Ibiza in Focus: Café Mambo
For most images you’ll see promoting Ibiza, whether websites, postcards, or Balearic merchandise, the majority choose to use the iconic setting of Café Mambo as their go-to selection for summarising the hedonistic culture of the party island. Once just a small Ibicencan house, Café Mambo was soon transformed into one of the most iconic restaurants and bars on San Antonio’s famous sunset strip. As the brainchild of Javier Anadon, the venue was launched in 1994 and has since thrived and expanded to become one of the most talked about places in San Antonio and Ibiza alike.
Providing the sunset strip with a venue that not only serves up delicious food to the backdrop of one of the worlds most mesmerising sunset spots but also a place for tourists and locals to enjoy music from globally renowned DJs, the venue has continued to move from strength to strength during a period of changing times on the island. Throughout the week the DJ booth – which is intimately tucked away behind tables that overlook the main promenade, is taken over by Pacha’s finest for their pre-parties. An average week may see the likes of Solomun, Hot Since 82, Martin Solveig and Bob Sinclar take to the decks.
Now ran by Javier’s highly personable sons, Christian and Alan, aka. The Mambo Brothers – who themselves, also operate a weekly residency on the island at the decadent Hï Ibiza – Café Mambo has also been awarded the DJ Award for ‘The Best Bar in Ibiza’ several times which stands as a solid recognition to its contribution to the island’s nightlife and in particular the transformation of San Antonio. While the venue offers holidaymakers a taste of the bustling music scene and allows you to experience an elite experience each evening, it still remains authentic and embraces the charm of the White Isle with its décor of mosaics, marble and white furniture.
Carrying an unrivalled idyllic reputation, the iconic Café Mambo has seen a number of dance music legends perform in the hallowed booth over the years, with the likes of Swedish House Mafia, Tiësto and MK all stopping by to perform sunset-sets whilst taking shots of classic Balearic tipple Hierbas from behind the booth to get the party started.
Also open throughout the day, Café Mambo not only offers great night-time entertainment but it also makes the perfect pit-stop for an afternoon stroll. You can grab a delicious strawberry daiquiri and nibbles while sitting on the terrace that overlooks the famous rocky area and Mediterranean sea. As day goes into night, the crowds filter in, filling the surroundings, and creating an amazing atmosphere. The scene of arguably the greatest sun-set in the world, the situation of the venue on the cusp on the Mediterranean sea ensures that every evening, diners are greeted by a dusk like no other, with the warm orange rays bouncing across the water’s surface, creating a photo opportunity which is likely to stay as phone lock-screen images for thousands during the gap between one visit, and their next.
As plasma screens drop down to showcase the DJ talent to the masses, infectious house sounds fill the air, with the Mambo brand serving as an aural embodiment for those classic beach-side ‘Ibiza chill-out’ albums you see floating around. If you want to have dinner at Mambo we strongly recommend to reserve a table, especially if it’s around sunset time which obviously is the daily peak at Café Mambo and the sunset strip generally.
Priding itself on being a family business, Café Mambo has also played host to BBC Radio 1‘s annual Ibiza weekend over the past few years with tastemaker Danny Howard broadcasting his Dance Anthems show live from the beach-side rocks with live sets from the likes of David Guetta, Duke Dumont, and Fatboy Slim.
With 2019 marking a stronger year than ever for the iconic Café Mambo, the beach-side haven continues to impress with a range of incredible DJs taking to their booth, a mix of ice-cold drinks and delicious food, and an atmosphere like no other. The ultimate jewel in the Ibiza crown, the lush sunset views of Café Mambo are no more for 2019 with the venue enjoying a spectacular closing party last month. But with just six short months until the San Antonio retreat opens its doors for the 2020 season, we can’t wait to get back down there for what promises to be the most eagerly anticipated Ibiza summer season of all time!
Our favourite colour is sunset. 🌇 pic.twitter.com/ZZZAqkHjWq
— Cafe Mambo Ibiza (@Mamboibiza) November 6, 2017