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If you spend your holiday in Antalya, you will have the pleasure to get a taste of the colorful nightlife in the region. Whether you are in Antalya, Side, Kaş, or Alanya, the evenings are full of events and things to do.
Clubs, bars, restaurants, shows, live music, and late night coffees shops... There are plenty of places open until very late that will provide you with fun and entertainment.
On this page, find all the answers to popular questions about nightlife in the Antalya province. You will read about the best locations, prices, alcohol in general in Turkey, opening hours, customs in Turkey, parties at all inclusive resorts, and general questions.
Let's dive into it...
The Nightlife in Antalya happens between the all-inclusive bars, clubs, and pubs in the beach resorts and in selected places throughout the province.
Generally, there are four very popular places in the Antalya district with thriving nightlife.
In addition to the four places mentioned below all beach resort towns in Antalya have some local restaurants.
In Turkey, people like to take an extensive amount of time to eat and the table is always richly stocked. At a traditional rakı sofrası, a rakı table, there are countless hot and cold meze on the table and people eat and drink for hours. Rakı is drunk with fish and this drink is also very popular with meat dishes.
Often the meal is accompanied by Turkish folk songs, which are sometimes performed live. Turkish rakı songs sound melancholic and are usually about love, desire, and remembering. Traditional songs are often played and many Turkish people know them from memory. Learn more about food in Antalya in the following articles.
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Turkey is a Muslim country, but alcohol is sold almost everywhere.
Every supermarket and also every tekel buffet has spirits. There are places that do not serve alcohol, especially in the more rural areas. Other than that, alcohol is served almost everywhere in tourist areas.
Only during Ramadan, the month of fasting, restaurants that usually serve alcohol may not do so.
Popular Turkish alcohols you should know:
Prices in Restaurants: The prices in restaurants are very different depending on location and what they offer. While you can eat very cheaply in more rural areas and get very affordable dinner in simpler restaurants, prices in the cities and in tourist areas can reach Central European levels.
Prices for Alcohol: Alcohol is very highly taxed in Turkey and is therefore relatively expensive. That's why many tourists prefer all-inclusive resorts. Alcohol is not served in every pub and restaurant, but in the tourist areas, alcohol is served almost everywhere.
Opening Hours: In Turkey, people eat dinner relatively late, around 20:00 the restaurants start to fill up. They are usually open until midnight, often longer if there are still guests in the house. In more rural areas, restaurants often close earlier.
Every evening, the restaurants serving rakı are filled with locals enjoying the national drink accompanied by Turkish music. Rakı is also called "Lion's milk" and is accompanied by countless mezes and meat or fish.
If you just want to drink a beer and not eat, you should go to a pub. However, if there is a soccer match on TV, they will all be crowded and the matches will be broadcast on huge screens. Turkish people love soccer and the games are watched in a lively way, full of enthusiasm. Don't be surprised by loud comments and when a goal is scored, the whole pub will be roaring - provided it's for the right team.
Typical Turkish cafés are reserved for men. Here, people meet to chat and play backgammon. Alcohol is not served, but the locals drink strong black tea. There is at least one café in every neighborhood, which is frequented until late in the evening.
Custom travel planing in Turkey with benefits at selected beach resorts in the Antalya province.
Numerous concerts and festivals are held in Antalya throughout most of the year, such as the Antalya Opera and Ballet Festival in June, the Antalya Tourism Festival in July, the International Folk Music and Dance Festival in August, and the Ibradi Grape Festival in September, just to name a few.
The beach resorts in Antalya have their own nightlife. Each resort has several bars and pubs and at least one club where a DJ plays in the evening. Live shows are often performed in the theaters.
If you have booked all-inclusive, all drinks, including alcoholic ones, are also free. However, alcoholic beverages are mostly limited to locally produced ones, i.e. rakı, Turkish wine, and Turkish beer. The ultra-all-inclusive concept also includes foreign branded drinks, be it Red Bull in your cocktail or a whiskey at the bar.
In addition, there are some party hotels in Antalya that cater to parties of all kinds, both with their facilities and their concept. An example of this is Adam & Eve Hotel in Belek.
There are several ways to make an evening special, below you may find some ideas.
Yes, of course there is alcohol in Turkey. Even if there is not a pub in every small village, alcohol is served everywhere in the tourist areas. Turkish people prefer to drink rakı, the Turkish national drink, which has a taste similar to licorice.
The prices in the restaurants are very different depending on the location and what they offer. While you can eat very cheaply in more rural areas and simpler restaurants, prices in the cities and tourist areas can reach Central European levels.
There are many ways to have an interesting evening, be it on a boat tour, at a concert, in a Turkish pub, or having dinner overlooking the sea, just to name a few. The choice is yours...
In Turkey, people eat dinner relatively late, around 20:00 the restaurants start to fill up. They are usually open until midnight, often longer if there are still guests in the house. In more rural areas, restaurants often close earlier.