Ibiza is well known for its legendary parties, but there is a huge variety to choose from and it can be a bit overwhelming for someone who is new to the magical island. During the last two years I was able to visit a vast number of events – some were great, others weren’t much to my liking. If you’re looking for an unforgettable party night then let me be your guide and keep on reading now!
Dance the night away at Ibiza’s most famous club – Pacha at its best
If you google “where to party on Ibiza”, you are very likely to stumble over the world-famous club Pacha. Being Ibiza’s oldest well-known club, Pacha has a great history and is home to some of the world’s most famous DJs, plus it’s a hotspot for the rich and famous. This club is located in Talamanca which is about 10 to 15 minutes by foot from Ibiza Town. During peak season disco busses run all night and drop you off right in front of the club. Make sure you buy your party tickets in advance since prices at the door tend to be more expensive, especially when the island starts to get busier during peak season. Now to the parties: During the season, Pacha is open daily, offering 7 different events throughout the week (pretty much every big club on Ibiza is open 7 days a week during season). Each event has its own crazy tune and vibe to it, so no matter what style of music you prefer, I’m sure you’ll find the perfect fit! Anyway, I’m happy to give you some advice in terms of which parties I personally like the most:
Mondays: The Masquerade with Claptone. If you love electronic music and are looking for an extravagant event, then the German DJ Claptone is your man! The guy with the golden bird’s mask is a master at creating extraordinary atmospheres with its very own magic. You will dance to modern tunes among costumed and masked people in a lavishly decorated club. Definitely a party to remember!
Thursdays: Music On with Marco Carola. Formerly held at Amnesia club, Music On now fills the party area of Pacha with deep, dark and dirty techno. Marco Carola takes the party crowd on a journey with amazing guest DJs. This techno night will take you to another sphere while dancing into the next morning. An absolute must if you love dark techno just as much as I do!
Sundays: Solomun + 1 with Solomun and one special DJ guest. This is one of Ibiza’s leading electronic music parties with special guests that will serve up music to die for! The style of music varies from guest to guest but you’ll always recognize Solomun’s melodic grooves recurring throughout the night. If you’re unfamiliar with his style, you can check out his playlist on Spotify or simply go and visit this very special and unique party. It´s just insane!!!
Hot tip: This season a new, absolutely enticing party is going to be introduced at the Pacha – with J Balvin. The internationally known reggaeton singer J Balvin himself will bring his Latin rhythms to the white Isle and set the dance floor on fire. Mixing in pop, salsa, hip-hop and EDM tunes, J Balvin will furnish you with an out-of-the-world experience. I’m really looking forward to this highly anticipated event – it’s going to be a real plus for the island!
Celebrate under Ibiza´s stars at Playa d´en Bossa´s best open-air club – Ushuaïa
Luxurious hotel and clubbing venue in one? You guys think that’s impossible? Wrong! The Ushuaia Beach Hotel in Ibiza is probably the most wicked location I have ever seen. The gigantic open-air dance floor (with a pool!) is surrounded by hotel facilities, so take into account: If you stay at this hotel, every day is a party day! Ushuaia is located at the main street of Playa d’en Bossa and during peak season the previously mentioned disco busses also stop here.
The parties at this open-air venue are just more than legendary. Besides dancers you can expect the sickest light shows, video projections, overdimensioned decoration and of course world-famous DJs! An absolute highlight during the parties are the airplanes. Yes, you have read it correctly: Airplanes fly directly over the club and the party crowd extensively celebrates every arrival as a special event. This club is known for its daytime clubbing, starting in the afternoon and running until 11pm or midnight. After that you simply cross the road and keep on partying at the amazing Hï Ibiza. But now, let’s go on to the important part – my favorite parties:
Mondays: BIG by David Guetta. This party has been around for years now and the name says it all! This party is simply massive and is considered to be one of the most popular and most successful events on the island. No matter what, everything is BIG here. You get the impression of being at a huge festival. Top-class DJs, like Robin Schulz, are regular guests and pamper you with the best EDM, pop and mainstream music. The vibes at this place are out of this world – the mesmerizing light shows will let you forget time and space while you ride the musical wave into the night.
Tuesdays: Tomorrowland presents Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. Yet again an insane party at this very special venue. These two Belgian EDM masters will serve up a spectacular show accompanied by insane laser shows and occasional confetti cannon blasts. But it doesn’t end there: Special guests like Lost Frequencies, Diplo or Steve Angello will make your EDM-heart beat even faster.
Wednesdays: Dance or Die by Nic Fanciulli. Get prepared to be blown away by insane, hallucinogenic house and techno beats in a post-apocalyptic atmosphere. This party will furnish you with an amazing line-up, starting with Carl Cox and Paco Osuna at the opening party in June. Check it out!
Saturdays: ANTS. Techno, techno, techno at its very best! You won’t be disappointed by the line-up that this event has in store for you. You’ll be greeted by a giant ant overlooking the stage while the world’s most talented DJs deliver mind-blowing performances and carry you throughout the night. A lot of Ibiza workers come to this party and almost everyone is dressed in dark/black clothes. There is a very special vibe to this event and the show is absolutely amazing. Pyrotechnics, light shows, confetti cannons, CO2 cannons, streamers – there’s nothing you won’t find here! The party runs until midnight and after that the crown migrates to the Hï Ibiza to join Black Coffee – but I’ll get to that party later on. For me definitely the best party plan of the week.
Sundays: MUCHO IBIZA. This is a new, state-of-the-art Latin party. Starting in June, Ushuaia will definitely put on a huge show with the best Latin artists the world has to offer. Stay tuned on my Instagram profile Franzis Footprints. I will fill you in on my impressions as soon as I have been to this event!
Techno, EDM, Mainstream – find your personal vibe at Hï Ibiza and don´t miss the toilette DJs
This new, ultra-modern club superseded the Space Ibiza about two years ago. The Hï Ibiza has two main rooms, the Theatre and the Club. But it doesn’t end there! You can also find three open-air areas, VIP areas with tipi tents and even amazing DJs, playing in the unisex restroom! The Hï Ibiza is located in Playa d’en Bossa and during peak season this place is one of the locations where the disco busses stop. This club offers EDM, techno, disco, trance and deep house parties that will blow your mind away! Here are my favorite events:
Thursdays: AFTERLIFE by Tale of Us. This party is straight in your face! Deep, dark techno at its best. The Italian duo Tale of Us will overwhelm your senses along with a hypnotizing light show and sick visuals. This is a must for every techno fan!
Fridays: F*** ME I’M FAMOUS! by David Guetta and friends. Formerly held at Pacha, David Guetta moved this massive and insane party to Hï Ibiza this year. The French superstar will serve up the finest EDM tunes and set the crowd on fire. Besides announced guest DJs this party is also known for surprise guests such as Snoop Dogg, Kelly Rowland and Usher. Give it a try!
Saturdays: Black Coffee by Black Coffee. Are you in for techno meeting South African vibes? The multi-award winning DJ Black Coffee and his guests won’t disappoint you. Dance along to great techno tunes and feel the South African spirit in every move you make. I enjoy going to this party each and every time – highly recommendable!
Rave until the sun goes up in Amnesia’s iconic clubbing areas
If you’re looking for unforgettable party moments then add Amnesia to your list! This club is located further inland on the main road to Sant Rafel. The club provides a free bus service for ticket holders, with buses running between Playa D’en Bossa, Ibiza Port and San Antonio to the Amnesia club. The previously mentioned disco buses also stop at Amnesia. This clubbing venue is equipped with two massive areas – the Terrace and the Club Room. I personally love the Terrace – it’s a huge dance floor with a transparent glass roof. People celebrate the sunrise from the inside of the club to incredible sounds, which is an amazing experience. This club is home to a variety of techno, tech-house, house and EDM parties. Check out my personal faves:
Mondays: COCOON by Sven Väth. This year the party returns for its 20th anniversary and I’m sure it’s going to be a blast! The various artist provide you with high-quality music and create magic by concentrating on the basic essence of dance music. You’ll most definitely forget time here and dance into the sunrise – don’t forget your sunglasses, you will need it!
Saturdays: elrow. OMG – this party is fierce and crazy! For this event the Amnesia is transformed into a wild and garish cave. Drag artists and performers in crazy costumes dangle from the ceiling or walk on stilts through the party crowd. Confetti cannons explode, inflatables and other stuff fall from the ceiling or fly over your head. There is so much going on that you nearly forget about the great line-up this party has to offer. This year elrow will also visit the Ushuaia four times and I’m sure it’s going to be massive! I have never been to a better, crazier and more insane party than elrow. I urge you to go there, as it´s just so mind-blowing !
Ibiza’s biggest music festival: the International Music Summit (IMS) at Dalt Vila
You love techno and festivals? Ibiza hosts one of the biggest techno festivals each year! For three days straight the International Music Summit takes place at the castle of Dalt Vila. This event is huge and unique since it’s only once a year. They set up a massive stage with views over the city and harbor – a super cool location! The IMS attracts DJs from all over the world as well as the crème de la crème of the techno music scene. And it’s not only a music festivals, it’s also a very important conference for the international electronic music scene: DJs, managers and producers come together, present new collaborations at this event and furnish you with the best techno music available.
Cirque de la Nuit – Ibiza’s best boat party
Ibiza and boat parties are a marriage made in heaven. There is a huge variety to choose from and unfortunately there are also some not so good boat parties on offer. But you’re lucky, as I worked for the BEST boat party that this magical island has to offer: Cirque de la Nuit! Back in 2017 I worked for this company as a marketer and fell in love with it. It’s not the usual, ordinary boat party you might find around Ibiza. It’s the only techno boat party starting from Playa d’en Bossa, running sunset cruises and involving club ticket deals. Your ticket to this party won’t only grant you access to the Cirque de la Nuit boat party but also to beach clubs and 3-4 additional top clubs! Aboard you will be carried away by electronic music vibes while enjoying free drinks and snacks throughout the cruise. The boat stops at an amazing swim stop where you can jump into the crystal clear water of the Mediterranean sea. If you’re not so much of the jumping-into-water-type you can grab one of the inflatables and chill out on the water. After the refreshment the wild party continues till late. After sunset the boat brings you back ashore where you can directly dive into Ibiza’s crazy nightlife.
Dancing on sand with a cool ocean breeze – Ibiza´s best beach clubs to party
For the more laid-back, beach- and ocean-loving people,Ibiza has a huge variety of beach clubs that offer different parties throughout the season. My personal favorites are the Blue Marlin, Beachouse Ibiza and Destino Pacha Ibiza. Especially the opening and closing parties are epic! And if you like the chilled and relaxing days by the beach after a wild party night, also check out my other article about Ibiza´s 10 most beautiful beach clubs.
Boho hippie events and other recommendable places for a guaranteed great party
Another hot tip for techno fans is the Circoloco party at the famous DC-10 club. Every Monday people come together to enjoy the great line-up and share their love of music.
If electronic music isn’t your cup of tea then Ibiza has multiple hippie parties you can visit. For instance, the party WooMoon in Cova Santa or The Zoo Project at Benimussa Park are super cool events that will take you on an extraordinary journey. The Zoo Project takes place at an abandoned zoo, where people come dressed up or painted as animals and go berserk. There are five different party areas, food stalls, a BBQ area and lots of amazing artists. It’s a day-to-evening open-air party in a very unique setting and that special Ibiza vibe.
For all the Rock and 80s lovers among you I can highly recommend Children of the 80s at the Hard Rock Hotel. It’s a pretty cool party every Friday and attracts both younger and older people to dance to much loved hits of this iconic music era.
Hot tip for people who are working on the magical island – Get your season passes!
If you’re working on Ibiza and want to visit multiple events, then you should consider getting your season passes. A lot of clubs offer these passes at the beginning of the party season. Some season passes grant you free entrance or reduced ticket prices to certain events. Therefore you only need to show your workers confirmation or rental contract to the staff at the special season pass boothes, who are possible to visit only in the beginning of the season around June. Ushuaia, Hi Ibiza and Amnesia offer these kind of passes and even more clubs. Check the Ibiza workers groups on Facebook for the dates and places. It is just so clever to organize this in the beginning of the season, as ticket prices vary between 50 and 70 € for each party night.
As you can see, Ibiza has so many amazing and unique parties to choose from. A lot of these events have pre and after parties in certain bars if you can’t get enough. For further information on the previously mentioned and other events, dates, prices and tickets head over to the website of Ibiza Spotlight.