Yes, there is a club in Ibiza called “Underground” and as a tourist you may be forgiven if you’ve never heard about it before. This venue is mainly but not exclusively the favourite haunt of residents and workers during the summer months. Open every day the old converted finca is the perfect place to socialize, meet friends and make interesting new acquaintances.
This Saturday had the club’s boss Juanito himself play back to back with Naza on the turntables and from the start they managed to create an intriguing vibe. Spinning deep and rather slow underground house made for a casual and smooth mood on the dancefloor. Think for instance Rhadoo’s “Geemac” and similar stuff.
As usual, the club was comfortably busy. Remarkable, given that the management never does promotion at all, not even when a big name DJ is scheduled.
In this summer of 2013, that has proven quite difficult so far for many venues and promoters, the “U” thrives and provides great nights out for an in-the-know-crowd. Developing slowly and pursuing their own concept through the years pays off for Juanito and his partners.
This is not about making money fast and selling out on the back of the island. This is about giving something back to Ibiza that seemed lost a long time ago.
Apart from decent music and reasonable drink prices, the main draw of the place are the blissful gardens surrounding the venue. With lots of seating accommodation among palm trees and plants everywhere, colourfully illuminated at night, the outdoor area of the club is one of the island’s best spots to catch up with friends or colleagues and flirting.
Underground is the only club you can go to if you are not up for clubbing. Just relax outside in the garden, feel the fresh air under the open sky and have fun.
Underground Ibiza is open for tourists and residents alike, but without agua parties and ice cannons it caters mainly for a sophisticated, relaxed and largely Spanish crowd. It’s a venue without “F*** Me I’m Famous” tank-tops and VIP areas and probably the closest you can get to the real Ibiza party spirit nowadays.
Maybe try Thursday nights with “Rhadoo and friends” when the Romanian artist brings his avantgarde house sound to Underground.
Words: Matthias Daniel