Striptease and other erotic night clubs in Istanbul are even worse than in the rest of the world where scamming, drugging and straight on stealing from customers is a normal thing, standard procedure. There aren’t even that many clubs in town, so you’re not really missing out on anything. The legendary Regina Revue, a typical gentlemen’s club with cabaret shows which shut its doors losed in 2011 was actually the last one of this style.
Thankfully the regular night club scene in Istanbul is top notch and many places are packed with gorgeous local and foreign babes. The horrible terror attack on nightclub Reina, just after the year 2017 started, was a symbolic attack on the modern way of life in Istanbul. But the city has survived more tragedies and nightlife remains vibrant and lively. There are numerous stylish clubs, which make great spots to test your pick up skills. Famous venues are Sortie (http://www.sortie.com.tr/) situated at Muallim Naci Cad. No: 54 and Ruby (https://www.facebook.com/rubyistanbul/) at Yıldız Mh., Ortaköy Salhanesi Sk. No:5. Both clubs are at the waterfront and offer brilliant views over the Bosporus.
Especially in the posh clubs frequented by local celebrities, the security and other staff can be a bit arrogant or even rude towards foreigners and there are even some scam reports. Lack of English language skills with locals can also contribute to communication issues, so it would not hurt when you would be accompanied by local friends when exploring Istanbul nightlife. But in general Istanbul is safe and friendly and its people are renowned for their warm hospitality.