Ibiza is one of the most famous places in the world for nightlife. It’s full of superclubs, party hotels, beach bars and some really, really nice restaurants. During the summer months, many of the world’s leading DJs take up residences in the superclubs and hotels. And if you fancy joining them, here’s our guide to the island’s best nightlife – as well as a few suggestions for when you need a night off.
And while you read, here’s a playlist to get you started.
During the summer months, Ibiza’s all about the superclubs, which are largely found outside of town. They can be expensive (it’s best to go for drinks at a bar in town first), they really are where the party’s at, and should be experienced at least once.
Pacha has been open since 1973. It’s just outside Ibiza Town, and is the only superclub that opens year-round. Specialising in House music, residencies during the summer months include the world’s biggest DJs, like David Guetta.
For something a bit different, try the smaller downstairs spaces – the Global and Funky Rooms. That’s where you’ll find a more diverse musical line-up, including R&B, hip-hop and disco, and occasionally stage live gigs. You can also chill out under the stars on Pacha’s rooftop terrace and restaurant.
Officially the world’s biggest nightclub, Privilege is big enough to host up to 10,000 clubbers. It’s a vast aircraft hanger-like space, found just outside the village of San Rafael. Underneath its 25 metre high ceiling you’ll find gardens, chill out areas, an impressive dome and lavish stage sets.
Amnesia is now over 40 years old, one of the island’s most beloved clubbing institutions. It’s never far from the world’s best club lists.
Found between Ibiza Town and San Rafael, it’s famous for its superstar DJs – including Carl Cox and Paul Van Dyk. It’s regular, well known parties include Cream, Music On and Cocoon.
But the real star is its technical specs. The club’s custom-made soundsystem is one of the most powerful around. The dance floor is surrounded by ice cannons, which blast revelers with plume of cooling, and very cool-looking, fog. The stage is equally impressive, DJs perform from within a giant high-tech pyramid set.
Formerly known as Space, Hï is by Playa d’en Bossa beach, to the west of Ibiza town. It’s got very impressive light shows, and an equally impressive view from the open-air terraces. There’s even a DJ booth in the club’s unisex bathroom. One of Hï’s biggest parties is Glitterbox, who host two nights of classic disco and house music a week. Expect some of the island’s most glamorous dancers and a wild ‘anything goes’ attitude.
Based in San Antonio town centre, Eden is probably the most accessible of Ibiza’s superclubs. Previously home to Gatecrasher and Pete Tong, after a major facelift, it’s now a massive theatre-like space. In addition to regular club nights from house and trance names like Defected, Eden will be hosting more gigs and live music events.
DC10 is an alternative to the more slick superclubs. Found in a former Finca right by the airport, DC10 is a little more off the beaten track. What it lacks in glitz and glamour, it more than makes up for in tunes. Specialising in techno, and with parties that regularly spill out onto the open air terrace, DC10 is a club for those who take their music seriously.
The Sunset Strip
San Antonio’s beachfront bars are famous for their views. Not just of the shimmering waters of the Mediterranean, but of the uninterrupted sunset. Sitting back with a drink at Cafe Mambo or Cafe del Mar and watching the sun go down is an Ibiza tradition. The sight is often so spectacular that it draws applause from the strip’s patrons.
One of the most exclusive spots to spend the day on the island, Nikki Beach is a beach club, restaurant, pool, bar and boutique, just outside the town of Santa Eulalia. At weekends during the summer, the club stays open until late. Head there for a very nice open-air dinner.
Ibiza’s original hippy spirit is alive on the north coast. Every sunday evening during the summer, thousands gather on the beach to “drum down the sunset”. It’s become one of the most popular parties around, and so it can be difficult to find somewhere to park if you turn up too late in the day.
But despite the crowds, the laid-back vibe still remains. Head down early on in the day to bag a spot – there’s a nearby colourful flea market nearby, or beach-front bars and restaurants while you’re waiting.
During the summer, Ibiza is almost as popular with sailing enthusiasts as it is with clubbers. And you’ll find plenty of boat parties setting off from the island’s harbours. The biggest, and possibly the best, is Pukka Up, which sets sail from San Antonio twice a week.
Tickets to Pukka Up’s boat parties will normally also include entry to one of the island’s superclubs after you get back to shore, so make for a good value night out.
With so much going on in Ibiza, you might find that you don’t even have to leave your hotel to find the party. Several of the island’s top hotels are known for hosting club nights and gigs.
Ushuaïa is a 5-star hotel, home to the biggest open-air club on the island. It’s daytime and evening parties are right by the hotel’s pool. One of Ushuaïa’s biggest parties happens at the start of August every year, when BBC Radio 1 DJs take over the hotel. And if the on-site music catches your attention, Ushuaïa also offers DJ and production classes in its recording studio.
Ibiza Rocks is one of the biggest names in Ibiza’s live music scene, and most of the venues are based around San Antonio’s S’Estanyol beach. Their flagship Ibiza Rocks Hotel invites big names like Craig David and Stormzy to host weekly pool parties throughout the summer months.
Each summer, the Ibiza Rocks music festival comes to town, which is a bit more rock and indie themed. Recent headliners have included Royal Blood and Wolf Alice.
Destino is Pacha’s 4-star resort. It’s got pride of place at the top of the Cap Martinet cliff, just to the east of Ibiza Town. It overlooks Talamanca Bay and has its own club, TOX, which occasionally stages intimate after-parties from big names. Expect open-air parties, with gigs and DJ sets taking place from the early evening through to midnight at the heart of the complex.
Clubbing in Ibiza is generally very inclusive. There aren’t many exclusively LGBTQ nightclubs on the island, but many of the big clubs are very gay-friendly. However, if you’re looking for the heart of Ibiza’s queer action, this is where to go.
Calle de la Virgen
Found in the heart of the Dalt Vila, Calle de la Virgen (AKA Carrer la Mare de Deu) is the heart of gay Ibiza. A traditional narrow street, the area is home to several gay bars, small and intimate, to large and lively.
The nearby Carrer d’Alfonso XII is also worth checking out for two bars in particular. SÔD (Soap at Dome) is home to one of Ibiza Town’s most popular terraces, offering a lively atmosphere and great views of the Dalt Vila’s historic walls. Bar MonaLisa is a stylish nightspot which specialises in cocktails.
Ibiza’s only dedicated LGBTQ club, Lola’s Disco was one of the island’s first nightspots, opening in the 1970s, and has remained a popular destination ever since. Also found on Carrer d’Alfonso XII, the small, but lively club has go-go dancers, themed nights and music and drinks until 6am.
The Night Off
Partied a bit too hard? Having a break from the clubs? If you’re not lounging by the pool or on the beach, here are some cultural things to do in Ibiza.
The Old Town
The historic heart of Ibiza Town, the Dalt Vila (which translated as “Upper Town”), is a UNESCO World Heritage site. There are more than 2500 years’ worth of history within the ancient fortified city walls. And it’s also a great place to spend a night.
During the summer, the best way to catch a movie is at one of Cinema Paradiso’s open-air screenings. They pop up in some pretty stunning locations around the island, including the Dalt Vila. If you really want to watch a cult classic in style, they also specialise in private screenings, where they’ll bring their big screen to your villa or holiday home.
Luna Llena de Arte is a night-time art fair, which takes place once a month during the summer. It roughly coincides with the full moon, when the fair fills the streets of Santa Gertrudis village with art displays, performances and DJ sets.
In recent years, Ibiza has become a bit of a foodie destination. Many of the island’s clubbing masterminds also have gourmet restaurants, so if you’re splashing out, here’s where you can eat in style.
Lío is a VIP favourite overlooking Ibiza Town’s harbour. The serving staff are seasoned performers, but with the rich and famous often docking their superyachts in the marina below, sometimes these special guests will be invited to treat diners to a show.
Heart is one of Ibiza’s most exclusive dining spots. Book a table and you can expect deliciously gourmet food alongside stunningly acrobatic live shows. Even if you can’t get a reservation for dinner, it’s still worth heading down for the beautifully designed night club.
Ever since it opened in 1994, KM5 has been one of the most chic dining spots on the island. Combining Japanese and Peruvian influences, KM5’s restaurant is renowned for its grilled meat and seafood dishes. On-site you’ll also find a sushi bar and fashion boutique, and its lounge garden is a great place to unwind.
You’ll find Cova Santa in a natural cave in Ibiza’s countryside, so it’s safe to say the restaurant’s views are almost as good as its food. Dinner is often accompanied by traditional flamenco dancing shows, and occasionally the island’s resident DJs will host clubbing events and after-parties.
Sister restaurants Aiyanna and Amante are both found in beachfront locations on the east coast. During the day you can chill out with a yoga session and lunch at Aiyanna in Cala Nova. During the evening, Amante’s clifftop location above Cala Sol d’en Serra is difficult to beat. It specialises in modern Italian and Spanish flavours, and is also a regular venue for Cinema Paradiso screenings.
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Getting around: The main method of public transport on Ibiza is bus.Daytime services connect Ibiza’s towns with the main sights. During the summer, a night-time Disco Bus service operates, which links the towns with the island’s major clubs and bars.
Where to stay: Most Ibiza hotels are found in the three main towns on the island – Ibiza Town, Sant Antoni de Portmany (also known as San Antonio) and Santa Eulalia des Riu. Ibiza Town and San Antonipo are particularly popular with clubbers, while Santa Eularia is quieter and more laid-back. Find hotels in Ibiza, including Ushuaïa, Destino and Ibiza Rocks.
When to go: Summer. The clubs open from late May to September or early October. The only superclub which opens out of season is Pacha, which throws weekend parties throughout the year.
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