Marina Yacht Club: Upmarket Night Out!
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.Related to:
- Food and Dining
Küba Bar: Local Favourite
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
Kule Bar: Sophisticated Rock Bar
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!
Hadi Gari: Outdoor club in Bodrum center
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...Related to:
Iskele Meydani: Party Time !
Iskele Meydani is a good place to sit, enjoy your drink and watch people passing-by. There is a famous Kale Cafe where you can go and get your favourite drink !
Dress Code: It is sometimes windy but not too cold so, u should better have a jeans and a shirt or if u are from scandanavia then T-shirt will be fine too :-)Related to:
- School Holidays
- Budget Travel
Kervansaray: "Turkish" evening
Kervansaray offers a "turkish evening" several times a week. Starting at 9pm, it goes on until 12 midnight or so.
On stage are: a couple of turkish musicians (so-so), a "folk dancing group" (terrible), Alex the male belly-dancer (amazing !), a female belly dancer (not bad) and a turkish "pop singer" (OK).
The trips are normally booked via a travel agent but can be done directly at Kervansaray (as we did - but for exactly the same price :-(
25 USD for the show+drinks+snacks, or 30 USD with a meal. Transport to and from your hotel is included.
Kuba, Halikarnas: Nightlife in Bodrum
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??
Mystery Bar, Gumbet: Fun and Frolics
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...Related to:
- Beer Tasting
Alem Bar, Bodrum: Traditional Turkish Fun...
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.
Mavi Beach Bar etc: Golturkbuku
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.
On the see,huge catamaran disco: Bodrum Club
You can not believe how beatiful a nigth with a huge catamaran on the see dancing , it really big i guess for 3 thousand people and really good dj s and mc s there.quiet expencive but better then all.
Dress Code: Nothing special but just go if you are in the really party mood...Related to:
Ship Ahoy: Best club in Turkbuku
It's a restaurant/beach club by day and everybody just goes there at around 11:30 at night. A great place to be with friends and mingle. Dinner is also served right on the water at your desired table if you book early enough. DJ Metin has been there since my first time there in 2003 and again rocked the 'ship' this past summer of 2006. I love the music (combo of house, Euro dance, some retro (he plays a Gloria Gaynor tune every now and again for some patrons) and of course, top Turkish pop songs of the summer. I love the place and its energy. It is bigger and better since 2004 and have increased their dining space and added another huge bar on the deck. Waiters bring you drinks anywhere you are so that's very handy too. Drink are pricey though at 20YTL for a cocktail. That's US$16!
My friends and I love it that DJ Metin plays our favorite songs.
Dress Code: beach chic/marina hip and a fun attitude. Dancing is encouraged but optional.Related to:
- Sailing and Boating
Deja Vu Bar/Club: Great for socialising, drinking and dancing!
This is located on bar street next to Red Lion and overlooking the sea (used to be Orange Club) still same people but a different name.
I have been to Bodrum twice and love coming here! Has a great atmosphere, friendly staff and the music is great. Its like a bar/club with seating mostly outside where you can watch people passing by. Some seating inside also. Then you have the dancefloor towards the back. It has a great sound system for a place of it's size and you will want to dance until you drop!
Starts to get busy at 1am and stays open until 5am.
Go to Bodrum and go there!
Dress Code: Don't think there is a dress code??
De Ja Vue: Nightlife
THE best nightclub in town. De Ja Vue is full of friendly staff. The owners are super nice and make for a great atmos. The music is bril'.....dancing a plenty (even on the bar!!)
There is a chilled room above the club with comfy sofas etc next to big windows looking out to the beach and the outside drinkers.
This club is not pretentious, very relaxed and a lot of fun.
Great for dancing the night away, then watching the sun come up 'chillin' before you go home in the morning.
Dress Code: Anything goes....no-one there will judge you.
Halikarnas: Crazy foam party
If you ever go to Bodrum on your summer holiday you must go to discothek Halikarnas. It's very big open air club for 5000 people. The best night is saturday when is a foam party. Entrance fee is 35.000.000 TL (it's about 23 € ). Foam party start on 02:00 AM and last till 06:00 AM and I have the best time ever. Four hours of good music and dancing in the foam. Four hours you are wet but that's the best part. Forget your shoes after that : )
Good clubs are also boat discothek Catamaran and club Temple
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