For the last decade Kismet Bar has been a popular haunt with Fethiye’s British community.
But since the end of last season they have been waiting for their bar of choice to be knocked down.
Stoicism and stiff upper lips
Nevertheless, it seems that there are many stoic yet cheerful individuals,
with that quintessentially British stiff upper lip,
who are cheerfully determined to enjoy their favourite drinking hole for as long as possible,
even though the buildings all around are in the process of being demolished.
‘We’ll stay as long as possible’
Because of subsidence, the strip of bars and restaurants has become known locally as the ‘drunken buildings’
but since a structural survey the authorities said that they must be replaced and now the vast majority of the buildings are empty.
Bar owners, Ian and Nigel said,
At the end of the day we plan to stay here as long as we possibly can.
Although there are ruins all around us, we are perfectly safe here in Kismet Bar
and will continue hosting our popular events for as long as we have a building.
We are delighted that our many loyal customers are stoically supporting us;
we are busy most nights. In fact we are having one of our best winters so far,
despite floods and demolition squads.”
‘Tilted buildings’ as a tourist attraction?
While it still seems that Fethiye will be loosing its ‘drunken buildings’ sooner or later, there are many in other
countries that have been stabilized, becoming famous money-making tourist sites due to their weird slopes and angles.