Condé Nast International’s Restaurants division officialy opend the first GQ Bar in Istanbul. The GQ Bar Istanbul hosted its official launch party, Thursday 28th February.
GQ Magazine, a premier men’s magazine for over 50 years, has been providing coverage of men’s style and culture with its unique and powerful design, talented photographers, and award-winning writers. In March 2012 GQ Magazine’s debut in Turkey and now GQ opened their first night-club globally in Istanbul’s upscale district, Etiler.
Condé Nast International have partnered with The Dogus Group in Turkey to realize this enterprise. Located on lively Nispetyie Street, and spread over two floors with a capacity of 250, the GQ Bar Istanbul is now open for lunch, dinner, late night drinks and dancing.
The GQ Bar Istanbul serves a contemporary international menu using the finest quality ingredients, says Condé Nast. “It reflects the essence of the GQ man; balanced and healthy, stylish and sophisticated” comments Gary Robinson, Deputy Director of Restaurants, and former head chef to HRH The Prince of Wales. “The international look and feel to our menus almost always pays respect to the availability of wonderful Turkish ingredients we have at our disposal and we try to source as much as possible locally. This attitude will run through all of our restaurants with GQ Bar Istanbul setting the benchmark.”
The GQ Bar also has an extensive wine and cocktail menu. A state of the art DJ, light and sound system offer upbeat urban music throughout the day, and can be programmed to create a club environment several nights a week.
This launch marks the first of several planned openings in 2013 from the Condé Nast International Restaurant division, with undertakings in Dubai and Singapore due to open later this year.