ADI Bar: gay life
Actually there is no obvious gay life here in Bodrum but it is a summer meeting place of gay&lesbian people from all over Turkey.. There is no social pressure except "typical strange looks" but again it is better to be more cautious..
Dress Code: just as you wish...Related to:
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Night Club Bodrum (Catamaran): Party in the Middle of the Sea
This is one of the coolest experiences you can have in Bodrum. You board this (boat)club before 1 ' o clock and then it departs into the sea. The music is great, very good DJ and sometimes even well known international DJ's. The floor is made of glass so you can see the sea underneath you which is also very nice. Beautiful people go to this club, a lot of tourists but also a lot of Turks come here. The club is a the worlds biggest and only catamaran club with a capacity for 5000 people. If you want to get off board earlier thats also possible since you can take small pendel boats to the coast again.
Dress Code: No specifik dresscode, but dress nice so you dont look very different from the rest ;)
Turkey has a very different atmosphere and culture than England and its a real joy just to walk around the streets of Bodrum on a warm summer night, the aroma of the food and every shop trying to sell you something is quite specialRelated to:
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Jimmy's Bar: Friendly Bar!
Jimmy's bar is on one of the main roads towards Gumbet. It is a lovely place to start the evening and can get quite busy quite quickly. We always found it a handy rest point between the hotels in the upper part of town and Bodrum itself.
They have satellite television, a good range of drinks and also serve food late into the evening (they have a restaurant about 3 doors away), the food on offer is "traditional" UK fast food type stuff such as burgers, chips and they also do a Sunday Lunch. The bar has seating outside, plays a range of popular music, shows all the UK football matches and other sporting events. The bar does Karaoke and the staff join in too (usually quite badly!!). Jimmy's has a taxi rank next door should you decide against the hills :-)
The staff are very, very friendly but do shout at you to try and entice you in to join them. This is the Turkish way however and the friendly banter should be taken as just that.
A round of drinks is very cheap too.
Dress Code: No dress code
Korfez Bar: Local Bar, Lively Atmosphere
Korfez Bar is a gem of a place hidden slightly back from the main shopping throughfare in Bodrum. The unique thing about this bar is the music - predominantly rock but also others, and the customers who are mostly young Turkish people enjoying a night out. It looks a bit intimidating when you first arrive as the side street is so full of people who have spilled out from the bar but don't be put off.
This bar is always busy and getting to the bar can be hard work, well worth the effort however. Drinks are priced as in other bars and are mostly beer and spirits with a small cocktail menu, it is a rock bar after all!!
Dress Code: No dress code
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Fora Bar: Beautiful Bar with Sea Views
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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Murphy's Irish Bar: Craic in Gumbet??
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
Marine Club Catamaran: Disco Boat!!
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.
KUBA Bar: Number 2
Is one of the most famous and loud bars in Bodrum. As anywhere else at the seaside you can find a multinational crowd there. As it seemed to me people of a higher than everage standing usually go there :))) it can be hardly called a typical student or back packer place
WARNING: drinks are too b**dy expencive in this place (like for ex. a bottle of beer - about 5 eur)
Dress Code: Not any particular dress code, but you bette have something chic on :)))
bars street: bars in Gümbet
music is mostly the top ten list kind... can be boring but if you do not want to be disturbed while dancing in a crazy way and if you are a bit bored of the bars in bodrum town center, gümbet is a nice choice with karaoke bars and dancing points... especially in the center there are more than 10 different style bars.. there are many british people in the area... if you want a change it can be fun...
Dress Code: causal.. anything you wish..Related to:
Sensi Bar: Crazy Bar!!!
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!
Shamrock Bar, Gumbet: Young Peoples Night Spot!
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
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Central Bar, Gumbet: Lively dancing hotspot!
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
CATAMARAN: The biggset floating disco
a perfect experience... both on sea... and dancing... in and out of the city at the same time..
entrance fee : 34 YTL, nearly 25 euros
if you are bored or sick then there are yatch services every 30 minutes to the land...
Dress Code: casual
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Lodos Bar: Friendly Turkish Bar
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 :-)
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