Karga is not only a much loved bar, but also a much esteemed art and culture center.
On the first two storeys of Karga, there is a bar decorated with authentic soulful, mostly preused and/or recycled pieces, hand picked by the owners of the place. The atmosphere is always warm (not only because of the nice fireplace) and lively with an amazingly eclectic musical repertoire, which reflects the hard core policy of the bar of ‘not belonging to anything!’
Most of the customers are regulars who look like, and many are, old friends. The atmosphere is such an encouraging, accepting one, even if you are a first timer, or just a visitor, it is not difficult at all to blend in and establish new friendships. The more chaotic the better they like the place> again a powerful emphasis on not belonging to any categorization.
Karga has a nice, rich and reasonably priced menu along with especially cheap beer, and other drinks. Everything is facilitating customer loyalty, hence so many frequenters. They also have a small courtyard downstairs where you can enjoy a late-afternoon beer.
On the upper two floors, they have an art gallery called Karga Art. They host many different but all very engaging art organizations, and events. You can stumble upon a film production workshop, an internationally renown comics writer and artist, a dance studio, or some other activity.
On 26th October they celebrated their 15th year in business, which is a rare thing for such off the beaten track places in Istanbul.