The arrival of a bar with a name like Drink House was always going to pique our interest.
When a new neighbourhood springs up with a raft of businesses to boot, it’s inevitable that there are those that settle in and become rooted whilst others have but a temporary existence before a new venture comes along.
Previously an independent supermarket – which was always going to struggle for survival being next to a large chain supermarket – the building was divided into three separate units. No complaints from us that the end unit became a bar.
Drink House, Fethiye
Drink House is ideal for us. Far enough away to give us a bit of leg stretch but close enough that we can be there relatively quickly, taking in a wander through Şehit Fethi Bey Park en route.
And then, a few weeks after opening, our friend started working there. And Drink House also happens to be very close to where a few of our friends live, too. It’s just become an easy meeting point.
Convenient, too. If we’re making tepsi böreği, sigara böreği (cheese rolls) or we fancy some quick and easy mantı, our local yufkacı is just across the road. A bit further down is our regular butcher and also our fishmonger who sells the smoked fish we love for salads and fish cakes.
Drink House didn’t open in a blaze of glory with everything in place. The guys opened in the intense heat of summer and it’s been a gradual bedding in process, picking up a mixture of Turkish and foreign customers along the way.
Umbrellas arrived for the extra shade so needed for this side of the street in the hot summer months. Then branded food menus arrived to replace the temporary, typed-up list.
And now, as the autumn weather brings wet weather and cooler temperatures, an extra covered area has been added at the main entrance.
Drink House, Fethiye – The Food Menu
A small menu with a lean towards Mexican and Spanish-style foods – and, along with Barry’s mum, we’re currently doing a pretty good job of working our way through it.
Think reasonably priced pub food rather than gourmet restaurant cooking. Well this is a ‘drink house,’ after all.
So what have we eaten so far?
On our most recent visit, Barry went for the beef burrito which was packed with beef, as you can see in the photo. Usually, in bars like this, a suggestion of frozen fries are added to the side of dishes like this.
However, at Drink House, they score big with their homemade parmentier potatoes. Deep-fried, cubed homemade chips! We’ve got a minor obsession with those. They’re very moreish and they feature alongside many of the dishes on the menu as you can see below.
Be Hungry For The Tacos
For myself, on that most recent visit to Drink House, I ordered the chicken tacos. If you’re hungry, this is the dish for you!
Strips of chicken in a spicy sauce are served topped with shredded lettuce and sweetcorn – and those deep-fried potatoes. A side of pickles – maybe jalapeños or pickled gherkins – and some spicy ezme (well, why not get a bit of Turkish food thrown in for good measure) and you have yourself a real plateful.
This has been my favourite Drink House lunch to date. But we’ve still got a way to go before we’ve experienced the whole menu.
Other Drink House foodie offerings that have passed through our lips are:
If you just want a light snack, there’s a selection of toasties on the menu. Yes, the toastie is served with those potatoes.
We’ve had chicken schnitzel and a homemade Tex-Mex burger. Rather than being served in a bun, the Tex-Mex burger is served in a tortilla pocket. Other burgers on the menu are served in a bun.
The quesadilla is filled with either beef, chicken or mushroom. And the beef teriyaki (bottom right, above) is also one of my favourites.
Pasta dishes and salads are also on offer as well as tapas dishes, too.
The Drink House Fethiye Bira Tabağı
And so we come to the bira tabağı – the beer plate. These days, you’ll be hard pushed to find a Turkish bar serving food that doesn’t have a beer plate on the menu. Drink House is no exception.
If you’re a group of friends and you fancy a few hot nibbles with your drinks, this is the one for you. Cheese rolls, onion rings, paçanga, cocktail sausages, chicken goujons, pickled gherkins…and underneath all that is a bed of those tasty little cubed potatoes!
Healthy? Probably not. But great to share and a perfect accompaniment to your beer.
Drink House, Fethiye – Useful Info
- Drink House is at the top end of Yerguzlar Caddesi, opposite the courthouse and not far from the Çalış Sunday Market.
- The bar is open daily, til late, year round.
- Beers, wines, cocktails and soft drinks are served and there is also a good food menu.
- For any events taking place at the bar, you can follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
- Drink House Fethiye is in the ‘Yerguzlar’ section of our listings of places where we like to eat and drink around Fethiye.