So you may have heard that Ibiza has everything to offer the party animal in you. It does. It's what distinguishes this pine tree-covered plot of land in the middle of the ocean from the large majority of other sparkling and sunny locales. Whether you are kicking back with friends as the sun sets on the west side of the island or following the line of breadcrumbs to the glitzy superclubs that beckon from Ibiza Town, the party scene in Ibiza is one of the best on Earth.
In less than an hour's time, you can travel from one end of the island to the other, so you can legitimately catch a sunset at any of the beach bars in San Antonio and then follow the Avinguda de Portmany to any of the huge clubs at the southeastern portion of Ibiza. If you plan to start in San Antonio, your choices include the beach bars that dot the sand or the concentration of establishments in the west end. The biggest institution on the sand is Cafe del Mar, home to one of the best collections of chill-out music and an over-hyped, over-touristed view of the sunset. If you don't want to be mobbed by tourist flocks, there are some good bars just north and a few past the harbor to the south that don't have the big name and therefore have cheaper drinks and less-crowded sands. The west end, which consists of about five blocks of bars that will often have someone outside plying their services, is one of your best bets on the island for a few inexpensive drinks. Tropicana and El Sitio have credible reputations; head just southeast for San Antonio's biggest clubs, Eden and El Paradiso. You'll also find actual musicians playing places like Ibiza Rocks and Bar Colón.
The islands biggest and best clubs are just outside of Ibiza Town. The two located on the road to San Antonio are Privilege and Amnesia, both of which are stunning, massive spaces where long nights are spent dancing. Just south of Ibiza Town is the dance club haven of Platja d'en Bossa. Space, voted the best club on Earth, as well as DC-10 and a bunch of lounges and beach bars make the area quite popular for summertime guests, even once the sun comes up. Then again, superclubs like Pacha and Lio pack in the revelers with a view of the lights of the city across the harbor. For something a bit more low-key, try sitting down with a drink at Placa del Parc or grabbing a cocktail at one of the many little establishments in the pedestrian walkways of Dalt Vila.
You may find your odd beach bar or shack elsewhere on the island, but there's nothing close to as big as what's available near the previously mentioned cities. The big name clubs will cost you, especially if you're looking to enjoy the ballyhooed VIP experience; then again, if that was a concern then you'd be reading about the much cheaper and more pedestrian nightlife experiences in Chile or Malaysia. Take a look at our individual activity pages for more information. And make sure to get your sleep before you land in Ibiza, you'll not want to once you're here.