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In the coastal touristy towns, virtually every restaurants serves alcohol, as do more expensive restaurants in the big cities. In smaller towns, there is usually at least one restaurant where alcohol is served, although in religiously conservative cities such as Konya you may have to hunt hard to find it. Although Turks have a fairly relaxed attitudes towards alcohol, public drunkenness is a definite No-No.

Turkey's beloved tipple is raki, a grape spirit infused with aniseed,similar to Greek ouzo; do as the locals do and cut it at least by half with water if you want to surface the next day. Beer is becoming a serious contender to raki's fame, with national consumption doubling since 2000. The main local brew, Efes, is a popular choice on a summer's afternoon.

Somewhat surprisingly Türk Kahvesi (Turkish coffee) is much less popular than tea. It is ordered according to sweetness since the sugar is mixed in during the brewing. The national hot drink  is çay (tea), served in dainty tulip-shaped glasses - expect to share many a glass with locals on your travels. No one puts milk in their tea, but everyone adds sugar. The wholly chemical elma çay (Apple tea) is caffeine free and only for tourists- locals wouldn't be seen dead drinking the stuff.