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Best Pool Parties in Ibiza

Temperatures are rising in Ibiza! Wouldn’t it be great know the dopest spots on the party island to take a few dips in a cool, refreshing pool while being serenaded by some of the biggest DJs in the world? Don’t worry- we’ve created a list of the best pool parties in Ibiza to cool you off when things get hot. 

O Beach Ibiza

O Beach Ibiza, previously known as Ocean Beach, is the coolest place in San Antoni since it opened its doors in 2012. Located just at the sea front, its terrace is the perfect place to celebrate its unique and popular pool parties. 

Acrobatics, live performances and, of course, an incomparable atmosphere for you to relax and let yourself go. Forget about your everyday problems and do whatever you feel doing at every second, either dancing to the electronic music in the pool or drinking champagne laying in one of the VIP sun beds. 

Upcoming events at O Beach Ibiza

Nikki Beach Ibiza

A well-known global luxury brand, Nikki Beach’s new Ibiza home does not disappoint those expecting stylish, contemporary surroundings and understated, cool luxury. The furnishings are sumptuous: expect chic drapery, bohemian teepees and plush, white sunbeds. Perfect for lounging in style and comfort whilst sipping champagne or a delicious cocktail, serenaded by the cool beats of Nikki Beach Ibiza‘s resident DJs or signature live music on an electric violin and saxophone.

Nikki Beach parties are famously glamorous events. Dates such as the annual White Party, the Yacht Party and the World Famous Amazing Sunday Champagne Party are set to add a distinct touch of cosmopolitan elegance to the Ibiza summer scene. In a nutshell, Nikki Beach offers impeccable VIP service, lavish comfort and sumptuous dining with excellent entertainment. Oozing with celebrities, the jet-set and the global glitterati, a truly fabulous experience awaits you at Nikki Beach, Ibiza. 

Upcoming events at Nikki Beach Ibiza

Ushuaia Ibiza

Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel is the ultimate destination on the white island for lovers of plush rooms, pure luxury, gastronomic variety and excellence, the beach club of dreams, international events, top DJs and the #1 open air club in the world. Ibiza’s most renowned and exclusive venue, an ambience definitive of a summer in the Balearics in a modern setting, designed to be extraordinary from breakfast to your bed with once in a lifetime experiences in between. Ushuaïa Ibiza is the ideal choice for those who come to Ibiza for the best beach and pool parties. With live performances of the top DJs in the world, the most exclusive day and night ambience in a modern setting and designed with all kinds of comforts, luxuries and VIP services.

Upcoming events at Ushuaia Ibiza

Ibiza Rocks

Staying at the legendary Ibiza Rocks Hotel is an experience like no other. As well as the incredible events taking place every week poolside, the 368 rooms (available in a range of options), two sun-soaked swimming pools, plenty of Bali Beds and sun loungers, multiple bars and restaurants, a supermarket, Rocks merchandise shop and free WiFi throughout the hotel means we’ve got your summer well and truly covered. Plus with the expert guidance of our on site Host Team you can get the insider knowledge of what’s hot, where’s cool, the best beaches, bars, parties and clubs across the island, and all at the best prices. Located in the heart of San Antonio, Ibiza Rocks Hotel is just a short walk to the iconic Sunset Strip, bars and beach. If you want to explore the rest of Ibiza during the day or head up to any of Ibiza’s famous super clubs at night rest assured that we’ve got a dedicated taxi rank right outside the hotel entrance and a bus station just a few minutes away.

Upcoming events at Ibiza Rocks

Ushuaia Ibiza Opening Party 2019

One of the most anticipated parties of the Ibiza season, the Ushuaïa opening party will burst into action one week earlier this year. The opening date for your diaries this year is Saturday 18 May 2019.

The gargantuan outdoor venue has gained some serious kudos over the years also for its grand opening. While the line-up remains to be unveiled, past years have seen massive line-ups including Andrea Oliva, Apollonia, Dublin, Steve Lawler, Nic Fanciulli, Paco Osuna, UNER, Richie Hawtin, Adam Beyer, Maya Jane Coles, Andrea Oliva, Hito and Francisco Allendes.

The music, of course, can say it all, but at Ushuaïa you are in for a sensorial feast. Its next level production between the main stage and the pool area includes ice cannons, lasers, flame blowers, stage performers, acrobats and a whole lot more in between.

Check Ushuaia upcoming events for updates on the lineup!

10 Ibiza Trends for 2019

To say that Ibiza in 2018 made interesting viewing would be the understatement of the century. Commercially, this summer’s Balearic dance season was disappointing. Musically, however, it will be remembered as one of the most inspiring on record. With so many moving parts in play, next summer’s plots and subplots will be even more intriguing. If you’re curious to know how 2019 will play out, read on.

Dance Music & Nightlife Fight Back

The mass of new noise and licensing regulations drawn up in Ibiza over the last five years was intended to help the island’s resident population achieve a better standard of living. Which makes sense, after all, Ibiza is more than just the summer home of the electronic music scene – it’s also home to thousands of families trying to live normal lives in a tourist hotspot. Nevertheless, the new legislation is so restrictive to trade that if all the new laws were actually enforced the island would likely suffer the biggest economic crisis in its history. There’s no doubt the new regulations were composed with the best of intentions, but as we’ve seen this summer the economy has been adversely affected. With tourism numbers and club attendances now in decline, people are getting extremely nervous. And it’s not just the English promoters and the Italian DJs, but also the local business owners. In 2019, anticipate a push back, as the notion that killing the economy isn’t the best way to help the local population is finally embraced.

The Rise of Ibiza Pool Parties & Dayclubs

We prophesied the rise of Ibiza’s daytime economy back in 2016, and in the next few years we fully expect the daytime market to overtake the island’s more traditional post-midnight economy. Astonishing as it is, 10 years ago Ushuaïa, Destino and Ocean Beach didn’t exist, while Ibiza Rocks Hotel and Cova Santa weren’t being utilised as electronic dance music venues. Today, these outdoor, daytime clubs are locked into a period of growth, while the afterdark economy becomes less important with every passing season. Indeed, Ibiza’s daytime economy has been on a massive surge for the best part of a decade, yet until now partying outdoors always felt like an addendum to partying afterdark. Next summer expect the day to dominate the night, with parties at Ushuaïa, Ibiza Rocks and Ocean Beach outgunning the post-midnight rave scene.

Migration Towards Megabrands

Back in the ’90s, whenever Ibiza suffered a dip year, the clubbers of the era would migrate towards the big nights. In others words, Manumission, Cream and Clockwork Orange got busier, while the smaller nights stood empty. With next summer expected to be another tough year for Ibiza’s post-midnight venues, those ravers who do choose to party after dark will choose to stick to what they know. Which is why, in 2019, you should anticipate the likes of Resistance, elrow and Black Coffee standing out against the milieu of a troubled market.

More Themed Hotels

Themed hotels are most definitely a growth industry here in Ibiza. A slew of concept driven hotels opened this summer, including the flamingo pink Paradiso Ibiza Art Hotel in San Antonio bay and the mojito-flavoured Cubanito Ibiza Suites near Cala Gracio beach. You’ll also find another new destination hotel, called te Wi-Ki-Woo, situated at the very end of the Sunset Strip in San Antonio town. And don’t forget the aptly named Tropicana Hotel in Playa d’en Bossa, which resembles a psychedelic vision from Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Expect even more 4 star makeovers next summer, as Ibiza’s basic hotels seek to remarket their image to a more affluent clientele base who are prepared to pay extra for Instagram ready backdrops.

Rebranding of Electronic Dance Music

EDM music has been on the decline for at least three or four years. The genre is no longer considered the primary gateway onto the world’s best dancefloors as the young clubbers who embraced the movement at its inception point have long since matured. In Ibiza, the EDM sound still draws a crowd, largely thanks its European clientele base, but even so the long-term prognosis here is one of decline. Rather than go down with the ship, the captains of the EDM movement are already seeking out new horizons. David Guetta could be heard dropping tunes by Adriatique and Maceo Plex this summer. He also joined Solardo for a surprise b2b at Hï Ibiza. Expect the great EDM rebrand to move into high gear in 2019 as the custodians of the genre continue to realign their output to a marketplace that no longer cares for their wares.

Sankeys?

No one knows exactly what will happen to Sankeys in 2019, but it seems entirely logical to assume that the Playa d’en Bossa venue won’t be operating under the guidance of its current owners. Presently there are a number of giddy rumours circulating the island, hinting at what might happen next. The worst concerns a bulldozer. That’s right, according to the grapevine Sankeys will be razed to make room for a cluster of new apartment blocks. A slightly more exciting rumour supports the notion of a full club rebrand. With new club licenses currently outlawed this option seems more likely. But who would have the money and the out of this world status to make it work? Either way, expect a big announcement over the coming months.

Superclubs No Longer Open 7 Nights a Week

Apart from Hï Ibiza, who had a solid summer, 2018 was a tough year for the island’s traditional superclubs, with falling foot traffic a concern for promoters and clubs alike. Based on what we saw this season, It seems logical to assume that the age of Ibiza’s post-midnight venues being busy seven nights a week is now over. We may have seen our first glimpse of the future at Amnesia, where, for the first time in over a decade, the San Rafael dance mecca was shut on Sundays. A little way down the road, at Privilege and Ibiza Underground, three to four events per week was the rostered norm. Moving forward, the big question now for Ibiza’s post-midnight venues is whether sustaining a full weekly party programme is financially viable.

Increased Competition = More Affordable VIP Options

Ocean Beach have been smashing it for years now and this summer their VIP sections have been busier than ever. Why? Because they’re delivering an accessible, aspirational product that young party heads can afford and simply can’t get enough of. Like it or not, expect the affordable daybed and bottle service culture – which is still in its infancy – to explode in 2019, with daytime venues like Ocean Beach and Ibiza Rocks Hotel leading the charge and everyone else following suit. These venues have essentially taken an old school, elitist product and rebranded it as premium standard without the stigma attached. In terms of pricing, it’s a completely different animal to the 5 star VIP economy at Pacha, Lío and Ushuaïa, which is tailored to the international jetset. Instead, venues like Ibiza Rocks and Ocean Beach are catering for real people who want to upgrade their clubbing experience without having to remortgage the house.

The Nostalgia Party Concept

The clubbing nostalgia business is about to take off here in Ibiza. The Clockwork Orange crew have been evoking memories of ’90s Ibiza for years and next summer former Cream boss Nick Ferguson is set to launch his One More Time holiday experience, featuring DJs, brands, artwork, decor and themes from that era, aimed specifically at island workers who were active between 2000 and 2010. And don’t be surprised if Manumission re-enter clubland in 2019. The likelihood that everyone’s favourite immersive club carnival will reincarnate next summer is much greater than it has been at any previous point in the past 10 years. So watch this space…

The Re-emergence of San Antonio

Playa d’en Bossa used to be the cool place to hang for young ravers in their early 20s, but following the closure of Space and the demise of Sankeys, the area is becoming more popular with a slightly older, more international crowd. On the other hand, San Antonio has been very aggressive about attracting youth to the island in recent years, with venues such as Ocean Beach and Ibiza Rocks Hotel and club brands like Defected going out of their way to charm dance music’s next generation. Elsewhere on the island, Ibiza’s obsession with an older, 5 star audience is starting to bite, while San Antonio is bucking the trend and showing signs of growth. Most importantly, perhaps, the top tier DJs and promoters who shunned San Antonio a few years ago are now happy to perform in the town, a factor which is persuading clubbers to party locally, rather than bussing out of town. Next summer, expect San Antonio to retake the British youth market completely and begin marketing itself to a more international clientele base.

Ibiza Clubs + Pool Party Opening Dates 2019

The Ibiza party season typically opens around May of each year. Both the clubs and pool parties tend to have their opening parties around this time.

The official start to the Ibiza clubbing season is considered the International Music Summit (IMS) which takes place at the end of the month between Ibiza Town and Playa d’en Bossa. However, several clubs host opening parties earlier than that. Superclubs as Amnesia, Pacha and Sankeys are typically amongst the first to open their doors. Other clubs such as Ushuaïa, DC10, Privilege and Hï Ibiza usually open later in May. Note that opening parties are actually held after “soft” openings of the clubs.

We’ll update this list as more Ibiza club opening parties are announced – check back as summer gets closer!

Comprehensive list of upcoming Ibiza club events

The opening parties are held throughout all of Ibiza. But the hottest areas to check out are Ibiza Town, Playa den Bossa (Platja d’en Bossa), San Antonio (Sant Antoni de Portmany), and Santa Eulalia (Santa Eulària).

Ibiza Rocks – Headliners at MK & Friends Area 10 Pool Party Announced

Marc Kinchen (MK) has released the names joining him at his brand new AMK & Friends Area 10 pool party at Ibiza Rocks. Get ready for this.

MK isn’t a stranger to producing a hit or two, and neither are his guests. King Kong producers and Annie Mac-favourites Icarus is the first name down. They’re joined by Jax Jones of You Don’t Know Me fame, arguably 2017’s biggest club hit.

Veteran Italian house master Riva Starr and Brighton’s finest Prok & Fitch are also included. Meanwhile, a rising Scottish star that MK has been championing for a while, KC Lights is also on the roster.

One curveball inclusion is MK’s fellow Detroit compatriot Omar S. Also involved are islander and Ibiza Rocks legend Doorly and deep house duo Eli & Fur.

One final name confirmed is Bristolian bass peddler and Dirtybird’s hot new property Will Clarke.

As you can see, the roster is a great blend of emerging talent and friends with legendary status. Even though this will be MK’s first flirtings with the daytime party format in Ibiza, the party is sure to go down as a great success.

The series runs for five consecutive Mondays from 9 July to 6 August at San Antonio’s home of the Ibiza pool party. For those hot tickets and date-by-date breakdowns, see below for everything you need.

Hi Ibiza – Ibiza’s Newest Superclub Opens This Summer

There’s always a certain level of excitement that builds when the month of May rolls around. Sure, festival season is about to kick in and the sun’s trying its very best to poke out of the miserable British skyline but there’s one place that never loses its charm, never loses the hype and never goes sparingly on the build up.

That place is Ibiza and no matter how you feel about the dance music mecca, it’s always been the true home of hedonism, good music and a lot of fucking dancing.

Last year was a weird one though as the most iconic club on the island and one of the most revered venues on the planet, Space, shut it doors after 27 years, throwing Ibiza into a temporary state of uncertainty. However, last night that same club opened its doors once again under a new guise, with a new identity and a new legacy to build. Hï Ibiza is here.

With Ushuaïa at the helm and a complete revamp of the interior and exterior, the world’s greatest super club just got way more super and we braved the madness of the opening party to bring you the full lowdown.

The line-up for Hï’s first foray into Ibiza life spared no expense and it gave a good overview of the residents who are going to be in control over the coming few months. Black Coffee, Luciano, Joris Voorn and Kölsch all turned in some pretty special sessions and kickstarted their 2017 campaigns with serious fervour.

If you were there, you know, if you weren’t, then here are the tracks that helped Hï deliver on almost every level.

Ibiza, we hope you’re ready.

Space Ibiza to Reopen, Will Keep “Space” Moniker

Space Ibiza will keep its legendary name and open sooner than expected, according to a recent televised interview with Abel Matutes. His company, the Matutes Group, had taken control back of the club after its original owner Pepe Rosello retired earlier in the year. “It will surely open this year as Space. It’s an accredited brand” Matutes told interviewers, though he also advised that he and the other heads of Matutes group were also looking into tacking an additional name onto it that closer associates it with other franchises it owns.

Matutes reaffirmed that though the club will remain in its same spot without too many changes, it will be converted into a more luxurious club setting – one that caters toward a more exclusive segment of tourism. Though Space will physically remain the same, Matutes’ plans indicate its original essence will be replaced by one that more closely resembles the hierarchical club structures seen in cities such as Las Vegas or Miami. Word remains as to the kind of talent that will be booked in the new Space.

Interestingly, the Spanish business magnate also made sure to point out that technically, Space Ibiza has always been Matutes Group property. He reminded viewers that it was indeed his group that built the club, then later passed leadership onto Rosello. At the time, Matutes felt Rosello’s resume made him an ideal candidate for advancing the interests of the company in the area. Rosello’s rental contract ended, but its termination never necessarily spelled the end of the club itself.

Best Clubs Without Bottle Service

You may have been there: It’s late, and you’re at a club. The pounding music has started to make you question the merits of “celebrity” DJs. (Celebrities to whom?) The sweaty men and loud women crowding you are so far gone they think everyone is as excited as they are about the bottle of champagne they just spent $1,200 on. Look, it even has a sparkler in it!

Suddenly, instead of having fun, you think to yourself: Is it over yet? When can I just go home?

Good news: You’re not the only one.

“People are getting weary,” said Ronnie Madra, a co-partner with Richie Akiva at Butter Group, which owns 1Oak, Up & Down and NeverNever. “People are tired of the branding and the websites and the marketing and the minimums. Some still relish it, but as the world is changing, the landscape of nightlife is going to go with it.”

“The modern form of bottle service first started in certain clubs in the late ‘90s-early 2000s, and then things fully swung that way,” said Angelo Bianchi, the creative director of the Blond, a private club in New York. Bianchi made his name in New York nightlife as the doorman for the famously cool Beatrice Inn and Jane Hotel. “That was the reason for the success of the smaller clubs in 2006, and they were the anti to that bottles-and-models system. At Beatrice, we never sold one bottle. It was a point of pride.”

That’s why Bianchi partnered with co-creative director (and Beatrice and Le Baron alum) Julio Montero to create the Blond at Aby Rosen’s 11 Howard hotel (more on that below), and it’s why Madra and co-creators Ronnie Flynn and Deevee Kashi started NeverNever, the tiny, dark dancing space next to Up & Down that has a much tighter door policy than its siblings. At NeverNever, the crowd looks cool, artistic, international and well-dressed. Most important, they don’t all look the same. There is no obligatory bottle service.

Madra said NeverNever happened “as a necessity” to cater to a younger crowd turned off by commercial club glitz, who were venturing to Brooklyn and even Long Island to party. While it takes generally $5 million or so to open a new club, Madra spent $30,000 to open NeverNever—and made that money back before the end of the first week.

“We built it as a little place where we are not going to get rich over night, but you can make a little profit and you can bring in a goulash of personalities and social standing,” he said. “There’s no sign on the door; you can’t really Google it. That’s what we like.”

In fact, plenty of places work as the outside of the model-promoter system. They’re quieter and more hidden, but the great thing is that the amount of fun you have is usually in direct proportion to just how quiet and how hidden they are—and how discerning the guy at the door is.

“People are interested in having an authentic experience where they are not walking into a situation that feels one certain way,” Bianchi said. “They’ll know within the first few minutes of walking in whether they’ll come back. People don’t want to go to places that feel like clubland, they want something organic. They want to go to somewhere on a quiet street.”

We’ve compiled a list of the top global nightclubs without bottle service. Enjoy!

Berghain, Berlin

This is another world-renowned institution, and while it’s no chic lounge, at least it doesn’t have models and bottles. The former power plant is so notorious that GQ profiled its famous doorman, and fashion heavies frequent it on their German excursions. There’s no rule at the door, other than the fact that you probably can’t get in. You definitely won’t get in if you’re wearing a suit, high heels, or any bright colors. Music here is heavily skewed to techno and house; phones and cameras are prohibited. There are no mirrors in the bathrooms. There is no VIP area. Don’t even think about trying to buy your way in. Expect to see an older crowd, well-cultured in dark, aggressive, club-going leather, possible fetishes, and heavy tattoos.

Where: Am Wriezener Bahnhof

When to go: Don’t get there before 4 a.m.

Pikes Hotel, Ibiza

Set aside your preconceived notions about Ibiza being chock full of EDM clubs stuffed with young Brits on Ketamine. That’s about a two-street strip; the rest of the desert island is beautiful, spare, and subtle in its pleasures. Pike’s Hotel, which is formally called the Ibiza Rocks House and is hidden in the rocky hills above Ibiza town, is one of those jewels. The place is built in a 15th century stone mansion that was converted to a hotel in 1978; the lounge and music area famously hosted jet setters, bohemians, musicians, and artists in decadence for years. (It provided the set to Wham’sClub Tropicana video of the 1980s.) The space plays lots of rock ‘n’ roll and funk/disco, plus famous old school DJs most nights; costumes and props are in some rooms, if you become inclined.

Where: Camí Sa Vorera, San Antonio

When to go: Not before 2 a.m.

Raspoutine, Paris

The Blond held its Paris Fashion Week party here, which is saying something about the level of its status as an international A-List spot. Bianchi said it’s his favorite place to relax out when he’s in France. The general design of the room hasn’t changed for decades, with Byzantine red velvet and pink neon trim on the seats and walls; this is a testament to the brilliance of what used to be a bordello. The top of French creative life files through here at some point or another: high-powered fashion photographers, owners of other clubs, financiers, designers, editors, singers, painters—and, yes, Russian money—from all ages and races. Handsome, well-known-among-a-certain-set DJs imported from all over the world perform until early in the morning hours.

Where: 58 Rue de Bassano

When to go: The most fun you’ll have is a late night here during fashion week—odds are you’ll encounter the most beautiful women you’ve ever seen. (I did). Show up after the early birds finish their dinners and cabaret dances. The real crowd you want to see gets here after 1 a.m.

The Scotch of St. James, London

It’s a veritable bastion of music history: The Beatles and Rolling Stones performed live sets here, but it’s no concert venue. The owners of Paris and New York nightclub Le Baron had a hand in its rejuvenation, and now it’s updated to reflect a modern outlook; fashion types (Stella McCartney, Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne) hold parties there on special nights. So do New York nightlife gurus out for work abroad. If you go, drink Scotch whisky or bourbon—they’ll go well with the Denim Jeans and disco.

Where: Mason’s Yard.

When to go: Show up around midnight on a Wednesday or Thursday. You’ll be good.

Doheny Room, Los Angeles

The spot on Santa Monica Boulevard has a warm, airy California feel and a potentially softer hand for people who want to get inside. The walls are lined in banana palms and portraits of David Bowie and Faye Dunaway; in true LA style, the menu has lobster and vegan sushi. Upstairs offers more of a club atmosphere—you can buy a table if you want, and you will see a DJ and maybe even bottle service, though not at the level of annoyance. For LA, that’s saying a lot.

Where: 9077 Santa Monica Blvd.

When to go: Go to dinner at 9 p.m.; upstairs will have energy around 11 p.m.

Paul’s Cocktail Lounge, New York

Colloquially known as Paul’s Baby Grand (but officially named Paul’s Cocktail Lounge, so as to avoid confusion with Baby’s All Right and Baby Grand, two other NYC late night places), this is the little room Paul Sevigny created under the auspices of the Roxy (formerly Tribeca Grand) Hotel. The walls are covered in large palms (wallpapered and otherwise); the male wait staff wear white, double-breasted suits and carry themselves with the dignity of those who have partied in the glam bygone days of another era. Open format is the key here. You’ll hear dance tunes from Madonna to Scissor Sisters here; don’t expect Calvin Harris or Drake. Ludwig, the doorman, is fickle and wise; if he turns you away a time or two, he may welcome you with open arms on the third try.

Where: 2 Sixth Ave.

When to go: Go at midnight or 1 a.m. It’s closed on Sundays and Mondays.

The Oasis Clubhouse, Buenos Aires

The private members-only club is just that—unless you know someone, or want to purchase a guest pass for the entire place. While the rest of the club has a lounge, terrace, bars, a pool and gardens, weekends are the draw if you want to drink and dance: There’s usually a DJ and plenty of internationally minded sophisticates to talk to while you’re there. The feeling here is relaxed and faintly Parisian, with a twist. The place feels like a hidden Argentine villa decorated with American and European expats. (It very nearly is.) You won’t work up a sweat dancing, but you will feel extremely self-satisfied at how well you’ve managed to infiltrate the cool-people crowd. And the cocktail list is extremely well put.

Where: Costa Rica 4651 Palermo Soho C1414

When to go: On the early side of the evening, for a cocktail and respite.

Mr Fongs, New York

The brainchild of five owning partners, including Adam Moonves (yes, the son of that Moonves), Fong’s lacks signage and glitter, which is exactly why you venture down under the Manhattan Bridge deep in Chinatown, anyway. The feel here is softer, with Brooklyn creatives of all ages mixing with Manhattan artists and publicists. The DJ in the corner is almost an afterthought (there is a jukebox), but he’s there to move the crowd a bit once the night gets on.

Where: 40 Market St.

When to go: Sometime around midnight should be fine. Avoid the weekends.

NeverNever, New York

This is the secret club on the backside of Up & Down. A short, dark hallway connects the two, but a big man in a dark suit is positioned there, and you won’t be able to get from one to the other. NeverNever is more exclusive—and more secretive—than Up & Down; Benny, the doorman out front, seems erratic, but he’s sharp as a razor’s edge about whom he lets in. If you do make it past Benny, expect to see a lot of Australian surfer studs slightly disheveled in the way that charms American girls, their off-duty model girlfriends, writers, chefs, and lots of doormen/DJs/managers from other clubs who come in late to network and gossip. You’ll hear a lot of new wave and indie music here; you won’t hear hip-hop. As Madra said: “It’s not about the big experience, it’s about the right experience.”

Where: 246 W. 14th St.

When to go: No earlier than 1 a.m., weeknights. Two a.m. is better.

Paradise by Way of Kensal Green, London

The place has a menu filled with seasonal delectables and gastro pub fare, but the late-night drinks and music scene is what we’re after here. Inside are multiple levels with dark corners for chatting or eyeing the famous Sunday Roast. It’s located close to Queen’s Park and Kensal Green stations in West London, so the music (DJs, R&B, Jazz, Electronic) is as eclectic as its patrons (youngish, casually pretty) and wine list.

Where: 19 Kilburn Lane

When to go: Go for an early at 10 p.m. before heading elsewhere for the night.

Rose Bar, New York

This is the gold standard for grand New York lounge-y bars where you can hear a DJ and dance a little, or cuddle in a comfortable banquette and watch people while you sip a boulevardier under a large Damien Hirst. It’s in the Gramercy Park Hotel, so the crowd is mixed, with moneyed Internationals, uptown twentysomethings, and on certain nights, music lovers who come to hear Chairlift or CRX play secret sets. (Credit Matthew E. Green and his staff with directing a robust indie scene there.) Go on Wednesday to hear Johnsville DJ; his knowledge of dark and sexy tracks (Donna Summer, Larry Levan, Poolside) beats anything you’ll hear elsewhere.

Where: 2 Lexington Ave.

When to go: 11 p.m. or later, but before 2 a.m.

No Name, Los Angeles

Los Angeles has cornered the market on showy places with sparklers and ladies with faux appendages (hair, breasts, lips, and so forth) so to find a place truly away from big film spenders and swimsuit models on the make takes some work. Enter No Name, the unmarked spot on Fairfax that works hard to avoid those patrons. It’s unlisted, so the only way you’ll get in is through word of mouth or a quasi-secret invite system that feeds into a list as inflexible as a sidewalk. Once inside, you can order food, if you want, or gawk at the art and actors that line the walls. Listen to the DJ play Edward Sharpe; maybe drink an Old Fashioned.

Where: 423 N. Fairfax Ave.

When to go: Early, by New York standards. The place clears out by 2 a.m.

Silencio, Paris

The scent inside Silencio is subtle, intoxicating, and unforgettable, just like the weird Club Silencio that inspired it, from Mulholland Drive. You don’t really notice it at all until you’re all the way down the winding stairs to the bottom, where cavernous rooms include one for smoking, several for lounging, and a chic dance floor right in the front of the DJ booth. The bar in the center is expensive and extensive. Be ready: The fashionable crowd in front of the DJ will dance, if given the chance.

Where: 142 Rue Montmartre

When to go: If you have the chance to go, go, and the earlier in the morning (2 a.m. or so) the better. This is one of the world’s best clubs in the real sense of the word: hidden, chic, with an interesting mix of all types of creative, beautiful, stylish, and odd people. The whole thing is an experience without seeming constructed or artificial. What you won’t find inside: suits, Louboutines, body-con dresses. What you will find inside: Rick Owens, Yoji Yamamoto, Celine, Saint Laurent, obscure fashion brands from Spain, France, New York, California.

The Blonde, New York

This might be the hardest door to get into in New York at the moment; once inside—if you get inside—you’ll find the sort of interesting mix that the models/bottles formula scattered: tall, pretty, and fashionable women who happen to work as models, sure, but also young street artists, understated rich kids from Paris, a British photographer or two, and a couple of New York local downtown kids—gay, old-school club kids, too—mixed in for good measure. Even though the space is part of the Howard Hotel, it’s never open to the public, and doorman Dereck is famously standoffish, so don’t expect to get in easily. The vibe is chic, dark, intimate and faintly European; expect to hear everything from Talking Heads and Fleetwood Mac to Rihanna and 2 Chainz.

“When you walk into the Blond, we didn’t want to make it feel like a club,” said Anis Khoury, general manager of the 11 Howard hotel. “Plush, comfortable—that word comfortable just keeps coming up. The Blond exemplifies what a comfortable setting should be, a place where you go to meet friends of friends.”

Where: 11 Howard St.

When to go: Late, after midnight, on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday.

Ibiza Exodus Yacht Party Announced for Summer 2015

For those of you planning an Ibiza pilgrimage in 2015, a boat party on the Mediterranean Sea is a must. What better way to cap off your trip than a party above the brand new Exodus Super Yacht.

The Exodus Super Yacht lives up to it’s name – a multi-decked, four floored luxury yacht complete with a shiny new VOID sound system. The VIP experience is top of mind here, which means you can sleep under the stars in a four-poster bed after you’ve dried off from a post-party hot tub session. There’s professional bars, swish restaurants and capacity is capped at 400.

The line-up hasn’t been announced yet, but you can expect a wide range of four-to-the-floor beats – everything from “the deepest house to the most infectious tech.” Check out some images from the Exodus Super Yacht below and grab tickets here if you’re plotting a Northern summer getaway. Ticket prices are actually quite reasonable, coming in at £38.00 for a ticket, including a bus transfer to the Space Ibiza parking lot. Talent has yet to be announced but every night aboard this mega yacht is guaranteed to be a memorable experience.