In this article I look at the topic of going to Ibiza in order to go to the clubs if you are in your 30s or 40s – or in some extreme cases, even in your 50s!
I’m sure a lot of people are in my position whereby I was a late developer, somehow missing the nightclub and clubbing scene when I was in my early 20’s.
Besides, comparing a cheesy disco playing 80’s music in the UK to the mega clubs in Ibiza is just not on!
The dance scene and club scene in Ibiza has matured to the point where the island is recognised as THE place to go to enjoy the latest dance music. The major clubs now attract internationally known global DJs from around the world such as David Guetta and Armin Van Buuren.
Dance music itself has grown from being a niche to dominating the music in the charts these days.
Earlier this year I mentioned to my girlfriend I felt I had missed out on the clubbing scene and she said the same to me.
It seemed obvious to me that there must be many other people in their forties who also had the urge to go to Ibiza and visit clubs – but were we too old and would we even be allowed entry into the clubs?
Yes You Can Get Into Ibizas Clubs In Your Forties!
The resounding answer is that you are not too old to go clubbing in Ibiza, no matter what your age.
It is definitely possible to go to some of the major clubs such as Pacha and Space, without feeling out of place if you are aged 30 and over. If you are an older person looking to go clubbing in Ibiza then I suggest you just go for it!
We are both aged 46 and we saw many other people our age if not even slightly older.
Of course most of the other people in the club are in their twenties but Ibiza is the sort of place where people go to enjoy the music and we certainly didn’t feel out of place or embarrassed to be there.
It also seems to me that the clubs themselves don’t care. They seem very driven by money and if you’ve purchased a ticket you are in. In particular the clubs are very much keen these days to attract VIPs who were allowed to enter special cordoned off area’s with a minimum spend in order to secure a table.
I would honestly say I didn’t feel out of it by not being in the VIP area. They certainly were not able to get close to the DJs as we were, so I didn’t particularly see any advantage.
Perhaps if you were rich and famous and you want a bit of privacy, sure, but none of the people we saw appeared to be well known. I guess it was just a cool thing to do and many of these guys were busy trying to impress the younger model looking girlfriends.
Book Tickets in Advance
I recommend that you book your ticket in advance because the most popular nights are likely to be sell-outs.
We booked tickets for David Getta’s F*** Me I’m Famous party night on Thursdays at Pacha which cost €80 each.
We also booked tickets for the A State of Trance closing party hosted by Armin Van Buuren at Privilege, the world’s largest nightclub, which cost €50 each.
I was definitely concerned about the price of drinks inside clubs. We decided the best idea was to get as merry as possible without being drunk beforehand. Staggering all over the place would almost certainly have meant we were denied entry.
You can only start getting into the clubs at 12 so there is plenty of time in the evening to do some drinking in anticipation of the long night ahead.
We left the clubs at 6.30 in the morning our legs and feet absolutely aching mostly from just standing all that time. My girlfriend definitely advises all the ladies to wear flats as if you wear heels you will inevitably end up taking them off and there is broken glass all over the dance floor.
What to Wear?
Your are probably also wondering what to wear if you are a person in your 30s, 40s or 50s going to be at the club is the first time.
The answer pretty much appears to be anything you like apart from football shirts.
Seriously, the lads were in vest and shorts and the ladies were often dressed up but you could honestly wear what you like and get in the club.
You have to remember that Ibiza is very much about the music and the clubs are grateful to be taking your money and getting you in as most clubs have capacity for about 5,000 people.
Drink Prices in Clubs
I was actually quite relieved about the drink prices when we ordered a beer and a Jack Daniels and Coke in Privilege which came to a total of €28, €10 for my Estrella beer and €18 for a Jack Daniels and Coke.
I went to the bar with a €50 note not necessarily expecting any change so that was a relief to be honest.
We had a couple of drinks but you can imagine how much money you could get through if you’re going to clubs every night!
What Are The Clubs Like?
Being inside the clubs was a fantastic experience which we are so glad to have enjoyed firsthand.
There were just some great moments of losing yourself in the music – however equally there were long periods of time where the music tended to wash over you.
Being there six hours was a long time to be in the moment!
Afterwards we agreed that while we enjoyed it, we wouldn’t necessarily want to go back and it again.
Sure, being surrounded by thousands of people enjoying pounding club music was pretty awesome, but when tracks came on that you weren’t so into, it became a bit dull at times.
It’s a unique experience that is nothing like a concert in my opinion, where listing to live artists is very much different to hearing them on the radio.
The DJs certainly do try to pump up the atmosphere by clapping and cheering, but you know they are not really doing anything, just twiddling a few knobs to make it look like that.
They could quite easily just pre-record the set and I’m sure in many cases they have!
Sometimes just being out at a special beach bar like the Blue Bar in Formentera was equally just as good.
Where to Stay in Ibiza?
If you are an older clubber in your thirties or forties I’d certainly advise you to avoid staying in San Antonio which is very much geared towards the younger crowd with plenty of groups of males and females on stag weekends and hen parties.
Ibiza has a great bus network so can pretty much get anywhere in about 30 minutes, quite easily and cheaply.
We stayed on the outskirts of Ibiza town in Figueretes in the two-star Luxmar Hotel. The buffet breakfast and evening meal was absolutely outstanding quality – full of choice and delicious food.
In just 10 to 15 minutes walk we were in the heart of Eivissa (Ibiza Town) which has a wonderful historic area (Dalt Vila) and narrow cobbled streets filled with bars and restaurants. It’s quite classy and sophisticated – a world away from the West End in San Antonio!
Figueretes has its own beach with plenty of bars and restaurants in this area and you are close to Playa d’en Bossa which can be walked in 15 to 20 minutes.
Playa d’en Bossa has the longest beach on Ibiza and appeals to the younger crowd who enjoy the many beach clubs such as Bora Bora, Sands and Ushuaia as well as nightclubs Space and DC 10.
From Playa d’en Bossa you can also catch a ferry over to Formentera which was my personal highlight of the week in Ibiza.
The main bus station has buses travelling all over the island, you can get the number three bus to San Antonio which only takes 25 minutes at a cost of two euros. After about 10.30pm the standard bus service ceases and you get what is called a disco bus back to Eivissa at a cost of three euros.
Exploring the island by hiring a car is highly recommended and something we did for two days, although at a push you could do it all in one day. A car enables you to explore the mountains and fields in the north with some lovely remote coves and small sandy beaches away from the crowds.
We found a week in Ibiza the perfect length of time and we packed a huge amount in and were never sitting around all. Certainly if you do a couple of nights in the clubs you will feel pretty wasted the next day so it takes time to recover.
As well as doing some of the major clubs, the island of Ibiza is a beautiful one with many fantastic beaches and it is well worth getting out of the major tourist resorts and exploring the whole island.
Go to the hippy market on Wednesdays at Es Canar on the eastern side of the island near Santa Eulalia.
Watch the sunset from opposite Es Vedra, the huge volcano-like rock coming out of the sea just off the western coast of Ibiza.
Some of the best music we heard was actually at some of the beach bars such as the CBBC (Cala Bassa Beach Club) on Cala Bassa near San Antonio.
A little tip for you, some of the top DJ’s have what is called pre-party shows down at the Cafe Mambo on what is known as the Sunset strip in San Antonio. We were there on a Friday at 10 PM and were able to be just yards away from Pete Tong performing a set of about an hour and a half before his Friday night residency at Pacha with the It’s All Gone Pete Tong Night.
This is a great way to experience some of the feeling of going to some of the big club nights totally free of charge. You can just be walking up and down the Sunset Strip enjoying the music without even the necessity to stop and buy a drink or eat.