Posted 24 October 2005 - 06:58 PM
At first blush I would say, "drink." There's a lot of that going on! Outside the gate is the "alley" which is lined with various shops, restaurants, and bars. The better ones are on the base side of the railroad tracks (less problem with scammers, fights, and general mischief). Most play a mix of rock and hip-hop, some country as well. For rock music, go to Bunker Bar, Eagle Bar, or Falcon Bar (far side of the railroad tracks, on the right side). For hip-hop go to Smileys, Cheers, or Disco Nesim if they're not off-limits this month. The other bars play kind of a mix. The best place to go in terms of a nice building/facilities, is Dream Club, they play a lot of hip-hop and some rock. The owner there (Sami) is a really good guy and deserves the good business he gets. For restaurants, there is a mexican restaurant (Amigos) owned by an American and Turkish couple. They do quite well in replicating the Mexican menu in Turkey. For Turkish food at an excellent price, go (in order) to Royal Restaurant, who in my opinion has the best food and prices (ask for the Iskender Kebab), Moonlight, or the Red Onion. There's even a Chinese place there that's pretty good. If you visit the bars, you'll find bar girls there who will get you to buy them a drink. They make something like one dollar for every drink you buy for them. They're actually nice people who don't have much of another way to make it in life but to do that and perhaps meet a nice foreigner to marry, so don't think that they're hookers or anything like that... In any case, NEVER, EVER go with anyone to a club in Adana, even if you think you know them. What they have planned for you isn't very nice. In some cases they've drugged people and charged up their credit cards, at the very least you'll find out that you have a $500 bar tab at these places, and you're not leaving until you pay it. Just stay on the BASE SIDE of the railroad tracks and you normally won't run into these people.