Everyone’s heard of Ibiza’s giant rave palaces, but the island also caters to the full spectrum of medium and smaller sized venues hosting some top parties too. You have to dig a little deeper, but it can often be well worth while.
Some of these venues suffer regular grand openings and swift closures each summer, so pay attention to local advertising before you set off. Others are well loved ’secret’ or alternative locations where you may just have one of the best nights of your holiday. Rave on!
Infamous gay nightclub found up a back passage in the Old Town. With a dancefloor in a cave and a busy ‘dark room’, this is a must for gay clubbers, but not really for anyone else.
The Blue Rose
The former strip club in Figuretas has become a small disco this summer. Its the end of an era at the previously family run strip joint – mum on the door, dad on the bar, daughters on the stage(!) – so it awaits to be seen how it fairs without them.
This Playa D’en Bossa venue has had all sorts of incarnations over the years. Last season it was Love Club and has previously been known as Somny and Kiss too. This summer sees the team behind Eden take over, with a night from Liverpool loonies Garlands already booked in.
A locals dance venue for more than 60 years with a history of gigs by visiting rock stars. Now home to a selection of alternative events like the Namaste parties featuring music, massage and art, and a huge, twice weekly hippie market.
A lush, dream-like location set around a classy outdoor restaurant with trusted promoters like Zenith hosting some seriously hot parties.
This venue has previously been known as Penelope and Angels and has generally been much loved when open. With its large 1000+ capacity, maybe this year’s re-opening by the London institution of the same name will see it really take off…
May or may not be open this year. An excitingly seedy venue cut into the rocks across the water from the port in Ibiza Town with a history of debauched after-parties.
Around the bay from the main superclubs, this venue has played host to bumping nights like Twice as Nice in the past, but also some dodgy 80s pop star career-revival events.
With a great track record of cutting edge free parties, we’ll have to see what this season brings for this small venue that’s Underground by name and nature.
Fancy escaping out to sea and the peace and quiet of Formentera? Well there’s still one club here if you start getting Ibiza withdrawal symptoms.