For such a tiny island, there’s loads of stuff going on in Ibiza, and if you don’t have someone to walk you through the basics, it can seem a bit overwhelming. Here, we’ve put together some simple advice guides on the clubbing scene for those of you popping your Ibiza Cherry for the first time; the aim being to give you a bit of basic knowledge to help you get the most out of your holiday.
A typical day might be spent chilling on one of our amazing beaches or partying with your friends on one of the many boat parties. Followed by watching the sunset and then a bite to eat. Then moving on into town for some drinks, mingling and maybe a bit of a dance. From there the legendary Ibiza clubs are calling you for a big night with your favourite DJs…
These are the major clubs on the island of Ibiza:
Amnesia – located in the middle of the island, near San Rafael
Benimussa Park – also known as ‘the Zoo’, open-air venue outside of San Antonio
DC-10 – located near the airport on the road to Las Salinas
Destino – located at the end of Talamanca beach
Es Paradis – located on the waterfront in San Antonio
Eden – located on the waterfront in San Antonio
Heart – located very near the Ibiza Town Marina
Hï Ibiza – located on the main Playa d’en Bossa strip, opposite Ushuaïa
Ibiza Rocks Hotel – located in the centre of San Antonio
Ocean Beach – located along the Bay of San Antonio
Pacha – located very near the Ibiza Town Marina
Privilege – located in the middle of the island, near San Rafael
Sankeys – located in the heart of Playa d’en Bossa
Ushuaïa – located on the main Playa d’en Bossa strip, directly on the beach
In addition there are many smaller venues such as Santos, Veto, Lío, KM5, Swag, Cova Santa, Las Dalias, Bora Bora and many more. Boat parties (see below) are also becoming increasingly popular.
THE PROMOTERS AND PARTIES
Both the clubs themselves and external promoters from many different countries around the world are responsible for the club’s daily parties, and this means the music played at each club varies from night to night and promoter to promoter. You can check out our party calendar for the most up to date information available with full DJ listings for every party.
In Pacha on Monday’s the masked man of mystery Claptone takes over the cherry-branded club with The Masquerade party. His musical range includes deep melodic electronica and vocal soaked anthemic beats.
On the other end of the musical spectrum, Thursdays in Pacha cater to an underground crowd with the Music On residency. Party leader, Marco Carola and other guest DJs play techno to a fashionable international crowd.
Just to confuse the issue, all the major clubs have a back room or alternative area that usually plays different music to the DJs in the main room, for example, the Terrace in Amnesia or the Vista Club in Privilege.
Over the past decade, boat parties have become an essential pillar of the Ibiza clubbing scene and no Ibiza holiday is complete without having experienced at least one party out at sea. The choice of boat parties is large nowadays and promoters offer party cruises for all tastes.
These maritime adventures depart either from San Antonio, many including an unforgettable Ibiza sunset out at sea, or from Playa d’en Bossa. Many boat party promoters include a club night in their package (so you can head there after the cruise), which makes for an excellent and cost-effective day and night out.
You can get tickets for practically all club nights and boat parties on the island in our party calendar.
Buying tickets beforehand ensures you get the best price and guaranteed entry. Also keep in mind there are a few parties on the island that sell out, so getting your tickets in advance is always the safest bet. Apart from that, once you’re on holiday you don’t have to bring as much money with you, nor waste precious time running after tickets. And fear not, should your plans change midway through your Ibiza trip, you can cancel the vast majority of our tickets up until 24hrs prior to the event and still get a full refund.
THE MUSIC BARS
Another vital part of the Ibizan club scene are the many music bars in the resorts and dotted around the island. Here, you’ll find clubbers warming up with a few drinks before hitting the clubs, or dancing to music in a more relaxed, less intense atmosphere.
Most of these bars have free entry and cheaper drinks, but still have great local and guest DJs.
Special mention must go to the sunset cafés along the Caló des Moro in San Antonio, famously known as the Sunset Strip. Here, you can watch the sun go down in a romantic setting and later dance to your favourite DJ.
If your mates are all too busy counting pennies and can’t get their bums into gear, don’t be afraid of heading to the White Isle on your own! You’ll not only find a welcoming, warm embrace, you’ll also certainly not be alone. Tons of people make the solo trip to the Med each and every summer, and they usually go home with a truckload of unforgettable memories as a result.