Information about gay life in Ankara

Ankaral Gay Guide



Gay Bars and Clubs in Ankara

Ankara has a considerable gay life whereas the gay nightlife is indeed not as colorful as it should be. Several gay bars and clubs have been opened and closed in Ankara since late 90's. Here are the few exclusively LGBT venues in Ankara at the moment:

Savoy Bistro (12:00-24:00)
Address: Mesrutiyet Mah. Konur Sokak No: 8,  Kizilay, Ankara
Web: Savoybistro.html (Click for guest reviews, location map, videos, pictures and more)
Bistro Savoy is cafe & bar welcoming all LGBT people It was opened in early 2014 on the busy shopping & night-life street Konur Sokak in downtown Kızılay, Ankara. The venue is easy to spot on the street with its rainbow colored window. They offer facilities such as food, dance, music, bar, party organization etc. Click here for more information about the venue including guest reviews, party announcements and more.

Sixtiees Club (22:00-05:00)
Address:  Tunali Hilmi Cad. No: 96 / 1  Seymenler Pasaji,  Kavaklidere - Ankara
Web: Sixtieexclub.html (Click for guest reviews, location map, videos, pictures and more)

The longest lasting gay night club in Ankara catering exclusively to gay and lesbian clientele, Sixtiees Club is offering activities such as bar, dancing, karaoke and miscellaneous shows. The club was called Tribal when it was first opened in February 2008. It moved to a new address in September 2010 where there was a club called Sixtiees previously. The gay club was renamed as Sixtiees since then, despite the administration did not change. It usually gets busy after midnight, especially on Saturday nights.


Gay Friendly Cafe, Bars and Clubs in Ankara

Following venues are reported by local visitors as gay friendly venues, but this not yet confirmed by the owners. They may be worth trying but do not expect a visible gay-scene in these venues.

Eski & Yeni Cafe
Adres Sakarya Cad.:İnkilap Sokak No: 6/A , Kizilay, Ankara
Web: Tripadvisor.com/ & Foursquare.com
It is a popular live music club with a very cosmopolite and liberal atmosphere, so it is also visited by local LGBT people despite it is not a gay-friendly venue officially. Gay people usually hang out at the basement floor of the venue. It is one of the most well-known nightlife venue in Ankara. (25/04/2011)
 


Gay Friendly Cinemas in Ankara

Although there is not a gay exclusive cinema in Ankara although some straight porno-cinemas are frequented by gay men. Because of Turkey's bisexual culture it's possible to have some limited action in most of such places. In a few of them gays are really welcomed. But still better be a little discrete , because they are open to the public. Make sure that you are approaching the right person because they are all visited by straight men as well.

Attention: These venues are not gay exclusive venues and most of them were reported by website visitors as indicated below. The accuracy of information provided by website visitors is not guaranteed.

Efes Sinemasi
Address: Izmir Caddesi (street), Kizilay (district)- Ankara /Turkey
It is a very small theater with a very small screen showing some porno movies and one wonders why someone would go there just for that. It is located on a street somewhere behind Guven Park. You need to look carefully to see the entrance of the cinema because there is not a visible sign-board.
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Kerem Sinamasi  (10:00 - 22:00)
Address: Gazi Mustafa Kemal Pasa Bulvari, Kizilay - Ankara, Turkey - Google Map
It is located somewhere across from Maltepe mosque when you walk from Kizilay towards Demirtepe direction. I
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Eti Sinemasi
Address: Şehit Gönenç Cad. Eti Apt. No: 45. Maltepe, Ankara
It is near Kerem Sinemasi, underneath the Maltepe bridge (Strazburg Str). The entrance is inside a small passage facing Maltepe mosque and it has a visible sign-board, Open between 10:00 - 20:00. Majority of attendants are middle aged and mature men.
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Atlas Sinemasi (Closed)
Address: Next to PTT (postal office) in Diskapi quarter, near downtown Ulus, Ankara.
This venues was closed down for good according to a message we received in August 2016.  Any up-to-date info will be appreciated.

Uzay Sinemasi (Closed)
Address: Talatpasa Bulvari (boulevard), Yeserti Sokak, Cebeci (district), Ankara.
This venues was closed down for good according to a message we received in August 2016.  Any up-to-date info will be appreciated.


Gay Friendly Sauna or Bath Houses in Ankara

Please note that most owners of action places such as cinemas, baths and saunas do not like to be mentioned on gay websites or guide books even if they want them to come to their venues for business reasons. Unfortunately there are also no gay-exclusive gay baths, saunas or hamams in Ankara.

Attention: These venues are not gay exclusive venues and most of them were reported by website visitors as indicated below. The accuracy of information provided by website visitors is not guaranteed.

Yeni Ay Hamam - This is not a gay venue
Address : Plevne Cad. Demirlibahce Mh. Ankara - Google Map
On the way to Siteler or Gulveren districts if you depart from Ulus, somewhere after passing by Ankara Egitim ve Arastirma Hastanesi (a public hospital - see on Google Maps). It is on the right hand side after passing the bridge and before the 2nd traffic lights. Near Ulucanlar quarter, on Plevne street, roulghly 4 km from downtown Ulus.  The hamam is located at the basement floor underneath a residential apartment block, but its entrance is different on the left side of the building.
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Marmara Hamami - This is not a gay venue.
Address : Denizciler Caddesi  Ulus, Ankara.
This hamam has also a pool. Denizciler Caddesi (street) intersects with Adnan Saygun Caddesi, near Genclik Park, in Ulus, Ankara. There isn't a very visible gay scene.
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Eynebey Hamami - This is not a gay venue.
Address: Adnan Saygun Caddesi, No 11 Ulus, Ankara.
It is a hamam not far from Genclik Park, across from the main entrance door. It is open until around 23:00. This hamam had been recommended as gay-friendly venue at first, but we receive many negative feedbacks in recent years. Indeed, the owners have sent us a message in November 2017 saying that they don't like to be listed as a gay-friendly venue on our website.
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Efes Hamami - This is not a gay venue.
Address : Denizciler Caddesi, Ulus, Ankara.
This is the summary of the message we received form a Turkish website visitor:
"This is not a gay venue but the staff is friendly in general. It is usually quiet, though it can be busy in the evenings and on weekend days. It is located under Efes Hotel, across from Yegenbey Vergi Dairesi (tax office). Open until around 22:00" (May 19 2013)

Baskent Hamami  - This is not a gay venue
Address:  Uzunyol Sok 49/C, Altindag, Ankara.
Recommended by one of our website's Turkish visitors because of its friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere. Accordingly, there is no visible gay scene and it is advised to be a little cautious with the hamam staff. Patrons are mostly bearish types and elder guys  (14 January 2018).

Taksim Hamami - This is not a gay venue.
Adres : Yıldırım Beyazıt Meydanı (town square), No:3, Altındag, Ankara
This venues was closed down for good according to a message we received in August 2016.


Gay Cruising Areas in Ankara

In general, the cruising areas - especially parks 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.

Güven Park is located in Kizilay district of Ankara. There may be hustlers or thieves at night time. There used to be a gay-friendly blue-movie cinema facing the park (Cep Cinemasi) which closed down several years ago.

Genclik Park is the big park near Ulus district of Ankara. The part closer to the entrance gate from Ulus is more cruisy. The park was under complete restoration for several years which was completed by mid 2010. Beware of pick pockets, and stay away from young guys walking about in groups. Ulus district is regarded as downtown of Ankara.

Karum Shopping Center is located in Kavaklidere district, near Sheraton Hotel. Naturally there will not be a visible gay action in a shopping mall, but such places are popular among young gay men.- Google Map

Ataturk Bulvari is the main boulevard of Kizilay district. You can come across gay man promenading along the way anytime, if you are lucky.

Seymenler Park is in upper part of Cankaya district between Iran and Ataturk street. There are many embassies around the park, including US and Japanese. This park is also used for various cultural activities and concerts. You can occasionally see gay men cruising especially after dark, most likely around the pool.

Yüksel Caddesi is the street located in Kizilay district across from Guven which is usually busy with young people and students. There are lovely cafe-shops and restaurants along the street which are usually crowded in day time. This is not a place to go for cruising deliberately, but it is more like to bump into gays if you watch out. Transgender people can also be seen cruising along the street late after midnight. Click for map

Opera Koprusu (the bridge named after Opera House) and its neighborhood was recommended by some local visitors as a cruising place. It is located in Sihhiye quarter, next to city courthouse building (Adliye Sarayi). There are tea houses, small parks and and walking areas in the vicinity.

Nasreddin Hoca Park This park in Ankara Yenimahalle district was recommend in  June 2018 by a website visitor as a gay cruising point in the evenings.


LGBT Solidarity Organizations in Ankara


Kaos GL
Address: Gazi Mustafa Kemal Bulvari, No: 29 / 12   Kizilay, Ankara, Turkey
Web:  Kaosgl.com/ Facebook.com/
By means of a 2005 local court ruling in the capital city Ankara, Kaos GL became the first legally accredited LGBT solidarity association of Turkey . Kaos GL was already very active since it was informally founded in September, 1994, long before official recognition. It aims to unite Turkey's homosexuals in the struggle against discrimination. The group's underlying philosophy is that the liberation of homosexuals will also free heterosexuals. Kaos GL has been publishing the journal Kaos GL (now a quarterly) since it was founded, and it briefly published a monthly newspaper, Parmak (Finger), in 2001. The group owns the Kaos Cultural Center, in which many cultural activities, meetings and film shows are held and where the first LGBT library of Turkey was also built.

Pembe Hayat
Web: Pembehayat.org/ &  Facebook.com/
Pembe Hayat (Pink Life) is a long-lasting LGBT solidarity association based in Ankara. Pembe Hayat is focusing on transgender issues and the problems of transgender people including sex workers compared to other LGBT associations of Turkey. They also publish an online LGBT news magazine under the same name..


Gay & Lesbian Internet Sources for Ankara


LGBT Turkey
You can follow LGBT news and activities all over Turkey, including Ankara in this Facebook community page which is being published in English..

Ankara Bears (Ankara Ayilari)
A group mainly active on the internet intending to bring together gay bear people living in and around Ankara. They organize parties and events on occasion.
Web: Facebook.com / bearsofankara

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.



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