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From jazz bars to raves, Turkey’s cities have fully embraced the cosmopolitan lifestyle. In Istanbul, for example, nights out can be a salacious combination of dancing and drinking at a local nightclub, or a more refined affair at a swanky bar, followed by a nightcap at an exclusive hotel.
Fancy checking out one of the most glamorous nights out that Turkey can provide? In Istanbul, head to glitzy Istanbul bar SuAda (off the Kuruçeşme shore) – located on an island, the prices here are as high as the heels.
The bars and clubs in Beyoglu – the go-to area for the city’s cool crowd – are less expensive, while for something altogether more down to earth, head to the Asian side of town. There’s great bar-hopping to be had on Kadife Sokak – start with grungy Karga (16 Kadife Sokak) and work your way down.
Despite Ankara’s reputation as a serious government city, Turkey’s capital also boasts a huge student population, meaning there are plenty of cheap bar and clubs catering to this crowd.
Head to Kizilay, where the bars and restaurants are full of life, particularly during the summer. Don’t miss Biber Café Bar (3/D İnkılap Sokak), a well-loved watering hole among the locals.
In most places outside the cities and resorts, nightlife in Turkey revolves around the local square or main drag, and tends to consist of nothing more strenuous than a gentle stroll around, saying hello to the locals, and sitting at cafe tables with drinks in hand.
This relaxed scenario counts for a night out in Turkey’s rural areas, and while it might not be the most stimulating, it’s a very relaxing way to tune into ordinary life for many Turks.
Elsewhere, entertainment in Turkey’s more popular resorts – such as Marmaris, Oludeniz and Bodrum – will make British travellers feel comfortable, offering British-style pubs complete with flat-screen TVs showing sport from back home.
Bodrum even has its fair share of mega-clubs, while plenty of venues put on ‘traditional’ belly-dancing shows. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you want a Turkey holiday that feels familiar, these resorts are a good place to start.