Ulus 29 has been the gold standard for upscale Turkish nightlife for 16 years and has become a legend in an industry known for transience and caprice. Patrons can choose between an elegant, formal dining room with an incredible view of the Istanbul cityscape, the less formal Terrace Bar, which has its own DJ, or a world-class nightclub which features the latest in world dance music. The crowd is international and so is the menu; sushi complements more traditional continental and Turkish fare.
Ulus 29, Ahmet Adnan Saygun Caddesi, Ulus Parki Ici 1, Ulus, +90 (0)212 358 2929
Housed in an ancient three-storey Ottoman building that overlooks the waterfront park in Bebek, Kitchenette boasts a glorious raised brick terrace surrounded by trees and a breathtaking rooftop bar and is reminiscent of an English clubhouse in the Art Deco manner. The first-floor bar is for casual drinks and dining, the second floor contains the main restaurant, and the third floor is pure clubhouse with a library, lounge, and pool table. Jazz is on the playlist here, and the extensive French brasserie menu is reasonably priced
Kitchenette, Cevdetpaşa Caddesi, Ipek Sokak 1, Bebek, +90 (0)212 287 1161
Sunset sits high on a hill, with a panoramic vista of Istanbul. In the summer, the expansive outside terrace is where you want to be, but inside, a curved wall of windows gives the same out-of-doors feel. Sushi and continental/Turkish fusion both feature on the menu. The in-house herb garden and one of the best wine cellars in Istanbul mean that quality is king at Sunset; when Istanbullus want to impress, this is where they come.
Sunset, Adnan Aygun Caddesi, Yol Sokak 2, Ulus, +90 (0)212 287 0357
This is arguably the hottest bar in town, at least for the 30-and-up crowd, and whatever the time of day, you may have to wait for a table. Sit outside or in; the outside seating provides a quaint sidewalk café feel, apart from the paparazzi with zoom lenses across the street. It's impossible to miss the bevy of Maseratis and Ferraris parked at the curb. The interior décor is Clockwork Orange-funky, as is the music. Lucca's Spanish-inspired menu should fall within most travellers' budgets, but the main reason to come here is that a good time is guaranteed.
Lucca, Cevdetpaşa Caddesi 51, Bebek, +90 (0)212 257 1255
The building may look more like a ski lodge than a chic restaurant, but Masa is where ladies who lunch and businessmen with savoir faire unite. Diners look as though they have just stepped out of the boutiques that encircle the courtyard where Masa is located: these include Christian Dior, Bottega Veneta and Armani. Masa's menu is continental with a strong Italian bent, and the chef does the Italian dishes justice. After lunch, walk through Istinye Park to view one of the world's most thoughtfully designed malls.
Masa, Istinye Park, Maslak, +90 (0)212 345 5323