For decades, Taksim was the main vein of Istanbul’s nightlife. Taksim is still a great alternative for nightlife seekers. However, in the last couple years, Kadıköy district on the Asian side has been on the rise. We can even say that Kadıköy is the new Taksim!
Whenever I go to Kadıköy at night, my way passes from Kadife sokak, a street full of bars. But in such a street full of all sorts of bars, you have to know where to go. Karga is one of my favourites among them. It has a tiny lit crow (karga in Turkish) sign on top of its wooden door. Watch out for the sign, it is a bit hard to notice (see the picture).
Karga is a funky, dimly lit bar inside a three-floor historic building with alternative music, DJs & avant-garde art. Its wooden decoration and dim lighting give a rustic, gloomy and modest ambience to the place.
Besides coming over to have a beer, I also like to go there in winter to have a glass of wine in front of their fireplace. The top floor is used as an art space for occasional exhibitions and concerts. So it’s better if you check their online pages before you go.