Dogsztar was a pioneer of Istanbul's new and youthful nightlife scene. Having grown out of its original home, it has moved to a new address off Istiklal Caddesi, where it continues to be one of the best places in town for a fun Friday or Saturday night with a mixed crowd, live music and DJs playing the latest cutting-edge sounds for a young and hip audience.
Beyoğlu is Istanbul's nightlife hub, with an ever-growing portfolio of clubs, café-bars and live music venues which open, close and change name with bewildering speed. Pricey rooftop bars are the latest trend here, in Galatasaray, and in the equally hip Ortaköy area. Across the water on the Asian side of Bosphorus, Kadikoy has also become a happening after-dark district. At the glitzy end of the scale, ostentation, posturing and an exclusive door policy are what it's all about - so, unless you can afford to spend (and tip) like a superstar, avoid.
Time Out Istanbul (www.timeoutistanbul.com) is an English-language monthly magazine with entertainment listings, features and reviews. The Turkish Daily News, the English-language daily newspaper, also has entertainment and listings. Tickets for most cultural events are available at Biletix outlets (www.biletix.com).