Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Cumhuriyet Meyhanesi

Tonight we went to the Cumhuriyet meyhanesi. "Cumhuriyet" means "Republic" and "Meyhane" is a kind of tavern, from the persian "mey" meaning "wine" and "hane" meaning "house". Usually it is a place where you eat meze and fish and where you drink the national alcool "Raki" (kind of like the Greek "Ouzo" or a stronger French "Pastis"). There was also a live band playing traditionnal Turkish music. There is always a very nice atmosphere, people will get up and dance along with the music.

By the way the Cumhuriyet Meyhanesi is one of the oldest meyhane in Istanbul and has an history of more than 110 years.

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