We’re always telling you about how new restaurants and bars are popping up in Fethiye, how existing places are being refurbished – or being knocked down and started all over again. We do wander other areas of Fethiye, but our main haunt is Paspatur – and yet we never really write about Paspatur.
Well, not often, anyway. It’s been a long time – and in that time things have changed, especially along Hamam Sokak, which might as well change its name to Bar Street these days. Car Cemetery fills up often, as does Kum Saati, their next door neighbour. And who are Kum Saati’s next door neighbours? Why, Deep Blue Bar of course. And things have changed a lot here, too.
If you know Deep Blue, you’re probably looking at the photo above and thinking everything still looks the same. And, apart from a blue (what other colour was it going to be) repaint of the walls, you’d be right. Nothing new here.
And the outside looks pretty much the same, too…except Deep Blue Bar now also extends to the building opposite, too. The building opposite was functioning last summer season, but it hadn’t really settled into it’s skin – and maybe that’s why we never wrote about it.
Well, over winter, this new area of Deep Blue Bar has come into its own. It’s now painted blue (hooray), the furniture has changed and is more in keeping with the Deep Blue furniture we’re familiar with, there’s a soba (wood burning stove) for cold winter days and nights – and, most importantly, people use it.
In years gone by, we’ve said how Paspatur is a bit closed up, cold and damp in winter. Well, Hamam Sokak has changed all that because some places have stayed open even in the daytime this past winter. In Deep Blue Bar, you can now sit inside by the fire and have a Lavazza cappuccino.
They do other coffees, too, of course, it’s just that we always order a cappuccino. And, as you can see, you even get the little sprinkles of chocolate on top – they were missing from our cappuccino at Sevinç in Izmir. Small things…
So if you are coming to Fethiye this summer for your holidays, or even if you live here and you don’t visit Paspatur too often, you’ll notice a change along Hamam Sokak; especially in Deep Blue Bar. And more space inside means more space to sit outside, too, in the summer months.
Actually, these days, everyone sits outside in winter, too. One long stream of chairs and tables line the street, and every weekend, they’re packed with people. Hopefully, this summer, they’ll be packed with people every night.
Here’s to a successful summer season for Deep Blue Bar and all the other watering holes, restaurants and businesses of Paspatur.