Unlike other party destinations, Ibiza’s nightlife is not condensed to a small area. Instead, venues are dotted around the island and are found at several locations. San Antonio does have its own “strip” of bars, smaller clubs and adult entertainment venues, affectionately known as the West End. But this isn’t what people are referring to when they speak about Ibiza’s notorious nightlife. Here are some of the best clubs on the island, and some might argue, the entire world. If you’re looking for beach clubs and pool parties, check out our article here.
Slap bang in the middle of the island stands Amnesia. One of the greatest clubs in the world, it boasts two big dancefloors: the club room and the terrace. When early morning sunlight penetrates the skylight on the terrace, everybody inside catches a second wind – a magical experience. Next door in the club, it’s a little darker but the soundsystem is unrivalled. Both rooms feature giant CO2 cannons for a shock-absorbing chill. Amnesia’s weekly programme includes the wacky elrow parties and Paradise, which joins in 2020. DJs regularly found playing here include Luciano, Ricardo Villalobos and Mar-T.
Home to the infamous Circoloco, DC-10 was the after-hours and industry hangout that went from being incognito to one of the most important clubs on the planet. In the past, DC-10 operated on the fringes of legality and acceptability – and that was a lot of the appeal. But these practices saw the venue raided and shut down by the authorities in 2008, leading to it remaining closed for the entirety of 2009. Thankfully, it came back stronger than ever the following year and has not looked back since. Try to catch residents Seth Troxler or Jamie Jones if you can.
3. Hï Ibiza
Hï sits on the site of the former Space, but for all intents and purposes it is a completely new club. Only three years old, Hï has embraced the most upfront production, heavily investing in lighting and effects to deliver a clubbing experience fit for the 21st Century. Unsurprisingly, it is the venue of choice for many of Ibiza’s youngest adult visitors. Get your camera phone at the ready, this is a spectacle worth capturing to relive again and again. Famous residencies include David Guetta’s F*** Me I’m Famous! and disco central Glitterbox.
4. Pacha Ibiza
Even the most casual of observers will no doubt be familiar with Pacha. The global brand and its iconic cherry emblem is a household name across the world. While the group has franchises on several continents, Ibiza is the epicentre of the empire. No one does hedonism quite like Pacha. Known for attracting a glamorous crowd, Pacha has a concierge model as well as an onsite restaurant, sushi bar and fashion boutique. Be sure to explore the warren of rooms. See if you can find your way to the chilled rooftop terrace. Pure Pacha on Saturdays is its flagship night that attracts a lot of tourists, but we prefer the throbbing dancefloor of Solomun.
Once dubbed The Largest Club In the World, Privilege is capable of holding 10,000 clubbers at any given time (and regularly did back in the days of Manumission). Since its heyday, Privilege has seen competition increase and investment decline, but on the right night you can still appreciate this clubbing juggernaut in all its glory. To get the best out of a visit, you should coincide with a Resistance party with Carl Cox. Just be prepared to queue – the legendary DJ still commands gravitational pull. On other nights, the club only opens its side room, Vista. Don’t let this put you off though. Vista offers views across the island. You can even see Dalt Vila in the distance. The ideal place to still be dancing come sunrise.
6. Octan Ibiza
Whereas Playa d’en Bossa’s other famous venues might like being centre of attention, Octan takes the other road. Low ceilings, graffitied walls, sparse lighting and a strict underground music policy make Octan Ibiza’s hidden sanctuary. Replicating the best elements of clubbing found in Manchester, Glasgow and Berlin, Octan might not be winning any awards for presentation, but it aces on execution. Home to Steve Lawler’s generation-defining Viva Warrior party and French outfit Apollonia, Octan is the perfect tonic to its competition.
Whilst they don’t quite have the profile of the venues listed above, San Antonio still boasts two superclubs. Currently, the bigger of the two is Eden. Having undergone significant investment, Eden is recently refurbished and packs an impressive soundsystem. Popular nights include the house nation that is Defected and trance bastion Shine. The venue is a beacon for San Antonio’s young British crowd. Handily, they’re located right next door to one another, opposite the beach in the town centre. They sit right behind the fair rides and the slingshot.
8. Es Paradis
Right next door, is rival Es Paradis. Unfortunately, Es Paradis has fallen into slight disrepair and appears a little dated compared to the competition. But on the right night, you can see why it was once regarded as Ibiza’s prettiest venue. Weekly parties at Es Paradis include the wet and wild Fiesta de Agua and UV paint party Glow. However, if you want to see Es Paradis in full bloom, then you really can’t beat the Clockwork Orange reunion party – which takes place once a summer in July. Much like Eden, Es Paradis has a strong British crowd.
Directly under the flight path, is beach club paradise Ushuaïa. The gleaming white party hotel hosts daytime parties seven days a week during summer. You can catch the biggest names in the industry here, including David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Swedish House Mafia and Daddy Yankee. What could be better than dancing in the sun with a drink in hand? Check out their cool walk of fame at the front of the hotel. The late Avicii is amongst those who has his own star plaque.