Direnen Mizikacilar, Riddim Bar @ Taksim

I believe I wrote about the R&B joint before but since I went there last Friday, I thought I’d update on the current status of the Riddim nightclub in Taksim.
Their first venue was situated the next street after McDonalds on Istiklal street but they have moved to bigger and better places. They firstly rented/bought off (not too sure) the bottom part of Kemanci (on siraselviler) and then finally also placed themselves in the top part of Kemanci, turning the popular Rock bar into a live music venue. So what used to be a great hang out place for rockers and alternative music aficionados ended up becoming one of the most famous R&B joints in Istanbul. Is this a good thing? I think not. Kemanci was a great place. I’d still have to check out their new location..
We were at the live venue part of Riddim on Friday night and a group called “Direnen Mizikacilar” made us dance the night away. They’re pretty good. I still prefer Mayday though (who perform on Saturdays @ Riddim).
The ventilation system being what it is, the room was pretty smoked up by 1am, which killed it a bit for me and my asthma but I still managed to make it through till 2.30AM where I absolutely just had to leave the place before inducing an attack.
For those who’d rather listen to heavy R&B, don’t bother hitting the top floor of Riddim, just follow the stairs down to the nicer part of the nightclub where you can bump and grind to the latest tracks played by the talented DJs (check out DJ Bambi, provided he still works there.)
Now I don’t drink alcohol so I forgot to check alcohol prices but since a diet coke was 5YTL, I think you can figure out how much the rest of the drinks would end up costing. Entrance is 20YTL for both floors.
All in all, points for Riddim? I’d give them an 8/10 and they might even make it up to 9 provided they fix the air conditioning (if one exists.)
Riddim: Sıra selviler cad. No: 69/1 Tarif: Belçika Konsolosluğu Yanı
Tel: (212) 251 27 23 – (212) 251 30 15

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