Destination: Istanbul

Gay Destination Travel Guide


Amazingly beautiful, Layers of History,  Fun Gay clubs and sexy men.  A fantastic travel destination for Gay men.

Istanbul is a most awesome travel destination. It’s most everything a Gay man would want.  It is a stunningly beautiful and historic city.   There is tremendous Christian  and Muslim history.   Its monuments and buildings span over 2,000 years.  It is s surrounded by beautiful seas and waterways.  It’s alive and very friendly.  The food is fantastic.  The street art is incredible.  It’s inexpensive. There are Gay clubs, bars, saunas and sex venues.  And its also easy to meet Gay men on the streets, at bars and via Grindr and Scruff.  And for most visitors, the tourist visa is simple and easy to obtain online.


The Gay Neighborhood: Taksim /Beyoğlu

Its not a typical Gay neighborhood. You won’t find and rainbow sidewalks, but this is where you will see a lot of openly Gay men, and Gay venues.  And its a great area to stay and hang out.

Heading out from Takim Sqare is  İstiklal Caddesi, Istanbul’s most famous and likely street.  It is a long pedestrian street lined with restaurants, shops, bars, ice cream parlors, and coffee house.  It has a fantastic energy and always filled with people in the evening.   And you see all types of people, from traditional Muslim families to groups of hot openly-Gay guys.  There are many monumental, historic and beautiful building all along the street.  Down the center of the street is the famous and very picturesque street car line.

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Gay Bars

Haspa Bar:  Popular Gay Bar with male belly-dancers and Turkish music. Go in the evening before you head to the late night dance clubs. Located close to Club Tekyion.  Siraselviler Caddesi, No: 14/1, Beyoglu, Istanbul

Opened since 2010, Haspa Bar has quickly become a popular gay bar in Istanbul, with go-go dancer, Zenne, karaoke, live music and shows. The bar plays traditional Turkish music on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Special activities start from 9:30pm.

Mor Kedi Cafe & Bar: One of the most vibrant gay bar cafes. Popular with young guys.    Istiklal Cad. Imam Adnan Sok, No: 7 (3rd floor) Beyoglu, Istanbul


Rocinante Bar: A previously well-know bar which reopened in 2017.  Popular with Gay Guys now. Ogut Sokak, No:6, Kat 2 (2nd floor),   Beyoglu, Istanbul. 20:00 – 02:00

Pinokyo Sahne: Gay Bar with live music shows most nights of the week.  Istiklal Cad. Buyukparmakkapi Sk, No: 26, (entrance floor), Beyoglu, Istanbul. 20:00 – 02:00

Durak Pub:  The more sleezy Gay Bar in Istanbul.  A bit far from Taksim. But more manly, hairy, and bit older crowd than the others.   Murat Pasa Sokak, No: 9, Yusufpasa, Aksaray, Istanbul 19:00 – 02:00


Gay Dance Clubs

Club Tekyon: The most well known Gay Club in Istanbul.  It gets busy most every night after midnight. The crowd is local and Gay visitors rom around the world.  its a big underground club space.  Instagram 

 LoVe Dancepoint: Small Dance Club that draws the hot sexy & sophisticated party guys on the weekend.  After midnight.



Cheeky: Great after-hours dance  club with exceptional music, hot men, and a very active Dark Room.

Super Fabric:  Newer Gay Dance club. Venue for brand-name parties.   Cumhuriyet Caddesi No: 42  Elmadag / Sisli, Istanbul, Turkey. check for evet times.  Late night.


Gay Sauna

Aquarius Sauna: Modern Gay Sauna, open 24/7 Istiklal Caddesi, Sadri Alisik Sokak, 29/1 Taksim-Beyoglu, Istanbul.


Cihangir Sauna:  Sauna with dark room, cafe and bar.   Altipatlar Sokak, No: 14 Cukurcuma / Beyoglu / Istanbul

Firuzagha Hamam:  Small older traditional Turkish Bath house, popular with Gay men. Cukurcuma Cd. No: 6   Cukurcuma, Beyoglu   10:00 – 23:00


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