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 in recent years in Ankara but they haven't survived long enough for various reasons. Here are few venues catering to gay people in Ankara at the moment:

Savoy Bistro (12:00-24:00)
Address: Mesrutiyet Mah. Konur Sokak No: 8,  Kizilay, Ankara
Web: / Savoy
Bistro Savoy is a very gay friendly place publicly welcoming all LGBT people It was opened in early 2014 on the popular 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. They also want to attract university students, and keep their prices reasonable for that reason.

Reviews about this venue:
"I went there on Sunday 13/7/2014 and it was so cool, relaxing and the staff were so gentle , It's hard to find tho! I had so much fun and I met a lot of new gay ppl. (Posted on July 13 2014)

Sixtiees Club (22:00-05:00)
Address:  Tunali Hilmi Cad. No: 96 / 1  Seymenler Pasaji,  Kavaklidere - Ankara
Web: / sixtieesclub ankara
The longest lasting, and for now the only 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 way after midnight.

Totem Club  (22:00-05:00)
Closed down in mid 2017 after being operated as a gay club for a short time. 


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: &
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.

Comments about this venue:
"Fantastic venue for people who like bears. Most of them are almost heterosexual but very horny" (12/03/2009)
"great place, some horny guys, and a very liberal place too." (Posted by Max from Italy on July 28 2012)

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

Comments about this venue::
"t is recommended to guys who like active bear-type men especially. The venue is filthy but it is a very liberal place. (Posted by Kenan from Turkey on July 23 2011)

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.

Comments about this venue
"Best place for Turkish-lovers." (Posted by Lordi from Spain on 12/03/2016)

Atlas Sinemasi
Address: Next to PTT (State Post 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
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 not very far from down town Ulus.

" It's quite easy to reach and locate using Google maps. The facilities are quite basic and the hamam is small. I was quite disappointed by the fact that the steam room had no steam or heat. It's a very liberal place and pretty much everyone was there for the same reason, including some of the attendants. If you're below 25 and a foreigner, get ready for a lot of attention. Some locals there can be very bold to show what they want and just won't stop insisting. The entry fee is 25 TL and I paid another 20 for the scrub and soap massage. I visited around 6 pm on a Monday and there were 4-6 people there, all 40+, bears and 'active'. For me, there was nothing interesting there, not the men and definitely not the hamam itself. I guess it gets better and more crowded on the weekends." (Posted by Ibrahim from Pakistan on July 1st 2016)
"I went several times by foot to the Yeniay Hamami following the address and indications available on, and find it pretty easily; the only mistake, the first time was to use the right entrance which is the women entrance. As far as I remember, the building was the taller in this side and section of the Street, at the time next to a wate ground with a small old house (probably the only one in the área). It has an oficial entrance in the middle which is in use for the residents of the flats, and two more on each side going down to the hammam proper: the left one being the men´s as each section is completely sex segregated. I would say it is poorly signed so you have to carefuly follow the numbers on the buildings to get to it. By entering Yeniay hamami Ankara in google earth, it will show you the exact location" (Posted on May 21 2016 to our sister Yahoo Group )
"The Yeniay Hamami was a year ago very much in business. It is located in a newish residential building with two entrance going down on both side: when facing the building, the left one is the men entance. " (Posted on May 20 2016 to our sister Yahoo Group)
"Exactly as previously described. A very liberal location with clean facilities. Very few guests, however this made it easier to be open."(Posted by Bryan from UK on 17 December 2011)
"Went to this hamman today on Monday 6pm. Was not too busy, about half a dozen people. Facilities are really basic, toilets, steam room and hamman table. Everyone in there were gay. Some were even wanking in the shower cubicles or in the steam room. I met someone and took him back to my hotel. Mostly late 30/early 40 guys. I had a rub down and use of hamman for 35TL which was well worth it. (Posted by Lee from UK on 04 April 2011)
"Provides typical bath activities including massage and sauna. Patronized overwhelmingly by middle aged and older men. Recommended for bears and bear-lovers." (02/03/2009)
"Yeni Ay Hamam is a good location and I think the best. I went to a few hamams in Ankara but this is the only one action can happen " (18/09/2008)
"It is possible to see older gay men, and few young feminine gays especially on weekend days." (03/06/2007)

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.

"You can swim naked in the pool. It is usually not very busy, but this can be a plus. The staff seem not to be watching over the clients." (18/11/2008)
"I went to Marmara Hamam in Ankara on Sunday last. Overall fairly good experience, mostly older men getting scrubbed. Mostly consists of a small room with the table, private showers and some private massage/scrub areas, dry sauna and steam sauna. the dry sauna seemed too cool and the steam sauna too hot, but there were some friendly guys hanging out there. I was in one of the private areas for my scrub and massage and fairly normal experience. One added feature is a small pool in a room for cooling off after the scrub. It was very nice. Although there seems to be a sign that requires swimsuit my masseur told me to just jump in naked. Which I did and it felt great. There was only one younger individual who sat staring at me in the pool room but did not advance or reveal anything to was nice to swim naked in front of someone and wished there were more doing it. that could be a lot of fun. (posted on September 27 2011 in our Yahoo Group)

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 do not like to be listed as a gay venue on our website, despite we already indicate it. .

" I had the worst experience ever there. I have been to other Turkish Hammams before but this one is the worst by far. They are all about the money. I paid 25 TL in advance and then after I have finished they demanded that I give extra 15 as tip for the one who did the service for me. I asked that I stay for 5 minutes to relax inside the bath and they refused because they wanted to get paid. I went there in the evening and it was a bit crowded. I have seen men that I was interested in but the workers there won't give you a chance to breathe. Will never go there again. Try different venues instead of this awful one." (Posted by El Pasha from UAE on April 09 2017)
"First, you should switched the names of Eynebey and Marmara Hamam. Eynebey is the one with the pool. I went there for relaxation because it was just around the corner of my hotel. As long as you take a massage it's ok. But on my last evening, I didn't want a scrub, had one the night before in another hammam. I wanted to keep some skin left on me. After 1 hour refusing a scrub (they demanded I took one, 17 times) they physically threw me out of there. They started shouting at me 'finish' and when everybody in there stayed including me, they just pushed me, shouted at me, abused me and threw me out." Posted by Dennis from Netherlands on July 16th, 2015
"The last time I went to Eynebey hammam, I saw the curtains of the showers have been removed, and a staff member is always by the entrance of the cabin section watching over the clients." (27 January 2013
"There is not such a visible gay scene, but they seem to be gay-friendly." (05/11/2008)

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
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.  Any up-to-date info will be appreciated.

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.

LGBT Solidarity Organizations in Ankara

Kaos GL
Address: Gazi Mustafa Kemal Bulvari, No: 29 / 12   Kizilay, Ankara, Turkey
Originally a gay lesbian culture and gay rights magazine from which the first officially recognized gay organization was formed in 2005. KAOS GL was founded in September, 1994, 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 (Pink Life)
Web: &
Having more transgender administrators and members Pembe Hayat in Ankara is focused on transgender issues more than other LGBT associations.

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:  & / 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.

Gay Friendly Hotels in Ankara

Turkey Gay Hotels

Unfortunately there is not any explicitly gay-friendly hotel in Ankara. We can recommend following hotels based on their location, guests satisfaction and prices. You can make Instant Reservation via Online Secure System of Agoda, an affiliate of Trip Advisor. Best prices and very flexible reservation options are available

Anemon Hotel Ankara (4*)
For travelers who want to take in the sights and sounds of Ankara, Anemon Hotel Ankara is the perfect choice. Only 1.4 km from the city center, the hotel's strategic location ensures that guests can quickly and easily reach many local points of interest. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

Divan Cukurhan Ankara (5*)
Ideal for fun and relaxation, Divan Cukurhan Hotel is located in the Altindag area of Ankara. Set 5.0 Km from the excitement of the city, this 5-star hotel commands an excellent location and provides access to the city's biggest attractions. In addition, all guestrooms feature a variety of comforts. Many rooms even provide television LCD/plasma screen, internet access – wireless (complimentary), whirlpool bathtub, non smoking rooms, air conditioning to please the most discerning guest.

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