Sansara, Santa Eulalia, Ibiza

January 25th, 2009 - 8:38 pm Posted in ibiza, Sansara, santa eulalia | Comments (0)

Where are all the people?

It’s mid January in Ibiza, Saturday night and the mystery has finally been solved. After much exploration and finally conclusive research involving a trip to the morning’s flea Market, we’ve found the crowd,…

Saturday nights, that back in the day used to be the domain of Dalias and in the early hours Milestones, have come home to roost at Sansara – the old home of Milestones.

Milestones fell by the wayside some years ago when the young Ibicenco brothers who ran it fell foul of the authorities for selling so much cocaine that they upset the normal order of things here on Ibiza. The wrong noses were put out, so to speak.

When the new owners stepped in problems were inevitable and soon arrived. The venue was swiftly shut down for selling pizza without the appropriate licence. Yes, these sorts of archaic obstacles still exist in far flung corners of the world…

It’s taken some time for the new owners to prove their ‘squeaky cleanness’, but prove it they have by promoting themselves as a family day venue. Indeed, as we arrive at 10:30 the muddy carpark is full of tired children being loaded into 4×4’s after a day in the park that serves as the venue’s garden. The parents cast wistful glances over their shoulders and we’re about to discover why.

The venue used to consist of a front room, along the length of which the bar ran. There was also a little room at the back and the toilets were at the far end of the garden. They were hard to find in the dark, but you’d meet the most interesting people on the way involved in the same quest.
Now it’s different, the bar’s in the same place but to get to it you have to make your way over the impromptu dancefloor that forms in front of the makeshift stage to your left, under the Heath Robinson conservatory that wraps around the front of this tiny finca.

The place is heaving with a couple of hundred bodies and everybody appears to know almost everybody else. Nevertheless the venue manages to break down into several different areas each offering a different vibe. The front porch is live music corner, at the far end is the kitchen offering a range of healthy looking fare and pizzas. Inside is buzzing with animated conversation, interspersed with people studiously tapping away on laptops taking advantage of the free wifi Internet connection.
Alongside the Internet signs there are others asking the clientelle to abstain from taking drugs on the premises.

The message from the authorities would appear to be “don’t take drugs and you can have live music and as much pizza as you can eat!”

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