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Be careful about Taksim Sq. and Istiklal St. area

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Be careful in Taksim square and Istiklal street (Turkish: İstiklâl Caddesi; then main walking street of Istanbul with lots of shops and restaurants and at night street performers).

Maybe several years ago only Aksaray area in Istanbul had a bad reputation for unsafe bars where they charge you with 500 TL (about 200 US$) for a drink with a nasty ugly girl just sitting beside you. The menu of these places shows 500 TL for single wine drink !!!!.

But nowadays Taksim area has also become unsafe with similar old tricks. Usually there are guys hanging out on Taksim Sq. or on Istiklal St. and they approach you with this trick that looking at the girls are free and you do not need pay anything. When questioned, they claim that these bars are legal and bad things happen only in Aksaray, not here in prestigious area like Taksim. But they are lying. Bad things are happening in Taksin as well. For your safety, please do not even look at these guys when they address you on the street and do not talk with them.

For example, there is a bar in one of the alleys of Istiklal St. on the right hand (when heading down the street from Taksim Sq.) with a neon sign of "DEEP" club. Do not go to this place. There is a narrow staircase going up and there you see 4-5 girls dancing. There is a sister club one or two alleys away with the similar manager and same trick. In this bar the staircase goes down and with the same story. This will happen in a bad memory from your trip to Istanbul and maybe 1000 TL charge for two drinks or bad fight and similar problems which ruin your travel. Hope to be useful.

I saw this to happen about 1 month ago in March 2015

    

 

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Be careful in Taksim square and Istiklal street (Turkish: İstiklâl Caddesi; then main walking street of Istanbul with lots of shops and restaurants and at night street performers).

Maybe several years ago only Aksaray area in Istanbul had a bad reputation for unsafe bars where they charge you with 500 TL (about 200 US$) for a drink with a nasty ugly girl just sitting beside you. The menu of these places shows 500 TL for single wine drink !!!!.

But nowadays Taksim area has also become unsafe with similar old tricks. Usually there are guys hanging out on Taksim Sq. or on Istiklal St. and they approach you with this trick that looking at the girls are free and you do not need pay anything. When questioned, they claim that these bars are legal and bad things happen only in Aksaray, not here in prestigious area like Taksim. But they are lying. Bad things are happening in Taksin as well. For your safety, please do not even look at these guys when they address you on the street and do not talk with them.

For example, there is a bar in one of the alleys of Istiklal St. on the right hand (when heading down the street from Taksim Sq.) with a neon sign of "DEEP" club. Do not go to this place. There is a narrow staircase going up and there you see 4-5 girls dancing. There is a sister club one or two alleys away with the similar manager and same trick. In this bar the staircase goes down and with the same story. This will happen in a bad memory from your trip to Istanbul and maybe 1000 TL charge for two drinks or bad fight and similar problems which ruin your travel. Hope to be useful.

I saw this to happen about 1 month ago in March 2015

 

This is so annoying in Turkey. It is not bad just for the person who gets robbed, but also bad for the whole country´s economy. I travelled with my friend first time in Turkey years ago. We travelled for 2 weeks together and loved the country, never got scammed a lot except by the taxi drivers and this happens almost every where in the world. But I had to leave to the Marmaris and my buddy staid 1 extra night in Istanbul alone. He got scammed by the same way at the club. Met a guy on the street, then went to the bar with him, had a couple drinks, then the guy left and my buddy asked for a bill and it was 700TL. He had to go the ATM, withdraw more cash and pay the bill.

After that every time I see him, he keeps telling how bad place Turkey is and he keeps telling this to everyone. This is why Turkey gets so bad reputation and it is sad because there are still good people over there.

 

BTW. It seems like this "DEEP Club" you are talking about has a facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Taksim-DEEP-CLUB/273914319463065?sk=timeline

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Agree Dear "Mapes"! This has bad effects on Turkish economy and tourism industry. It is the first time that I see their page on Facebook. Thank you for sharing this information. Turkish people are mostly nice people. But some people like the managers of this club for their own dirty profit do evry thing unfortunately. There are other nice clubs (live DJ) with nice girls to chat and dance on Istiklal st. with about 40 TL entrance fee including a drink. This is completely a reasonable price for one person, not 500 TL for a drink with one or two girls that impose themselves on you.  

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Agree Dear "Mapes"! This has bad effects on Turkish economy and tourism industry. It is the first time that I see their page on Facebook. Thank you for sharing this information. Turkish people are mostly nice people. But some people like the managers of this club for their own dirty profit do evry thing unfortunately. There are other nice clubs (live DJ) with nice girls to chat and dance on Istiklal st. with about 40 TL entrance fee including a drink. This is completely a reasonable price for one person, not 500 TL for a drink with one or two girls that impose themselves on you.  

I agree 40 TL for entrance and drink is reasonable. This is about $20. This nightclub scam can happen anywhere in Turkey, so be a careful!

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Guys , 

 

It is impossible you charged in a Bar 700 TL for a couple drinks. I guess your friend invite a girl to table and buy her a couple drink too. The girls are consurmatress and drinks you offered to her includes consurmation fee which wil cost you around 50 to 250 TL for each drink she has. And she will finish a drink in 30 minutes will ask for more if you are not going to buy she will leave the table. And it is really rare that you can get laid with these girls. So don't waste your time in this kind of places use escort services will be much more cheaper than coupleof drink and will be with happy ending. Please don't order anything anywere in Turkey without having the Menu with prices. And don't forget you always rights to go and complain these people to the nearest Police Station your money will be paid back for sure. These what I can tell as a Turkish Guy :) And sorry for the troubles you have faced. 

This is so annoying in Turkey. It is not bad just for the person who gets robbed, but also bad for the whole country´s economy. I travelled with my friend first time in Turkey years ago. We travelled for 2 weeks together and loved the country, never got scammed a lot except by the taxi drivers and this happens almost every where in the world. But I had to leave to the Marmaris and my buddy staid 1 extra night in Istanbul alone. He got scammed by the same way at the club. Met a guy on the street, then went to the bar with him, had a couple drinks, then the guy left and my buddy asked for a bill and it was 700TL. He had to go the ATM, withdraw more cash and pay the bill.

After that every time I see him, he keeps telling how bad place Turkey is and he keeps telling this to everyone. This is why Turkey gets so bad reputation and it is sad because there are still good people over there.

 

BTW. It seems like this "DEEP Club" you are talking about has a facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Taksim-DEEP-CLUB/273914319463065?sk=timeline

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