Although homosexuality is still not widely accepted in Turkish culture, Istanbul's gay scene is growing, and it's becoming more commonplace to see 'out' members of the LGBTQ community in and around the Beyoğlu area. There are numerous gay bars and clubs in the city, although many of them fall in the seedy category. Tekyön is one of the best options, and is a safe and friendly place. It was previously a club for local "bears," but now attracts a more mixed crowd. Women are usually also welcome, although sometimes not during weekends when it's very busy. The club occasionally hosts male belly dancing and drag shows to entertain the crowds, but usually it's just DJs playing loud remixes of Turkish pop songs, techno, and house. There is plenty of space upstairs for chatting before the night gets underway and the dance floor fills up. There's no cover charge but drinks can be quite pricey.
63/1 Siraselviler Cad.
Our Rating Neighborhood Cihangir Hours Daily 10:30pm-5am Transportation Bus/metro: Taksim, then walk Phone 0533/377-2393 Web site Club Tekyön
Map63/1 Siraselviler Cad. Istanbul
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