If you are in the middle of a hard day of shopping in Ibiza Town then you will probably be in need of a refreshment...and there seems to be no better place than Swami!
Nestled in the heart of the narrow shopping streets that are lined with clubbing gear, leather bags, jewellery and market style stalls selling all things Ibizan, I stumbled across this place in the mid afternoon heat and was immediately drawn in.
With a huge range of mojito's and cocktails it was hard to decide what to go for, but the barman was immediately there to help out...I opted for the classic straight mojito. I figured if they know what they are doing then it is bound to be a winner - and I was right! Finished off with a flourish of mint and a slice of lime the mojito was cool, refreshing and deliciously rum filled. Normally I find a mojito can get quite watered down with the amount of crushed ice they use, but with just a few large ice cubes this was not the case.
My friend was after something equally as refreshing but non-alcoholic so he asked what the barman would suggest. After a brief conversation about his favourite fruits the barman whisked the menu away and said he would make him something special! A fancy strawberry smoothie-style mocktail appeared and was the perfect thirst quencher in the middle of our shopping afternoon.
We enjoyed the bar so much that we decided to return later that evening to see what the Ibizan nightlife had to offer. The shops along this street are open later than we normally expect at home in the UK, but it suits Spanish dining time which tends to be around 10pm. The buzz around this small street and the Swami bar in particular is fantastic. It was a great place to warm up for a big night out...or in our case, warm up for a long and lazy dinner! With great music that slowly gets louder and supply's more of a party atmosphere than the chilled-out reggae of the early afternoon, the party really gets started. The cave like interior of the bar is cosy and gives the impression of a very popular place, even though we are still early in the season and there are not so many tourists in town just yet.
The barman informed us that they will stay open until 2am...a little past my bedtime on this particular night so we call it quits about 10pm and head to find a restaurant for dinner. There is no doubt however that we will be back to sample this choice little nightspot on another occasion...
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