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Meyhane

Turkish culture guides. What is “meyhane?”

Meyhane is a tavern a traditional restaurant or bar in Turkey and the Balkans. The word is composed of two Farsi words: mey (wine) and hane (house). Meyhane serves alcoholic beverages like wine, rakı, vodka, beer etc with meze and traditional foods. Today a meyhane is either a cheap place, mostly serving the lower class people or a posh, pricy restaurant with traditional kind of music and entertainment.

Did you know Meyhane owners used to be called Barba, meaning “uncle” in Greek. They took an important place in cultural life and literature in İstanbul.

The best meyhanes around Istanbul are:

  • Eleos İstiklal Cad. No:231 Hidivyal Palas Beyoğlu Tel:0212 244 90 90 Ümraniye Mah. Yeşilbahçe Sok. No:9 Yeşilköy eleosrestaurant.com
  • Demet Şimşirci Sok. No:6/1 Cihangir demeti.com.tr 9-Ece Aksoy Asmalımescit Oteller Sok. No:9-B Tepebaşı Beyoğlu dokuzeceaksoy.com
  • Krependekiimroz Nevizade Sok. No:24 Beyoğlu krependekiimroz.com
  • Beyzade İstiklal Cad. Terkoz Çıkmazı Karacaaslan İş Merkezi No:4 Tünel Beyoğlu Tel:0212 243 22 25 E5 Karayolu Üzeri 120 Ada Fesh İş Hanı No:12 Beylikdüzü beyzade.net
  • Sofyali Asmalımescit Mah. Sofyalı Sok. No:9 Beyoğlu sofyali.com.tr
  • Kallavi İstiklal Cad. Kurabiye Sok. No:16 Beyoğlu kallavi20.net
  • Cumhuriyet Meyhanesi Nevizade Sok. Beyoğlu tarihicumhuriyetmeyhanesi.com
  • Zarifi Çukurçeşme Sok. No:13 Sıraselviler Beyoğlu zarifi.com.tr
  • Ziyade Fasıl Karanfil Cad. No:25 3. Levent Tel:0212 269 96 86 Yazmacı Tahir Sok. No:22 Sahil Yolu Suadiye Kadıköy ziyadefasil.com
  • Giritli Keresteci Hakkı Sok. Cankurtaran Ahırkapı giritlirestoran.com
  • Liman Rıhtım Cad. No:52-3 Yolcu Salon Üstü Kat:3 Karaköy capacapa.com

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