Are you ever too old to go clubbing in Ibiza?
Most if not all of us remember going to clubs in our younger years (80s and early 90s) and even being dragged out on the odd stag / hen do since those days.
The over driven speakers playing the latest cheesy chart hits one after the other, the drinks flowing and spilling, the insane shouting to be heard and the inevitable kebab on the way home. We all did it for a few years then we settled down got a real job, a mortgage a little one or two and the everyday humdrum began.
With the huge growth in the dance music scene in the last few years, with artists such as Martin Garrix and David Guetta topping the charts and being played on most if not all radio stations on your way to work isn’t it time you went clubbing properly in the mecca of dance, Ibiza?
Be warned this is far removed from the 80s nightclubs you remember. These are truly iconic Super Clubs with specific nights for specific artists or music genres and if you find yourself tapping your foot or even singing along to one of Guettas latest hits you will love it.
Ok so you’re convinced.
Am I too old?
My first visit to a super club I was mid 30s surrounded by mostly people in their 20s but I wasn’t the oldest by far and more importantly no one cares how old you are so no, no one is ever too old to experience the super clubs of Ibiza.
Yes it’s available across the island so if you want to combine a family holiday (yes Ibiza is much more than just a party island) to include a night out for yourselves it can be done.
They will even take care of the little ones the morning after so you can grab a few hours sleep before returning to your family holiday.
As much as there are evening venues in Ibiza such as Ibiza Rocks, Hard Rock Hotel and Ushuaia the true Super Clubs do not open until midnight. Yes you read that correctly midnight. We tend to try and arrive around half past midnight before the queues are really long and the clubs get too busy so we can grab a prime spot.
We also always have a quiet lazy day on the beach and a relaxed evening beforehand, it definitely helps.
Getting to the club
As much as you can take a taxi, hotel to club door we always go on the disco bus which travel across the island from just before Midnight and continue through the night. Its a great way to start the night travelling on a bus packed full of people all sharing the same passion for music chatting, singing and making new friends.
What to wear
The only rule we have ever come across is no football shirts, bar that it is anything goes from the smallest and tightest to most flamboyant outfit you could imagine. We go dressed comfortably, lightweight T shirt, light weight trousers / shorts (with button pockets for valuables) and comfy trainers, its Ibiza you will get hot and sweaty.
The prices are not comparable to a local nightclub these are truly gigs in themselves with huge name artists playing so be prepared to pay anywhere from 50 euros upwards per ticket. We buy online before hand to guarantee our tickets and they tend to be a little cheaper than the ticket booths in and around Ibiza.
Be aware we have been asked for ID on entry before so it’s wise to carry some with you, it’s actually a requirement of Spanish law to carry ID at all times -a point often overlooked by people holidaying in Spain.
Most Super Clubs have VIP areas for a few euros more and even VVIP areas for a lot of euros more. If it’s your first time I would advise paying the extra, it means you have somewhere away from the masses a chance of a seat and somewhere to take 5 if you need it.
I hope you’re sitting down at this point drinks are expensive to the point of very expensive, two vodka and red bulls cost us 50 euros in Amnesia but a bottle of beer is around 12 euros and water 10 euros, but it has its blessings firstly no one can afford to get drunk and the chances of being covered in spilt drinks is unlikely as everyone protects their precious purchases.
These clubs are incredible, the lighting and sound systems are something to behold with professional lighting jocks and sound engineers working furiously away to get the music to sound as it was intended and lighting production which is art in itself.
Some have unique quirks like Amnesia‘s mega ice cannons which fire compressed Co2 into the crowd lowering the room temperature in an instant. It’s an amazing feeling when your dancing away and ever so slightly refreshing as it rushes over you.
Yes the club will be packed, hot and sweaty when the top Djs go on but everyone there is for one reason and one reason only – their passion for the music and you will find yourself being lost in the moment over and over again as night turns into day (most clubs open until sunrise).
It truly is an incredible experience and one which cannot be found anywhere else in the world so step back to your youth and take it one more club experience you, Ibiza won’t disappoint.