Ibiza Virgins’ Guide: Octan Ibiza

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We guide you through Playa d’en Bossa’s underground playground.

Ibiza’s nightlife is known to bedazzle, sparkle and awe. A combination of intricate set-pieces, mind-blowing production, stadium-sized crowds and the biggest names in the industry set it apart from other party destinations. Nowhere puts on a show like Ibiza.

Thousands flock to the island because of this alluring spectacle. Sometimes, though, we like to mix things up a bit. Here’s where Octan Ibiza steps in.

Octan does things a little differently, stripping back the extravagance and adopting a “back to basics” mentality.

For an island that proudly considers itself to be the global capital of dance music, Octan is the missing link. Few people would have predicted that Ibiza needed warehouse-style clubbing a decade ago, but it’s been exactly the contrast the scene here was calling out for.

Octan’s rugged interior is one of its most talked about characteristics. Maybe it’s the tube lighting that zigzags the ceiling of the Basement or those iconic red VOID speakers that blast the dancefloor, but in many ways Octan is the antithesis of the glitz, glamour and mass-market found elsewhere.

Throughout the building you will come across mural walls decorated by graffiti artist Nicolas Dixon, exposed pipework, raised dance podiums and popping toilet raves. And when it all gets too much, you can slouch out in the upstairs cave and watch a movie. We’re serious!

All these features help create a vibe. However, the most important ingredients are the well-programmed line-ups and the knowledgeable crowds they attract.


Number of rooms: Two dancefloors. The Basement with its low ceiling and the box-like Lab – both equally suited to being the “main room” though outside of peak summer, usually only one or the other will be open. Then there’s the roof terrace, a cinema room and the infamous toilet block
Capacity: 1,500
Famous for: Going against the grain and sticking to its principles
Vibe: Sweat dripping off the walls
Go if: You’re all about the music and everything else is a distraction
Trivia: The building was previously part of the Sankeys chain 2011-2018. Although the name and ownership has changed, little else has.


Written by: Badger1

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