- San Antonio
Ibiza's nightlife offers one of the best clubbing experiences in
Europe with unrivalled mega-venues, featuring the world's top DJs,
and countless cafés and bars. The main venues are clustered
around San Antonio on the east coast of the island and Ibiza Town
on the west, linked by a half-hour drive along a good road. There
are very few nightlife venues on the rest of the island, which is
quiet and rural.
An ideal foundation for a big night out is the place that gave birth to the Ibiza legend in the first place: Café del Mar, in San Antonio. The trademark ambient music and chilled-out atmosphere is still in place, making this an essential visit. Innumerable other bars have sprung up around Café del Mar, so there is no shortage of vantage points to enjoy the justly famous sunsets.
The top clubs open around midnight, with long queues forming by 2am. In Ibiza Town one can find Pacha which is the only super club to stay open all year round, and Space which opens for after-hours clubbing between dawn and dusk. Toward the middle of the island, near San Rafael, is Privilege, largest nightclub in the world hosting 10,000 revellers and including circus acts, indoor gardens and a mega swimming pool. Nearby Amnesia has legendary lasers and theme nights. Continuing to San Antonio, El Paradis is a top rated super club with nine bars inside its enormous pyramid-shaped structure, while Eden is famous for its foam parties.
Clubbing in Ibiza is certainly expensive. Entry fees can reach EUR 60, and drinks EUR 15 each. Most clubs will only have hot water available in the bathrooms to prevent you drinking cold water for free - instead you'll need to pay around EUR 7 for bottled water.
Cash-strapped young clubbers will hand out flyers and promos in the early evening with details of special offers, happy hours, and discounts. They are earning a commission for getting people through the door but the information can be very useful if you want to get maximum value for your night out.
As for getting around, use the disco buses which transport clubbers along the road linking San Antonio, San Rafael and Ibiza Town. Additionally, taxis are cheap, especially if there is a group of you.
The clubbing season runs from June to September although there are big parties around New Year's, Christmas and Easter. Dress codes are non-existent - in fact, the more outlandish and extroverted your appearance, the better your chance of gaining free admission. Drugs are widely available, and although tolerated for personal use by the local police, they are illegal.
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