North Cyprus Nightlife
Just as there is something to suit everyone when it comes to things to do in Northern Cyprus, the same applies to the nightlife here. Whether your preference is for a quit drink by the sea, or dancing until dawn with the stars overhead, you will find something to make you evening perfect!
In Kyrenia, the harbour is the natural place to start. The atmosphere is superb and the places comes alight in the evening, with a variety of restaurants and bars. At weekends in peak season it can get quite busy, so it is advisable to arrive early to be sure of a good table. A number of the restaurants provide live entertainment on some nights and Café 34 here is worth a look for its lively feel. In the surrounding area, you will find many smaller restaurants with a quieter atmosphere, ideal if you want to relax over dinner.
A short walk from the harbour takes you to Roxanne’s, at the Rocks Hotel. There is a great feel here and although there is no real dance floor, that doesn’t stop people! It comes alive here after ten in the evening and the excellent local DJs play a varied and unusual mix of foot-tapping offerings, mostly from the 70s and 80s. Also at the Rocks, you will fine La Habenera. Usually open on Thursdays, Fridays and weekend evenings, this club features live music from some excellent jazz musicians and is the venue for the annual Kyrenia Jazz Festival.
For the young and the young at heart, the Night Park is a good quality disco adjacent to the town’s main car park. Night Park has a good range of local DJ talent and here you can dance right into the small hours. A little further from the town, Escape Beach Club is a beach-bar during the day, and an open-air disco at night. For a real experience, here you can keep going all night and watch the sun rise at dawn. Further west along the coast, near the village of Alsancak you will find ‘Ice’. This is an excellent club, with top DJs, brilliant décor and a world-class sound system. To the east of the town, Club Acapulco is a holiday resort, but also has a beach club open to non-residents. Again, a great open-air fun place.
Surprisingly, being the island’s capital, there are fewer proper club venues in Nicosia, however, the town has a good selection of restaurants, bars and tavernas. The situation in Famagusta is similar, though some of the larger hotels, such as the Salamis Bay Conti, do have in-house night clubs that are worth a visit and open to non-residents.
Clubbers are well catered for in the Kyrenia area and clubs are run to a standard that is unexpectedly high, with excellent sound systems and good security. Most charge an entrance fee, but it is not high. For clubbing, please note that nearly all clubs have a minimum 18 age rule and you should take ID with you. Guests should also be aware that clubs here have strict rules regarding excess alcohol consumption. Bad or offensive behaviour will get you thrown out and all clubs operate a zero-tolerance policy on drugs.