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Ankara Nightlife

Ankara's nightlife revolves mainly around student cafés, bars and restaurants in Kızılay, where music thumps until late at night. From May until the end of September, the city's entire population seems to spill out onto the pavement as cafe terraces, gardens and open courtyards all come to life after dark.

Bars in Ankara

Biber

Ask most young Ankara locals where to go out for a good night in town, and Biber's name is bound to be mentioned. A stalwart of the nightlife scene for years, this bar has well-priced drinks, live music most nights, and a fun, party vibe that gets rowdy late at night.

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Telephone: +90 312 430 0717

Hayyami Wine House

This longstanding wine bar continues its reign as one of Ankara's top evening spots for lovers of a good vintage. There's a menu of meze that goes beyond the typical Turkish selections and make the perfect fodder for munching on with friends while drinking a bottle or two.

Address: Kavaklıdere, Bestekar Sokak, Ankara,
Telephone: +90 312 466 1052

Newcastle Pub

This is a slick, modern and laidback bar-cafe that attracts a good mix of Turks and Ankara's foreign resident crowd. There's decent bar fare if you're peckish, and music is kept at a level where you can still have a conversation. A great choice if you're looking for a relaxed night out.

Address: Çankaya, Kudüs Caddesi, Ankara,
Telephone: +90 312 502 0122
Website: http://www.newcastle.com.tr

Clubs in Ankara

Budha Club

Join high-cred DJs pumping out a mix of crowd-pleasing electronica and Turkish pop at this large clubbing venue which is fast becoming the top late night spot for dancing in the city. There are regular theme nights, party nights, and occasional live bands.

Address: Bahçelievler, Azerbeycan Caddesi, Ankara,
Telephone: +90 312 215 2021
Website: http://www.budhaclub.com

Escape

This large venue attracts a mixed crowd of both professionals and students up for a big clubbing night. Expect lasers, expensive drinks and DJs playing a vast range of genres with both Turkish and international hits (but mostly concentrating on pop) and a friendly crowd on the dance floor.

Address: Çayyolu, Park Caddesi, Ankara,
Telephone: +90 312 240 9494
Website: http://www.web.escapeankara.com

IF Performance Hall

This club/live music venue draws in both big-name local DJs (playing a mix of Turkish and International electronica, RnB and pop) and live bands and musicians. During the week it tends to be more low-key but Friday and Saturday nights, particularly after 2300, there's a real clubbing vibe.

Address: Kavaklıdere, Tunus Caddesi, Ankara,
Telephone: +90 312 418 9596
Website: http://www.ifperformance.com

Live music in Ankara

Adres Bar

This highly popular live music venue is a cafe by day and bar by night, and attracts a youthful crowd. Music here varies from more traditional-style folk music, to acoustic sets and modern rock. On weekends it often get packed out with university students on a night out.

Address: Kızılay, Bayındır Sokak, Ankara,
Telephone: +90 312 431 9104

Nil Bar

One of the city's top live music venues, Nil Bar hosts an ever-changing line up of Turkish rock bands and musicians every night of the week. Always loud and nearly always packed, this is the best place in town to check out the local music scene.

Address: Kızılay, Bayındır 1 Sokak, Ankara,
Telephone: +90 312 435 5843
Website: http://www.nilbar.com

Ruhi Bey Meyhane

This is a contemporary version of a traditional meyhane (Turkish tavern). It's hugely popular with locals for its excellent meze (starter plates made for sharing) menu, the live fasıl (folk music) band entertaining the crowds during week nights and more upbeat, modern Turkish pop musicians on weekend evenings.

Address: Kavaklıdere, Budak Sokak, Ankara,
Telephone: +90 312 427 4294
Website: http://www.ruhibeymehane.com

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Sheraton Ankara Towers

This prominent landmark hotel soars high above the central city and offers unrivalled views of Ankara's bustling Kavaklıdere district. Rooms are classically styled in earthy tones and come with full modern amenities, while the hotel has bars and restaurants, a pool and fitness centre.

Otel Mithat

Neat and tidy (though small) rooms, friendly staff who speak some English and a central location are the major bonuses at this downtown Ulus hotel, just off the main road. The included breakfast is very good and unlike a lot of hotels in the Ulus district, rooms aren't too noisy.

Murat Bey Konağı

Nestled amongst the alleyways of the citadel district, this charming small hotel delivers oodles of cosy appeal, wrapped up in a restored, wooden Ottoman mansion. The outdoor courtyard is a tranquil escape from the city, while the smallish rooms have original Ottoman features but are decorated in a modern style.

Grand Sera Hotel

This is a solid budget choice in downtown Ulus which punches above its weight, offering decent-sized rooms freshly decorated in light colours, comfortable beds and modern amenities. Staff don't speak much English but are very friendly and helpful.

Hotel Abro

For a mid-range, comfortable option, this place takes some beating. Highly popular with both business and leisure travellers, Abro's minimalist-style, spacious rooms are fitted out with modern amenities and are in a prime Kızılay location, close to Ankara's vibrant cafe and restaurant scene.

Divan Çukurhan

One of Ankara's most atmospheric hotels, this luxury property is set inside the restored Çukurhan caravanserai building which dates back to the 16th century. Rooms boldly fuse Turkish and Asian decoration with contemporary, colourful design, while the central courtyard holds onto its historic features but has a glass roof.