Fosil opened in late 2013, i njecting a bit of nightlife into a neighborhood mostly known for its café scene. Accessed via a long, dark, curtained corridor (and an elevator ride to the third floor), like many of Istanbul’s best bars it feels like stumbling upon a hidden gem. Decorated in a style best described as industrial chic, this is a spacious bar with various seating options (from comfy leather sofas to bar stool around circular tables) available. The biggest selling point, however, is its dramatic view: Floor-to-ceiling windows open out onto the water with views across the Bosphorus to the Asian side of the city and across the Golden Horn to Topkapi Palace. Its indie rock musical slant makes a refreshing change from the house music played in most of the city's clubs, and on weekend nights the tables are cleared to make a spacious dance floor. Food is available during the day and evenings, with an extensive international menu of burgers, salads, pasta, and cooked breakfasts. There is also a decent cocktail menu to choose from, although not always available when it's too packed on weekend nights, when you may have to do as the locals do and opt for  beer or a short.