Ibiza Parting Guide!
The Ultimate Nightlife Guide to The Party Paradise
Ibiza's legendary nightlife makes it the social capitol of a summer in Spain.
It's one of the wildest islands on Earth, a place where daytime beach activities are only a prelude to an all-night party that often lasts clear through to the next beach day.
Ibiza is like a sister island to Mykonos in Greece: wild, uninhibited and clothing-optional.
First inhabited in the 60s as a hangout for hippies, Ibiza maintains its counterculture personality today, though in a thoroughly modern way. Oh, the hippies are still here, but they are overshadowed by a cutting-edge club crowd that comes dressed for the accession. Even if that dress barely conceals a thing and who is wearing the dress is often not distinguishable by the individual's sex.
PubClubbing in Ibiza's Mega Clubs
Never be surprised what you might see going out to Ibiza's nightclubs.
It's easy to make friends in friendly Ibiza, and that add to the party revelry.
A lot of young people, mainly Europeans, frequent Ibiza for the nocturnal nightlife. Some of the world's most famous clubs are located here. Finding them is not a problem. Representatives of the clubs are everywhere, passing out flyers at the beach and on the streets. The clubs are massive, holding 3,000, 5,000 even up to 12,000 people. Each have top DJ's and are going every night of the week.
The club-goers are just as legendary. Ibiza has cool dressers, cross-dressers, hipsters, hopsters, even hippies, who have yet to give up their turf first established some 40 years in the past. Walking down the streets of Ibiza, one is struck by the thought that someone forgot to tell these people it's not Halloween or Mardi Gras. Then again, maybe Ibiza is just an off-season combination of both.
Those on a budget be warned. Ibiza can rip through one's wallet faster than a tequila shot hits the bloodstream. Plan on spending 35 -65 Euros per club just to get inside. Crowds arrive after midnight and stay until 6 or so, at which time the die-hards head for the bars that are just opening before heading home at noon. Forget about seeing those people on the beach!
Notice the smiles – well, they are clubbing in Ibiza, like here at the Base bar.
The most famous club is often the last one visited during a night. Nearly every die-hard partier has fantasized over video of the foam party. Well, it happens at Amnesia. The event is called 'Espuma' - which is Spanish for foam party. The foam can reach as high as six feet and patrons do get drenched. Dress accordingly.
In addition this early-morning non-sponge bath, Amnesia has world famous DJs, such as Paul Van Dyk, Sasha & Digweed & Seb Fontaine. Occasionally, Boy George acts as resident DJ. Amnesia has theme nights, such as "God's Kitchen." Amnesia plays the latest mix of house and trans music. It's located in the middle of the island, in San Rafael, to it's best to take a cab. Or the Disco Bus.
She's ready to rock the night at one of Ibiza's many late-night clubs.
verlooking Ibiza Harbor, El Divino attracts a classy, sophisticated crowd. It plays the usual house and trans mix. Boy George is also a resident DJ here and there is a live sex act on a raised stage (not featuring him, fortunately). Borad the El Divino boat for the 5-minute ride from the port.
Pancha in Ibiza Town brings all of Ibiza's groups together, from hippies to millionaires. They mingle among the 15 bars, one of which is an open-air garden patio overlooking the town. Well, okay, the millionaires hang out among themselves in the VIP area off the main room. Pancha is popular enough to be one of the island's few bars to stay open year-round.
Es Paradis is in the shape of a pyramid overlooking San Antonio Bay. It has no roof, nine bars and is full of serious clubbers.
Privilege's contribution to the Ibiza club scene is having the largest dance floor in the town. In fact, it's the largest club in the world.It also has a swimming pool in the center of the club for those not privy enough to hang in the exquisite and very private VIP section. This is where PubClub Ibiza Correspondent Kelly Owen met celebrity star Jason Priestly.
Privilege is famous for it's legendary '80s history. Formerly called KU, it was frequented by jet-setting super models, celebrities, and rock stars. The club was forced to shut down (and re-opened in the late 90s) amid rumors of drug trafficking and Mafia connections.
People tend to get spaced out at Space. This is especially the case on Sundays because the scene starts at 6 (that's p.m.) for its huge outdoor party.
People gather each evening to catch teh sunset from Cafe del Mar.
Taxis are fairly cheap and popular; most fares are between $5-20 Euros, although be sure and confirm the price before getting in the car. Just say "Quanto Questa" and name of the destination. It's okay to barter with the cabbies. For nightclubbing, there is a "disco bus" that run for 23 hours; clubs also refund taxi fare for three or more partiers. With this kind of service, it's no wonder Ibiza is a reveler's delight.
Ibiza is a fairly small island yet somehow manages to contain 15 towns. Party tourists need only to concern themselves with one two: Ibiza Town and San Antonio.
Ibiza Town contains most of the bars and clubs, making it a convenient place to stay. It is also dotted with quaint shops and inexpensive restaurants.
San Antonio is the island's sunset spot and is popular among Germans, Swedes and especially Brits. In fact,there are more British people here in the summer than at any spot outside of London.
It's a good idea to have accommodations lined up in advance during the peak season months of July and particularly August. For those unable to cope with such things, Ibiza has a tourist office. Otherwise, hit the streets and look for a "CH" (case del huespedes) on doorways. This contains the phone number of the owner.
Ibiza Party Tips!
• Make sure you have cash, because cover for the clubs only except cash.
• Clubs are 30-60 Euros, more at the door. Tourists who decided to stay for the summer sell tickets during the day; they are knows as flyerers.
• Drinks are pricey, but you can pay with credit card. For ex. 8 Euro for a water, 13 for a red bull and drinks
• Clubs are all so super hot because there's so many people
• Taxis are scarce, so be prepared to go with locals that work as 'taxi drivers'. We did this twice. They'll be guys when you leave the club asking you if you need a taxi. Apparently its done a lot and all the time