From the minute the sun goes down, the action starts to heat up on Playa d’en Bossa. Walk along the main drag and you’ll be accosted by hosts offering free shots to get you to drink in their bars or buy tickets for Playa d’en Bossa’s biggest drawcard, Space (+34 971 396 793; www.spaceibiza.com), but I prefer to hit the sand, where the latest crop of beach bars are really making a name for themselves in terms of parties.
Bora Bora (at the Jet Apartment Complex) was the original party destination on the sand, and while it does have its charms (where else can you dance on a table with Spiderman?), it’s recently been usurped by the ultra cool Ushuaia (in front of Fiesta Don Toni Hotel; +34 675 734 370; www.ushuaiaibiza.com) just a little way up the beach. Their parties have become legendary over the last two years, and you’ll need to arrive early to ensure entry as the door policy can be strict once it reaches capacity. Superstar DJ Sasha hosts an underground soiree called 'Never Say Never' each Thursday, inviting along his famous friends to share the decks; these are some of the coolest beach parties I have ever been to.
The music on the beach stops at midnight however, the perfect time to head across the road to Space.
Mega club Space takes the cake (in my opinion) as the most diverse on the island, with six different rooms offering some of the most diverse electronic music in the world. Originally the home of hedonistic daytime clubbing, it’s now predominantly a night club again, with only one party, We Love… Space Sundays throwing open the doors at 4.30pm and continuing on until 7am. It’s this Sunday party that has become somewhat of a clubbing pilgrimage for all those enthusiasts arriving in Ibiza, with the DJ roll call a veritable who’s who of the world’s best dance and electronic artists.
For the rest of the week, the line-ups include Monday’s Calling featuring some of the best local talent; Tuesday night has been home to techno king Carl Cox’s night for the past nine years, pulling in the biggest crowds of the week with special guests such as Loco Dice and Danny Tenaglia playing alongside the big man himself. Wednesday nights took on a more underground approach in 2010, with Kehakuma inviting many of the world’s coolest techno producers to play while Thursdays host Come Together, a predominantly house music party with DJs like Mark Ronson and Annie Mac putting in guest appearances. Fridays belong to Be@Space, the club’s flagship night with resident DJs Wally Lopez and Elio Riso joined by a variety of international big hitters. Saturday is the spectacle known as Café Ole, the club’s polysexual night where the performers are as OTT as the guests, including Amanda Leopore and Boy George.
Entry to the club ranges from 20 to 65 euros.
Following on from the super club, the next crown for nightlife legend in Playa d’en Bossa must go to none other than Es Vive’s Experience Bar (C/Carlos Roman Ferrer, 8, Figueretes, 07800; +34 971 301 902). After midnight, this intimate club attracts a motley crew of Ibiza party people, British travellers and off-duty DJs. Famous for its debauched antics, soundproofed space and parties that continue long after hours, the name says it all really. It's an essential Ibiza experience.
Not far from Playa d'en Bossa and near the airport you'll find DC10 (Carretera de Las Salinas, KM1, Ibiza, 07800). No clubbing guide to Ibiza would be complete without mentioning DC10, my favourite, all-time club in the whole entire world. While it’s definitely not a super club in terms of décor, size or blatant self-promotion, it’s a firm fixture on the world’s clubbing must-do lists, so please allow me to wax lyrical… The club has had a history fraught with problems, with Ibiza’s authorities fighting to close it down numerous times. However, in 2011, it seems good has triumphed over evil and the club is set to reopen, bigger and better than ever. Just leave your inhibitions at the door.
Set in an old aircraft hangar, right beside the runway of Ibiza’s airport on the road to Las Salinas, DC10 is all about the atmosphere, with clubbers from all walks of life joining forces on the dance floor, in fancy dress, in designer fashions or in bikinis – everyone is accepted. Renowned for the Monday afternoon Circo Loco parties, which start in the daylight at 4.30pm and continue right through until the early hours, it is unadulterated pure hedonistic bliss, with special guest DJs such as Timo Maas and Seth Troxler joining resident Tania Vulcano (who also hosts the only other night in the club, a low key affair in the back room called Pandemonium on Fridays) in the pink-walled room. 2011 looks set to take a step back to the old school house music vibes, with the legendary Kerri Chandler signed up as exclusive resident. Music to my ears indeed…
Entry to DC10 is between 15 and 50 euros.
For more information on nightlife in Ibiza, read my Ibiza nightlife page.