The Turquoise Coast

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  • 1. Bade Şarap Evi

    Lively little bars and meyhanes have been popping up in the narrow, winding alleys south of the Ulu Cami, and this cozy, atmospheric wine house is one of the best. Tables are set in and around the courtyard of a two-story old stone Antakya house, giving each one a sense of privacy. The friendly young staffers bring out generous servings of free nibbles with orders of the reasonably priced wine, sangria, and beer. There’s a small menu of bar food but no hard alcohol or full meals.

    Gazipaşa Cad. No: 21, Antakya, Hatay, Turkey
    0546-295–9696
  • 2. Buzz Beach Bar

    The white terrace here offers gorgeous views of the moonlit beach, making it the perfect place to cool down with a frozen cocktail or fruit smoothie after a day in the sun. The staff is courteous, and the food menu is eclectic (albeit pricey). Note that the terrace closes for winter at the end of October, but the bar is open year-round.

    Ölüdeniz Beach, Ölüdeniz, Mugla, 48300, Turkey
    252-617–0526
  • 3. Castle Café and Bistro

    Perched over the Mediterranean next to the ancient Hıdırlık Kulesi, the clifftop Castle Café and Bistro is a great place to watch the sun set with a drink in hand.

    Hıdırlık Sok. No. 46, Antalya, Antalya, 07100, Turkey
    242-242–6594
  • 4. Dal Coffee & Wine

    A well-chosen selection of high-quality Turkish wines, a pleasant bar staff, and cool jazz on the stereo make up for this little spot’s odd location in a small shopping mall. Cocktails are on the menu as well, and during the day, it’s a café—one of the rare places in town making proper espresso drinks. Dal doesn’t stay open late (only till 10 pm), but it’s a mellow alternative to the often noisy tourist bars lining Maraş Cad.

    Kbid Çarşısı 1/J, Dalyan, Mugla, Turkey
    0543-884–0511

    Nightlife Details

    Rate Includes: Closes at 10 pm
  • 5. Dubh Linn

    This popular Irish bar in the middle of Kaleiçi has friendly servers, a good beer selection, and international sporting matches on the TV. A wide-ranging menu of better-than-average food gives it a bit of gastropub flair.

    Hesapçı Sok. No: 53, Antalya, Antalya, Turkey
    242-242–7272
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  • 6. Echo Bar

    A Kaş nightlife stalwart since 2007, Echo is in stone building—a former stable for camels—by the harbor. Nightly in summer, it hosts live bands and DJ sets, with music ranging from funk, blues, and jazz to Turkish rock and pop classics. 

    Liman Cad. No: 20, Kas, Antalya, 07850, Turkey
    0541-583–1767
  • 7. Help Beach & Yacht Club

    Chilled-out bar by night and family-friendly eatery by day, the bar-restaurant at Help Beach serves up live music, a wide array of cocktails, and surprisingly good food (from schnitzel and nachos to traditional Turkish options) under climbing vines in a small cove about 5 km (3 miles) outside of Fethiye.

    Küçük Boncuklu Koyu, Fethiye, Mugla, 48300, Turkey
    0536-778–6368
  • 8. Minimal Fethiye

    Behind the ruins of Fethiye’s ancient theater and offering beer-garden-like seating on its small patio, Minimal has a laidback vibe, a well-stocked beer fridge, and good music on the stereo, with occasional live acts on the weekends. It’s a refreshing change of pace from some of the tourist-trap nightspots in nearby Paspatur.

    Fevzi Çakmak Cad. No: 3, Fethiye, Mugla, Turkey
    0530-170–1027

    Nightlife Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon.
  • 9. Royal Castle Pub

    The action begins after sunset at places like the Royal Castle, which claims to be the oldest bar in Side. It's just inland from the water, on the southwest corner of the old town, and its publike atmosphere includes televised soccer games that keep British patrons happy. There is also live music most evenings in season. Be warned, though: drink prices can be steep.

    Turgut Reis Cad., 20 B, Side, Antalya, 07330, Turkey
    0505-862–3585
  • 10. Summer Garden

    Near the seafront on the road to Antalya, this hugely popular disco and restaurant are part of the same sprawling complex. Two large bars among the palm trees have a dance floor cooled with outdoor air-conditioning (really!). Drinks start flowing at 11 pm, and the music doesn't stop until about 5 am. Free transport to or from Alanya is available for groups of five or more.

    Alanya, Antalya, 07560, Turkey
    242-565–0059

    Nightlife Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–late Apr.
  • 11. Varuna Gezgin Café

    Part of a small Turkish chain of café-bars (the first one was in Eskişehir), Varuna Gezgin has a cozy multistory interior lined floor-to-ceiling with books and travel-related ephemera. It also has a big back garden, making it a suitable option for all seasons. There’s an international menu and a good list of local beers.

    Hamam Sok. No: 2/1, Antalya, Antalya, Turkey
    242-248–2903
  • 12. Amalia Bar

    Bars/Pubs
    Closed Permanently

    Underneath Robin Hood is the Amalia Bar, run by two Dutchmen.

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    537-796–9289
  • 13. Lighthouse

    Closed Permanently

    Down by the harbor is the open-air Lighthouse discotheque and bar.

    Liman Cad. 1, Side, Antalya, 07330, Turkey
    242-256–9987
  • 14. Mango Bar

    Closed Permanently

    This small indoor dance club with live Turkish music some nights is a reliable favorite on Wednesday and weekend nights. Reservations are recommended.

    45 Sok., Fethiye, Mugla, 48300, Turkey
    252-614–4681
  • 15. Marmaris Palace Beach Club

    Bars/Pubs
    Closed Permanently

    For a more upmarket scene, try the Marmaris Palace Beach Club, out on a jetty between Marmaris and Içmeler. It has a restaurant and DJs offering a medley of house, chillout, and trance music.

    Marmaris Palace Hotel, Pamucak Mevkii, İçmeler, Marmaris, Mugla, Turkey
    252-455–5555
  • 16. Oxyd

    Bars/Pubs
    Closed Permanently

    Somewhat farther afield is Oxyd, built like a sub-Saharan adobe palace with a futuristic interior; it's a 3-km (2-mi) drive along the boulevard that serves the resort hotels east of Side.

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  • 17. Zapf Hahn

    Bars/Pubs
    Closed Permanently

    Zapf Hahn is the spot to go if you like techno.

    İskele Cad., Alanya, Antalya, Turkey
    242-513–8285

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