Ephesus, Bodrum & the South Aegean drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Bodrum Town

Dada Salon

Occupying an old sponge warehouse, this bohemian speakeasy is owned by Okan Bayulgen, a well-known TV, film and theatre actor. An intimate venue for cabaret, theatre and live-music acts, it occupies three floors and…
Bar in Datça

Roll Coffee House

A very welcome addition to Datça's night scene is this misnamed beer house with 90 different types of brew from around the world. Perched in a tiny shop high above the marina, Roll is in the hands of owner Hüseyin, …
Coffee in Muğla


This laid-back cafe in a beautifully restored bazaar off Saatli Kule Caddesi offers 'pure Turkish coffee' in such flavours as white or bitter chocolate, raspberry and walnut.
Club in Bodrum Town

White House

This doyenne of Bodrum's party scene, approaching its third decade, has beachfront chill-out rattan sofas, a dance floor pumping with house music and blissed-out tourists.
Bar in Selçuk


Destina's little front garden overlooking the greenery around the Temple of Artemis is perfect for a late-afternoon çay or sunset beer.
Bar in Bozburun

Marin Cafe

This chilled-out bar 10m before the landmark Pembe Yunus pension is hosted by lovely Maria.
Bar in Marmaris

Bar St

This raucous stretch of licentiousness is dominated by big, bold and brassy bar-club complexes that spill out onto the street. If you like laser beams, dance music, liquored-up louts, tequilas by the half-dozen and …
Pub in Kuşadası

Bar St

On this cacophonous strip, tattoo and piercing parlours line up alongside shamrocks, sex shops and gaudy bars, soundtracked by karaoke, televised football and loquacious touts. At the northern end, the long-standing…
Cafe in Selçuk

Ziryab Cafe

Bringing a touch of big-city hipsterdom to lil ol' Selçuk, the Nightingale Cafe has a small interior dominated by a bar with a handsome espresso machine, walls adorned with music posters and great music on the sound…
Teahouse in Kuşadası

Narya Cafe

The outdoor tables at this hybrid cafe and çay bahçesi (tea garden) in a small park on the water's edge have a million-dollar view and are sensational spots to enjoy a tea, coffee or soft drink, particularly at suns…