Ibiza Nightlife

It's the undisputed dance Mecca of Europe. If you're an all night party animal you've come to the right place - Ibiza boasts some of the biggest and best night clubs in the world attracting the rich and famous, the young and trendy, the beautiful and the bizarre.

Whether you're into foam parties or fetish gear, table top dancers or trance, gay bars or sheer glitz you'll find all this and much, much more in this nightclub kingdom which earned the dubious title of "Ecstasy Island" in the sixties.

As one aficionado so aptly put it: "In terms of night clubbing, quite frankly it's the dog's Balearics!"

There are two main hot spots to head for - Ibiza town on the east coast and the decidedly British orientated club capital of San Antonio on the west coast.


So stay in or close to one of these two resort centres if clubbing is your main motivation for coming here. Steer clear of them completely and head for the north of the island if eco-tourism is more your thing.

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During the day and early evening you'll find yourself bombarded with flyers by the clubs' "PR" people (i.e. hard-up young things who earn a commission for each person they manage to get through the entrance door). These flyers often include entrance discounts and free drinks together with details of the hottest events in town so make the most of them if you're here for the club scene.

Also make use of the disco buses which will transport you to almost any of the clubs on the island. Taxis are cheap, especially if there's a group of you.

As for dress code - well, there aren't too many hard and fast rules except it's worth noting that if your outfit is completely off the wall you might make such an impression that you'll gain free entrance. This is the kind of place where that sort of thing happens.

Some clubs rule out beachwear and frown on the distinct absence of a top (this applies to both males and females.) At others, anything goes.

Before you head for the clubs, pop along to the famous Café del Mar at San Antonio, or one of the many neighbouring bars which have sprung alongside it, to savour one of the most awe-inspiring sunsets you're ever likely to see.

Now for the low-down on some of Ibiza's hottest night spots:

  • Privilege: The biggest nightclub in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records, with a capacity of more than 10,000. It's certainly one of Ibiza's most flamboyant and best known mega-clubs. Attractions include sex shows, circus acts, indoor gardens and a huge swimming pool. The club was formerly the legendary KU which was forced to shut down in the early 1990s amid allegations of drug trafficking and mafia links. You'll find it halfway between Ibiza town and San Rafael.
  • El Divino: A stylish club in one of the most beautiful locations at Ibiza marina. It's a favourite haunt with the rich and famous yacht-owning set.lesser mortals arrive via the free ferry service from San Antonio.
  • Pacha: The only Ibiza super-club to stay open all year round, it's become something of an institution - the first Pacha opened here in 1973 and there are now 70 worldwide. It's so big you can easily get lost in it. There are 15 bars, open air garden terraces overlooking Ibiza town, a restaurant and sushi bar.
  • Space: This shouldn't really be under our night time section as Space is the club which opens at 6am to take in the ravers who just don't seem to realise when it's time to quit! This was one of the world's first ever after-hours club; the partying here continues until mid-afternoon. Find it at Playa d'en Boss near Ibiza town.
  • El Paradis: A spectacular pyramid-style structure overlooking San Antonio bay. Many rate this as the best super-club on the island. It has no less than nine bars and a main dance floor which turns into a swimming pool in the early hours.
  • Amnesia: Located on the road between Ibiza town and San Rafael, this is a truly stunning location, famed as the first open air disco on the island. These days the action has been forced inside by local authority regulations. Prepare yourself for one of the best laser shows of all time - and a dry ice machine which emits huge jets of cold air through vents in the dance floor!
  • Eden : Formerly known as Kaos, this is one of the island's newest super-clubs. You'll find it on the seafront in central San Antonio. It can cater for 5,000 and is famous for its foam parties.

That's just the big name clubs. There's insufficient space here to detail the hundreds of music bars and clubs which have given Ibiza its reputation as the world's greatest clubbing experience. In San Antonio's West End there are more than 150 bars and clubs in one street alone!

And let's not forget the many visitors who are simply not physically strong enough or naturally inclined to party round the clock.

There's another side to Ibiza's nightlife consisting of traditional tapas bars, uncrowded beach bars with live music and top quality restaurants to satisfy the most discerning gourmet.

The many family-orientated hotels and holiday villages here provide a completely different world of evening entertainment from the mega-club scene. Exhausted middle-aged mums will be delighted to hear that there are many areas of the resort where the nightlife consists of an early evening kids' club, a spot of bingo and a seventies-style disco.all before bed at midnight!!

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