Ibiza + Mallorca Nightlife
1 Calle Sant Joan
Palma , Mallorca
Tel: 34 971 714 939
Behind an unassuming wooden door in Palma's old town lies the island's most unique cocktail bar. The only distinguishing mark is a sign warning that taking photographs is not allowed—once inside, you'll understand why. The beautifully restored palace is overflowing with fruit, flowers, and candles, which spill over every available surface. For a pre- or post-dinner drink, take a seat on the interior garden patio with bubbling fountain, caged birds, and classical music. Order a cocktail with freshly squeezed fruit juice, served on the side in a small pitcher. If you just want to have a look around, don't be shy: Abaco has been declared a historic monument, meaning everyone is allowed entry. Upstairs, you can even visit period living quarters.
Open daily 8 pm to 3 am.
42 Paseo Marítimo
Palma , Mallorca
Located at the far end of Palma's Paseo Marítimo in a rambling house cut into the side of a cliff, Abraxas is a classic on the city's night scene. Inside, there are two dance floors, three large bars, a lounge, and lots of go-go girls. The main floor is given over to house while the VIP area cranks out funk, '80s tunes, and Spanish pop. As clubs go in Mallorca, Abraxas is at the top end, attracting a cosmopolitan crowd of locals and tourists alike. In the summer months, you can cool down with a drink, an ice cream, and some chill-out music on the outdoor terrace overlooking the yacht harbor.
Open daily 11 pm to 6 am, July and August; Fridays and Saturdays 11 pm to 6 am, September through June.
Carretera Sant Joan, Km 13.5
Sant Llorenç , Ibiza
Tel: 34 971 325 356
Aura kicks off the evening with cocktails and gourmet tapas, segueing gently into what is arguably the hottest nightspot for grown-ups on the island. While it's definitely more of a lounge bar, by 1 am the dance floor is jumping. The music could be anything from funked-up disco and soul to new wave and jazz…just don't expect techno. The brass-colored polished concrete floors, gold organza drapes, and huge circular lounge beds in shades of peach and dusky rose create a decadent Arabian Nights vibe. Outside, an intimate terrace with horseshoe-shaped booths divided by jasmine, banana trees, and orange bougainvillea provides a tropical chill-out zone. Aura is a favorite VIP haunt: Sienna Miller and Rhys Ifans, Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter have all partied here along with superstar DJs like Paul Oakenfold and Danny Rampling.Tara Stevens
Open Mondays through Saturdays 8:30 pm to 4 am, May through October.
Cala Jondal , Ibiza
Tel: 34 971 41 01 17
All set to be one of 2007's hot spots, long-time Ibiza-philes will probably know this sophisticated beach bar as the high-class Jockey Club. With many of the island's jet-set homes nearby, the vibe is super-rich, super-luxury, and very often A-list, although you'll generally find that set ordering takeout champagne and caviar from their yachts anchored just offshore. Still, when the glitterati are out in force, it's worth dressing for the occasion.
Calle Salvador Espiriu, S/N
San Antoni , Ibiza
Tel: 34 971 803 240
Superstar DJ Pete Tong's move to Eden from Pacha in summer 2008 has turned around the fortunes of this nightspot, where Tong now headlines on Friday nights with the Wonderland party. Tong's move has also elevated San Antoni's rather insalubrious reputation to a more respectable clubland. The fairytale golden domes and turrets on the building's exterior belie a 5,000-strong capacity; if you're up for a megaparty, this is the place to be.Tara Stevens
Puerto Ibiza Nueva s/n
Ibiza Town , Ibiza
Tel: 34 971 190 176
Widely recognized as the white island's most glamorous club, the divine one is situated in the middle of Eivissa town's new harbor, affording captivating views back across the port to the old town. The interior, with its billowing candy-colored canopy and wraparound terrace, VIP souk-style sofa zone, and pulsating dance floor, is the late-night haunt of the island's most beautiful visitors. The official opening party for 2007 is June 8, and those with serious glam factor arrive by private yacht to the club's jetty and make straight for the VIP area (tickets available in advance through www.clubtix.co.uk). Lesser mortals arrive by the El Divino water ferry from the port, which runs every 15-20 minutes from 8 a.m to 4 a.m. The big nights are Miss Moneypennys on Fridays and Hed Kandi on Saturdays. Look out, too, for the more laid back Monday-night house parties, courtesy of Milk 'n' 2 Sugars.
Closed November through May.
Platja de Ses Salines
Sant Jordi de Ses Salines , Ibiza
Tel: 34 971 395 788
The stretch of beach at Platja de Ses Salines bristles with a party atmosphere through summer, when the upmarket beach clubs like Malibu and Guarana open their hatches. But for us, the iconic Jockey Club is the best of the daytime clubs. This place has maintained a shabby-chic appeal that feels so right in laid-back Ibiza—think fisherman's buoys and retro drinks signs swinging from the rafters. Bossa nova, chill-out, and '60s classics keep the A-list crowd coming back year after year.Tara Stevens
Open daily 9 am to 9 pm late March through April; daily 9 am to 10:30 pm, May through September; daily 9 am to 9 pm October through early November.
Ctra. San José Km. 5.6
Tel: 34 971 396 349
KM5 is where the party people come to wind down. It's pretty obvious why, with its scatter cushions, hammocks, leather poufs, hanging lanterns, and red, green, and gold bedouin-tented lounge areas, which bring the richness of Moroccan palaces to the Mediterranean. In addition to the mellow baropen until 4 a.m.and equally mellow music, a late-night restaurant serves decent salads, grilled meat, and fish until 1:30 a.m.
Closed from October 7 to April 28.
Avenida 8 d'Agost, S/N
Ibiza Town , Ibiza
Tel: 34 971 313 600
The first club on the island, Pacha opened in 1973 and is still rocking after all these years. If you make it to only one full-on rave on Ibiza, it might as well be at Pacha. One of the big draws is the cool outdoors scene where you can dance, lounge, or kick back in a Bedouin-style tent. Inside, expect burlesque decor, barely clad go-go dancers, and a steamy, sexy atmosphere. The club's restaurant and sushi lounge provide a terrace to chill out on, and if you really can't bear to be parted from the brand, the Hotel Pacha is just across the street.Tara Stevens
Open daily midnight to 6 am, May through late September; Fridays and Saturdays midnight to 6 am, October through mid-May.
Palma de Mallorca , Mallorca
Tel: 34 971 744 744
Puro Beach is on a man-made island in the Bay of Palma and attached to the Puro Hotel in town, though it's open to discerning non-guests, too. From the all-white canopied daybeds and Zen-like waiting staff to the pool terrace and Puro Spa, sunrise yoga sessions and sundown cocktail hour, plus a top-flight fusion restaurant and Wi-Fi for those who just can't resist doing a bit of work, this is a true pleasure palace. Expect a well-heeled European clientele with cash to flash.
Playa d'en Bossa, S/N
San Jordi de Ses Salines , Ibiza
Tel: 34 971 396 793
The legendary club Space celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2009 by completely refitting the dance area, adding new high-tech light shows and a very sophisticated sound system (assume it will be loud). A series of terraces pump out funk, techno, and chill-out sounds, while the Red Box room delivers alternative grooves for clubbers who don't like the hard stuff. Space's flagship show is We Love Sundays, open from 4:30 pm through 6:30 am. On Tuesday nights, DJ Carl Cox hits the decks while his horde of fans hits the dance-floor. Aficionados who remember the good old days will be pleased to hear that the crowd still roars in greeting from the terrace as planes swoop in overhead toward the airport.Tara Stevens
Open daily noon to 6 am, late May through early June and July through October.
Passeig Marítim s/n
Palma de Mallorca , Mallorca
Tel: 34 971 730 017
This multi-story town house is a spectacular-looking pile framed by palm trees beside Palma's port. Staircases on the outside lead to six different bars and three dance floors (where burlesque dancers set the scene), while a glass lift zooms the glitterati to the third-floor VIP room. This place was the height of glamour for the international jet set in the 1930s, and it remains a top night spot, even if techno isn't your thing. As a rule, the tempo generally gets quieter and less edgy on the higher floors.