After nearly a decade of fun, laughter and hilarity at the Kismet Bar, there was an

emotional response from owners and customers alike when the popular watering-hole

closed for what was thought to be for the last time on Friday.

Although it has been known for a long time that closure was on the cards it was still

a sad event for all concerned. Only a few weeks ago we published ‘Stoic Brits’, a story

that described the determination with which customers continued to frequent

Kismet Bar despite the fact that the buildings were in the process of being demolished.

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It was therefore no surprise when Ian and Nigel finally decided to call it a day and celebrate

with a farewell party.

Nigel and Ian - Kısmet Bar
Nigel and Ian – Kısmet Bar

 

Fethiye Times couldn’t be there but luckily Lyn Ward went along instead and captured

some of the final moments… and what better way could there be than to share her

photos with a few dramatic quotes from the boys themselves?

Well, that’s it we thought, as we scheduled the final chapter of Kismet Bar’s nine year history…

“Normal service will be resumed…”

Farewell to Kismet: nine years of laughter and fun

As a result, it came as a surprise to read Ian and Nigel’s Facebook post on…

Monday night…

So there we were dismantling Kismet Bar…
when unbelievably we were told to hold fire!
There is yet another meeting on May 1st and it may, might,
could mean that developers are not going to do anything more
until the end of the season.”

On the other hand…

It still may mean that we will be given a couple of days notice to
get out after May 1st but at least we HAD our fantastic leaving do
and should we be closed down after May 1st it will be just
Goodnight from me and Goodnight from Him.

Farewell to Kismet: nine years of laughter and fun

The last party?

So, it seems the closing party may have been a bit premature…

What can you say after 9 years? Simply thankyou. Thankyou for supporting us.
Thankyou for the Fun. Thankyou for the Tears, Thankyou for the Laughter.
Its been one hell of a ride and we don’t regret a single day, and we didn’t want it to end.”

Farewell to Kismet: nine years of laughter and fun

We have been so very lucky to have on board Soner, Musty Ali and Yusuf who not
only were first class workers but the most honest guys you could wish to meet…
YOU ARE KISMET TOO.”

Farewell to Kismet: nine years of laughter and fun

How many friendships have been made because of Kismet?

We have had four weddings and four funerals… That’s three more than the film!”

Farewell to Kismet: nine years of laughter and fun

We have had parties galore… Fancy dress parties… sorry you never got your
pyjama party, Maggie… Nigel’s Eurovision Parties, Nine Fabulous New Years Eves.”

Then there was SOMA and all of the wonderful Charity gigs…
How you all supported them… Unbelievable.”

Farewell to Kismet: nine years of laughter and fun

Our wonderful Sunday Fundays and our Friday Kwizinthesun… Our Fabulous Fridays
when Mr Paul Wynter would entertain us and our OpenMike evenings and Bill and Jo…
You made our afternoons fun with STRICTLYCUMKISMET – Thank you so much.”

The impromptu nights when suddenly it would turn into a wonderful party,
even if there was only a dozen or so in the bar.”

Farewell to Kismet: nine years of laughter and fun

Thank you for coming along one last time and making it such a wonderful send off.
Thank you Gary and Pam for driving down from Bulgaria, especially for our farewell bash.
Thank you Yvonne and the girls for having a farewell Kismet Party in Scotland…”

Thank you Yusuf…how you ran that bar on Friday never making a mistake, you are amazing…
It’s YUSUF who have kept us together these last couple of weeks, we are proud to call you
Ali and the Kaplans our friends.”

Thank you to Roger and Sharon for sending us off with the biggest BANG literally,
that was so lovely.”

Farewell to Kismet: nine years of laughter and fun

If we have missed anything and anyone please forgive us.”

Thank you to all the people who wanted to be here but couldn’t and Thank you to the
people who are looking down from above… I hope you enjoyed the show.”

Farewell to Kismet: nine years of laughter and fun

Kismet Facebook page will remain so as we can keep in touch with you ALL wonderful
people and by the way WE WILL RETURN!”

Farewell to Kismet: nine years of laughter and fun

So, watch this space for the next exciting episode of The Kismet Bar!

There will surely be one…

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