Dalaman and Turkey “after dark” are always a lot of fun, especially considering that the legal drinking age here is 18 years old. Be aware that although much of the population is Muslim alcoholic beverages are legal and widely available. Popular drinks are raki, a liquor distilled from fermented grape skin with single or double strength. It is very strong, as is the Turkish coffee, which can definitely wake you up after some indulgence. Sade kahve is black strong coffee, whereas çok şekerli coffee means lots of sugar.
Turkish wine is a major market, with well known varieties like Kalecik, Doluca, Talay Kuntra, Sevilen and Bogazkere. Efes and Tekel Birasi are the two largest breweries; though not located in Dalaman, they are a short distance away. Popular resort club hotspots outside the town and district include Fethiye and Icelmeler. Dalyan is a top resort as is Gocek.
Cigarettes are sold freely but smoking is banned in public places. In fact, smoking in the presence of someone else now requires permission from the non-smoker. Thus, if anyone asks you not to smoke (or coughs with intent for you to take note), take it seriously. In non-touristy areas, the smoking ban is not as heavily enforced.
Other traditional drinks served in restaurants and pubs include Ayran, yoghurt and water, and best served at locations near the Toros (Taurus) Mountains. Tea is also widely popular in Dalaman and Turkey, though local tea is often very strong, and more so than traditional English tea. Apple and sage tea are favourites. Boza is a sweet drink, while Sahlep is a hot milky drink flavored with cinnamon. Red poppy syrup is made of red poppy petals, water and sugar.
Popular clubs and bars in the area include the Malibu Beach Bar at the hotel of the same name and Ali’s Place, which serves beer and meals. The Hilton Dalaman Golf Resort Bar offers a nice rooftop scenic view along with drinks and meals. The Pop-In pub has a happy hour and is a laid back pub with a nice staff.
As you can see, night clubbing is not a big priority in Dalaman. Most locals recommend going the nearby Marmaris area, which contains more clubbing options than Dalaman. Dalaman has a comparatively quieter personality. Alternatively, you could head over to Gocek, Dalyan or Sarigerme, for a livelier scene.
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