Dr. Ismail Besikci Caddesi (CARSI): Pedetrian Street
The nightlife os Dogubeyazit is centered in this pedestrian street and it's so much alive at night - or maybe because it was Bayram festival when we arrived in Dogubeyazit.
The length of the street is filled with tables and chairs and full of mostly men drinking tea at the part of the street near the police station and further tables and chairs for dining - for family and singles.
We sat there at one table in front of Sark Sofrasi to dine and watch people enjoying their night time. Very few foreign tourists - maybe us and I ssaw about 2 germans.
I think it's safe to hangout there, though we never ventured sitting with the local tea drinkers.
Take your dinner at one of the outdoor dining or buy a cone of local yummy icecream and sit at one of the benches and watch the world go by.
Dress Code: casual
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The bad guys come out from under the rocks @ night: Night Life in Dogubayazit
What do you do in Dogubayzit at night? Stay in your hotel. Don't go wondering off to watch the moon rise over the volcano Agri Dagi (Mt. Ararat) because you could get raped, kidnapped, or killed. The PKK (Kurdistan Worker's Party-- and its not the kind of "party" you want to be invited to), the Hesbullah, and the local mafia are all active in this area. Stay in groups during the day and try to get a guide you can trust.
While visiting with the Mayor of Dogubayazit, on two occasions nefarious events were transpiring. One time a Belgian woman who had been working with the PKK turned herself in to the authorities while I was there because her PKK "friends" had raped her and she was turning 'state's evidence' against them. Another time a truck load of contraband had just been seized coming into Türkiye through the Gurbulak border crossing from Iran which originated in Syria or Jordan (coming in the "long way' to avoid suspicion) and was destined for Europe. Also, on my first trip to Dogubayazit the Turkish military had just killed terrorists on Mt. Ararat and seized automatic weapons, rocket launchers, and other explosives.
So do you really want to go out at night and waltz with these characters? The nightclub you get might be right across the head! Get a good night's sleep instead.
Dress Code: Leave your Hawaiian tourist cloths at home and dress "frumpy". You'll blend in (maybe) if you wear a tweed sports coat over a wool pull-over sweater and slacks-- all in subdued colors. Not looking like a tourist will keep pan handlers away and not draw so much attention to your presence.
Elit Cafe: Internet Cafe
At night there is not much to do in Dogubayazit !
There are few place to get a beer, and certainly no clubs or music bars, but if you want to check your email or do a bit or surfing then this is the place.
Friendly staff that bring you tea or coffee when you want it. They have modern computers with LCD screens and a fairly fast connection. They even have a back up power supply so no crashes when the power goes off - which it does on a very regular basis......
Cost me 1 YTL for over half an hour, inc. tea and coffee - can't be bad
Find this place on the main street between the bus station and the Htel Grand Derya