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Ibiza + Mallorca nightlife

When it comes to nightlife in the Balearics, most people think immediately of the hedonistic party scene in Ibiza, and rightly so. The island remains the HQ of some of the world's biggest clubs—Space, Pacha, and El Divino among them. Inevitably, then, Ibiza has had a bad rap in the past, when the club scene has been a detriment to the island as a whole, but the past few years have seen it go considerably upmarket, attracting the European glitterati and opening a more civilized kind of night spot in the form of innumerable chill-out lounges and cool beach bars. Note that the Ibiza party season lasts a scant four months. Opening parties generally kick off the first week of June, and closing parties wind down during the last week of September (www.ibiza-spotlight.com has a useful schedule of events).

Mallorca too sees its fair share of nighttime action, attracting a less scene-y crowd to no-less-glamorous venues. Palma, of course, is the hub, offering visitors a wide range of bars and clubs, but to party with the trendsetters, you need to head out along the bay to the various smooth, sophisticated beach spots that have taken up residence in recent years.

Menorca is fairly un-happening when it comes to destination clubbing, though both Maó and Ciutadella have their fair share of bars. Formentera, however, is becoming something of a secret hot spot for summer beach parties. Put your ear to the ground when you get there.

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Abaco, Palma, Mallorca

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...more

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Abraxas, 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,...more

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Aura, Sant Llorenç

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...more

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Blue Marlin, Cala Jondal, Ibiza

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...more

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Eden, San Antoni

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...more

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El Divino, Ibiza Town, Ibiza

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...more

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Jockey Club, Sant Jordi de Ses Salines

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...more

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KM5, Ibiza

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,...more

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Pacha, Ibiza Town

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...more

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Puro Beach, Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca

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...more

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