Alexandra Cocktail Bar
Located in the increasingly trendy Arnavutköy neighbourhood, Alexandra serves signature cocktails in a cosy setting. The bar’s two most popular drinks are the ‘Passi Flo Ra,’ which features Beefeater gin mixed with cucumber, lemongrass and a citrus blend, and the aptly named ‘Knock Knock,’ which includes Jameson whiskey, bergamot and a citrus blend and can be ordered by knocking on the counter twice. Be sure to head up to the rooftop terrace to enjoy your drink across from a spectacular Bosphorus view.
A cocktail bar-meets-gastro pub, Finn Karaköy stands out among the numerous bars in its vicinity thanks to its signature cocktails. You can try the popular ‘Pink Panther,’ which features Beefeater gin mixed with mastic liqueur, rosemary, raspberry, cranberry and a citrus blend, or you can visit on a Tuesday night to craft your own drink at Finn’s weekly cocktail workshop event.
5 Cocktails & More
The new ‘it’ bar in Asmalımescit, 5 Cocktails & More specialises in cocktails with inventive names like the trendy ‘Don’t Tell Mama.’ Whether it’s a girly cocktail or a stiff drink you’re after, you’re guaranteed to find something you like. The bar tends to get overcrowded on weekends, so it’s best to grab a seat and get happy hour started as early as you can.
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