We had a great time checking out the locals scene in Istanbul with Bilal and his fiancee. We went to a great locals-only restaurant we would have never found on our own, plus visited a Meyhanes restaurant on Nevizade Sokak owned by Bilal's friend who is also a fascinating person. Bilal took us to another Meyhanes place another night and introduced us to more local friends. Great opportunity to learn about real life in Istanbul plus meet a great new friend in Bilal. Highly recommended!
This is a great time. Bilal and a friend took us to a great, hip little spot ( couldn't find it on your own) where we saw cool local indie band with a modern take on traditional music. We also went out for drinks/snack before. It was really fun and Bilal is a great guy, super-knowledgeable and friendly. I recommend this tour to anyone that wants to see a little of the underground scene with a local perspective. We ended up hanging out with Bilal a few other times b/c he is just a cool guy. He is always passing on info about good spots in the city. I recommend you do any of Bilal's tours.
Bilal loves music and nightlife in Istanbul. Don't go to the touristy spots, go where locals go to hang out and have fun! There's a great alternative music scene in Istanbul that only someone like Bilal can navigate you through. He's a fun guide with a go with the flow personality!