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Ibiza Virgins' Guide: what club to choose?

Which club and why!?

Let's face it - Ibiza is the clubbing capital of the world! And for those of us visiting for the first time, or even for those who have been before, the constant evolution of the clubbing landscape here on the island can create total confusion when you only have a few days to maximise your dancefloor time!

Well, once again, Ibiza Spotlight are here to help! We have created a concise and fool-proof guide to navigating your way around the many, many clubs and parties the island has to offer. Look no further for all the information you need, broken down into lots of easy to follow categories. So you can spend more time enjoying the music and dancing all day, and all night long.


Ibiza's music policy is 90% electronic music and the other 10% encompasses just about everything else you can dance to, from indie bands, to reggae, to funk and soul. Music is absolutely everywhere and represents the heartbeat of the island. The people you will meet and dance with are at the core of what makes Ibiza clubbing so special; an international crowd of all ages here just for one thing and one thing alone - the music. Here are the main places where you will find the masses...

Space, Playa d'en Bossa

Space puts the super in super club! Having been awarded Best Club in the World year after year, Space has 5 arenas set across 2 levels and has one of the best Funktion One soundsystems the island has to offer. With parties over the week varying from Carl Cox's monster night on a Tuesday to the more disco led Glitterbox on a Friday, there is definitely a night for everyone here.

Insider Tip - Spend some time in El Salon, the smallest room in the club. It's where the locals hang out! And it is the last year of Space - it will close its doors forever on the 2nd October. So do go if you can!


Ushuaïa, Playa d'en Bossa

Across the road, Ushuaïa has climbed up the ranks over the last couple of years rising from stylish beach club to the king of daytime parties. With a stage to rival most festivals, and amazing production including huge ice cannons, dancers and some of the biggest pyrotechnics the island has ever seen, Ushuaïa's music policy focusses mainly on mainstream electronic music. Most of these parties are also very popular with the VIP set.

Insider Tip - Get there before sunset and watch the show unfold before your eyes!


Amnesia, San Rafael

Home to two of the most famous dancefloors on the island, Amnesia is built around 2 rooms - the dark and moody Main Room and the awesome Terrace which comes to life at sunrise when daylight streams into the room. With music ranging from deep techno to mainstream for foam parties, this is again a diverse club, even playing host to the occasional live show!

Insider Tip - Stay till the bitter end! Once the sun comes up on the terrace, the place has a palpable second wind. Always the best part of the night!


Pacha, Marina Botafoch near Ibiza Town

This iconic nightclub, Pacha, used to be small farmhouse back in 1973, but has grown to be the most recognised clubbing brand all over the world. Everyone has a place in their heart for those cherries! A stunning building both inside and out, you will find most of the big names in electronic music hosting a night here.

Insider Tip - Try to find the Funky Room. Some of the best island DJs play here and you will hear some serious grooves!


Privilege, San Rafael

This behemoth of a club, Privilege, boasts being the largest in the world. Built with airplane hangar proportions, you can be forgiven for getting lost in here. It hosts some pretty spectacular nights and a night out here makes you feel like you've been to 10 clubs, not one, just due to the vast scale of the place.

Insider Tip - Spend sunrise in the Vista Club. The dome-shaped, glass-encased room is now home to a number of excellent techno and house rave-ups and the view down to Dalt Vila when daylight floods the room is pretty awe-inspiring!


Sankeys, Playa d'en Bossa

Already infamous on the UK clubbing scene, the Ibiza version of Sankeys stays true to its Manchester roots. Keeping its interior raw and stripped back, it's all about the soundsystem, the music and the dark corners. Just right for dancing like no one is watching...

Insider Tip - Keep an eye out for the lineups and be prepared to see some of the best UK underground DJs going back to back in the Basement during the course of the summer season.


DC-10, on the road to Salinas

DC-10 has marked its place in history as one of the pioneers of daytime clubbing back in the day. With no roof, no frills, just dancing in a shed under the flight path was exactly how they rolled. Once the roof went on, the club refined itself ever so slightly and is now legendary in terms of the incredible lineups and the ‘come as you are' attitude. A proper club.

Insider Tip - Since the gravel in the garden has been replaced by lovely wooden decking, the daytime shifts have become even more satisfying. There's nothing better than watching the sun set behind the club to the sound of belting house, as a plane flies overhead.


Es Paradis, San Antonio

Es Paradis is one of the oldest clubs on the island and is, quite simply, beautiful by design. Spreading itself out in the style of a tropical paradise beneath an avant-garde glass pyramid, this club is a rite of passage for anyone who wants a taste of the original clubbing scene of Ibiza.

Insider Tip – Their water parties are legendary!


Eden, San Antonio

The other San An super club, Eden recently had a massive overhaul and now sports a hard-hitting soundsystem and a number of tech and deep house nights. A great choice if you want to ‘keep it local' and have already been to the rival across the road...

Insider Tip – Check out the views from the balconies above.


Ibiza Rocks, San Antonio

Not exactly a club per se, but THE go-to live music venue featuring bands and DJs in the courtyard of the Ibiza Rocks Hotel every week, all summer. A welcome antidote if you're all ‘techno-ed out'.

Insider Tip - Do go to the fun pre-parties at the Ibiza Rocks Bar on San An beach and also, try and bag yourself a wristband to the ultra-cool afterparties at the dazzlingly exclusive Pikes Hotel, also owned by the Ibiza Rocks crew.



Being lesser known, doesn't mean you're not as good. Bigger doesn't always mean better! Here's a comprehensive list of some of the other wicked venues around the island throwing some mighty fine shindigs.

Ibiza Rocks House at Pikes, on the outskirts of San Antonio

Slightly left of the middle, but with a serious belief in partying, glitter, dressing up and mischief, Pikes has put itself on the map for throwing some almighty soirees, all in the comfortable vicinity of their front room, or Freddie's, to you and me. Transforming what was once the suite of Freddy Mercury into a rave den, the peeps at Pikes put on intimate yet wild fiestas with unique lineups. Make sure you pay it a visit.

Insider Tip - Daytimes at Pikes are also noteworthy. Think cocktails by the pool once used in Wham!'s Club Tropicana video, with a very laidback soundtrack provided by in-the-know resident DJs.


Destino, Cap Martinet, near Talamanca

This Pacha resort started off as the up-market resort belonging to the Pacha group. It now puts on some flamboyant poolside parties, with some big name DJs on the ones and twos. Beneath the hotel, lies a stunning yet petite club with a magnificent sound system which is often the location of Pacha afterparties. Very Dusk Till Dawn...

Insider Tip - Sunset. I know we keep going on about the sunset hours, but they are just so special here in Ibiza! The sun sets behind the old town from this vantage point and is truly magical.


Heart, the Ibiza Gran, Marina Botafoch

A relative new kid on the block, Heart offers more than just your average club. Gastronomy, art, creativity, dance and so much more are the building blocks of this multi-sensory experience. With live music, international DJs, Cirque Du Soleil style performances and crazy visuals, Heart provides a fusion of intergalactically diverse music with a show-stopping backdrop of light, art and sound.

Insider Tip - The drinks are pretty pricey so this might be one for a bit of a treat.


Underground, San Rafael

A bit of a locals' institution, the small size of this club belies its powerful nature! With next to zero advertising, apart from a select bit of social media, word of mouth draws the crowds of Ibiza residents and workers here. Paying it a visit will pay off for sure...

Insider Tip - It's more affordable than the other clubs. Entry is cheap and often includes a drink, and the drink prices in general are way below that of the super clubs. What you waiting for!?


Lío, Marina Botafoch

Another member of the monumental Pacha brand, Lío is, by trade, a high-class restaurant and cabaret with breath-taking, unrestricted views across the marina to Ibiza's Old Town. A multiple course meal is interspersed with acrobatic, dance and song performances, executed perfectly by a stellar, award-winning cast. Then at 1am, the tables are cleared and Lío is transformed into a dynamic nightclub that goes on until dawn.

Insider Tip - Book your table early! The whole summer of reservations is usually full by June!


Las Dalias, San Carlos

Situated well off the beaten track, Las Dalias has historically serviced the dancing needs of the more Northern residents of the island. But it really shouldn't be just their secret! Big live performances and bohemian fiestas grace this open-air hideaway, you just have to get up there to experience them.

Insider Tip - The outdoor restaurant is fantastic and eating under the canopy of the bougainvillea before dancing the night away is highly recommended.


Boutique Hostal Salinas, Salinas

Although masquerading as a boutique hotel and restaurant, BHS are true entertainers, the owners having worked their way around the clubs of the island before setting up this venture. Super-connected to the island's Balearic scene, parties down here go on way in to the night and attract the iconic lounge lizard regulars of the olden party scene.

Insider Tip - Try the food! BHS' restaurant is one of the island's best kept secrets. Why not make an evening of it?!



So you've decided where to go. Buying tickets in advance is ALWAYS recommended. If you're sure you want to go to a particular party, then you won't find anywhere cheaper than Ibiza Spotlight. This tactic also saves precious time and money once you get to Ibiza. Who wants to be running around trying to score those golden tickets when there is partying to be done?!


You know where you're going, but what to wear, what time to go, how much money do you take, how do you get there?! Don't despair! That's what this guide is for! Read on...

Timings - If you arrive at a club at midnight, then you will be exposed as the Ibiza virgin you are! The optimum time to hit the dancefloor is between 1 and 2am.

Clothes - Ibiza clubs are hot and sweaty affairs. High heels are an absolute no! Dress for comfort and longevity and we recommend taking a bag that you can strap to yourself so you don't end up losing your wallet and phone when you put your bag down to do some mega arm pumps. Apart from that, anything goes really. However, at the more upmarket venues like Pacha, Destino and Heart, you may wish to get a bit more dressed up than shorts, jeans, trainers etc. The no-vest rule is being enforced on boys, we hear...

Money - Drinking in the clubs can be expensive business. Beer can set you back anything between €10-13 a bottle, and a long drink €15-18. Ouch! Be prepared! Don't carry too much cash. Most clubs take cards. And if you leave a bit of a tip for the bartender, you'll be guaranteed to get served quicker the next time!

Getting there and back - The Ibiza public transport system is geared around clubbing during the season and there is a solid network of buses that will take you between the party capitals of San Antonio, Playa d'en Bossa and Ibiza Town. The aptly named Disco Bus moves, as the name suggests, from disco to disco all through the night. A fab way to get around and much cheaper than taxis.

Drugs - Ibiza has strict laws controlling illegal drugs and the clubs themselves have a zero tolerance policy also. If caught with any in your possession, there can be serious repercussions, including jail sentences. Ibiza Spotlight does not condone drug use of any sort, we are here to offer practical and useful advice to people traveling to Ibiza. BE SAFE AND SENSIBLE AT ALL TIMES!

Taxis will start to appear outside nightclubs throughout the night at designated taxi ranks. Don't be tempted to get into an unlicensed taxi, no matter how cheap they claim to be. Always go for the proper ones with the green light on top. The queues for taxis when the clubs shut can be very long indeed and you will have to be prepared to wait with the rest of the rabble for your turn. Be warned! Leaving 15 minutes before lights up can be beneficial. But who cares, right?! Stay till the end is always our advice…!

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WORDS | Leena Sharma

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