lesbian life has become very visible since early 2000's
especially in Istanbul and several lesbian venues were
opened in recent years. Until recently lesbians used to be
minority in gay life of Istanbul, and they had to go to some
of the gay bars because there were indeed few lesbian people
that could go out comfortably. The main reason for this
might be the women in general are not approved to go out on
their own and stay late after midnights even if they are
from modern families, partly also because of security
reasons. This was just the opposite for gay men, because
they would go out and stay late, using the male-oriented
In fact culturally being lesbian can be more tolerated than
being a gay men in Turkey. For instance, in the macho
culture of the country "a girl like a boy" is a praising
phrase while to be a boy like a girl is fairly humiliating.
The society is also changing fast in recent years and as a
result of the changing mentality, women in general including
lesbians have more freedom than they used to have until several
years ago. Internet has also helped a lot for these positive
changes and Turkish lesbians are now more visible on the
internet. There are numerious local lesbian chat channels, dating
and personals websites and groups uniting Turkish lesbians.
Lesbian Venues in Istanbul:
Bigudi Club (10:00 - 05:00)
Lesbian exclusive only on Saturday nights.
Address: Istiklal Caddesi, Mis Sokak No. 5 (terrace floor)
Taksim/Beyoglu, Istanbul (See
Bigudi is the first lesbian-exclusive venue of Istanbul and
Turkey. The venues was closed and re-opened several
times and has changed address at least 4 times since they
opened some 6-7 years ago. The address above is valid as of
mid 2014. It is open to lesbians only on Saturdays from
10:00 pm until 05. Although they open by 10 pm, the place
usually becomes busy after 11:30. It is located on Mis Sokak, a small street
connecting to Istiklal, not far from Taksim square (on the
right side if you walk from Taksim). The venue is on the
terrace floor of the building with street #5. There is a
regular cafe called 'Altin Plak' at the entrance floor
of the same building.
Facebook.com/pages/Bigudi_Club (only for lesbians od
Facebook.com/pages/Sarlo Cafe Pub (for gay & lesbians
mix on other nights)
"Club is free to enter on Friday
nights. There is entrance fees on Saturday nights. Only
women are allowed to enter to the club. The music is mixture
of Turkish and European pop and the DJ is fairly good."
Rocinante Cafe & Bar (11:00 am - 02:00 am)
Address: Sakiz Agaci Caddesi, Ogut Sokak No:6/2 (2nd floor)
See Google Map
Ogut Sokak is a alley/street somewhere behind the small
mosque (Aga Camii) on Istiklal Avenue. Rocinante was not an
officially declared as a lesbian venue previously but it was
a visible gathering spot for especially butch lesbians for
many years. It is been turned into a typical gay venue
(cafe & bar) since early 2013, but it can still be
considered as a lesbian friendly venue.
Catwalk Women Club Closed in a very short time
SSS WomenClub Opened and closed down in 2012
Karantina Closed down in 2010, short time after
it was opened.
Backbahce It was part of a gay club (Barbahce), which
closed down completely in February 2010.
Lesbian - Friendly Gay
Gizli Bahce -
23:30 - 05:00 (Friday-Saturday)
Sokak No:15, Galatasarayi Beyoğlu, Istanbul. Google
Gizli Bahce is not a gay / lesbian place officially and it
is not a place where you would see lesbians all the time.
But it is still considered as a gay / lesbian friendly venue
unofficially and it is quite likely to meet other lesbians
there. It is also used as a meeting point by lesbians on
special occasions. The street it is located on (Nevizade)
is one of the most popular cafe, bar & restaurant street in
Beyoglu with tables on the street usually filled with people
drinking, eating and chatting. Gizli Bahce also has few
tables on the street but its main venue is upstairs and it
also has a terrace facing the other side of the building,
which is probably inspiration of the venues name (means
23:30 - 05:00 (Friday-Saturday)
Caddesi no: 349 Harbiye Istanbul. Google
club is located in Harbiye district, on the main avenue
about 15-20 minutes walking distance to Taksim Square. It is
better to take a texi after midnight. An honest taxi ride
should cost round 5 lira (2-3 Euros). It is open on Friday
and Saturday nights. Saturday is the most busy night and
there are some good shows usually. They are rigid about the
admission fee on Saturday nights. The tickets are around
10-15 Euro but you will get 1 drink with it, which is a
typical price and practice in similar clubs. If it is the
first time you are going there it is hard to notice the
venue at first sight. The entrance is on a very narrow
street, down the steps from the main avenue. It is just
round the corner of a linens shop called English Home, which
is easier to notice with a big obtrusive sign-board. If you
take taxi from Taksim tell the driver that you will get off
at "Askeri Muze" /Military museum in Harbiye. The
club is across the main street with respect to Askeri Muze building.
Club (22:00 - 05:00)
Address: Halaskargazi Caddesi No: 113 Osmanbey,
Neo Club was re-opened in late 2013, which a
popular gay club until it was closed some 4-5 years ago.
busy on Friday and Saturday nights like other similar
European style clubs such as Love, X Large etc. On various nights, you can see Go Go boy,
Drag Queen, and variety of other similar shows. The shows are
performed in European standards. The club is located very
close to Osmanbey exit of metro station (next station after
Taksim), some 300 meters further away from Love club, if you
come from Taksim direction.
The price, atmosphere and clientele of
Love Club and Neo are very similar, where you can also see
some lesbian women frequently. In fact lesbians can be seen
in any other gay bars, if not very often.
click here for a complete list of gay bars and clubs in
Lesbians on the Internet
Please note that there are dozens of
websites and chat channels for Turkish lesbians but here we
are only listing few of them which have English content.
Turkish Lesbians Personals and Dating
Yahoo group aiming to bring Turkish lesbians with the
English speaking lesbians overseas.
Click Here to Join !
Turkish gay and lesbian liberation organization located in
Address: Istiklal Caddesi (street) Tel Sokak (lane) Katip
Celebi Mahallesi (locality) 28/5, Kat:4 (4th floor) Beyoglu
Phone:+90212 245 70 68
Locating Tel Sokak (lane)
Turkey's first exclusively gay lesbian magazine which also
formed a gay&lesbian rights organization in capital city
Kaos GL Culture centerl
Open Wednesday, Thursday Friday Saturday between 14:00 -
Address: Gazi Mustafa Kemal Bulvari, 29/12 Demirtepe,
Kizilay / ANKARA
Phone/ Fax: 0312 230 03 58