Eastern Mediterranean drinking and nightlife

Cafe in Alanya


The shaded garden of this restored Ottoman residence is a trendy hang-out for Alanya's bright young things, and a great antidote to the more touristy bars and cafes around town. Enjoy a relaxing combo of tea, nargil…
Tea Garden in Anamur


We really like this sand-between-your-toes tea garden smack-dab on the seafront. Run by a couple of friendly sisters, its highlights include cheap eats and a couple of kilim-bedecked day beds. Fire up a nargile sess…
Juice Bar in Antakya

Antakya Vitamin Bar

Need a vitamin injection after some hard travelling? This friendly place, lined with photos of famous clientele, is the spot for freshly squeezed juices or an 'atom shake' (₺7), a regional speciality of banana, pist…
Club in Alanya

Club Zapfhahn

One of Alanya's most popular clubs gets packed with a fun, young and up-for-it crowd of both local and holidaying revellers. There's usually a different DJ every night during the height of summer, plus go-go dancers…
Bar in Kızkalesi


One of the biggest clubs/bars on the Kızkalesi beach, the Albatros is perfect for sundowners around the outdoor bar, with full views of the sea castle. In season things get younger and noisier as the night progresse…
Bar in Antakya

Barudi Bar

The Barudi Bar is one of Antakya's most happening hang-outs, with its hideaway inner courtyard, decent range of imported beers and impressive list of cocktails.
Coffee in Antakya

Affan Kahvesi

This authentic coffeehouse, in a building dating back to 1911, has old-world ambience in spades. Pull up a wooden chair inside (don't forget to marvel at the gorgeous tiled floor), or head out back to the shady cour…
Irish Pub in Adana

Newport Irish Pub

An Irish pub in name (and some decor) only, the Newport is nonetheless a pleasant option for an evening restorative after wandering the upmarket shopping streets north of Atatürk Parkı. The open-plan layout and corn…
Bar in Kızkalesi

Turkish Turtles Club

Exposed bricks, saucy pop-star prints and giant beer cans make this the funkiest place in town. You may be keeping company with Turkish teenagers from Adana or Mersin, proudly showing off the newly inked tattoos the…
Bar in Antakya


This local student hang-out with brick walls and shuttered windows is an atmospheric spot for a tea, coffee or something stronger. There's occasional live music, cheap snacks aplenty, and tucked around the back is a…