Babylon

Istanbul's premier concert site stages Turkish fusion, world, jazz, rock and electronic music shows. Fans fight for tickets to the monthly Oldies but Goldies parties

This is a popular venue for music concerts full of hip and cosmopolitan chain-smoking Turks in black.

There are frequent live concerts so it's a good idea to buy your ticket earlier in the day to avoid the long line. Previous artists included jazz performers Charlie Hunter, Leon Parker, and Harriet Tubman, but more often than not, the musicians are lesser-known imports playing an eclectic (even weird) fusion of music.

For reservations and tickets, try to get somebody who can speak Turkish for you or log onto Babylon. Open Tuesday to Saturday 9pm to 4am. Closed July 20 through September 20.