In Ibiza, you know watching the sun set over the sea from a hip beach bar means the start of a good night. Many of them serve expertly-mixed cocktails and fresh seafood befitting their seaside location, but the variety is vast. There are beach bars in which to doze lazily, ones made for dancing on the warm sand and those that crank it up with legendary DJs.
Here’s a handy list of where to choose depending on whether you want a chilled hippy hangout or a full-on party venue.
Café del Mar, San Antonio Town
The original sunset bar is still going strong, in no small part due to its enviable view of the sun dropping over the horizon from its sail-covered terrace. Cocktails flow no matter what time of day and you can reserve a table to sample some of their delicious food, from pizza to sushi.
But it’s the sunset session when the atmosphere builds, starting with resident DJs playing chillout and deep house music. Later on, the big names are welcomed, such as Swedish House Mafia.
Kumharas, San Antonio Bay
Channelling the boho vibe of India back in the 80s, Kumharas has sink-in sofas, shisha pipes and fire dancers. The setting is really special – beneath an old watch tower in the Cala de Bou bay, which has some of the best sunsets in the Balearics. There’s live music in the background but the vibe here is ridiculously laid-back. More than just a bar, you can eat Asian-fusion tapas with your strawberry daiquiris and there’s even a handmade jewellery and clothing stall.
Ushuaïa Beach Club, Playa d’en Bossa
In the midst of Playa d’en Bossa, Ushuaïa is a cool beach hangout with loungers on the sand and white day beds by the pool. But, not doing things by halves, at night the stage lights shine down on super-DJs and the poolside is filled with ravers. In 2015, the line-up included David Guetta and Armin Van Buuren. Also a hotel, you can get a room with a view of the huge stage or choose to go VIP in the hope of rubbing shoulders with DJ-ing giants.
Elements Ibiza, near Puerto San Miguel
On the stunning Benirras beach situated on Ibiza’s quiet north coast, Elements is a beach bar with benefits. You could happily spend all day here, starting with breakfast and something from the juice bar then have a calming massage and a browse through their boutique.
After that chilled out day you’ll have loads of energy for when the fun starts. DJs play from evening until 2am but stick around on a Sunday night and you can catch the famous drummers that come here playing tribal beats on the beach.
Nikki Beach, near Santa Eulalia
The world-famous Nikki Beach brand has done it again with their uber-stylish, all-white Ibiza bar looking out over the Med, which opened in 2013. With their other venues in places like Miami, St Tropez and Bali, Nikki Beach is all about glamour and offers luxuries such as valet parking, as well as the freshest seafood and sushi.
Set on the east coast away from the buzz of the big party towns, Nikki Beach maintains an exclusive air and is where the beautiful people go to listen to the excellent in-house DJs.
Beachouse, Playa d’en Bossa
Newbie Beachouse has already made a name for itself for its Sunday nights headed up by Guy Gerber who mans the decks after sunset. In the quieter part of Playa d’en Bossa, during the day Beachouse is a calm hangout with shaded daybeds and even a kids’ area at the back of the restaurant. All white and wood with a straw roof, the venue and food are stylish and rustic in equal proportions. You can expect to dine on delicious Italian fresh pasta and pizza.
Lips Reartes, Playa d’en Bossa
Highly regarded chef David Reartes has put his name to the elegant place. And, while the chicly presented Spanish and Mediterranean food certainly takes centre stage, Lips also scores big on the music front too. By day you can lounge on the white sunbeds out on the sand with a backdrop of lounge music and come evening time the beats turn electro with names such as Richie Hawtin dropping tunes.
Café Mambo, San Antonio Town
A staple on San Antonio’s sunset strip, Cafe Mambo draws crowds for the pre-parties, which wind up as the sun heads down. With a particular affinity to Pacha, Steve Aoki and Solomon from the club start here before being ferried off to Ibiza Town for the main event.
People also come here for the delicious food, which is a little pricey but said to be some of the best on the island. For dinner you could have salad, tacos or steak with a good helping of feel-good vibes.
Bora Bora, Playa d’en Bossa
Sunday is party day at Bora Bora, after all, you won’t be working the next day. The party gets going at 5pm and carries on outside on the beach until midnight with podiums danced on as planes soar overhead. Then it’s up to you whether you head inside to carry on the action or pop over to nearby Space nightclub for its infamous, all-night Sunday session.
Hidden, Cala San Vicente
This characterful retreat down some winding steps behind San Vicente beach mixes Alice in Wonderland fun with award-winning cocktails and superb tapas. With gnome ornaments, pink parasols, giant chess and an artist designed mini-golf course, there’s plenty to do and see here. The surroundings are leafy, giving it the feeling of a secret garden and you can pick up a delicious burger for €10.
Sunset Ashram, Cala Conta
Winning a Reader’s Choice Award in the Best of Ibiza Awards 2015 this bohemian spot gets busy come sunset. Looking a little like something from a Star Wars movie, the building, which juts out over the sea, has a rustic nature in sync with the charm of the rugged landscape. DJs start playing early evening as diners feast on Mediterranean, Japanese and Indian cuisine.
Ocean Beach Club, San Antonio Town
While Ocean Beach Club does look out over S’Arenal beach between San Antonio Town and Bay, the main action is most definitely by the pool. Day and night time parties involve acrobats and live performances as well as music from the likes of Hed Kandi and Soul Heaven DJs. You can grab a bite to eat at the Sunset Roof Garden or get a relaxing massage away from it all.