Pool in Ibiza

February 9th, 2008 - 8:12 pm Posted in ibiza now magazine, santa eulalia, tall ships | Comments (0)
Joe & Richard. Owners of The Tall Ships & Los Corales respectively.

It’s Friday night in Santa Eulalia, the sun has set and the streets are empty – it’s cold.

Nonetheless, the recently re-united English community are out in force, congregated in a smoky back street bar, and making lots of noise as they shout over each other to make themselves heard.

Things weren’t always this way. Earlier this winter a number of local bars closed down causing the community to fragment to different corners of the town. People stopped bumping into each other and socialising ground to a halt.

The solution to this unacceptable situation was provoked by a dispute between two of the remaining British bars and their respective differently shaped pool tables. This dispute had been further aggravated by the fact that one bar played ‘English’ rules, the other Spanish… It was time for actions to speak louder than words, so a competition was arranged with a match to be held at each venue on consecutive Friday nights, according to the rules of each ‘house’.

With 20 players, their 20 partners, and their collective scores of mates, almost all in town were present at both events, whilst numerous recently neglected friendships were renewed. The first contest finished 5 – 5.

By the time the second match had also been drawn 5 – 5 all present agreed that this matter had to brought to a conclusion, and anyway everyone was having so much fun! … It carried on…

It may sound strange to frequent a noisy, smoky bar in a side street of town but, at this time of year, there is a certain Britishness about this very appropriate way to spend a dark winter’s evening. With the chill breeze that whips across the pool table, when they open the door to let the smoke out, it’s almost completely authentic, but it’s reassuring to know the sun will still be shining strong in the morning…

The evening’s result was academic (5 – 5 again), so the contest carries on, oblivious to the social consequences of such an initiative. For anyone out there of a ‘pool disposition’, or of the opinion that their own collection of pool afficionados cold hold their own in battle with the local heroes of Santa Eulalia, this is the time to strike… Over-confidence is in abundance, English is not essential, and the event should prove to be an interesting insight into British culture – if anyone’s that curious?


As last night was again 5-5 so we’re going to change the rules – 6 singles, 3 doubles: so there has to be a winner at the end of the night – and ibiza now magazine took some photos for the march edition….

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