Although the most internationally reputatable island in the Balearic chain for nightlife is Ibiza (which has earned the right to be covered on its own merit), you would be remiss not to enjoy what the islands of Menorca and, especially, Mallorca have to offer. Whether you're one to have an afternoon cocktail while lounging on charming beaches or hit up multi-level dance complexes after midnight, these islands are some of the best places to visit for sun and fun.
Palma de Mallorca is the largest city on either island and is unquestionably the center of nightlife as well. Much of what is worth exploring is along the western end of the port in an area locally known as the Paseo Maritimo. The number of lounges, bars, and clubs along the waterfront is exceptional, with standouts like Cultura Club (indie dance music), El Garito (DJ-driven lounge atmosphere), and Backstage (the best local live music) leading the way. Don't worry, there are a few dives near the harbor in case your wallet is a deciding factor. Away from the harbor, there are a few concentrations of watering holes worth checking out. The Santa Catalina neighborhood near city center has notable nightlife along both Carrer de Sant Magí, while Calle Jaime Ferrer and the its starting point at Placa de Drassana have a nice collection of pub and cocktail joints. The pedestrian streets around the Placa de Mercat also have a few top notch places, including the beer garden Lórien, nearby.
The biggest club on the island is BCM Planet Dance, just west along the coast in Magaluf; it's also the best spot to catch famous acts as they come to the island. East from the city is the coolest (and possibly priciest) beach club near Palma, Puro Beach. The sunsets from here are stellar. For a more off-the-beaten-path nightlife/clubbing experience, then head to Mallorca's northeast, where the small Port de Pollenca has a handful of great bars overlooking its harbor and the city of Alcudia has a number of beach bars and smaller clubs that are popular as an alternative to Palma.
Menorca has a much smaller nightlife scene, but that doesn't mean that you can't have a good time; especially if you place a higher value on being able to speak to the person next to you. The capital city of Mao has a decent number of bars around its famous Placa de Espanya; the Mirador Cafe has fantastic views and music. The Moll de Llevant, which runs the developed southern course of the harbor, also has a lot of establishments in which to enjoy yourself, including the Casino Maritim and the Hard Rock Cafe-aping Rock and Beer, which has a fabulous beer selection and live rock music. Outside of Mao, the choices are a bit fewer and farther between, but there are still a few spots worth the short travel time. The port of Cala en Porter has a selection of bars just inland, while the incredible Cova d'en Xoroi nightclub has the unique position of being in a cave above the ocean, making it worth seeing at least once, day or night. There is also an incarnation of the Space clubbing brand made famous in Ibiza newly opened in the city of Ciutadella, while a stroll through the preserved city center will reveal some great bodegas, bars, and tapas restaurants.
Have no fear; Ibiza isn't the only place in the Balearic Islands where you'll have a lot of quality nightlife options. Take a look through our activity pages for more information on what to do and where. You can also explore trip ideas, related travel videos, and much more prior to building your own adventure to the Balearic Islands.