The brainchild of jazz saxophone player İlhan Erşahin, Nublu is both the name of his jazz club in New York and his record company – and as of this winter, it’s also Karaköy’s latest music venue. You might recall the original Nublu Istanbul from its location on Jurnal Sokak in Beyoğlu several years ago. Now that the space has been taken over by Beyoğlu Lounge, however, Nublu Istanbul’s reopened its doors in Gradiva Hotel.
The venue is literally underground, spread out over two narrow, L-shaped floors below the hotel. The red lighting shows off its simple black décor, as well as Levent Özçelik’s photographs of Istanbul and other images of Nublu New York that line the walls.
On our visit, the venue started to fill up at around 23.00, with the odd hipster and suit here and there – though the overwhelming majority is music fans ages 25 to 35 who don’t mind paying 12 TL for a 33cl beer or 30 TL for a glass of whiskey. When you factor in the cover fee (which changes depending on who’s playing – we paid 20 TL to see Dutch singer Fleur Odylle and four Turkish musicians perform a repertoire of pop flavoured jazz on a Thursday evening), you’ll see that Nublu might not be the best place to arrive sober and leave tipsy. Yet it is undoubtedly an ideal location to listen to good music after having a nice dinner in Asmalımescit. Check it out as soon as you can.
|Venue name:||Nublu Istanbul||Contact:|
Bankalar Caddesi 2/1
|Opening hours:||Wed-Sun 22.00-03.00|