Golturkbuku (commonly referred to just as Turkbuku) is a part of Bodrum that is generally overlooked by foreign tourists. And the Turks want to keep it that way ;) This is actually where most trendy Turkish people holidaying in Bodrum go for nights out- dinner, bars, clubs. You wouldn't find these people in places like Halikarnas and Gumbet. Bodrum (the town) is a wild, tacky kind of place and most foreign tourists seem to love it. However it is not for everyone. For those looking for something more classy I recommend Turkbuku. A word of warning for those on a tight budget, Turkbuku is popular with well-heeled Turkish people and is not cheap.
Golturkbuku is on the north of the Bodrum peninsula and not far from the Bodrum town centre.
Dress Code: Less casual than Bodrum town. This area is popular with fashionable Turkish people who tend to be a polished crowd.
No need to go overboard though.
Alem Bar is a delightful find not far from Cumuriyet Caddesi. It has wonderful Turkish music many nights of the week. The singer who featured on the two nights that we went there was a very charismatic character who had a great rapport with the majority Turkish audience.
Good service. Nice atmosphere. Does feel a wee bit strange when you first enter the building as you stand out as not being Turkish but once the initial moment of nerves is over, a great night is to be had. Turkish culture at it's most enthusiastic and a must try for any visitor to Bodrum who wants more than a fishbowl and teenage drinking!
Dress Code: Smart is best here, there is a mix of ages of Turkish ladies and gents and all are dressed well.
Very fun pub that has a karaoke bar underneath and a night club/dance area next door (3 part complex). Friendly staff, cheap prices, good music and conversation but keep an eye on the constant lack of change which means they take the money for drinks and tell you they will bring the change soon - you may need to remind them :o)
This year they had a cuban dancer strutting her stuff and the bar staff are dancers and DJ's too. Good ambience overall, definitely worth a quick pint...
Dress Code: Casual or smart all work here...
Excellent rock bar with a mix of Turkish and Western rock - excellent atmosphere, gets really busy after 12pm (never enough chairs/stools!!).
Table service available, draught Efes is not the best!
Snacks served at tables too, bonus.
Good night out
Dress Code: No specific dress code - traditional rock style goes!
I was told when I went to Bodrum last July/Aug. 2003 that there was shooting incident in Halikarnass. People in Turkbuku, where I stayed, strongly recommended against going there. I was told to check out Hadi Gari instead which is on the opposite side near M & M - the floating 2,000-capacity Bodrum boat. Hadi gari means "let's go"
I don't know if the gun-toting/shooting story is really true but Halikarnass was not crowded that weekend I was there - at least as I saw it from a distance. Hadi Gari was fun and the music was good - a mixture of 80's revival and Euro club hits but the crowd's very different from the Ship Ahoy for sure.
Dress Code: cool beach chic, hip, show your tan but not overly revealing...
Küba Bar is on Neyzen Tevfik Caddesi and is in a lovely old building. It has bar and restaurant facilities and is very swish. Lots of locals use this bar - always a good sign I think. It is a lovely night out and bars on this side of the bay are slightly more classy I think. If you decide to eat at the restaurant you need to book in advance as it is very popular.
Dress Code: No overt dress code but smart is best
The marina yacht club is a new addition to my drinking haunts as this year I tries to explore the marina side of Bodrum - there are many great restaurants and bars I hadn't tried before!
The Yacht Club is open to all despite the fact that generally places like this are members clubs. There are a few bars serving the usual Bodrum alcoholic wares but in a nice surrounding beside the marina, with the boats and lapping water nearby. There are also a number of restaurants that serve a range of international and Turkish foods. The best of these is a swish roof restaurant. The place is open air - who needs air conditioning!
The Yacht Club is situated at the far end of Neyzen Tevfik Caddesi so it can be a pleasant stroll depending on where your hotel is. A busy and popular place and a good night out!
Dress Code: Many people here are quite smartly dressed but the dress code seemed quite relaxed.
This was one of the most popular bars we went to in Gumbet and it is fairly easy to see why. It is conveniently located at the junction of 3 main roads in Gumbet and is easy to spot courtesy of a large neon sign. The bar is frequently so busy that there is hardly room to move (it can get really hot in there) but there is a seating area outdoors too. You can get drinks at the bar or there is a table service option - the bar can get quite busy so consider letting someone else do the work. Music is great here and there is a small dance floor to show some moves - people of a more exhibitionist nature like to climb on the bar and strut their stuff (don't sit too close to the bar if you are of a sensitive nature!!). The bar staff here are fairly stand offish, very flirty and expect to get tips which I found quite annoying as I always tip good service, but this is the only downside to a great bar for lovers of dance music.
Dress Code: No dress code in the Central Bar
The Shamrock bar in Gumbet is an excellent place for a quick drink but on a busy night it is also a great place to spend the whole night. The music is loud and trendy (however it is the same mix of tracks EVERY night so if you are after variety you may need to limit your visits!). The decor is limited and pays lip service to being an "Irish" bar (it really isn't no matter how many shamrocks or leprachauns you put on the wall!) but the drinks are cheap and the service is quick. The bar is air conditioned for those really hot nights. International football matches are shown too. Quite a mixed crowd come here and we saw many different ages of people (worryingly some were very young so late at night but it is Turkey and it is holiday I suppose) so you are sure to fit in. Music selections are the usual holiday fodder of dance music, popular disco and Irish rebel songs (to liven things up a little!).
Quite a good night out :-)
Dress Code: There is no dress code at the Shamrock Bar
the nightlife was crazy.but there were these two songs which played in all the spots. both were house music the first being ROMEO ROMEO and i found this song as it was a popular song. the second house number also played everywhere but i cannot find its name can some one please help??
Sensi Bar is a real young persons bar on Bar Street (Cumhuriyet Caddessi). It is one of the bars that is on the bar crawl trail of the holiday tour operators - this may or may not encourage you to go there!! It is the usual Bar Street style - modern disco/pop classics, lively people dancing on tables, bar staff doing everything they can to draw you in from the promenade that runs alongside the strip.
They have a large screen for football. DJ's (the music selection is pretty much the same in all touristy parts of Turkey), Karaoke etc with seating inside and outside the bar. The usual drinks are available (exported beers quite expensive, local beers and cocktails including the famous Goldfish Bowl).
This bar is not the best on Bar Street but is certainly OK for a few cheap drinks before you go elsewhere.
Dress Code: No dress code at Sensi Bar - dress to impress or be chilled, it won't affect your fun!
This is a huge catamaran which is moored next to St Peters Castle. You wil hear it before you see it! There are 5 bars on this massive boat and you start the night at the dock as the boat fills up. The music is a mix and they have theme nights (R&B night etc), dancers and DJ's too. At about 1am the boat sets sail into the sea around Bodrum. The music and drinking can go on till 4 or 5 am but when youy have had enough there are boats that ferry custiomers back to shore. A unique way to go clubbing!!
Dress Code: Smat casual is the best way to go.
We went to this bar for the first time last summer and were really surprised by the lively atmosphere and great music. Lodos has had many incarnations but currently is decorated with modern poster art. There are 2 bars in Lodos - a large one on the way in and a smaller one out at the back where there are tables and tall stools and a smashing view of the sea.
This bar is very popular at different parts of the season and early in August there are many Turkish people using it. The music is generally Turkish but why go to Turkey if you don't want to listen to some local culture!! The bar staff do a table service so you don't even have to get up and go to the bar :-)
Murphy's Irish Bar in Gumbet is a good attempt at recreating a taste of Ireland (in the middle of Turkey!!). This bar used to be called The Shamrock Bar and in those days this bar was heaving, so crowded that the bar was near impossible to get to and the music was truly an excellent Irish night out.
Things are a little different under its new incarnation and while the decoration is the same the atmosphere is certainly not. Irish people do go to drink here but the craic is not mighty anymore, in fact if you ask the DJ for Irish music they are likely to say no. Last year they did have an Irish performer called Steve, he was OK entertainment but there are not as many people here to make the atmosphere more exciting. The bar does karaoke and has a cocktail menu as well as traditional Turkish and imported beer. Football matches are shown.
Gumbet has many lively bars to try, perhaps this one will improve over time and if they get more customers. The people who own Murphy's also own a restaurant across the road. It's a shame, this used to be a great bar :-(
On the positive side the toilets are the cleanest I have ever seen in Turkey :-)
Dress Code: No dress code at this bar
Fora is a fairly up to date bar right in the centre of town (Pide Square) which caters for a variety of customers (locals and tourists alike). The interior is modern and has limited seating at the front, seating is available at the rear where there are super views over the sea and of the castle. There are two bars and a large dance floor, the music of choice is mostly R&B but some modern dance is also played.
The toilets are clean but there is something to be said for having some tissues with you... Lots of food sellers are in the surrounding square in case you get peckish after your beer and dance. Imported beer is quite expensive but this bar has frequent promotions and this means the bottled beer could be cheaper. The staff are friendly and the bar has events like karaoke.
Large groups of men may be turned away by the zealous door staff and generally groups of Turkish men are discouraged (to avoid hassle for tourists I think).
Dress Code: No dress code
Door men may ask to check your bag
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