There are imitators and then there are innovators. While there are many destinations across the globe that will lay claim to having the best clubs nothing will truly overtake the party capital of them all – Ibiza.
For decades, the Balearic island has built a reputation of having the very best clubs hosting world’s biggest names in house, electro and dance music. That trend shows no signs of stopping and this year’s summer season is already in full flight. With another couple of weeks of the clubbing season remaining, maybe it’s time you experienced the legendary San Antonio and Ibiza Town for yourself.
Here are our picks of the very best Ibiza clubs.
Photo credit: Amnesia Ibiza via Flickr.
We’re starting with one of the cornerstones of the Ibiza club scene. Amnesia has been an institution of the Balearics since opening its doors in 1976. During the 1980s it gained notoriety for its raucous open air club nights and it has been drawing back revellers ever since.
Pumping out the best of house and disco every night of the week, this year has seen Amnesia land some heavyweight DJs. The legendary Cream night, hosted every Thursday, this summer sees a residency from Fatboy Slim as well as sets from Paul van Dyk, Paul Oakenfold and Diplo.
Create memorable moments at this Ibiza legend.
Pacha is the elder statesman of the Ibiza club scene. It’s where your trendy uncle went in ’89 during his rave phase and won’t stop telling you about every time you see him at family gatherings. It’s where anyone who was anyone was seen during the mid-1990s and that reputation still carries today.
The iconic cherries logo is known across the globe with young and old flocking to this corner of Ibiza Town to create their very own “when we were in Pacha” story.
The venue is home to David Guetta’s F*** Me I’m Famous taking place every Thursday and has featured acts such as Snoop Dogg, Usher, Kelly Rowland and Will.i.am in the past. This year the likes of JP Candela, Glowinthedark and The Avener are among the names taking to the stage.
Swap that for Insane, Pure Pacha and Mosaic by Maceo and you’ll finally have a story to rival Uncle Frankie’s.
Admission: €53-€58 (up to €20 extra on the door)
Photo credit: Ocean Beach Facebook
The (relatively) new kid on the block is Ocean Beach. Opened in 2012, it is the outdoor daytime party place to be seen. Just look around and you’ll see a Premier League footballer here, a reality TV star there and maybe, if you’re lucky, a genuine pop star.
A short walk from San Antonio, it boasts everything you could want from a chilled out club/terrace. Fashion shows, live performances, aerial acrobatics, massages on your own VIP beds and enough champagne to make a rhino tipsy.
Nights (or days in this case) include Kisstory, Ocean Pool Party and Hed Kandi all featuring some of the best DJs Ibiza has to offer.
While Ocean Beach is a haven of chilled out tunes, Space is a temple of electronic dance music. If you like your EDM then there is no better place on the entire island. Proudly sitting alongside clubs such as Paradise Garage and Haçienda in influencing the genre, Space is a landmark of Ibiza.
However, clubbers across the globe will be shedding a tear as 2016 marks Space’s final year with the lease on the venue up at the close of the year. Fear not as it’s going out with a bang with a huge summer programme with Glitterbox, Elrow Ibiza and Creamfields Ibiza giving this legend a fitting send off.
Okay, you’re heading to an Ibiza holiday. It’s someone hen or stag do or it’s where all the lads/girls are going but there’s one problem. You don’t like dance music that much, fear not as someone else had that same idea.
A decade ago Ibiza Rocks landed in San Antonio providing a haven of alternative music in this dance music capital. Housed in the former Hotel Club Paradiso there are a number of purpose-built stages rocked by some of the biggest names in the business.
Everyone from Arctic Monkeys to Mark Ronson have taken to the stage in recent years and with a 2016 line-up of Kaiser Chiefs, Jess Glynne, Faithless and LCD Soundsystem among others, your indie heart will be content.
Photo credit: Ibiza Spotlight
Sankeys has followed a well trodden path of every gap year student and staggered across from the UK and landed in Ibiza. Since 2011, this British favourite has been shaking foundations in Playa D’en Bossa with the very best in underground dance music.
The 1,500 capacity club hosts retro nights such as Dance 88/89 as well as favourites such as Warriors and Abode providing a familiar face for all British clubbers.
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