Turkey’s most popular summer holiday spots with great food, clear blue waters, and an unbeatable Mediterranean atmosphere. Once the sun goes down, there are still plenty of great places to explore for the perfect summer evening. Check out the places below to find the best bars to get craft cocktails and nightclubs to dance until the sun comes up.
After opening in Bitez, Savra Bodrum has quickly built a reputation as a happening place for Istanbul-based visitors and like-minded locals. Alongside the restaurant serving local flavors sourced from around the peninsula for lunch and dinner, the place fills its weekly evening agenda with live performances, concerts and parties. As the talk of the town in winter, it aspires to lead the path for local entertainment throughout the summer months as well. If the night continues until late, their boutique hotel offers rooms to host weary souls. In the summer, advanced reservations are recommended.
Adliye Caddesi No.85, Bitez, Bodrum; T: (0252) 363 04 63; @savra_bodrum
The buzz surrounding the opening of Klein in Istanbul has been deafening, and we’re expecting no less of its little sister, Eva Klein, which kicked off in Bardakçı in 2017. We’ve already seen how Klein likes to walk the fine line between decadence and kitsch, paying homage to detail and spectacle. As in Istanbul, Eva Klein will focus on DJs as the main attraction, hosting an array of local and international names who serve up a mix of house, futuristic techno and hedonistic electronica. With a range of catchy beats, expect to stay on the dance floor until morning.
Eskiçeşme Mahallesi, Haremtan Sokak No.1, Bardakçı, Değirmenburnu; T: (0252) 313 22 82; @evakleinbodrum
Stepping into the beautifully-decorated Dada Salon brings to mind the glamorous 1920s era. This also happens to be when the Dada art movement (which the location takes its name after), flourished and the venue aims to pay homage to this era, acting as a meeting point for culture lovers, with an events agenda filled with live music, curated performances and exhibitions.
Established by Turkish actor and talk show host Okan Bayülgen, Dada definitely makes a long-awaited difference on the ever-popular “bar street” of Bodrum, offering unmatchable ambiance and smart music. The conceptual drinks menu offers half a dozen of signature cocktails, named after the main representatives of the Dada movement, such as Man Ray and Hans Arp. They may come off as pricey even for Istanbulites (65TL a pop!), but they also excellently complement the mood of the two-storey space, where a copper bathtub takes center stage in the lounge area. A must-visit for curious vacationers and locals alike.
Open from 8pm; closed Mondays. Çarşı Mahallesi, Dr. Alim Bey Sokak No.44, Bodrum; T: (0252) 316 00 38; @dadasalonbodrum
Gekko Cocktail & Whisky
Opened in 2016, Gekko Cocktail & Whisky has quickly become a local favorite. The venue owes this success to its authentic architecture and craft cocktails. Located at Barlar Sokağı, Gekko uses a renovated sponge warehouse. Co-owner Ertan Engin oversees the bar to serve high-quality tipples all night long. Whisky- and gin-based cocktails stand out on the menu. So you will be sipping your favorite cocktail at a place that is true to the town’s spirit. The night at Gekko starts with soft tunes and progresses into upbeat and catchy tunes to make you dance until the sun rises.
Dr. Alimbey Caddesi 1025 Sokak No.1/1, Bodrum; T: 0533 276 16 31; @gekko_cocktailwhisky
Kâtip Cocktail Bar
Known as the one and only speakeasy cocktail bar of Bodrum, it should definitely be on your list of go to places. Located in Eskiçeşme, hidden behind a magnificent blue door, once inside you won’t want to leave the cozy and hip atmosphere. The venue is designed to make you feel as comfortable as If you were at home and the staff will make you feel like family. Go on your own, with a group of friends or with a date, either way you are bound to enjoy yourself. Katip is widely known as a speakeasy, so you will want to check out their cocktails above all else but food is also served. This fresh and happening bar is only open during the summer on Friday’s and Saturday’s, so plan wisely and don’t miss your chance!
Mah.Davulcu Ali Sokak No.17, Eskiçesme, Bodrum; T: 0535 507 76 81; @katipbodrum
Including both indoor and outdoor areas, Discetto at The Bodrum EDITION has everything you need for a memorable summer night out. With food and cocktails menu designed to be shared (you heard it right– just order a bowl of punch for the whole party!) and an energetic entertainment indoors, you’re off to a musical journey inspired by some of the best clubs from Ibiza to Mykonos.
Open daily from 6pm. Dirmil Mahallesi, Balyek Caddesi No.5A, Yalıkavak; T: (0252) 311 31 35; @discettobodrum