Ibiza Virgins Guide: Octan Ibiza

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Ibiza nightlife is known to dazzle, sparkle and impress. A combination of intricate sets, stunning production, stadium-sized crowds and the biggest names in the industry sets it apart from other party destinations. Nowhere puts on a show like Ibiza.

Thousands of people flock to the island because of this alluring spectacle. Sometimes, however, we like to mix things up a bit. Here is where Octane Ibiza Between.

Octan does things a little differently, cutting out the extravagance and embracing a “back to basics” mentality.

For an island that proudly calls itself the dance music capital of the world, Octan is the missing link. Few would have predicted that Ibiza needed warehouse-style clubbing a decade ago, but that’s exactly the contrast the scene here was crying out for.

Octan’s rugged interior is one of its most talked about features. It may be the tube lighting that zigzags the basement ceiling or those signature VOID red speakers that blow up the dance floor, but in many ways Octan is the antithesis of the glitz, glamour, and mass market found elsewhere.

Throughout the building, you’ll encounter wall murals decorated by graffiti artist Nicolas Dixon, exposed drains, elevated dance podiums, and glowing toilet raves. And when it all gets too much, you can slouch in the cave upstairs and watch a movie. We are serious!

All of these features help create an ambience. However, the most important ingredients are the well-timed queues and the knowledgeable crowds they attract.


FAST FACTS

Number of rooms : Two dance floors. The basement with its low ceiling and box shape Laboratory – both equally suited to be the “main room” although apart from peak summer usually only one or the other will be open. Then there is the roof terrace, a cinema room and the famous sanitary block
Ability: 1,500
Famous for: Go against the grain and stick to your principles
Vibe: Sweat dripping from the walls
Go if: You’re all about the music and everything else is a distraction
Anecdote: The building was previously part of the Sankeys chain 2011-2018. Although the name and ownership have changed, nothing else has changed. Read our interview with the owner


HOW TO GET HERE

Octan is a bit hidden from the main thoroughfare, so you’re unlikely to stumble upon it unless you’re looking for it. This is a good thing. That means everyone inside is likely to be there for the right reasons, not just the occasional passerby.

Walking from the direction of Jet Apartments, you will head north on the main strip of Playa d’en Bossa, until you take a left at the end of the road, passing Migjorn Spa & Suites.

Once you reach the mini roundabout with the rock sculpture, cross to the other side of the road where the Cocos bar is and then turn right Carrer de la Murta. About 250 meters higher you will come to Carrer de la Alzines on your left. This is the road Octan is on, 150 yards past a row of bars and mini markets. Carrer de la Alzines is a hive of activity on club nights and a great place to visit the pre-club for a strong cocktail.

Alternatively, you can cross the Hippy Market on Carrer Bruc, which brings you further down Carrer de la Murta, near the Hotel Garbi and the SWAG nightclub. From there, cross the road and walk a little further to Carrer de la Alzines.

While those staying in San Antonio can take the disco bus to Playa d’en Bossa, the bus stop is located at the opposite end of the resort, making it still quite a walk. Therefore, taking a taxi directly may be a more convenient option.


TUNING

Unlike other clubs, one thing you can say about Octan is that the music policy is strictly underground. There are no evenings that entertain even while being commercial. That’s because Octan knows what it does best and plays to its strengths.

Previously, it was exclusively the prerogative of House and Techno, although for 2022 things have been mixed. Octan presented Drum & Bass, an LGBTQ+ night and even dedicates its Saturday night to the increasingly popular Latin/hip-hop scene.

For us, even though Octan is at its best on Sundays for BIS where Tech House enthusiasts should consider themselves the target audience. The likes of Darius Syrossian, Enzo Siragusa, Traumer and Lauren Lo Sung are the kind of names you frequently find playing around.

Admission prices vary from 25 € at 45 € at all levels. Opening and closing parties can be a bit more expensive, while weekly sessions are among the best ticket prices on the island.

For more details, find our holiday guide here.


FOOD DRINK

Cost of alcohol and mixers 15 €bottled beer 10 €strokes 5 € and 330 ml of water is 5 € making Octan relatively more affordable than its rivals. The venue has a modest VIP balcony, which overlooks The Lab and is quite low-key. Overall, the focus is on the dance floor – and it should be yours too.

Head up to the open-air rooftop terrace to get some fresh air and soak up the atmosphere. It’s a great place to go for some respite. There are still bodies strewn across the floor and a number of interesting characters to strike up a conversation with.

Sometimes Octan is even known to have barbecues here. Otherwise, make sure you are well fed before you arrive.


DRESS CODE

Dress code? At Octane? Certainly not. While you won’t find many (none?) disguised people, you won’t find many perfectly dressed people either. High heels, cocktail dresses and chinos are out, tank tops, ripped jeans and tattoos are most certainly in the spotlight. Here’s your chance to get creative and make a personal statement. Don’t forget your bandana! Optional war paint.


DJ SCHEDULES

These are displayed on the sides of the room at night. Although if you want our advice, don’t worry too much about who’s playing, stick around.


CLOAKROOM / ATM

All Octan bars accept payment by card. There is no ATM inside the club, but ATMs can be found on either side of Carrer de la Murta every hundred meters.

Octan doesn’t have a locker room either, so come equipped with the bare necessities: it’s you, your dancing shoes and some positive energy.


OPENING AND CLOSING EVENING OF THE OCTAN

Generally, Octan, being a smaller venue with an underground music policy, opens earlier and closes later in the schedule than other clubs. Although even that is a little misleading, as the club tends to be open most weekends through December.

For the official opening and closing evenings, you can expect Octan invite again the components that made its success during the shoulder season, mlooking for a big octan family reunion. If it’s not broken, there’s no point in fixing it. Let’s hope it’s the same this year.


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