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Ibiza Virgins' Guide: Where to drink?

Champagne breakfasts of course!

You're on holiday! One of the primary activities, apart from clubbing, is of course, drinking. Whether you're after a cocktail on the beach, a sophisticated choice of wines over dinner, somewhere to lose all your inhibitions or the hottest spot for watching the beautiful people walk by, we are here to help with our definitive guide to the cream of Ibiza's watering holes.

Champagne breakfasts

What better way to start the day than with a croissant and a bucks fizz? If you're feeling sophisticated, then why not park yourself somewhere flash and allow yourself a glass of cava or two with a wicked view in order to kickstart your day...

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Two of our fave spots for bringing in a new day are Cappuccino in Marina Botafoch, where you get unrestricted views past the super yachts across to Dalt Vila, and the Hacienda Na Xamena, right up on the cliff tops in the north of the island where the tranquility will take you a million miles away from club land. For the ultimate in luxury, the Gran Hotel in Marina Botafoch also hosts the most splendid of champagne breakfasts where you will find Ibiza's elite congregating, especially around the Closing Parties.


Ah...! The staple drink of the summer! Magical Mojitos, classy Caipirinhas, brutal Bloody Marys. We love them all! Nothing says holiday more than a fruity combination of booze and juice. Expect to pay anything between €10-€20 for a decent one, depending on the location and status quo of the establishment.

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The latest addition to the specialised cocktail bar scene is Paradise Lost in Ibiza Town. Secreted betwixt the narrow cobbled streets of Sa Penya in the Old Town, once found, it really is cocktail paradise! With a rum-biased menu, and a comfy speakeasy-style interior, you'll find it difficult to leave. That's if you can still stand after a few! El Deseo in Jesus makes a mean Bloody Mary with a Mexican twist at a super affordable price, and Ibiza Rocks House at Pikes Hotel will make you feel like an extra in a Wham video once you have one of their infamous concoctions in hand poolside.

Fine Wines

If, like some, you are fond of a crisp glass of white or a deep chalice of claret with, or without your food, then there are some absolute gems of places spread across the island where the choice of vino is of paramount importance. Although Ibiza itself only has a handful of local vineyards, the grapes from the mainland are outstanding and there are some utterly delectable spots at which to quaff them…

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With rustic tables strewn beneath orange trees, La Paloma in the San Lorenzo countryside provides an authentic Ibicencan antidote to the glitzy beach restaurants. With a menu designed largely around their own organic garden's produce, the attention to detail is apparent here not only with their food, but also with their carefully thought out wine menu. The team who brought us Boutique Hostal Salinas have now opened a cosy bar in Ibiza Town's prime port area called Naked Wines which serves up some awesome organic wines hand-picked by themselves. Babylon Beach on the coast just north of Santa Eulalia are also aficionados of the grape and have a lovely array of wines, and Can Terra in Ibiza Town is a great place for an affordable, yet delicious, bottle of the good stuff.

Beach Bars

What else screams Ibiza like a drink at one of the gorgeous beach bars which have become a symbol of island life?! Expect to drink magnificent wines, cocktails and beers with your feet in the sand, whilst you lounge on one of the day beds, in between dips in the sea and nibbles on beautifully fresh salads and tapas.

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Located on the white sands of Es Cavallet Beach in the south of the island, El Chiringuito is somewhat of an institution when it comes to being part of the beach bar set. With whitewashed wooden furniture and ridiculously stunning staff, book your spot on the beach well in advance and spend the day pretending you're a rockstar. One of the island's original beach bars, but still one of the best, Jockey Club on Salinas Beach also provide the island's finest resident DJs daily to ensure that you have a badass soundtrack to your day of drinking cava sangria amongst the coolest of crowds. The famous Atzaro spa hotel now has their own beach chiringuito in Cala Nova in the north where tables are perched atop the rocks and sun beds lead you into the azure seas.


Ibiza sunsets are the stuff of legend, and rightly so! Watching the sky turn into a million hues of pink, red and orange with a drink made of colours composed to match is an absolute necessity during a visit to our wonderful white isle.

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Having stood proud on the San An sunset strip since time began, Cafe Del Mar is just as famous for its exquisite cocktail menu as it is for its perfectly timed sunset music. Relative newcomer Hostal La Torre situated just outside San Antonio in Cala Gracioneta is a heavenly alternative to the bustling sunset bars, where Balearic legends play dreamy tunes whilst you relax and imbibe. Elements on Benirras Beach gives you the pinnacle of vantage points for the daily sunset show and the Sunset Ashram at Cala Comte has a more Bohemian approach to the decor, but the jugs of sangria are just what is needed to quench a sunset thirst.

People Watching

There's all sorts of folks that come to Ibiza on holiday. Party people, flamboyant cross-dressers, families and some seriously beautiful sorts. Sometimes it's ace to sit back, ice-cold beer in hand, and watch the Ibiza pageant unfold before your eyes.

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Plaza del Parque is the social hub of the Ibiza's Old Town just beneath Dalt Vila's ramparts. Here you have a choice of a number of drinkeries at which to plonk yourself for a glass of plonk. The Royalty in Santa Eulalia is a no-frills pub with a large terrace in the centre of town facing down to the sea and were practically everyone has to walk past. Rock Bar in Ibiza Town's port has seen a slick refurb to it's already fabulous outdoor terrace and Sunrise Bar on the gay friendly Calle de la Virgin has all it's outside seats facing into the street so you have front row viewing of the weird and the wonderful parades of pizazz.


Well what do you know! Drinking doesn't have to be all about getting drunk. There's also room for retoxing with a freshly blended smoothie or a cold-pressed juice. We totally understand the need for balance here in Ibiza - it's what keeps us sane! And you'll be glad to know that there are some delectable joints at which to fill your vitamin-deprived boots.

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Passion Cafe is now a booming chain with outlets in Marina Botafoch, San Jose and Playa d'en Bossa, to name but a few. They specialise in fantastic juices and smoothies carefully created to replenish those weary internal systems. Es Tap Nou in Ibiza Town is a tiny little cafe attached to a fruit and veg stall, where their juice of the day will set you back only €3.50. San Antonio's Bondi has an extensive healthy juice menu to compliment their choices of gluten free, vegan and vegetarian nutritious meals. Wild Beets in Santa Gertrudis is fully equipped in all things raw and fresh.

Ibiza Virgin Guide - Activities

WORDS | Leena Sharma

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