How To: Party in Ibiza

Partying in Ibiza? Know what to expect when you hit this island.

As a reward to myself for finishing my MBA program, I took a boys’ trip to Spain. And since I missed out on a lot of party opportunities being pre-occupied with school and work, I figured I’d make it up at where else, but the party island of Ibiza.

Ibiza (pronounced ee-bee-tha) attracts millions of people with its numerous beaches and world-famous parties.

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Here are a few helpful tips for partying.
Purchasing club tickets.

Party girl quote: “OMG. I super really can’t wait to see David Guetta at Pacha, but tix are sold out online!” Not to worry, the clubs only release a small number of tickets to online resellers. You can easily buy tickets once you’re on the island. Tickets can go from €20 all the way up to €90 for the big parties.

promoter Ticket seller on the beach

Promoters are a dime a dozen and are hard to miss on the island. You can also find them as restaurant hosts, grocery clerks, or the local barber. The only time you may want to buy tickets in advance is for the opening/closing parties.

Promoters are entertaining too. One old man asked us in a deep Russian accent, “Do you have everything you need for party? You know tickets.. (whispers loudly) marijuana, X, heroine?”

At the party.

Dress code. Really, almost anything goes. My friends and I brought jeans & dress shirts and after the first night, we realized we didn’t even need them. Reality is you can be glammed up or look like you just came from the beach. For guys, simple t-shirts w/ shorts & sneakers are OK. Ladies, where what you want.

Avoid the lines. Arrive before 1am. I know that’s close to closing time for parties in the US, but the party’s just getting started here in Ibiza!

pacha-line Club scene at 1am

Expensive a$$ drinks. Ibiza has to give Miami a run for its money for most overpriced drinks.
Bottled water – €12. That’s right. $18 freakin’ US dollars for a tiny bottle of agua. Nightclubs are aware that many party goers don’t need to drink alcohol because they’re high off of something elsE. That’s license to charge up the wazoo for water alone.

Only in Ibiza, where you can get shots cheaper than beer!  €9 compared to €10. May not look like much, but did you come to just have 1 drink?! 😉

Cameras. Some nightclubs have been known to confiscate your camera if they catch you using one. Then they’ll have you check it in for a price or make you buy it back for a ransom. You have better chances sneaking in shots with your smartphone.

Embrace the fist pump. These clubs aren’t your typical ‘get your groove on’ type clubs.

They’re more like packed concerts where most people are there to praise the DJ’s, jump and throw their hands up in the air. Looks like an adult bouncy house with really, really loud music.

Popular weeknights.

I visited the island from Monday – Thursday which happens to be the biggest nights during the party season. Here is a summary with some of the week’s biggest nights:

Monday ibiza-guetta
Masquerade Motel @ Pacha
Swedish House Mafia
Club Life @ Privilege
Tiesto

Tuesday
Carl Cox @ Space w/ rotating guests Norman Cook, Roni Size & Elio Riso

Wednesday
La Troya / Espuma @ Amensia
The only foam party & one room hosts the island’s popular gay party night

Thursday
F*** Me I’m Famous @ Pacha
David Guetta w/ rotating guests Afrojack, Avicii, Will.I.Am, and Taio Cruz
Cream @ Amnesia
Paul Van Dyk w/ rotating guests Laidback Luke, Wolfgang Gartner, and Calvin Harris

Additional tips.
  • For all things Ibiza, check out Ibiza Spotlight. You can also purchase club tickets here. 
  • Vueling is a regional budget airline in Spain that services Ibiza frequently.
  • And last but not least, party hard but make sure you party safe. You don’t want to end up like this guy after your first night in Ibiza. (But just in case you have too much fun, there are pharmacies nearby where you can purchase nifty crutches for about €22!)

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So who’s ready to party?

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  • http://twitter.com/thatbackpacker Audrey Bergner

    Ahhh sounds like you had an amazing time! That’s quite the line up of artists!! 😀

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      It is… That’s what happens when you have the world’s biggest DJ’s play every day of the week on one island. There are tough decisions to make. Thanks for trippin’ by!

  • Audrey

    Ahhh sounds like you had an amazing time! That’s quite the line up of artists!! 😀

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      It is… That’s what happens when you have the world’s biggest DJ’s play every day of the week on one island. There are tough decisions to make. Thanks for trippin’ by!

  • http://twitter.com/OnAJunket On A Junket

    Water dictators!!! $18 bucks. I’m gonna open up a water stand over there!!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Seriously! I’ll open up soda stand right next to you and sell for $15. We’ll be millionaires in no time.

  • http://onajunket.com/ On A Junket

    Water dictators!!! $18 bucks. I’m gonna open up a water stand over there!!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Seriously! I’ll open up soda stand right next to you and sell for $15. We’ll be millionaires in no time.

  • http://twitter.com/aussieontheroad Aussie on the Road

    I can honestly say I’ve never had the slightest interest in going to Ibiza, haha. The idea of paying $18 for water makes it even less appealing. I balked at paying $4.50 for water at the Noodle Markets last week :-p

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Yeah. Definitely NOT backpacker friendly. hah

  • CWBush

    I can honestly say I’ve never had the slightest interest in going to Ibiza, haha. The idea of paying $18 for water makes it even less appealing. I balked at paying $4.50 for water at the Noodle Markets last week :-p

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Yeah. Definitely NOT backpacker friendly. hah

  • Anonymous

    Looks like a whole lotta fun! Ya know – i never knew how to properly pronounce Ibiza till you spelled it out 😉

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      I’m still having trouble. Every time I say ee-bee-Zah, G makes a point to correct me. Glad it was a boys trip though, I don’t think I could hang. 🙂 Lol

  • idelish

    Looks like a whole lotta fun! Ya know – i never knew how to properly pronounce Ibiza till you spelled it out 😉

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      I’m still having trouble. Every time I say ee-bee-Zah, G makes a point to correct me. Glad it was a boys trip though, I don’t think I could hang. 🙂 Lol

  • http://www.wanderlass.com wanderlass

    I was there for the crazy closing parties! F**k me I’m famous and Amnesia. I’m proud to say I lasted 12 hours without coke!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Well done! It’s very possible to get a natural high based off everyone else’s hype.

  • http://www.wanderlass.com wanderlass

    I was there for the crazy closing parties! F**k me I’m famous and Amnesia. I’m proud to say I lasted 12 hours without coke!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Well done! It’s very possible to get a natural high based off everyone else’s hype.

  • http://vagabondians.com Glenn Dixon

    It’s still on my bucket list, but those prices are crazy!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Yeah. It’s no joke. I forgot to mention that club tickets can go anywhere from €20 to €90! David Guetta’s party if by far the most expensive. Most will be in the €30-€50 range. Still not cheap!

  • http://glennedixon.com/ Glenn Dixon

    It’s still on my bucket list, but those prices are crazy!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Yeah. It’s no joke. I forgot to mention that club tickets can go anywhere from €20 to €90! David Guetta’s party if by far the most expensive. Most will be in the €30-€50 range. Still not cheap!

  • http://www.travelbyu.com/blog/ Michael

    Soooo glad I stumbled across this post as we are planning a big trip to Ibiza next august. The nightmare of finding a villa and organizing 15 people is now a reality. I was there back in 1999 and it was mental. Can’t wait!!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      August is prime time. So expect it to be hot and prepare your liver! The gym should be your second home the days leading up that trip. =P

  • http://www.theboutiquetraveler.com/ Michael Glass

    Soooo glad I stumbled across this post as we are planning a big trip to Ibiza next august. The nightmare of finding a villa and organizing 15 people is now a reality. I was there back in 1999 and it was mental. Can’t wait!!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      August is prime time. So expect it to be hot and prepare your liver! The gym should be your second home the days leading up that trip. =P

  • http://www.heelsandwheelsonline.com Bobbi and Ric

    Great guide. So many good tips. I can’t believe water is that much. I might go into business!!! Brilliant photos too. Hope I can get out there one day. I kind of thought my time to party in Ibiza had passed when I hit 20, but I’m starting to think now it’s never too late to have an Ibiza holiday!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Hah. Not too late, I saw a good variety of ages when I was there this past summer. I couldn’t believe the price of water either! At least it was only that expensive in the popular nightclubs… I would’ve snuck a canteen in had I known! Thanks for trippin’!

  • http://www.heelsandwheelsonline.com/ Bobbi Lee Hitchon

    Great guide. So many good tips. I can’t believe water is that much. I might go into business!!! Brilliant photos too. Hope I can get out there one day. I kind of thought my time to party in Ibiza had passed when I hit 20, but I’m starting to think now it’s never too late to have an Ibiza holiday!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Hah. Not too late, I saw a good variety of ages when I was there this past summer. I couldn’t believe the price of water either! At least it was only that expensive in the popular nightclubs… I would’ve snuck a canteen in had I known! Thanks for trippin’!

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