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Breaking cover: Istanbul's indie scene
The last decade has seen the development of a glamorous clubbing scene in Istanbul. Now the city also has a burgeoning alternative nightlife, and a new brand of indie music, just follow the people wearing the likes of Adidas shoes and scarlet tartan trousers and you’ll find the sound.
Beyoglu, the former European quarter to the north of the Golden Horn inlet of the Bosphorus, is home to much of Istanbul’s best nightlife, including the rock bars. Peyote, Peyote, a three-floored venue close to the fish market in Beyoglu – is the hub of the rock scene.
As well as Peyote, there's Dogzstar, Dogzstar, a venue hidden at the top of a flight of drab stairs. Inside is more glam than out, with gilt mirrors and leather sofas. Tickets are not sold in advance, punters just pay on the door.
If you want to know what’s what and even sing along to some of the tunes then check out the likes of Post Dial, Softa, She Past Away and Deff.
EasyJet flies to Istanbul from Gatwick and Luton. And the Anemon Galata Hotel has double rooms from around €117 per night, AnemonHotel