A guide to nightlife in Playa d'en Bossa
There’s a party over here, there’s a party over there in Playa d’en Bossa as you can dance on the beach, in the clubs or even at your hotel. One of the main players in Ibiza’s clubbing scene, it’s home to open-air beach and pool bars and big clubs, all of which have their own buzzing vibe. That doesn’t mean you can’t relax in Playa d’en Bossa though, as there are chill out bars and quiet cafes where you can spend your days or evenings in funky, chilled-out surroundings. Here are some of the best bars and clubs in Playa d’en Bossa for you to try.
For many, Space is the best club on the island. Don’t just take our word for it – Space has been awarded Best Global Club several times over the years. This sprawling venue has multiple rooms, terraces and nooks and crannies to get lost in. As one of the original superclubs of Ibiza Space has it all, from the biggest name DJs to one of the best sound and visual systems on the island. Many of the smaller venues in Playa d’en Bossa gear you up for Space’s big Sunday parties.
Named after the beautiful Pacific island, Ibiza’s Bora Bora offers a different kind of paradise. This beachside party institution is one of Ibiza’s original bars and is popular on a Sunday for the Space pre-party. Best around sunset, the sangria begins to flow and tables are danced upon as planes fly overhead. If there were a dress code it would be super casual as bikinis and beach wear are the norm for party-goers. Just don’t forget your sun cream.
This luxury party hotel and club boasts an outdoor stage that competes with any festival. Clubbers dance the afternoon and evening away around the huge pool. A great place to people-watch it pulls in a star-studded DJ line-up as well as some famous attendees. If you want to be in the thick of the action, you can stay at the Ushuaia Beach Hotel and even get a room that looks out on to the stage.
Known for its Circoloco, or ‘Crazy Circus’, parties that bang out techno every Monday from 5pm, DC10 is one of the more underground clubs in Playa d’en Bossa. A small venue with a big atmosphere, there is a dark, indoor room as well as an outdoor terrace with a separate DJ. Situated at the end of the airport runway, the crowd cheer in equal measures when each plane takes off low overhead and when their favourite tune is played.
Dunes is a large and lively two-storey, open plan bar and diner in the heart of Playa d’en Bossa’s main strip. A good place to start the night off, this relatively new party bar has its own DJ and dancers strut their stuff on platforms overhead. The food menu has a bit of everything on it, including some of the best burgers around and there’s also an ice cream parlour and cocktails to cool you down.
Hard Rock Hotel
Right next to Playa d’en Bossa’s other party hotel, Ushuaia, Hard Rock mixes live rock and pop concerts with the dance music you’d expect from Ibiza. Nights include nostalgia-inducing Children of the 80s and Tinie Tempah’s event, Disturbing Ibiza. If you’re staying in the hotel, you can drink and dance on the huge roof terrace or take the party to the hot tub.
This chic and modern beach club spills out on to the beach with white loungers to kick back and sip cocktails on – they even have lids for if it gets windy. Highly regarded chef David Reartes serves Spanish and Mediterranean food until 3am in summer and some afternoons in winter, all of which is local. The DJ booth houses big names, such as Richie Hawtin who spins electronic tunes on the decks once a year.
Beachouse is a Sunday night institution as Guy Gerber ramps things up a notch after sunset. Perfect for dancing on the sands you can also book a table for a fee. The intimate indoors has a Caribbean feel with whitewashed floors and wooden furniture. There are also lots of parasol-covered daybeds outside to linger on and a kids area at the back of the restaurant.
Underground in more ways than one, Sankeys is a pared-back club set in a basement that plays the best underground dance tunes. People go for the music so it doesn’t have as many hipsters as some of the other Playa d’en Bossa clubs. One of the fastest growing clubs on the island, Sankeys is sister to the flagship club in Manchester. There are three rooms in total, as well as a roof terrace for some fresh air.
Cirque de la Nuit Ibiza
One of the best party boats sets sail from Playa d’en Bossa. Aboard the Cirque de la Nuit catamaran you can spend four hours partying with top DJs. Drinks are included and the staff will top you up so you don’t have to leave your dancing spot. The wristband also gets your entry into Sankeys nightclub when you’re back on dry land.