Thank Sedasi
Reviewed 1 June 2014 via mobile

Yes there is a nice place to have some good drinks and the music also good but the service iş the little slow other way l was going to give five star

Date of experience: April 2014
Thank apodidim
Reviewed 16 April 2014

I lived in Istanbul for 3 months in 2011. This was the only bar that i really had fun. Everybody was happy, dancing around. A lot of people from other coutries. Good place to drink, dance and have fun

Date of experience: May 2013
Thank Bruna_F_Lopes
Reviewed 9 March 2014

Visited Araf on an off-peak March weeknight. The place only had about 25-30 people but the band was jamming and the people were really into the music. Drinks weren't cheap but the place had a very accepting, care-free vibe...It is supposedly a favorite spot for...More

Date of experience: March 2014
1  Thank Louie C
Reviewed 3 March 2014 via mobile

I've been in Araf twice while visiting Turkey. And both times it was great! Good, very good music and nice atmosphere. The bar is on the roof so you have beautiful view. Everything is great here except cocktails, seems that they don't know how to...More

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Istanbul’s most famous street, pedestrianized Istiklal
Caddesi (Independence Avenue), throbs day and night
and offers a fantastic array of architectural sights,
shops, treats, and throngs upon teeming throngs of
people. At the avenue’s northeastern end is expansive
Taksim Square, thought by many to be the very heart of
the city, with many of Turkey’s most renowned
restaurants and some of Europe’s most happening
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