Changes to the West End San Antonio, Ibiza
As many of the bars and clubs open this weekend, 2016 will herald some changes to the West End in San Antonio Ibiza. From new bars to new security, to new enforcement of the rules it seems that times are changing for the area.
For those that have a preconceived idea about the West End have a read of this article because it has a reputation from years past that no longer applies.
In our book this is definitely the beating heart of San Antonio especially for first timers and for those on a budget, and with this year’s changes we believe that the West End is on the up and up again and dare we say it is starting to become a little more cosmopolitan.
The Bars & Clubs
Over the winter and early spring workmen have been busy renovating and modernising several establishments turning them into clean shiny venues suitable for the modern day Ibiza.
Play2 Club has become LYT Club a brand new nightclub in the heart of the West End which promises something a little different and lots of surprises as the season unfolds.
Capones has become Shenanigans a new Irish bar which is the sister bar to the Highlander and will be run in the same vein offering great quality drinks and entertainment, open to all but with an Irish twist where you will arrive as customers and leave as firm friends.
Stereo has become Soho Ibiza which they say is the best looking and most modern bar in the West End boasting an amazing sound system, 2 bars with quality house and dance music till 5am all wrapped in an electric atmosphere.
Eden Corner and The Gallery have also been taken over and have been renamed as The Irish Tavern and China Whites respectively.
Everyone’s favourites are back The Highlander, Viva Ibiza, Joe Spoons, Delilah’s Ibiza, Entice and Lush to name but just a few, we estimate there must 30 – 40 venues in the West End opening for the 2016 season.
A few have unfortunately failed to reopen especially on the outer edges and the West End does feel a little more compact this year.
However with the new and refurbished bars and clubs alongside the well established favourites it seems to be reinventing itself and moving away from its dogged past into a great place to spend a few hours before the super clubs open, or for a night out celebrating birthdays, stag or hen do’s as well as being a great place to spend an evening just watching the sights and sounds of Ibiza go by.
This year will see an increased police presence in the area across the summer alongside new and relocated CCTV cameras. There is also to be a crackdown on the luky luky guys and other anti social behaviour in the area which is great news for all.
As much as PR’s have been banned in San Antonio we believe the bars will have Welcomers and Greeters outside their premises, so there will still be plenty of banter and information freely given out as you wander through the West End this year.
The rules on closing times and playing music so it’s audible in the street are also to be enforced more heavily than before. Although of course we have heard this all before and await to see how this develops as the season unfolds.
Lastly, a new if not a little random a mural has been installed above Club Tropicana. Make sure you look out for this as you pass through the main West End street, it looks fantastic.
The West End isn’t for everyone but for those looking for a lively cheap night out, compared to the super clubs, with lots of laughs with great music along the way it is well worth a visit, and you will make some great friends and share a tale or two while sitting outside in the evening warmth.
Just don’t take it to excess while there, leaving yourself vulnerable when heading back to your accommodation. Look out for each other, respect the staff and venues you frequent and above all enjoy everything the west end has to offer in 2016