Gay Bars and Clubs in Kusadasi:
Kusadasi is famous with its international port and for being a base to visit the neighborhood historical sites, the most famous one being Ephesus. There are not many gay exclusive venues in Kusadasi, but it is probably one of the top summer destination in Turkey visited by gay tourists especially arriving with cruise ships and many others staying overnight for a couple of days to see the near-by ancient cities. Besides being very close to many historical places Kusadasi also provides a colorful nightlife, all summer activities you can imagine and it has many beautiful beaches around it. The town is also visited in winter season by many tourists because the daily tours to Ephesus, Pamukkale etc are available from Kusadasi almost everyday round the year.
Tattoo Bar & Club
Address: Sakarya Sokak No: 12, Kaleici (old city/center), Kusadasi, Turkey.
The only and most senior gay club in Kusadasi - or even in Turkey. Tattoo Club is located across from well known Heaven Bar on a narrow street called Sakarya Sokak, which intersects the popular bar-street (Tuna Sokak) of Kusadasi. In fact, Tatoo was first located on Tuna Sokak before moving to this new address. It is a medium sized venue for most gay clubs in Turkey, but comparatively small for European standards. The club is usually busy on Saturday nights and during summer season. During the peak holiday season (July, August) it might also be good enough on Friday and most week in nights. They organize concept parties and variety of shows on special occasions.
Comments about Tattoo in Kusadasi:
"Good bar & music with nice people I had good time with locals and foreigners, come to see" (Posted by Eduardo from Spain on July 18 2013)
"We did try the gay bar Tatoo but was over priced and we were harassed by the rent boy locals who seen the foreigners as easy targets to buy them drinks etc." (Posted by N Tenant from UK on April 02 2012)
"The Z bar is the old name of Tattoo bar. And it is no longer in the mentioned Tuna Sokak but it moved just around the corner. The addresses are pretty useless in Kaleici because street names are not on the walls or on the map and no-one I asked had ever heard of Tuna-Sokak even when I was standing in it. But you can't miss tattoo if you walk around. On the opposite corner there is a very big place called Another Bar. Indeed the place only comes alive after one o'clock at night. but especially on Saturday. It gets busy when some Turkish gays come down from Izmir." (Posted by Frederik from Belgium on 16/08/2009)
Tattoo Bar, Kusadasi
"I've just come back from Kusadasi and after much searching and asking locals found the Tattoo bar! We arrived at 10pm to find the place dead! So went across the road to Shirleys Karaoke bar where we were made to feel very welcome and spent the next four hours singing! There were a few gay people in there and ended up making quite a few friends. Went back to the Tattoo bar at about 2am to find it heaving! Standing room only! Anyway had a great night. So if anybody wants to find it, then if you start by Bars Street and walk down the hill on your left you will see the the big stone arch. Go under that then turn right down another street and keep walking past the Limon bar. Then take the next left and keep going to the x roads where you will see Shirleys bar on the left corner. Turn left so Shirleys is on your right. Tattoo is just almost opposite on the left with big wooden doors and a neon sign above. It's easily missed." (08-05-2005)
Address: Bahar Sokak, No 6/A, Kaleici, Kusadasi, Turkey.
This place is reported by a local gay men as a gay-friendly venue in January 2011, and highly recommended with its "cosmopolite atmosphere and very friendly owners". It is also claimed that gay men visit this place even more than Tatoo bar sometimes. To reach Bahar Sokak (street), you should walk into Barbaros Bulvari (avenue) from the coast, and turn into the second street on your left. Well-known Caravanserai (Kervansaray) building is located at the very beginning of the Barbaros boulevard, near the Kusadasi Limani (harbour)
Taps Bar (20:00 - 04:00 AM)
Address: Camikebir Mah. ( Old city / Kaleici ) Tuna Sokak, No:4 Kusadasi
According to the recommendation message in July 2012 this venue has a straight & gay mixed patrons, mostly non-Turkish (tourists or foreigners who have settled in the vicinity), not surprisingly because the manager is a British lady called Shirley. It is classified explicitly as a gay-friendly venue by this lady manager. In addition to typical bar activities, there are billiard tables and the prices are said to be very reasonable. It is on the same (Tuna) street with Tatoo gay bar and other popular EX Club.
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Other Popular None-Gay Bars and Night Clubs:
Most of the major bars and clubs of Kusadasi is located in the bar street, among which you can choose easily when you just walk along. Kusadasi is very famous with its night life. You can find different music from every corner of the world. Having an evening out in Kusadasi town is for sure too much fun. There are 2 streets of bars here. “Barlar Sokagi / The Street of Bars” and “Asagi Barlar Sokagi / The Lower Street of Bars”. Countless Irish bars dominate the former and the Turkish ones the latter. Both streets have stone houses converted to clubs, bars. All the clubs and discos full with fun with their friendly atmosphere, high quality service and they have special attractions during the high season.
Here are some of the popular regular bars of Kusadasi.
Jimmy's Bar - Located on bar street, this Irish bar is one of the most unique bars in Kusadasi. It is definitely the place to visit with friends or even by yourself as the people there are so friendly that you will make new friends in no time.
Ecstasy - Kaleici (old city) Sakarya Street. No:10 Kusadasi, the most popular place in Kusadasi. Visitors from Izmir, Istanbul and several other places go to Ecstasy for an evening of dancing. It features an open-air disco, and has the latest music available.
Golden Oldies - Best karaoke bar in Kusadasi is Golden Oldies. Staff is brilliant and they make sure u have good holiday.
Odeon Disco Bar - Located on Bar street. It features large dance floors, the latest tunes and the coolest drinks. The club is air conditioned to ensure the perfect temperature for all night partying.
Gay Friendly Venues
Adres : Kadinlar Denizi Plajı (Ladies beach) 5. Sokak, No:2 Kusadasi/Turkey
"Such a nice and lovely place. traditional fantastic meals. they are very welcome to LGBT." (Posted by Sara from Canada on June 16 2014)
Attention: Please consider that this information is provided by a website visitor and published here without the approval of the owners / managers.
Other Popular Restaurants and Cafe Shops in Kusadasi:
Cinar Fish Restaurant - Located near Kismet Hotel, this is one of the best fish restaurants in the region. It features a clean and open kitchen where you can see your food being prepared, beautiful decorations and a phenomenal view of the ocean.
A Grand Restaurant - Yildiz Sok. No 1-A Kusadasi, It features a menu consisting of Turkish specialties, international dishes and vegetarian dishes and without a doubt the best steaks in town. It has a kids playground, ensuring that the entire family is entertained.
Hann Restaurant & Bar - Located by the sea side of (Ataturk Street) Kusadasi. They have very good Italian and Turkish specialties. And also seafood. open summer and winter. Every night they have Turkish live music. See Tripadvisor Reviews
Cimino Bistro and Cafe - Ataurk Bulvari No: 56/B Kusadasi Turkey - Seafront Downtown Kusadasi
One of the most popular restaurants in Kusadasi especially for British Irish and Scottish.
Gay Friendly Cinemas in Kusadasi:
Unfortunately there is not any explicitly gay / gay-friendly bath house cinema in Kusadasi.
Gay Friendly Sauna or Bath Houses in Kusadasi:
Unfortunately there is not any explicitly gay / gay-friendly bath house, saunas or hamam in Kusadasi.
Other Recommended Sauna or Bath Houses in Kusadasi:
Not necessarily in order to find partners, a visit to a historical Turkish bath is at the top of the must-do list for gay tourists visiting Turkey. The following ones are recommended (none-gay) baths in Kusadasi for those who do not to miss this exotic experience.
Address: 7 Eylul road (Behind the post office) Kusadasi / Turkey
Built in early 18th century a very good sample of Ottoman style Turkish bath architecture. It's at the corner that intersects Yedi Eylul and Tuna streets. The entrance to the bath is from an arched door on the road of Yedi Eylul (Yedi Eylul yolu).
Belediye (municipality) bath is located on Yildirim Caddesi (street) up the hill behind the Akdeniz apart-hotel. Take the street which goes along the left side of the hotel. Open from 9 am to 9 pm.
Gay Cruising Areas in Kusadasi:
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 come across to 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.
There is not such a considerable gay scene but the blow ones are the most popular gay cruising places in Kusadasi, especially more fruitful in the evenings.
*The waterfront and the neighborhood of the marina.
*Merkez park (the central park by the coast)
*Barlar Caddesi-Bar street.
Gay Friendly Beaches in Kusadasi
There is not any explicitly gay beach in and around Kusadasi, exception may be secluded part near Kustur beach reported by webiste visitors (see below). besides that, it is more likely to see gay men in the nearest public beach called Kadinlar Pilaji (Ladies Beach) and sometimes in Green beach located right after Ladies beach, which is more secluded and therefore more suitable for cruising.
Kustur Gay Beach:
This place was reported by website visitors. Similar to so-called gay beach of Bodrum it is a secluded rocky beach far from the settlement area. It is behind the hill across the Tusan Hotel on Kustur beach. It is rather a cruising area than a beach, but you can also have sun bath, swim and dive on some parts. From Kusadasi bus terminal there are local buses passing near Tusan hotel almost every 5 minute in summer. Click here to approximate location on Google Maps
Visitor comments about this place:
"Take the Dolmus from Kusadasi to Tusan Otel. You go around the hotel and from the beach climb up the hill on the right side. The cruising area is near the fence of the Pine Bay Hotel." (03 December 2009)
"There is a gay beach behind back of the Tusan Hotel (You have to climb up to the hill around the lake and the other side of that hill is a gay beach. (Posted by Sylvester on Apr 12, 2010)
"There is a gay beach behind back of the Tusan beach resort hotel. you have to follow way around the lake behind back of Tusan you should walk after you finish the lake and climb up the other side of the bay. you can find that bay if u follow no grass and no trees road which will bring u to the other side of that bay. the place is rocky and hard with slippers but u can have nude sunbathing" (Apr 16, 2011)
Other Popular Neighborhood Beaches of Kusadasi:
Kadinlar Pilaji (Ladies Beach)
This beach gives its name to town established near it. Ladies Beach is a sandy beach, 1 km long which offers sun umbrellas, deck chairs, showers, cafés and restaurants across the street from the beach. Ladies Beach, one of the most preferred beaches in the area is extremely crowded on Sundays due to native vacationers. It's only 5 minutes drive or 20 minutes walk from the center of town. The area is full of hotels, apart hotels, pensions and summer houses. You can also enjoy all water sports activities in this beach.
Green beach (Yesil Plaj)
This beach is only 5 minutes drive from the center of town and almost 5 minute walk from ladies beach area. It's a sandy beach and you can either lie on the sand or on the grass under the palm trees. It's a small and calm beach. On Sundays, however, the beach is quite packed with native vacationers.
Downtown Beach (Merkez Plaji)
Downtown beach is the only beach within the town, located next to marina, facing harbour. There is no entrance fee. There are no sun umbrellas or deck chairs though. It is a convenient beach to take a quick dip in to the sea if you are staying in a downtown hotel.
Long Beach which is 15 minutes drive away from Kusadasi is a 6 km long beach area at the south of Kusadasi. The coastal area is occupied by hotels and Turkish summer house complexes. Long Beach offers deck chairs, showers, toilets, cafés, restaurants and especially water sport activities such as water skiing, parasailing and jet skiing.
Snake Island (Yilanci Burnu) bay is a rocky beach area very near the center of town. Snake Island is actually a very small peninsula to the left of Pigeon Island (Guvercin Adasi). This beach is only 10 minutes walk from the town center. The beach offers deck chairs, sun umbrellas, cafés and a restaurant. The peninsula provides two beaches one facing south-west and the other north. You can choose between the two depending on the the direction of wind. The most convenient way to get here is to join daily boat trips from city center, which usually give a swimming break at the beach.
5 km (3 miles) north of Kusadasi lies Kustur Beach, probably one of the most preferred beach area around Kusadasi. This area consists of 1 km long sandy shore. The beach and the surroundings were reorganized and rebuilt by the local government in 2000 and has become more attractive now. The beach area offers deck chairs, sun umbrellas, water sports activities, showers, toilets, sand volleyball court, cafés and restaurants and even an ATM machine in case you need urgent cash ! The beach is quiet crowded on Sundays and during national holidays. Watching sun set from this beach is an extraordinary occasion. The sea is usually calm in the mornings and wavy in the afternoons. Transportation is very easy by public means
10 km north of town towards Selcuk and only 5 km (3 miles) from the ancient city of Ephesus lies the 5 km (3 miles) long Pamucak Beach. The sandy beach is approximately 80 meters (240 ft) wide. Through the middle of the beach the river Kucuk Menderes meets with the sea. This beach offers no sun umbrellas nor deck chairs. However, you can enjoy horse back riding or camel riding on the beach. Although this beach is also visited by lots of local vacationers on Sundays and national holidays, the beach does not seem so crowded because of its size.
There are many beach clubs in Kusadasi. You can enjoy music, shows, events, drinks, shade, sun, sand, grass, parties all at the same time in the beach clubs. Sun Set Beach Club which is in the next bay after Yesilhamam, is a private facility where you have to pay a certain fee to use the premises. The club offers deck chairs, sun umbrellas, café and a restaurant. The area has no sand but there is a concrete-stone mixture platform on the rocks. You can either choose to dive or walk into the deep water.
National Park (Kalamaki)
Lying 30 km (19miles) south of Kusadasi towards the end of Kusadasi Bay, on Dilek Peninsula, National Park is one of the most preserved places in the country. Dense pine trees which cover the mountains reach the beaches and the sea in this well reserved park. The sea water in this area is crystal clear. Whether you like hiking in the mountain trails or lying on the relaxing beach, this is an absolute paradise for vacationers. When you enter the park the first beach on the right-hand side is a sandy beach with picnic tables, shower facilities, toilets, deck chairs and a cafe-restaurant.
Gay & Lesbian Internet Sources for Kusadasi:
The meeting point of Turkish & none- Turkish gay men living / visiting Turkey. You can follow activities all over Turkey, including Ankara in this bilingual (Turkish & English) Facebook community page.
Yahoo Group for Turkish Gays
A Yahoo Group to meet Turkish gay men from all over Turkey. You can leave a message to meet Turkish gays and gay tourists living in or visiting Ankara in this group.
Yahoo Group For Turkish Lesbians
A Yahoo Group to meet Turkish Lesbians from all over Turkey. You can leave a message to meet Turkish lesbians and lesbian tourists living in or visiting Ankara in this group.
Travel and Accommodation:
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Gay Friendly Hotels in Kusadasi
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Kusadasi Grand Bazaar is the biggest shopping center , situated near the Kusadasi Harbour, one of the largest shopping bazaar in Turkey, with well over 1000 Jewelry, Leather, Carpet and Souvenir shops. Shops in Kusadasi are open 7 days a week from 9 in the morning till midnight ! Bargaining during shopping is a must and having an offered drink (tea/coffee) while bargaining is a tradition.
Hand made Turkish Carpets, soft leather jackets and exquisite jewels are among the most desired items by visitors. The main reason for such trend is the low price and high quality of these items. Almost all of the shops accept credit cards, travelers checks and any major currencies. Most products come with manufacturer's warranty and you may return them within a certain time period. Salesmen and saleswomen are very friendly and speak most of the major languages.
The Kusadasi Market is held every Friday, where you can find anything you desire. It starts at the bottom of a hill and winds its way up hill passing fruit and vegetables, olives, cheeses, honey, live stock spices, jeweler and clothing stalls. There is the Orient Bazaar, with the wild bargaining for rugs. The downtown streets are filled with vendors and the delicious local candy, the Turkish delights. Anything leather: jackets, purses, gloves - or oriental rugs available with very steep prices but they last a lifetime. Jewelry is also a major business in Kusadasi and many jewelers line the street Barbaros.
General Information About Kusadasi
Kusadasi is famous with its international port and for being a base for visiting the neighborhood historical sites, the most famous one being Ephesus. Kusadasi is officially a part of Aydin province and located at a distance of 90 km (56 mi) to the south from the region's largest metropolitan center of Izmir and a short distance from the Greek Island of Samos, connected with daily ferryboat service. The city stands on a bay in the Aegean with the peninsula of Guvercin Ada sticking out into the sea at one end, and the mountain of Kaz Dagi behind.
Besides being very close to many historical places Kusadasi also provides a colorful nightlife, all summer activities you can imagine and it has many beautiful beaches around it. This makes Kusadasi unique among the similar resort towns in Turkey. The town is also visited in winter season by many tourists because the daily tours tor Ephesus, Pamukkale etc are available from Kusadasi almost everyday round the year.
Arrival: There are scheduled bus connections to Kusadasi from all major cities and towns of Turkey. Izmir is the nearest airport to Kusadasi, (about 70 km) and there are frequent flights from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Izmir. Hotels and travel agencies provide private airport transfers to Kusadasi hotels from Izmir airport, with extra payment. There are also plenty of public buses to Kusadasi from Izmir bus terminal.
Comments About Gay Life in Kusadasi:
"My partner and I stayed at Ponz Studio Hotel in Sept 2010 for 2 wks, it isn't a gay hotel but def gay friendly. They recommended some places for us to go which were spot on, we went to Emperor Bar on Bar st which was a great atmosphere, also couple other lively bars on bar street, we did try the gay bar Tatoo but was over priced and we were harassed by the rent boy locals who seen the foreigners as easy targets to buy them drinks etc. Plenty of places to eat and drink and we didn't feel out of place at all" (Posted by N Tenant from UK on April 02 2013)
"Kusadasi is a lovely coastal city where most of the large cruise ships stop. From here you can visit Ephesus, the ancient commercial city. I consider Kusadasi a gay-friendly holiday destination like any other international city. Visit Z Bar or Tattoo Bar, behind the major mosque of Kusadasi. It is opens till 04:00 am." (Jun 10 2010)
"Just got came back from a lovely 3 week break in Kusadasi and Izmir. There is no gay scene as such but you do spot some gay and lesbian tourists - although they are far and few in between I find. I took this snap of Tattoo Bar on Saturday. It is pretty tiny and things don't get going until the wee hours of the morning. I'd say use the same caution as GLBT person would normally do in anywhere in the world - u know without getting overly paranoid. Other than that Kusadasi has a lot offer. Kusadasi has changed a lot but it hasn't lost it's charm though! There's a nice open bar/café in the centrum by the junction near Golden Oldies, Dolmus stop and the street heading towards the sea promenade. I can really recommend it! There's a real mix in the clientele. I've seen a few GLBT tourist's there. It's a great stop off or start point. (6-21-2009),
"I don't know much about the actual gay life in Kusadasi but you certainly won't have to worry about hiding your sexuality at all. It's a really friendly place and I know of a few gay fellows who spend most of the season there. I found Kusadasi has changed a lot since I was last here. Tattoo Bar in Kaleici is the gay bar in town and also Taps which is in the same area attracts a gay crowd. Bar Street is quite `gay friendly; you can have a wicked time" (06-20-2008)