A guide to nightlife in Izmir Region
The vast area of Izmir has a varied nightlife. In Izmir City, the Alsancak and Konak areas are the places to be seen, whether you’re seeking out traditional Turkish music or a club where you can dance the night away. In the smaller towns and villages you’ll find traditional, family-run taverns and in the coastal town of Seferihisar, lazy Turkey holiday evenings are what it’s all about.
Chill out at Mavisu Cafe Bar, Seferihisar
You’ll be met with joyous smiles as you make your way into this chilled out Turkish bar located in the centre of the slow-paced coastal town of Seferihisar. Sit back and enjoy some traditional shisha on the contemporary, covered, street side patio as you listen to live musicians playing Turkish music from inside.
If there’s a big sporting event you don’t want to miss, the ambient bar also shows all major sporting events on its big screen located inside. As you sip on ice-cold Efes beers and tuck into Turkish mezze, the staff and locals will be eager to make you feel welcome and involve you in local customs.
Get your glitz on at Outside, Izmir City
Outside is one of the most popular clubs in Izmir and is pulsating with energy, glitz and glamour. Alongside its contemporary decor you’ll find DJs playing a good mix of techno and house music with some contemporary Turkish tunes thrown in for good measure.
An enthusiastic crowd keeps the dancefloor moving until the early hours and it is advised that you dress to impress to gain entry into this chic establishment.
A real Turkish experience at Orient bar, Kusadasi
Step back from the crowded venues along the popular Bar Street on cheap holidays to Turkey and you’ll find this quirky little bar tucked away down a side street in the old quarters of town. With grape vines hanging from the ceiling in a cosy courtyard and authentic instruments adorning the walls, if you’re after authentic Turkey, look no further.
Located close to the marina this bar enjoys stunning views over the bay of Kusadasi and is a great place to chill out over ice-cold beers and freshly made cocktails while enjoying live music or watching the sun set into the horizon.
A night in a castle at Caravanserai, Kusadasi
Caravanserai is an old Ottoman Castle situated near the port of Kusadasi and dates back to 1618. Despite having been furnished to meet its present day needs the building has been wonderfully preserved, spread over two floors, spilling out onto a spacious, quaint courtyard.
After dark, the gorgeous venue hosts traditional Turkish evenings, where you can listen to local music, watch belly dancing and even attempt Turkish dancing yourself. An evening at Caravanserai includes a light dinner including an authentic mezze buffet with local wine and beer. You’ll also be serenaded by soft music as you dine.
Get your hipster on at Sardunya Cafe and Bar, Izmir City
This hip little bar in the bustling district of Alsancak is popular with the locals. Although not one of the cheapest bars in the area, its ambient music and trendy decor make it a fantastic place to kick back and catch up with your friends.
Inside you’ll find a dimly-lit bar with beautiful tiled floors, brick walls and a collection of boothed seating separated by industrial looking fences. Outside is a cosy, decked yard enjoying it’s own bar serving up ice-cold international beers.