It’s a coming of age. Bahane Bar, along Çalış Beach, is all grown up. And looking fantastic for it!
A move a little further along the beach, a new colour scheme and so much more space means people like us, who already loved to frequent Bahane, can love it even more.
Bahane, Çalış Beach
The original incarnation of Bahane first came to fruition in 2010. We watched as two young guys started to lay wooden flooring across what was, essentially, someone’s front garden. Surely they weren’t going to put a bar there?
Yes they were. And they did. And it was one of the first places along Çalış Beach that actually felt like a bar rather than a restaurant. A place where you felt welcome to just sit and have a beer.
Our Çalış Beach ‘Go-To’
Young people running the bar meant a younger customer base. And a customer base that was predominantly Turkish; especially in winter.
Mainly rock and blues music, a few snacks, haphazard furniture that often looked on the brink of collapse. If it did collapse, it was simply hammered back together.
Bahane was a hit. It was loved and quickly established a bank of regulars – a few of them were motorbiking regulars, who, in winter, would park up their huge bikes outside. Owner, Haldun, also rode a huge motorbike and so people came to know Bahane as a biker bar.
Ten years on and owner, Haldun, is still at the helm. Earlier this year, a decision was made to move the bar a few doors down. Not only is there so much shaded, yet bright and breezy, space, it just all feels a bit more – well – grown up.
Just A Great Bar
A motorbike is the symbol on the sign for the new Bahane and there’s a motorbike on display within the outside area. Aside from that, ‘biker bar’ is a misleading description, especially for the new home.
It’s just a great chilled out bar with good music.
A Bahane Menu
Because there’s access to a bigger kitchen, there’s now also a bigger Bahane menu. This being a bar, as you sit and watch the food being delivered to tables, burgers, fries and the famous Turkish ‘bira tabağı’ are definitely on the popular list.
But there are lots of other choices on the Bahane menu, too.
We’ve had a seafood pizza and a liver wrap. Just good bar food at reasonable bar food prices whilst you’re whiling away an afternoon or an evening. You’ll find meze plates, burgers, kebabs, salads and lots of other options, too.
And, if you do go to Bahane in the evening, you can expect live music on some days. At the moment, Sundays is a sunset acoustic set by local singer and guitarist, Ilker Babaoğlu. Live music has also started on Saturday evenings, too.
But back to those daytimes. At ground level, Bahane has breezy, shaded seating – perfect on a hot summer’s day. And, of course, you can still enjoy the sea views.
But if you like to get a bit of height, you can also sit upstairs on the terrace and take in the views of the Mediterranean and Çalış Beach from above.
The music still plays up here, and, as you can imagine, the sunsets viewed from up here are pretty special, too.
It was a tough start for the new incarnation of Bahane. No sooner had the move been announced and the grand opening taken place than the Coronavirus outbreak announced itself in Turkey.
One week after opening, Bahane, and so many other businesses around Turkey, had to close their doors and wait. Fortunately, that wait is now over and Bahane is entertaining customers old and new. Us included!
Bahane, Çalış Beach – Useful Information
- Bahane is along Çalış Beach; the last bar before you round the bend to Lukka and Oben Restaurant.
- There is a pool and hotel to the rear of the bar. Customers are welcome to use the swimming pool.
- If you want to enjoy live music at Bahane, keep an eye out for new announcements on their Facebook page.
- Customers can also enjoy a game of pool inside the bar.
- At the time of writing, restrictions are still in place due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The bar is open daily until midnight.
- Staff wear masks. Chairs and tables are sprayed with disinfectant before you sit down and there is a large amount of space between each table.
- There are also hand sanitisers for customers on entry and around the bar. Customers can remove masks to eat and drink but should wear them when moving around the bar.
- Bahane is just one of the many great places to eat and drink around Fethiye.