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Upstairs above small grocer market on the corner of square, this Turkish Music Bar and adjoining nightclub has nice atmosphere. A fair balance of locals and tourists - usually livens up come weekends when Gocek experiences boat cruise changeover days; but even can be filled with local villagers taking a night out. Action starts late, go after 9.30 pm. Some filter in after they have finished office and shop work in this tiny village, perhaps their friends will drop in from neighbouring Dalaman or Inlice to join them for a raki. The host, Kurti, is true gentleman, tentative with his customers, will make you feel valued. He will sit you either inside the music snug, or if you prefer, outside on their L shaped terrace with its covered ottoman divans and small sofra tables. Try a water pipe (nar-gil-ey) too, if you fancy to unwind and enjoy the ethnic atmosphere. You are on first floor level enabling views across the little village square, and you can easily watch the locals busy selling their wares in the little adjacent shops. Enjoy some really nice turkish traditional 'turkular' - folk based turkish songs with meaningful lyrics and a duet group picking lovely acoustic guitars. Occasionally you will hear saz, oudh, flutes or drums too. On a lucky night the locals will get up for a traditional halay on the dance floor, do join in - its my best memories of a turkish bar! Everyone in Turkey usually sings along to their folk songs, its so diverse, and if musically talented (or not!), anyone may get up and do a turn, providing they know the turkish melodies that is! This venue is recommended for groups to meet up and has a cosmopolitan feel. There is waiter and waitress service of bar drinks. Try the traditional raki or a cooling beer (not both!). For the less traditional music lovers, you can bop along to the DJ music in their adjoining night club - so you can enjoy the best of both worlds. Do try it...
Dress Code: Dress how you feel for comfort! No swimsuits on show!
Written May 31, 2008
Address: Gocek Meydane, Cumhuriyet Mah., Gocek, 48310
Tugra Lounge (pronounced Toora), revamped just in time for New Years Eve 2006 was a good stop. It has been changed to the Maya Bar which is a simple restaurant serving kebabs and other turkish cuisine. It was reduced in size and its current partners were last seen merchandising anatolian carpets in 2007. The staff are friendly, ask for the Manager Sadik. You can still relax on the front terrace under a covered vine pergola and catch glimpses of the glistening sea and the yachts bobbing on the quayside.
In the summer months the restaurant changes from the ambience of a lounge in the winter nights. It has been known to attract billiard players in the winter!
So next time you stop in Gocek, walk down the main street and call in Maya Bar, even for a coffee or a cup of cay!
Dress Code: Dress how you feel and feel like you dress. No swimsuits unless covered with suitable attire please!
Updated May 31, 2008
Address: Main Street, Cumhuriyet Mah., Gocek, Mugla 48310
Phone: 0090 252 645 1416