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Ibiza Virgins' Guide: Pacha

Insider info on one of Ibiza's most iconic clubs

There's nowhere on the island quite like Pacha - it's a clubbing destination with its own innate style - a beacon in the world of dance floors that attracts the good, the glam and the gorgeous in equal measure. Opened by the Urgell family back in 1973, the club is inextricably linked to Ibiza - as the island's popularity soared in the ‘80s and ‘90s, so too, did Pacha's, and they've both been on an elevated ascent towards clubbing greatness ever since. Pacha is a many-roomed maze of wonders, all of which lay waiting to be discovered. There's the Global Room - the original main room back when the club first opened; the Main Room - home to the planet's biggest international DJs; the Funky Room - where eclectic sounds rule; the Roof Terrace, which is a great spot for mingling and taking time to chill, and Sweet Pacha, which plays a mixture of popular music and classics.

Nowadays, the club plays host to some of the world's most well-known DJs, and as such, is a home away from home for those in search of extra special VIP treatment. But it remains an island institution - one that provides for all manner of musical tastes, and one that must be experienced before you hop back on a plane out of here. Read the below carefully and take note. We'll be testing you at the end.

Quick Facts

Number of rooms: Five - the Main Room, the Funky Room, the Global Room, Sweet Pacha and the Roof Terrace
Capacity: 3,000
Famous for: being an Ibiza clubbing institution, Flower Power, the glam squad, hot dancers
Vibe: We're so glam it hurts but damn, this music is good
Go if: You want an authentic Ibiza dance floor experience

How to get there

Pacha is the closest superclub to Ibiza Town - you can get a taxi there for around 10€. From Playa d'en Bossa you're looking at a taxi charge of around 15€, while from San Antonio it'll be more like €30.

Such is the proximity to Ibiza Town that you can also walk to Pacha in around 15-20 minutes, depending on how keen you are to get there. From the centre you can follow the promenade all the way round along the Marina until you reach Botafoch, and Pacha sits on the adjacent road to the left. You get some cracking views of Dalt Vila and the super yachts along the way, so it's well worth doing this if you have time.

You can also get the trusty disco bus from San Antonio, which will drop you pretty much directly to the door for only 3€. Score.

The tunage

There really is something for everyone. If EDM is your bag, head to the club's most longstanding popular night, F*** Me I'm Famous, which of course is headed by superstar DJ, David Guetta and merry men. Then there's Martin Solveig's My House on a Wednesday and Bob Sinclar's Pure Pacha, Paris by Night on a Saturday, which is super popular with locals. Those more inclined for the harder stuff will want to check out new party, Mosaic by Maceo (Plex) on a Tuesday, when the line-ups are hard-hitting, diverse and representative of a mash-up of sounds; Insane on a Friday, where the likes of Nic Fanciulli, Luciano and Hot Since '82 regularly appear; and the infamous Solomun+1, that's fronted by Solomun, obviously, and one additional DJ of his choosing each week. This summer has seen the likes of Black Coffee, DJ Tennis and Dubfire step up to the dance floor-positioned booth. Then, on Mondays, there's the world-famous Flower Power, a party that's oozes the happy free-spiritedness of decades past that's been spreading good vibes for years.

Expect to pay between 50€ and 70€ for a ticket, depending on the party.

Food and drink

If you're fond of snacking before, during and after the party, then Pacha's the club for you because there are a ton of places to get your munch on. Have a VIP dinner in the Pacha Restaurant, which leads directly on to the dance floor, and you'll get entry to the club included for a minimum spend of around 120€. Plus you'll get a pretty good feed (and view) while you're at it - just don't expect to have any deep and meaningful conversations, because as you can imagine, the sound system is pretty loud. If you'd rather, get a table inside the adjoining Sushi Lounge (on the left as you walk through the main entrance) for a slightly quieter affair.

There's also a gin and burger bar on the Roof Terrace, so you can fill your boots in the early hours of the morning if your stomach demands it. And let's remember, boys and girls, it's always good to line your stomachs if you're going hard.

For drinks, you should expect to pay around 12€ for a beer, at least 18€ for a mixer and 8-10€ for water. There are bars dotted throughout the main dance floor, and the smaller rooms, so thirst-quenching goodness is never far from hand.

Dress code

Let's be clear - Pacha hasn't earned its reputation as the most glamorous club on the island for no reason - here, people dress up. It's probably one of the only venues on Ibiza where you won't be frowned upon for wearing heels, so if you can handle the pain at 5 AM in the morning after five hours of dancing, do your worst. Also feel free to throw on your glad rags, and if you're heading to Flower Power, be sure to embrace the dress code of ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING. Swinging ‘60s is a popular theme, so think flower headbands and flares and the kind of thing your parents / grandparents used to rock on a Saturday night out at the disco.

DJ set times

These are always published on the main gate, on the wall to the right as you hand over your ticket. You'll find them stuck up at various places throughout the club too, including at the entrance to the main room.

Cloakroom / ATM

You'll find the cloakroom on the left as you walk in towards the Main Room, while the ATM is by the toilets on the left on the main dance floor, although you can pay on card too. These guys think of everything.

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