A guide to nightlife in Bodrum
Bodrum might not be Turkey‘s capital region, but when it comes to nightlife, it can certainly feel like it. Come nightfall, this slice of coast turns the volume up with clubs and bars, and even a catamaran-turned-disco. Evenings out here aren’t all vodka shots until four in the morning – there are plenty of places to kick back along the coast with a frozen cocktail, too. There just might be a karaoke session and a splash of dancing on the side.
Monumental nights at Halikarnas, Bodrum City
From afar, Halikarnas looks big enough to be its own monument. With tall white columns, it looks more ancient Greece than Turkish mega club. But once you set foot inside and take in the purple neon lights, any doubt that this hotspot is less than one of the finest nightclubs to be explored during Turkey holidays will fade away.
Halikarnas is one of the most well-known clubs in the country, and with that comes a slightly-steep entrance fee and pricey drinks. But the atmosphere makes up for it. There are dancers and stilt-walkers, DJs spinning a mixture of pop and Turkish music and a huge dancefloor that readily welcomes the hundreds of partygoers that flood through this club’s doors every weekend.
Laid-back nights at Mojitos Bar, Yalikavak
Mojitos is a friendly neighbourhood bar with loads of personality. It sits along the coast, so on top of the beach shack feel and colourful murals inside, you’re treated to sunset views and a lovely sea breeze.
As the name suggests, Mojitos specialises in cocktails packed with fruit – and sometimes sparklers. There are televisions playing rugby and football matches, plus karaoke a few times during the week. And regardless of when you stop by, you’re bound to encounter a dance party or two that reaches every crack and crevice of the bar.
Parties on the water at Club Catamaran, Bodrum City
Yes, this is a party on the boat, and yes, it’s epic. This club-turned-boat docks in Bodrum City, but once it’s loaded with holidaymakers and local partygoers, it sets sail for one seriously rowdy night on the water.
Club Catamaran is a massive floating disco – rumoured to be one of the biggest in Europe – with dancers on podiums and international DJs making the rounds every summer. One to save up for on cheap Bodrum holidays, the dancefloor is made of glass so dancers can see the sea foaming underneath them as they get down. And if you’re too sleepy to make the 5am return-time, there’s a speedboat that’ll take you back to shore early.
Drinks and a show at Atlantis Bar, Gumbet
Atlantis is one of the liveliest bars in Gumbet, and is topped by Molly Malones, its equally-vibrant sister-bar. What’s more is, the menu features frozen cocktails and beers whose prices are supremely low when compared to some of the super-sized clubs in bigger resorts.
But the top draw to Atlantis Bar is undoubtedly the staff. Every night they put on an entertaining dance show that brings in crowds looking to join the fun. And it’s a family-friendly bar too, so if you’ve travelled with little ones, they’ll be very much looked after here.
A little bit of everything at Roy's Place Karaoke Bar, Gumbet
Boredom isn’t an option at Roy’s – there’s something new around every corner that’ll vie for your attention. And it’s right by the beach, so if it isn’t the food or the drinks occupying your time, it’ll be the coastline stretching out before you.
Nights at Roy’s include dance numbers from the staff, a splash of karaoke and lots of frozen cocktails, not to mention 80s and 90s jams to keep you dancing throughout the night. During the day, this bar turns restaurant with a line of loungers along the waterfront, so if you aren’t careful, you could end up spending your entire holiday here.