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Why does water in Ibiza clubs cost €12 a bottle?

While the heavy cost of alcohol in Ibiza clubs may be excusable, charging the same for water is not

  • David Pimbleton
  • 15 July 2015
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While this list of reasons goes some way to explaining why drinking in Ibiza can be so pricey, it certainly doesn't excuse clubs for charging up to €12 for a 330ml bottle of water, a decision many clubbers consider to be fundamentally irresponsible given the high summer temperatures in Ibiza and the fact that, whether the clubs like it or not, a sizeable proportion of the crowd on any given night, in any given club, are likely to be on something a bit stronger than booze. Moreover, Ibiza's top clubs make so much money from their lucrative VIP areas that water prices could easily be offset to make sure clubbers can afford to keep hydrated on the dancefloor.

In San Antonio, Eden's drink prices have been slashed this summer: a vodka limon will cost you €11, a beer €7 and a bottle of water just €6. Factor in the current exchange rate and Eden's bar prices par with your average London nightclub. Nevertheless, don't expect Ibiza's other major venues to follow suit. At Pacha, which has a relatively small capacity of just over 3,000, lowering the drinks prices would likely impede their ability to host acts like David Guetta, who, according to a recent Diario de Ibiza interview with Pacha owner Ricardo Urgell, is currently being paid €160,000 per gig.

Ultimately, the sad truth of the matter is that Ibiza's nightclubs have a captive audience and they know they can charge extortionate prices at the bar. Unless you want to holiday in Ayia Napa with the rest of the five-shots-for-a-fiver crowd, it looks like we'll all just have to accept being ripped off if we want to drink on the world's principal party island. We just wish the clubs would put their patrons' safety first, rather than their profit margins, and offer reasonably priced drinking water for all.

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