Apart from fridays non-existent sunset (a little matter of torrential rain and storms) the sunsets are coming thick and fast. We sit in the same place all year and around sunset time the room either lights up with colours or doesnt… In the summer it tends to be boring but in the winter you get the colours coming out, or so it seems…
Yesterday was the institution known as “Mango’s closing party”. Arguably Santa Eulalia’s unofficial closing party. After that it was down to Guarana’s in the port for their weekly sunday live music do.
The other week it was their 11th anniversary and effectively their summer closing party, so this week it was their winter opening party…. any excuse… we love it…
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|Mango’s owner Pedro & his able assistant
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Eleven years serving the island’s insatiable appetite for entertainment – even throughout the winter… Happy birthday Guarana!
This really is a rather special venue and deserves its place amongst the hall of fame of Ibiza clubs, but not only because it’s always there for those of us fortunate enough to be trapped here throughout those, allegedly, boring winter months…
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Alex, the boss, has a brave music policy, bringing in cutting edge talent from the Spanish mainland or even further afield, that most of us have never heard of. Tonight, for the birthday party, it was Jose Luis Pardo and the Mojo Workers delivering an excellent set of blues for the connoisseur.
The early crowd wasn’t huge – Sunday live music nights start on the terrace, with everyone enjoying the mild late summer evening exchanging pleasantries. When the live band start up, people gradually drift in throughout the first set to get used to the sounds. By the time the second set kicks off everybody’s ready to dance and the tempo steps up.
All in all it’s like a sneak preview of the forthcoming winter. A time when the tourists more or less leave and the island residents down tools and renew acquaintance with each other for the all-too-short winter.
Guarana is that sort of a place. It never gets completely mobbed by tourists – it’s too far off the beaten track running from San Antonio to Ibiza and Bossa via the big two in San Rafael. Instead it’s on the ‘local’s circuit’, which is why it can boast of being one of the only regularly attended winter options on Ibiza – alongside Pacha.
Even in deep winter you know they’ll be there for you, full of like minds who don’t want to stay in and watch another DVD. You might just want a packet of fags in the early hours, but the odds are you’ll end up staying for a drink and, before you know it. the sun will be rising again…
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