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Gonul Sokak 7B, Beyoglu, Istanbul, 34420, Turkey

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Great cocktails, Secret or underground

Before he opened his hole-in-the-wall bar deep in Istiklal Caddesi (Beyoglu’s boozing district), American Alex Waldman tended bar at a now-defunct speakeasy frequented by friends of friends who came for Waldman’s homemade bitters and liqueurs. They still do, though these days you’ll usually find someone else behind the bar. Seats are few, so expect to stand. Classic cocktails at this local haunt are as good as they get in Turkey.

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Alex's Place

Before he opened his hole-in-the-wall bar deep in Istiklal Caddesi (Beyoglu’s boozing district), American Alex Waldman tended bar at a now-defunct speakeasy frequented by friends of friends who came for Waldman’s homemade bitters and liqueurs. They still do, though these days you’ll usually find someone else behind the bar. Seats are few, so expect to stand. Classic cocktails at this local haunt are as good as they get in Turkey.