Club 29 (Ulus 29 Istanbul)
To get to Club 29 you must cross the majestic Bosphorous in a boat. Once on the Asian side of the river the lavish al fresco space reveals itself as a series of spacious, tented Oriental-style rooms. There’s a pool, a sun terrace and a canopied restaurant filled with oil lamps, muslin drapes and floor cushions to lounge on. The restaurant has spectacular views of the river as does the club adjoining it, and there are various open-air areas to catch your breath. Models, moguls, celebrities and rocks stars, among them David Byrne, are regulars, and the staff and husband-and-wife team behind this gem are the most gracious and generous of hosts. Despite the Oriental appearance music is a cutting-edge mix of Western and Oriental beats, and there’s not a belly dancer in sight.