The iconic sunset Cafe and music venue has established itself as one of the most popular and loved places in San Antonio. Founded in 1994 by Javier Anadon, Cafe Mambo has played host to many memorable events down through the decades, including the BBC Radio 1 Weekend in August, the In The Mix Charity gathering and pre parties featuring some of the most famous DJ´s and parties in the World such as David Guetta, Fatboy Slim, Pete Tong MBE, Steve Aoki, Like Mike and Dimitri Vegas, Carl Cox, Paris Hilton and many more international stars. Cafe Mambo is open daily from 10am to 2am serving breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as cocktails, champagnes and VIP services.
A beautiful old villa that has been lovingly transformed into a luxury restaurant with its own cocktail terrace and chill out area. Live music performances from acts such as Spanish guitar player, Paco Fernandaz, acoustic concerts and food events. Table No 9 at Villa Mercedes, with its privileged views of the harbour, is one of the most requested tables in the port and an ideal location for a special occasion.
An intimate and secluded beach surrounded by pine trees and sand. This charming little beach is located less than 20 minutes walk from the end of the sunset strip promenade and has been popular with local families for decades due to its shallow waters and peaceful environment. El Chiringito restaurant which adjoins the Cala, offers fresh seafood and mediterranean dishes and is a popular wedding venue due to its sea views and quality kitchen.
This small group of islets near Cap Negret, are surrounded by high cliffs and hidden coves. Popular with divers and kayaks, they have impressive natural rock arches which boats and people like to sail and swim under. Underwater galleries and large rock formations provide shelter for Barracudas and other marine life and the water has excellent transparency which offers remarkable light effects.
With a steep decline down to a horseshoe shaped bay, populated with fishermen huts and stone boathouses, Ses Balandres is a wonderful and invigorating experience. The descent down to the rocky cove is made by wooden ladder and rope railings and is not for the faint hearted. The cove is mostly deserted and offers crystal clear emerald waters with splendid views of nearby Ses Margalidas.
Located in the small traditional hamlet of Santa Agnes, with its whitewashed church surrounded by fields of almond trees that blossom so beautifully in the spring, Can Cosmi is a local rustic restaurant famous for its homemade tortilla, made with a mix of vegetables and thinner than the traditional Spanish Tortilla. It has a small grocery shop attached to the bar restaurant and its terrace overlooks the church.
Words fail to describe the real essence of La Torre, one must experience first hand its unique character and magnificent views to understand its true identity. With privileged, natural vistas of the mediterranean sea, sunset and the San Antonio landmark that is Cap Nou Nou, La Torre is a place of simple beauty that reflects the islands Balearic spirit of whitewashed stone walls, blue doors and colonial styled rooms.
As Fridays go in Ibiza, this was one of the better ones, as the aptly named Hot Since 82 headlined a b2b set with the talented Nick Curly. The pair treated us to a quality set of base crunching techno, with many unreleased tracks featured. Ones that we did recognise, were the Martinez Brothers remix of A Better Light by Santos Resiak and the Hot Since 82 remix of Beg by Yousef. Both men treated us to a quality set and the crowd were really warmed up as Manchurians Ben O Connor and John Verde, aka OC & Verde entered the hallowed Mambo DJ booth to make their debut, and what an impression they left us with.
Already in posession of a BBC Radio 1 Essential Tune selection with Maasai, they opened with another of their own productions, Symphony, which dropped smooth and rich onto the sunset strip. It didnt stop there, as we were then treated to the tech house gem Cosmic by Latmun, followed up by How We Do from Raffa FI. The crowd were really getting into a finely tuned and composed set and when the Late Nite Tuff Guy remix of Roland Clarks, I Get Deep was dropped, the Mambo terrace went wild.
Keeping the house beat going, OC and Verde dropped the Riva Starr remix of Thrill Me by Junior Jack, before returning to the techno sound of Voices by Hot Since 82. Such an impresive debut deserved a polished ending and we were treated to just that in Fingerprint by Lane 8, which we are sure to hear a lot more of this summer as we will of OC and Verde, who are connected to the trend setting, Knee Deep in Ibiza party residing at Pacha.
The day started with Martin Solveig and Sleepy Tom, then we got really excited when Marvin Humes decided to join the party, but the roof was blown off Cafe Mambo when both Diplo and Jillionaire of Major Lazor gatecrashed the My House at Pacha pre-party. Word soon spread and the crowds duly arrived with Jillionaire first into the hallowed Mambo DJ booth, soon followed by Diplo for a surprise b2b set. Their sound was base driven dropping tracks like the Julio Bashmore remix of Love is Gonna Lift You Up by Bobby Womack and the huge base house banger from Matroda, Deep Inside.
Martin Solveig was next up opening his set with a track tipped as a summer anthem this season, Trouble by Offaiah. Martin has been featuring this catchy uplifting piano house number in his sets at Pacha and Mambo recently. The Pacha dancers once again upped the energy levels as they filled the DJ booth with smiles and grooves as Martin delivered another polished set featuring a remix from MK called Always, with Alana on vocals. He was then joined for our second b2b session of the night by Sleepy Tom who filled the DJ booth with the Redlight Remix of Wet Dollars from Tazer X Tink. One of our picks of the evening, On The Corner by Moonbotica, had the crowd really moving to its hypnotic deep beat that drops 4 minutes into this fine slice of house.
Rounding off a night to remember was Marvin Humes, who had all the ladies in the crowd up dancing and excited for a DJ who has been a firm favourite at Cafe Mambo this summer. The ex JLS star opened with the classic Treasured Soul from Michael Calfan and continued pumping out the crowd pleasers with a tightly mixed set, droping another Calfan remix of Duke Dumonts Ocean Drive. One of the most popular tracks with the crowd was, Dont Give Up On Love by Blinkie and the Perfecto Dub of the classic house anthem, Where Love Lives, by Alison Limerick. As we file this report the party is still going strong inside Mambo with Humes playing an extended set much to the delight of the crowd. Join us tomorrow night for Glow In The Dark who preparty FMIF with us live from 9pm.
A name we are sure to be hearing a lot more of in the future, is the talented dark folk singer Aurora. The 20 year old rising star from Bergen in Norway has just released her beautiful All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend album and on Friday night, MK dropped his unreleased remix of I Went Too Far. Expect to hear a lot more of this remix this summer. A popular track with MK this season, is his remix of Teach Me by Bakermat which has been well received at Cafe Mambo, especially with the Pacha dancers. Friday was a big night as MK was joined by Claptone who had the crowd in the palm of his gloved hands, delivering a smooth mix of classics and new remixes, none more popular than Claptones unreleased remix of the Seals and Croft Classic, Summer Breeze. This could easily turn into a summer anthem.
Tuesday saw Chris Lorenzo and Techniks preparty Together at Amnesia. The cool base driven party, is one of the most popular nights at Cafe Mambo and we were treated to some classics including Gypsy Woman. The london based Technik was making his debut at Cafe Mambo and the young Gentleman made quite an impression, dropping the Danny Serrano remix of The Nu-Nu sound and the David Jach edit of Alone. Chris Lorenzo was seen to good effect when he treated us to the classic Deep Inside by Hardrive.
Wednesdays are all about Martin Solvieg and this week the Frenchman treated us to a quality set dropping This Girl from Kungs vs Cookin On 3 Burners and also introducing us to Australian musician Flume and his track Never Be Like You. On the same night, Martin was joined by Coco Coles who was another making her debut at Cafe Mambo this week
We could tell that Saturday night with Bob Sinclar was going to be a special one, as the energy and vibe about the place was infectious. Bob brings so much colour and atmosphere to Mambo and all his family were present to preparty Paris By Night for Pacha. With the lovely Pacha dancers in attendance, the DJ booth was crowded both inside and out. Bob dropped two interesting remixes of Crystal Waters Gypsy Woman and That's The way Love is by Ten City. Erik Hagleton has impressed with his slick reworks recently and he played one of his most popular, Jump and Shout by Basement Jaxx, after Bob´s set was finished.
On Sunday we were treated to an ace lineup as Darius Syrossian was joined by Danish producer Kolsch for the Do Not Sleep preparty for Space On Sundays. Kolsch´s nordic style is distinct and a track that reflected this was the Traumprinzs Over To the End remix of Parallaxis by Efdemin. Darius Syrossian is becoming a firm favourite at Mambo and among a raft of unreleased new tracks he dropped the Waze and Odyssey´s I wanna remix of House Season.
On Monday a double header once again with Gotsome and Kydus. Gotsome had a really good set and reminded us how good a track Yin by Wolfgang Gartner and Francis Preve was. He also treated us to the Ghogh remix of Dancing from Eats Everything feat Tiga and Audion.
For the FMIF preparty on Thursday, Taao Kross was pumping out the tunes which featured Faded by LilM and Right Thing by Dennis Ferrer.
The sound of the Balearic beat, which was born on the island in the early eighties, was crafted by a few select musical pioneers. While names like Alfredo and Jose Padilla spring to mind due to their association with Amnesia and Cafe Del Mar, one that is not so well know outside Ibiza is, Giuseppe Nuzzo, aka DJ Pippi. Ask any Ibicenco however and they will straight away recognise the name and the diminutive Italians importance to the island's musical history.
Born in Ruffano in 1956, DJ Pippi was headhunted by Ricardo Urgell to play at Pacha after he travelled to Germany in search of DJ´s for the iconic cherried club in 1984. Ricardo had heard Pippi play at Glories, when as a tourist, he stood in when the local DJ failed to arrive. Glories was the same club that, Javier Anadon, owner of Cafe Mambo started working at when he first arrived on the island and it gave birth to the Balearic sound of music which later developed at Pacha, Ku (now Privilege) and Es Paradis.
Balearic beat was a sound that grew from a mixture of different styles including Jazz, Lounge, Rock, Disco and Pop. It was very much freestyle and reflected the Mediterranean summer personality of the island it was born on. Ibiza in the early eighties was a creative hub of music, writers, artists and actors ,all feeding into the eclectic vibe that the island nurtured. Its sound lived in the vinyl grooves of the 12” singles and albums it was pressed upon. Pippi was one of the driving forces behind this movement and he went on to produce a number of singles most notably the classic 12” single, I luv You Baby, by The Original.
Today DJ Pippi is looking fit and well. Now in his 60´s, he is still creating music, something that is sadly becoming a lost art on the island after the glory days of Pink Floyd and Enigma. He can still be found with a busy schedule playing his vinyl in a number of select clubs and venues on the island including the Born In Ibiza party at Savannah on the sunset strip in San Antonio. He has just put the finishing touches to his debut album Bocadillos Variados which will have its Worldwide release on Vinyl and CD on July 1.
To celebrate the launch of the new Cafe Mambo Shop website we are offering 25% off all products for the first 100 people to order using the code MAMBO16 on checkout!
This is a SPECIAL picture..it's special because it's made with pictures from YOU!
Anybody who visited us in September and posted a picture on Instagram here is in this picture! Made from thousands of your pictures into one single photo mosaic.
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For your chance to win one of 5 copies of our limited edition vinyls featuring some of the best sunset classics bringing you right back to that feeling you get watching the sunset here.
All you have to do is share THIS post on facebook and post your favorite holiday picture on instagram with the tag #MamboIbiza 5 winners will be chosen at random on 1st October
To celebrate the return of Fatboyslim at mambo we are giving away a package to taste the real Ibiza for 2 people.
All you have to do is post a picture of you and your friends at mambo with the hashtags #Fambo & #Mamboibiza on instagram.
One winner will be chosen totally at random and announced across social media at 3pm CET on 18th August.
The prize includes breakfast at Bondi,* lunch at El Chiringuito** and dinner at La Torre.***
* To the value of 40 euros
** To the value of 60 euros
*** To the value of 100 euros
The vouchers can be collected from Cafe Mambo itself from 18th after 4pm CET and can be redeemed until October 1st 2015