International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Meyhanes of Istanbul: A Cultural Value Struggling to Survive
Hüseyin Öney

This study is based on meyhanes, which are the oldest form of food & beverage facilities that strive to maintain the food & beverage and presentation culture that has developed and evolved within the multicultural urban fabric of Istanbul for hundreds of years. As a result, the author determined what to be done in order to pass on these meyhanes of Istanbul to the next generation. Accordingly, oral history interviews were conducted with the operators of a few number of meyhanes, and with the investigative authors, who have been studying those meyhanes. Articles regarding the daily life and the nightlife in Istanbul, the scripts of travelers, memories of various authors and studies of historians were utilized as secondary sources.

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