Whatever you’re looking for from your holidays to Turkey, set your phasers for fun, ‘cause Marmaris has got it all: karaoke, dancing, drag show bars, along with open air clubs where the dress code is relaxed at best and the bubble machines go into overdrive.
It may not have the longstanding clubbing reputation of Ibiza, but a broad range of entertainment options and realistic prices certainly make Marmaris a good up-and-coming contender for the stag and hen holiday crown.
Party hotspots in Marmaris
Marmaris’ sea front entertainment zone of Long Beach is home to numerous restaurants and cafes, plus a number of dance bars that stay open til midnight. This is where most revellers start their warm up for the merrymaking marathon ahead. Come the witching hour, the serious party people drift over to Bar Street, a narrow strip of unabashed pleasure places thronging ‘til morning.
Best Open Air Club: Club Areena
Marmaris’ biggest venue for al fresco dancing never sleeps, pulling thousands of party-goers into its orbit every night of the year, thanks to free admission, regular laser shows, Turkish celebrity appearances and a blistering sound system – all leading up to the 4am crescendo, where the whole place gathers into one big, riotous foam party.
Best Drag Show: Talk of the Town
Whatever your usual preference for a night out, see something a little more out of the ordinary on your Turkey holidays with Rumours Bar’s long established cabaret and drag show, one that regularly packs out with punters. Prepare to be dazzled by the glam of Bobbie Kent’s International Play Girls Show before a series of comic turns camp it up for laughs in a relaxed garden bar setting, bookended with dinner and dancing.
Best Karaoke Bar: Santana
Looking to polish your pipes before that Britain’s Got Talent audition or just fancy blowing off some steam? Karaoke bar Santana has beach front views, an owner who revels in taking the mike himself and bar staff who are generous with the measures and who’ll gladly strut their funky stuff behind the taps.
Best Authentic Turkish Night: Kervansaray
You can still have a ball while sampling a bit of the local culture. A typical Turkish Night, such as this one run by leading professional show group Kervansaray features a sumptuous feast of traditional food and wine, belly dancing, authentic Turkish sounds, folk dance and some lively audience participation!
Best Alternative Music Place: Davy Jones’ Locker
When you’ve had enough of unabashedly commercial dance music and you feel like breaking out the leathers, drop in to Marmaris’ premier rock bar, which attracts rockers of all ages who head-bang along to some surprisingly proficient live bands playing classic rock, blues, Britpop and nineties numbers – and even at a volume where you can still hear your own chat up lines at the bar.
Best Brash Music Bar: Salt & Pepper
Affordable drinks, pumping tunes and a friendly welcome from the mostly male bar staff makes this place a hit with a young, garrulous crowd that knows how to let its hair down. It’s the kinda place where you’re positively encouraged to dance on the bar and swing on that pole!
Have you danced through the night in Marmaris this year? Have any other Turkish resort recommendations for club-fans? Let us know the best places to party on your Turkey holidays below!