Ankara Nightlife

Ankara's nightlife revolves around its student cafés, bars and restaurants in Kizilay and the more sophisticated eateries and clubs. From May to the end of September the city's outside seating spills out onto the pavement as gardens and open courtyards all come to life.

Bars in Ankara

Biber Café / Pub

Widely considered one of Ankara's best beer haunts, Biber Café is a great place to sup a pint to good sounds, with live music that ranges from up-and-coming talent to established artists.

Tel: (0312) 430 0717.

Hayyami Wine House

A popular place for wine lovers, Hayyami Wine House also serves great food. Arrive early to grab a decent table and choose from a vast menu of fine vintages, cocktails and liquors.

Bestekar Sokak 82/B, Kavaklıdere
Tel: (0312) 466 1052.

Newcastle Pub

Expect a lot of English-style pub congeniality in this lively expat hangout where pub quizzes and bar fare go hand in hand.

Tel: (0312) 466 0575.

Clubs in Ankara

Locus Solus

Join high-cred DJs and a hip, cool and funky crowd in this unpretentious hangout. Reasonably-priced drinks suck in the punters, rain or shine.

Bestekar Sokak 60, Kavaklıdere
Tel: (0312) 468 6788.

Murphy's Dance Bar

Join a mixed crowd of dance fans each Tuesday at the Hilton Ankara's signature club. Open 2100 to 0100. Expect 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s hits - anything goes.

Tahran Caddesi 12, Kavaklıdere
Tel: (0312) 466 0054.

Live Music in Ankara

Copper Club

Everything is 'shaken and stirred' at the Ankara Sheraton's uber-refined dance club. Expect red-and-black décor, moody lighting and top-notch bartenders serving some of the best cocktails in the city.

Sheraton Ankara, Noktalı Sokak, Kavaklıdere
Tel: (0312) 457 6000.

Nil Bar

Expect a quality line-up and pumping sound system at this top live music venue. Loud and proud.

Bayýndýr Sokak 19/C
Tel: (0312) 435 5843.


Pricier drinks and an impressive range of draught beers attract a more sophisticated crowd to this chichi party haunt.

Tel: (0312) 432 3079.

Classical Music in Ankara

Presidential Symphony Orchestra

The Muzika-yi Hümayun is one of the oldest symphony orchestras in the world. After the proclamation of the Turkish Republic, founding President Mustafa Kemal Atatürk renamed it the "Presidential Symphony Orchestra".

Tel: (0312) 309 1343.

Music and Dance in Ankara

Opera Sahnedi

The city's Opera House (Opera Sahnesi) is the largest of the three venues for opera and ballet in Ankara.

Tel: (0312) 324 2211 or 6801.