Turkey > Istanbul
aggtBeer (16) Rock Cave, West Virginia | August 6, 2015
46 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 9/20
I didnít really enjoy my time at the Bosphorus Brewing Company. The waiters were quick but their pacing around was a bit odd. I also didnít get the feeling they were into beer which is not the case at most beer bars let alone a place that brews their own. The beers werenít overpriced as far as craft beer goes but considering the quality of the beer they werenít worth the going rate. A 10% percent service fee is included, so extra tipping isnít necessary. Iím glad I got to try some Turkish beer, but I wouldnít come back here even if I lived in Istanbul. There just wasnít much positive about my visit.
culchiem (51) , Germany | April 6, 2015
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 10/20
Spent an evening here in April 2015. Easy enough to find, seems to be a business part of town, close to he metro. Lots of brown wood and brick, busy place, probably holds 70 people. Didnít try the food but lots were eating. 6 of their own beers on tap and a reasonable selection on bottle. Menu is on iPads which is a nice touch as it gives lots of info on each beer. Beer themselves are ok, way overpriced, 24 to 26 lira if you want a pint, which is Ä10 at the exchange rate at the time. Probably the best beer bar in Istanbul but bring a credit card if you have a thirst.
rosenbergh (595) Tampere, Finland | March 11, 2015
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
We had a layover in Istanbul so I checked RB if there are brewpubs in the city to visit. And this seemed to be the only one. It took a while for the cab driver to find it (even with the name and address) but after couple of phone calls there we were. It was Saturday night so the place was quite full. I heard more English than Turkish spoken so it was quite a surprise when the waiter came and didnít speak any English. With the sign language I was able to order some beers. They had iPads in every table for ordering but we couldnít get them working. I tasted all the beers they had available and we had some food. I was expecting a bit smaller bill but Iím not complaining. For an American style brewpub the beers were not that great but itís not that easy to find better ones in Istanbul. I would visit again (if ever in Istanbul).
Fukito (29) Sao Paulo, Brazil | February 11, 2015
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Kind of difficult to find at the end of the street. Nice wooden decor with the brewing equipment clearly visibile, conservative but not in faux english/irish pub style. Service was good and attentive and got the feeling that people really cared about what they were doing. Beer is kind of typical solid but not outstanding american brewpub but an unexpected and pleasant surprise in Istanbul. Specially liked their pale offerings, really well hopped and sessionable. Didnít get the chance to try their food. Ah, the have handpumps!
greenclansman (117) Nicosia, Cyprus | February 9, 2015
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
The only place in Istanbul that had decent craft scene, besides few liqueur shops. Nothing special in bottles, but the fact that you can try their own brews,makes it special. They have IPA, Pale Ale, Stout, Dopplebock, lager and blonde, all in reasonable prices. Great food as well. Very nice place in general.
ILikeOl (121) , Norway | January 18, 2015
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
It was well worth taking the Metro and doing a short walk to the pub. Sat at the bar on a quiet early evening and got to dample their 5 beers on tap, of which the stout was my favourite. They also recently had recieved an amber and a blond ale in bottles from Gara Guzu brewery in Mugla.
Talked to the brewer, he let us try a not yet for sale promising unfinished ipa. He also asked what we thought he could do to improve his products, but did not think his audience were quite ready for hop bombs yet.
shaunj (2) , Turkey | December 15, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 14/20
This is a nice brewpub, and one of the only ones that Iíve found in Istanbul. The beer is excellent, the atmosphere is great (though, I was there early on a weekday, and it was pretty empty). The service is both excellent, and most of the staff speak good English, so itís a good place for visitors or English-speaking ex-pats. The only down-side is the price, which is a bit steep for Istanbul, but what youíd expect for decent beer in other major cities in the world (about 14TL for 33cl on average). I will definately go again, but probably not often because my bank account cannot afford it. I did not try the food, but it looked appetizing and different than the typical local fare.
trapped (71) New York, Turkey | November 5, 2014
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 16/20
Medium sized British type pub with six of their own brews on tap. Good food menu, nice atmosphere although I was the only one at 3 pm! Stylish service with ipads as menu books. A bit noisy being near a major highway but I presume it should not matter in the evening. A very nice place to try microbrews in Istanbul, in fact in whole Turkey. A bit expensive for Turkey though, Manhattan prices...
KarlPopper (1) Krakow, Poland | August 25, 2014
52 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 7/20
Nice atmosphere, I drank Istanbul Pale Ale a light ale with decent citrus aroma and quiet good bitterness. The downsides are: extremely high prices (14tl for 0,3l 21 for 0,5l) and it is hard to get there by public transport as there are few busstops street away from the bar
Capa (330) Kitsap, Washington | July 5, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Off the beaten track for tourists but a fine destination if you have the time. About a 10 minute walk from the Metro stop and can be a bit tricky to find as itís sorta tucked in to the hillside with only a small, dimly lit sign announcing youíve arrived. A large covered patio is where we took our seats since it was such a lovely evening. Inside, the bar and plenty of seating is available. The brewery is right behind the bar leaving almost no room for the barman to ply his trade. They had six of their beers on tap along with about five guest beers- mostly Belgians. The waiters donít have assigned tables. You place all your orders on an iPad, which in theory is cool and hip and neat but really didnít work. We ended up having to flag down a waiter and place our order the old fashioned way- by actually talking to them. How odd... The food is real tasty but expensive. The beers are mostly of high quality, though the belgian ale my wife got tasted like mediocre homebrew. The Karbon stout and Istanbul Pale Ale were both mighty fine, though. Four beers and two meals set us back about 150TL- so be prepared to lighten your wallet quite a bit. My only real beef with the place is that they shut down at 11:30, which just seems too damn early for a brewpub. In the end, my wife and I both enjoyed our meals, the beers, and the atmosphere and if I ever make it back to Istanbul I will make the trek out the BBC again.
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