What DC Could Learn from Istanbul Nightclubs

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Reina Nightclub

Loyal DC Fab! readers you may have noticed I’ve been missing in action for a couple of weeks. (I’m sorry! Forgive me?! K!)  I finally went on a real vacation that meant no working, no checking work emails and — unfortunately for y’all — no blogging. It was ahhhhmaze, but of course I have plenty to share with you especially from one of my new favorite cities in EurAsia — Istanbul.

After dinner on an island with the owner, he sent us by boat to his nightclub — Reina. We partied to EDM, Rihanna and Pharrell under one of Istanbul’s bridges right on the Bosphorus Sea. But what impressed me the most about Reina were the little things that only a nightclub blogger would notice. Like…

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Our table at Reina

1. When you get a table at most nightclubs in Istanbul, it’s nothing like a table in the District. First, there’s different levels of tables. The lowest level is simply a cocktail table placed in the middle of your group. There are bar hooks on the underside of the table to hang your coats and whatever else. If you pay a little more, you can get a table similar to what we’re used to with couches to sit down and a larger table. But promoters and club owners, think of how you could monetize your square footage if you did table service similar to table service in Istanbul. And clubgoers, don’t groan! This could actually be good for you too! Having a table to place drinks while you’re dancing and place your coat (g’bye coat check!) while you’re mingling isn’t such a bad thing.

2. Every table, whether sitting or standing, comes with snacks. Snacks?! Yes! Snacks! It’s the best thing in the world especially since you plan to drink all night. Tables in Istanbul come with healthy snacks such as orange slices, mini apples and different types of nuts. That’s genius!

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Happy Birthday Cake


3. Lastly, if you’re celebrating a birthday in Reina make sure you’re inside by 2 a.m. That’s when a special song plays (I think it was the Turkish version of “Happy Birthday”) and every person celebrating a birthday gets a sparkling cake at the same time. It was nice to see the celebration coordinated across the club and it made the moment feel bigger.

Still, there’s nothing like home. We know this.

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