Wednesday, November 9, 2016

A Closer Look at Istanbul's Best Cocktail Bar (Yabangee)

Since I've been in Istanbul, one of the most fruitful decisions I've made as far as my writing and all that is concerned has been to get in involved with Yabangee. Yabangee, for those who don't know, is an expat collective of creative folks who live in Istanbul and want to do more than just live here - they want to explore and examine it, with eyes wide open. There are a plethora of writers, photographers, and videographers. I became more heavily involved last year, and I've made some great friends as a result, and I'd like to think I've done a touch of good work along the way as well.

The work I've done for Yabangee has been quite varied - I've written about podcasts that would suit the long commute here, done concert reviews, examined must have apps for Istanbul (which is now part of their "Yabangee Classics"), as well as looked Turkey's display at EXPO 15 in Milan. And, needless to say, it's been a pleasure to work with them because there's plenty of really great material on that site to sift through.

Perhaps what has been the most fun project though, has been the Yabangee TV profile we did of Efendi, which I consider to be the best cocktail bar in the city. It's up on Yabangee's brand new YouTube channel, and I thought I'd do the honour of sharing it below. Helping to launch Yabangee TV, it's been a pleasure no matter how you look at it.

I have no idea how much longer I'll be in this city, but it's nice to know that while I've been here, I haven't been wasting time, holed up in the apartment, but rather exploring, engaging and diving into the culture.

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