Ibiza might have a monopoly on superclubs, but there are lesser known gems to rival the island’s hedonistic party scene dotted all over Spain.
Florida 135, Huesca
Clubbing is all about escaping from the real world for a few hours, and Fraga’s legendary Florida 135 epitomises this idea. The club’s jaw-dropping design, inspired by Blade Runner and West Side Story, is intended to make clubbers feel as if they’re roaming an imaginary city, complete with street lamps, unique bars and a cinema. To top it all off, Florida 135 attracts the biggest and best names in electronic music to the small town in Aragon; the likes of Richie Hawtin, Sven Väth and Skream have all graced the decks.
La Terrrazza, Barcelona
La Terrrazza lies atop Montjuic, the hill that overlooks Barcelona. It’s an open-air house haven in the courtyard of a beautiful chateau, with incredible views, internationally renowned DJs and a Balaeric vibe. It’s only open for the summer season, between May and October, and is a principal venue for the city’s Sónar festival each June.
This vast space in Valencia’s Arts and Sciences Centre is a real spectacle – its enormous dome, open air terrace and gardens lined with palm trees have to be seen to be believed.
It might not always be mentioned in the same breath, but Pikes is just as important in Ibiza lore as Pacha, Amnesia and DC10. British sailor and face of Chesterfield cigarettes Tony Pike opened the hotel in an old farmhouse in 1980 to throw wild parties with his celebrity friends. In the years since, Pikes has been Freddie Mercury’s home for several months, served as the location for the ‘Club Tropicana’ video and become known as one of the most intimate and unique venues on the island. To this day it’s a favourite of DJs, celebs and clubbers looking for an Ibiza experience like no other.
Cova d’en Xoroi, Menorca
Tucked away in a cliffside cavern on the south side of Menorca, this stunning venue might be the most cinematic entry on this list. Serving aperitifs in the morning, cocktails at sunset and finally turning into a club for the nighttime, it’s open during the summer season between June and September.
La Pipa, Barcelona
This clandestine after-hours jazz club is located in a third storey flat in Barcelona’s Gothic quarter. The Sherlock Holmes-themed watering hole is reached by ringing the correct buzzer and is open well into the early hours, making it perfect for post-club debriefs.