Gay Freidnly Bars and Clubs in Northern Cyprus:
Girne / Kyrenia
Cram Bar (21:00-04:00 am)
Address: Belediye Otopark No:56, Girne (Kyrenia), Northern Cyprus
Web: Facebook.com/pages/Cream-Bar & Youtube.com/watch?v=IJgX7MTv77k
Reported by a website visitor as a gay friendly venue in 2008 and later in 2010 the managers confirmed it as a gay venue described as "a special place in the backstreets of the old town". The major activities are DJ and chill-out music and dancing The entrance is next to Ozgulen Kebab Restaurant facing the car park area hidden between Canbulak and Ataturk streets, 200 meter away from Ataturk Sculpture in from of Dome hotel which is located by the waterfront.
Comment about this venue:
"Contrary to another post, Cream bar is still open, as of August 2015, but only on Fridays and Saturdays. It's extremely quiet on Fridays but crowded and a lot of fun on Saturdays." (posted by G. from UK on August 19th 2015)
"This venue is closed down. I found it at the indicated address but entrance door was locked and it looked like it had been deserted long time ago." (Posted by a Turkish visitor on September 29, 2014)
"its a great place to go out, friendly bar staff. Open Fridays and Saturdays. Nothing before 12 midnight" (Posted by Wansink from Netherlands on July 08 2011)
"Probably the best gay venue on the island. Nice people and good cocktails must seen if you're gay. Outstanding music from world-famous DJ RAS (Posted by Orlando from Italy on February 22 2011)
"What a fantastic fusion, a bar that brings different corners of the world together under one roof, I felt so comfortable here, I had the choice of 3 environments with 3 different vibes, all just as happening in different ways. I had the party playing back for a few days since I left. One of those nights in your memory you hold forever!" (Posted by Ali from UK in July 28 2010)
"This is a very nice busy bar/club tucked in the backstreets good music good atmosphere was really surprised, I went on a Saturday night definitely a gay night and would definitely recommend." (Posted by Memetcan from UK on 22/07/2010)
"I had one of the best holidays due to this bars atmosphere and I have been to many bars around the world the staff are mad for it, very friendly, and mixed crowd." (Deniz, UK, 27/02/2009)
Address: Ziya Rizki Caddesi, No:280 Girne (Kyrenia), North Cyprus.
This place is not a gay exclusive venue, reported by a local person as a place where mostly other straight acting gay men can be seen and recommended with its relaxed atmosphere. Any other comments will be appreciated." (02/12/2010)
Comment about this venue:
"this is not à gay venue" (Posted on July 08 2011)
IN LEFKOSA/ NICOSIA
Address: Lefke Hani, No:5, Sur Ici, Lefkosa.
Located in the area of Asma-Alti just behind Buyuk Han (see picture on the right hand side)
Opening Hours: Monday to Thu 9am to 9pm Fri and Sat 10 am to till late (depending on the clientele)
A gay-friendly cafe reported by a website visitor as below:Lefke Hani, No:5
"Open Monday to Saturday during day and some late nights. Lorenza Coffee is a cafe/bar with lovely decor and excellent food choice. Offering home cooked pastries/salads and regularly holding masquerades" (May 2008)
Comments about this venue:
"What a nice welcoming and atmosphere! This is the true side of re-unification between communities. The "Pink Night" should become a weekly event !! Dx" (Posted by Damien from UK on June 18th, 2011)
"Great place, excellent food, very friendly atmosphere and staff." (Posted by Manos from South Cyprus on March 29 2010)
Cadinin Evi (17:00-04:00)
Address: Dereboyu district, Lefkosa (Nicosia) North Cyprus.
This venue was reported by a website visitor as a place not explicitly gay friendly.
"Cadinin Evi (literally means the House of the Witch) is said to be located in Dereboyu, which is the entertainment district of Lefkosa. It is supposed to be welcoming a mix crowd, including some British gay men and even by some foreign drag queens occasionally. (05/06/2009)
General Feedbacks for Gay Bars and Clubs in Northern Cyprus Turkish Republic:
"Everyone thinks that there is no gay bar in North Cyprus but there is two in Girne and one of them is Birdcage Bar. Its a very pretty bar that you meet with very friendly gays at there. Located in Girne Yacht Liman near to mosque: See this link: www.geocities.com/birdcage_girne" (May 2004)
"Bird cage has been unfortunately closed since 2005" (Posted on June 18 2010)
"Since the demise of gay bars in Girne, life has become quieter. In my humble opinion it wasn't exactly brilliant before but with Shakers and Selavie, things have hit rock bottom" (Dec 04, 2005)
Nightlife and Other Popular Non-Gay Bars and Clubs:
Bars and Clubs in North Cyprus are full of action, beat and spirit. Many of the bars have live music on regular basis, with various bands playing music from pop to rock, blues and Jazz. Any old times you can find satisfying music in and around the island for all emotions. Girne (Kyrenia) is probably the most famous town in North Cyprus because of its picturesque harbour area and the imposing castle overlooking it, which also has the most colorful nightlife in the Turkish part of the Island. There are many lively bars in Girne lining the beautiful harbour. If you like going out at night, you may go to one of the discothèques. Discos in Cyprus are usually combined with bars, or have special VIP sections away from the dance floor, where you can reserve a table for your friends to enjoy the music and dance away in VIP style. Although usually the music in discos is played by great DJ’s, some clubs may invite local live-bands to play on special occasions. The gambling casinos of the big hotels are open until morning, and many rich Turks from the mainland Turkey, where gambling is forbidden also visit North Cyprus for the sake of these Casinos.
Here are some of the popular regular (non-gay) bars and clubs in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
Shakers Bar & Disco - Girne
Address: Girne town center, (opposite of Beyti Restaurant) Girne (Kyrenia) Northern Cyprus.
There used to be a gay bar in place of Shakers. It is a regular bar now but occasionally gay men can still be around. They have karaoke night on Fridays.
Ice Club - Girne
Address: Above Cikarma Plaji (beach) Alsancak (quarter), Girne, Northern Cyprus.
Girne Ice Club is one of the most popular night life venue (bar & discotheque) in Northern Cyprus, hosting many international guest DJ's (Including the famous Global DJ's in August 2008)
Cadi Kazani - Lefkosa
Cadi Kazani is a cosy bar set in the heart of historical North Lefkosa's, in the Arabahmet area. You will always feel at home as the comfort and hospitality provides just that and more. Cadi Kazani is open both in winter and summer as it has a cozy outdoor setting.
Zephyr Bar - Lefkosa
Zephyr Bar in North Lefkosa off the road going to Metehan Border-Crossing has been a popular choice amongst the locals. It has live Turkish Pop music performances on weekends. On other nights they play soft rock. Reasonable sound-level is suitable for socializing too. There is no entrance fee to this bar as it has a traditional pub atmosphere and all are welcome.
Lions Garden - Gazi Magosa
Lions Garden is the biggest entertainment place in Northern Cyprus. Lions Garden Disco organize concerts, parties and international shows. Lions Garden calls itself a disco but it’s much more like an entertainment complex, with a state of the art-club and a popular restaurant. The Lions Garden disco itself boast a fantastic sound and light system, creating an amazing atmosphere. The disco alone covers some 3500 square meters, so there’s plenty of room for everyone to have fun. Entry to the disco costs around 10 Euro and drinks cost around 2 Euros each.
Popular Non-Gay Restaurants and Cafe Shops in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus:
Niazi's Restaurant - Girne
Address: Kordonboyu Street, Opposite of Dome Hotel, Girne (Kyrenia) Northern Cyprus.
Famous restaurant & bar known for its specialty called "full kebab", a concept of charcoal grilled kebab with accompanying "meze" appetizers. It has become so popular that the owners opened 3 other branches in Northern Cyprus.
Tree of Idleness / Huzur Agaci - Girne
Address: Address: Bellapais - Girne, N. Cyprus
Family owned traditional Cypriot restaurant in Bellapais, near Girne (Kyrenia). Located in the heart of enchanting and nostalgic historical village of Bellapais, facing the sparkling waters or Mediterranean Sea.
The Ambiance - Girne
Address: Parasut Sokak No. 20 Karaoglanoglu, Girne (Kyrenia)
Restaurant and beach club in Karaoglanoglu quarter of Girne, open 7 days of the week for lunch and evening dining. It is situated by the sea front between Girne and Lapta off the Girne-Lapta Road. They have a very rich menu including beef dishes, fish, lamb, chicken and vegetarian menus.
Gay Friendly Cinemas in Northern Cyprus:
There is no considerable information we obtained so far which is worth listing under this category.
Gay Friendly Sauna or Bath Houses in Northern Cyprus:
Gay Friendly Saunas and Bath Houses in Northern Cyprus Turkish Republic:
Please remember that bath houses and saunas are usually not explicitly confirmed as gay or gay-friendly venues by their owners/managers. Therefore, we are listing here only the ones which are being visited by the local gay men frequently.
Address: Irfan Bey Sokak, Surlarici (old city) Lefkosa, Northern Cyprus.
This is rather tourist hamam than being a gay / cruising venue, though a possibility always there to meet other gay people in any hamam. Buyuk Hamam (Grand Bath) is also known as Turk Hamami in the city. This bath was built over the ruins of a Latin Church (St George) in the 14th century. Today, the church’s marvelous front door actually lies several feet below street level, so you can really appreciate the ornate carvings of the original doorway.
"You can see fairies (feminine gays) and butch bisexuals. a place that you will feel comfortable, cheap but good quality" (June 2006)
Hamasi Korkut Hamamı (08:00-22:00)
Adres: Beliğ Paşa Sokak Lefkoşa, KKTC.
Its has a spacey hall at the entrance but the bath section is fairly small, even lacking a proper navel stone. The main reason you can prefer over the historical Buyuk Hamam is that this one is more gay-friendly and action is more likely. It is also cheaper naturally. costing around 7 US Dollars to enter. It is 5-10 minutes walking distance from the Buyuk Hamam.
Gay Cruising Areas in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus :
In general, the cruising areas - especially parks and secluded beaches are where gay men should be more selective with the people they meet. It is always possible to bump into some bad guys who want to trap the gay men in such places. Especially, be careful at night time and do not carry very valuable things and a lot of money on you, just in case.
These are the possible cruising places in Northern Cyprus:
*The neighborhood of Girne harbour and the water front. There may also be some rent-boys around.
*Girne Feneri (Lighthouse) and the breakwater.
*In Lefkosa; Kugulu park, the neighborhood of the old city walls, and the street between Lefkosa Turkish High Scholl (LTL) and the Library are most visable cruising areas especially recommended from 21:00 until 02:00 am.
Gay Beaches in Northern Cyprus Turkish Republic:
There are not any gay-exclusive beaches in Northern Cyprus Turkish Republic, but there are several beaches which are more suitable for the cruising gay men.
Salamis Beach is the popular beach for gay men in Northern Cyprus, some 10 km away from Gazi Magosa (Famagusta) - The part of the beach 1 km after Park hotel is said to be where gay men usually hang out and wait under the bushes for cruising. Gazi Magusa is the second most popular vacation district in Northern Cyprus after Girne. The ruins of Salamis antic city is one of the most famous historical attraction on the island.
In Girne (Kyrenia) - Kale arkasi (the area behind the castle) is a popular swimming and cruising place for gay men. Girne can be considered the most gay friendly city in Northern Cyprus, and gay action is more possible.
Other Beaches in North Cyprus:
North Cyprus has a varied coastline and offers many amenities for swimmers including luxurious beaches of big hotels and many public beaches. The Northern and eastern shores of North Cyprus are lapped by the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean. All along the coastline there are bays and beaches where swimming and sunbathing is possible almost the whole year round.
Girne (Kyrenia) Beaches
Kyrenia is home to some fabulous intact beaches including Acapulco Beach, Escape Beach, and Alagadi Beach. Acapulco beach is a very popular tourist beach and provides most facilities including sun loungers and a bar. Windsurfing is also very popular at Acapulco Beach. Escape beach is located just 5km from Kyrenia city and is one of the most beautiful beaches in Northern Cyprus with fine golden sand and clear waters, where there are a number of different water sports including deep sea diving, jet-ski, banana boats, canoeing, and pedal boating. Escape Beach Club is privately owned and sponsored and has turned the entire beach area into a desirable destination for holiday makers with a large and sophisticated restaurant, open air dance club, sun beds, massage centre and scuba school. Most of the boat trips from the harbour in Kyrenia sail out to Escape Beach and drop anchor there.
Alagadi Beach, also known as turtle beach is located approximately 10 miles east of Kyrenia. This sandy beach is full of large sweeping dunes and the clear water is also shallow. Alagadi beach has the longest stretch of beach on the coast, and for once it’s also a public beach that locals and tourists alike can enjoy. Behind the beach, the Five Finger Mountains rise up to provide a wonderful view even when you are not looking at the sea! Alagadi beach is one of the major beaches in Northern Cyprus where the loggerhead and green turtles come to nest, and so is sometimes called "Turtle Beach". Access to the beach from the main road is via dirt tracks, and most access points involve a walk through the impressive sand dunes behind to the sea itself. The first track giving access to Alagadi beach from the main road is a pretty 1.5km drive through olive trees and down to within 300m of the sea.
Gazi Magosa (Famagusta) Beaches
Famagusta has long been famous for its miles of sandy beaches. Some beaches are owned by hotels and have an entrance fee. Bafra Public Beach is 9.7 km from Bogaz in the village of Çayirova. Bediz Public Beach is situated on the east coast of Cyprus, north of Famagusta and well signposted from whichever direction you approach. Glapsides Beach is only 200m away from the Bediz Beach. Silver Beach is situated at the far south of the Salamis ruins, which is a great spot for swimming and snorkeling.
The Karpaz Peninsula or “panhandle” as the British called the north-east part of Cyprus is a land where time stands still. There are miles of sandy beaches in Karpaz with not a single person in sight. Ancient towns, basilicas, ruins and tombs scatter the area waiting to be explored. Malibu Beach Club provides crystal clear water for good swimming. There is a snack bar and sun shades there. There is a stretch of coast known as the Golden Sands which has 5 miles of un-spoilt beach and a magnificent scenery. The turtles use this beach in the summer for nesting.
Comments about this topic:
"Hello to all, I visited N.Cyprus recently and went to Salamis Beach and Alagadi beach. As the article mentions these are not gay beaches but some times there could be some action. Alagadi is a really beautiful beach but I also had a bad experience. My rented car was damaged and I got in a bit trouble with a guy at the beach (gay guy). But anyway Aladagi is really nice but do act in caution" (posted by John S. from UK on September 17 2012)
Gay Groups and Organizations in Northern Cyprus:
Queer Cyprus Association
Initially called Initiative Against Homophobia founded in 2007; re-named as Kuir Kibris Derneği - Queer Cyprus Association in 2012 aims to stop homophobia and transphobia within the society, prevent the discrimination through sexual orientation and sexual identities. Accordingly, Initiative Against Homophobia is a civil society organization which intend to protect the fundamental rights and freedoms of LGBT people and to increase the acknowledgement of people toward LGBT people.
The group has done a great job during amendment of the Chapter 154 criminal law which regulated homosexuality as "Crimes against nature" until it was abolished in February 2014.
Northern Cyprus is socially conservative country in terms of homosexuality especially in comparison to most European countries. Although it was not applied in practice very strictly, homosexual conduct between males was a crime until recently, based on laws inherited from British laws against sodomy after the island became a colony of British Empire in 1889. Female homosexuality had been technically excluded. Similar laws against homosexuality had been abandoned in Greek part of the island during European Union membership, however in the Turkish-controlled Northern Cyprus these British laws stayed theoretically valid until February 2014, although the authorities has been tolerant against homosexuality in the private sphere and there has been no application of this infamous law for many years.
Abolition of Anti-Homosexual Laws in Northern Cyprus
Repeal of the criminalization of male homosexuality had been under serious consideration since 2006. In October 2011, Greek MEP Marina Yannakoudakis claimed that during a visit to Northern Cyprus, President Eroglu promised her he would legalize homosexuality to bring it in line with Turkey, Southern Cyprus, and the rest of Europe. In December 2011, it was announced that, due to mounting pressure from MEPs, Northern Cypriot lawmakers would repeal the law currently criminalizing homosexuality. President Eroglu, the incumbent leader of the government, expressed that he would sign the bill into law when it came to him. In October 2013, preparations started to end the criminalization of male homosexuality, and on 27 January 2014 the Assembly voted for repeal at Second Reading. On 27 January 2014, the Assembly of the Republic, the Northern Cypriot parliament, voted to abolish the criminal code provisions that outlawed same-sex relations between men, becoming the last territory in Europe to decriminalize sexual relations between consenting, adult men. The bill was signed into law, and published in the official gazette on 7 February 2014. It took effect upon publication.
LGBT Rights in Northern Cyprus (Wikipedia)
Gay & Lesbian Internet Sources for Northern Cyprus:
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Yahoo Group for Turkish Gays
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General Information About Northern Cyprus
Cyprus Island is located in the east of Mediterranean Sea, off the south coast of Turkey and west coast of Syria. Cyprus Island was within the territories of Turkish (Ottoman) Empire since 1570, until the British Empire first took the administrative control of the Island in 1878 and then annexed it completely during WWI. It stayed as a British colony until it declared independent in 1960, when the administration was justly divided between the Turkish and the Greek Cypriots. There has been clashes between two societies afterwards, which became unbearable for the Turkish part when the nationalist Greek Cypriots and the military dicta regime in Greece took serious steps to unite the Island with their motherland Greece. As a result Turkey made military intervention to Cyprus in 1974, based on its rights originating from treaties as a guarantor state and took the control of one-third of the island. Until then there has been a de facto independent Turkish state in Northern Cyprus. The Turkish - controlled North took the name of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus after declaring independence in 1983, though only recognized by Turkey officially. A final attempt of uniting the Island was unsuccessful because the Greek Cypriots refused the United Nation referendum known as "Annan Plan" in the year 2004.
The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is divided into five districts which are Lefkosa (Nicosia), Magusa (Famagusta), Girne (Kyrenia), Guzelyurt (Morphou) and Iskele (Trikomo).
Girne is the major tourism district of North Cyprus. Once upon a time, Girne harbour was lined with warehouses in which the fruits of the countryside were stored waiting to be exported. The harbour is currently used largely for pleasure craft, and the buildings are now mostly all restaurants, with outdoor tables along the water. The castle at the east end of the old harbour is a very spectacular site and within its walls there is a twelfth century chapel showing reused late Roman capitals. Bellapais Abbey monastery in the village of Bellapais is also very significant historical monument near Girne. A larger harbour is located a few miles east of the town centre, used by commercial shipping and ferries from the Turkish mainland.
Famagusta contains spectacular ruins, including a magnificent amphitheatre, Roman baths, a gymnasium and royal tombs. The mosaics are particularly beautiful. Just inland from Famagusta are the church and monastery dedicated to St. Barnabas, the founder of the apostolic Cypriot Orthodox Church in 45 AD. Barnabas, a Cypriot from Salamis who visited the island, accompanied by St. Paul and St. Mark and was later martyred in Salamis in 52 AD. The church of St. Barnabas is preserved exactly as it was since abandoned in 1976. Famagusta harbour is dominated by a great citadel sometimes known as Othello's Tower in reference to the (fictional) play by Shakespeare. It contains a splendid 14th century Gothic Hall. The Venetian Palace was used, after its destruction in 1571, as a prison during the Ottoman Empire, and among the prisoners was Namik Kemal, the National poet of the Ottoman Empire, who was held there between 1873 and 1876, after having been exiled to Cyprus by the Sultan. Please visit the Website of Gazimagusa (Famagusta) Municipality
The capital Lefkosa situated almost in the centre of the island was divided by the "green line" between the island's two communities in the south and north respectively. It is the seat of government as well as the main business centre. Click here for Official Website of Municipality of Lefkosa (North Nicosia)
Güzelyurt is a market town in the north-west of the island. It contains one of the many churches in the country dedicated to St. Mamas, popularly believed to have lived as a hermit in a cave near Guzelyurt. Guzelyurt (Morphou) is home to one of the islands crossing points, which was opened in 2003 by the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
Administrative district of Iskele is encompassing the northeastern portions of the Gazimagusa district including the whole of the Karpasia Peninsula (Karpaz Yarimadasi).
Tourist Information Offices In North Cyprus
Nicosia: 0392 228 96 29-31
Kyrenia Gate (Nicosia): 03922272994
Ledra Palace (Nicosia): 0392 228 87
Famagusta: 0392 366 28 64
Kyrenia: 0392 815 21 45
Yeni Erenkoy: 0392 374 49 84
Ercan Airport: 0392 231 40 03
Gecitkale Airport: 0392 393 2O 84
Arrival to Northern Cyprus.
Direct flights to Northern Cyprus are forbidden by the government of the Greek Cypriots in the south. The airports of Gecitkale and Ercan are only recognized as legal ports of entry by Azerbaijan and Turkey, so all flights to Northern Cyprus must currently be routed via those countries. The Republic of Cyprus also allows passage across the Green Line from the part of Nicosia that it controls (as well as a few other selected crossing points), since the TRNC does not require a visa or leave entry stamps for such visits. Cyprus Turkish Airlines (CTA) operate direct* flights to Ercan, the airport in North Cyprus, from the UK but flights stop at Turkey for an hour en-route. Turkish Airlines operate daily services to North Cyprus from Stansted, Manchester, Heathrow and twice a week from Dublin. A change of aircraft is necessary at Istanbul. An alternative to flying to North Cyprus is to fly to Larnaca in South Cyprus and ask a friend or take a taxi to North Cyprus. The extra driving time on the ground (45 mins) is saved by using a non-stop flight.
Both car and passenger ferries run daily between Turkey's Mediterranean coast and the port of Girne (Kyrenia) in northern (Turkish) Cyprus. Most service is to and from Tasucu, the small port near Silifke (a district of Mersin Province of Turkey) east of Alanya and west of Adana on the Turkish Mediterranean coast. Fast catamaran passenger ferries ("sea bus") depart Girne for Tasucu every morning at 09:30 am, and depart Tasucu for Girne at 11:00 am. The voyage takes about two hours and costs about 40 Euro one-way, or 50-60 Euro for a round-trip.. Slower car ferries depart Girne at 12:00 noon daily except Sunday, and depart Tasucu at 24:00 midnight daily except Friday. The voyage takes four or five hours. Passengers pay somewhat less than on the fast catamaran passenger ferry. Cars cost around 60 Euro. In summer, there may also be fast catamaran passenger service between Girne (Kyrenia) and Alanya (3.5 hours).
Busses, mini-busses, and service taxis ply the routes between all the towns and many of the larger villages. Regular taxis are also available. Bus fares are cheap, and taxis are very reasonable. Whilst public transport will enable the visitor to enjoy `rubbing shoulders` wit the locals, those with limited time are advised to hire a car. Rent-a-car prices are affordable in North Cyprus.
A good inexpensive network of buses and mini-buses operates between all the main towns, in addition there are Dolmush (shared taxis) operating on the same routes. Taxis are widely available but do not carry a meter. However, there are standard journey charges.