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Pikes

Mischief-making is built into the foundations at Pikes – just ask Freddie Mercury, who famously held his rambunctious 41st birthday party here. With a floor plan akin to a maze-like labyrinth, there are untold corners in which to get lost and be found, depending on the number of gin and tonics you’ve sunk. Head to Sunny’s Boudoir for dress-up fun, or cajole the hostess with the mostest into a spot of bathroom karaoke, where you can relive your Celine Dion dreams while standing in a bathtub – Titanic stance optional. Also an excellent spot for a bloody Mary, especially on Sundays when the eclectic soundtrack will soothe away alcohol-related woes.

  • +34 971 342 222
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  • Camí Sa Vorera
    07820
    Sant Antoni de Portmany

Tira Palla

A well-kept secret among those in the know, Tira Palla is legendary among locals thanks to its rock’n’roll soundtrack and rooftop location that towers over Ibiza Town’s charmingly cobbled streets. It’s not easy to find – a scramble up an almost vertical staircase is required – but it’s worth the sweat-inducing strain. This place is famous for its mojitos; go classic, try watermelon, or sip on a strawberry creation, just remember that at some point you’ll need to climb back down, so go easy. And wear flats.

Hostal La Torre

Set atop the rugged cliffs of Cap Negret, Hostal La Torre boasts unrivalled vistas of Ibiza’s sorbet-hued sunsets. Now under the ownership of the Mambo Group (of Café Mambo fame), it’s a venue where cocktails meets casual dining meets chilled ambience, occasionally with an internationally famed superstar behind the decks. You can savour unspoilt views of the sparkling Med at any time of day – it’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner – but if it’s quintessential Ibiza you’re after, find a spot, pop the champagne and gaze as the sky mesmerisingly transforms at dusk.

  • +34 971 342 271
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  • Centra Cap Negret 25
    07820
    Sant Antoni de Portmany

Paradise Lost

This little den of decadence is found on the streets of Sa Penya – Ibiza town’s lively gypsy quarter, once home to pirates and misfits, no less. Small in size but big in personality, temptation here lies around every eccentrically decorated corner – particularly if you’re a cocktail connoisseur and you like your drinks to pack a quirky punch. Much like the plot of the bar’s namesake book, you might find yourself waging a battle against your own sins if you stick around too long, but that’s easier said than done when there are comfy sofas and cocktails calling your name. Or is it Satan? Hard to tell.

Experimental Beach

Found among the serene salt flats of Las Salinas – an Ibiza nature reserve – Experimental Beach is dripping in cutting edge cool with the clued-up crowd to match. Many come to spend the day here – lounging on sunbeds and sipping on jugs of expertly made, ice-cold cocktails; the majority stay for sunset, when the sea turns inky black and the sky blushes pink in accordance. It’s well worth chatting to the bar staff (they really know their stuff) and bring swimming stuff because there’s an inflatable jetty in the water out front begging to be leapt off.

Bar 1805

Oh, there’s trouble to be had here. Isn’t there always when absinthe is involved? And Bar 1805 is a haven for it thanks to charismatic French owner, Charles Vexenat, whose passion for the green stuff knows no bounds. Located in Ibiza town’s gypsy barrio, Sa Penya, the bar is itself is as quirky as the cocktail list, and comes alive at night, when children play football in the surrounding cobbled streets and darkness seems to increase the percentage of mischief in the air. A selection of snacks and moules-frites are available too, should you believe in the age-old adage that’s it’s good to line your stomach.

Kumharas

Contrary to popular belief, not all sunset bars are found on sunset strip; in fact, Kumharas – one of the best – is located just around the coast in San Antonio Bay. The views come dusk are stunning, and often soundtracked by live music from local flamenco guitar legend, Paco Fernandez, which gives the place a laid-back feel. There’s also an excellent restaurant and a few market stalls dotted around, not to mention some of the zestiest mojitos on this side of the island. Quintessential Ibiza at its best.

  • +34 971 805 740
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  • Carrer de Lugo 2
    07829
    Sant Josep de sa Talaia
    Illes Balears

Amante

Etched into a cliffside in Sol d’en Serra on Ibiza’s east coast, Amante has an entire beach to itself, which has the reverberative effect of making you feel like the only people in the world. By day, it’s spectacular, but when night falls and the stars come out it’s even more magical, especially if you’re lucky enough to catch it at full moon. There’s a restaurant as well as a bar, but really it doesn’t matter what you come here for, just bring a lover, gaze up into space and delight in the shameless romanticism of it all.

  • +34 971 196 176
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  • Cala Sol d'en Serra
    Calle Afueras
    07849
    Cala Longa
    Islas Baleares

S’Escalinata

Take a wander up through the spiralling, cobbled streets of Dalt Vila, and if you’re lucky you’ll stumble across S’Escalinata, a true Ibiza town treasure. Defined by a tumbling selection of colourful bean bags that cascades down a series of steps hundreds of years old, this place is dripping in alfresco character. Come for a drink to cool off after strolling through the castle, or simply to admire the views of the glittering town below.

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  • Carrer Portal Nou 10
    07800
    Eivissa
    Illes Balears

Bar Anita

Often touted as Ibiza’s first hippie hangout, Bar Anita was a much famed meeting place for musicians, artists and bohemians who used to gather here to eat, drink and revel in good conversation. It’s still a favourite among locals, thanks to a great selection of local food and its homemade hierbas – a liqueur made from a range of the island’s herbs. It also used to serve as a post office for people living in the village of San Carlos, so row upon row of little post boxes still lines the walls.

  • +34 971 335 090
  • Lugar Barri San Carlos
    07850
    Sant Carles

Elements

Benirràs beach on Ibiza’s northern tip is famous for two things. First, the hippie drummers that descend every Sunday to congregate on the beach for an improvised jam; second, Elements, a laid-back beach bar that also comes alive on a Sunday night to entertain the roaming crowds. Nevertheless, it’s well worth visiting this chilled-out spot at other times of the week too, because it hosts an excellent hippie market, and does a belting breakfast. The juice bar is a must.

  • +34 971 333 136
  • Cala Benirras
    07815

Sa Trinxa

Sa Trinxa, located on Salinas – one of Ibiza’s best-loved party beaches – has been open since the 1970s and still embodies that hedonistic vibe Ibiza became so famous for back in the day. The decor is nothing fancy, but that’s not what you’re coming here for. You’re coming to drink all day, dance in the sand and wander out onto the jetty into the inviting sapphire blue water. Unsurprisingly, the DJ behind it all is Jon Sa Trinxa, who you’ll still find behind the decks to this day.

Experimental Beach

Paradise Lost

Tira Palla

Hostal La Torre

Pikes

Bar 1805

Kumharas

Amante

S’Escalinata

Bar Anita

Elements

Sa Trinxa

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