Want to go out on a Saturday night in Maó? Here’s a few things you should know before you hit the pavement:
Everything Starts Late
Coming from Boston where bars have a universal closing time of 2am, it was a culture shock the first time I discovered that most of the fun here doesn’t even start until that time. Clubs and bars don’t get packed until at least 1:30am if not later, and most places have stopped serving food long before that.
Eat a late dinner, stock up on snacks, and plan to hang out with friends until it’s prime dancing time.
Bring Small Change
This applies no matter what country you party in, but chances are, a bar is not going to have change for that 50 euro note you got from the ATM. Bring 20 euros or smaller. Those cocktails might be pricey, but alcohol like beer is beyond cheap. If you play your cards right, you shouldn’t have to bust your bank to have a good time.
Walk Along the Port
Most of the clubs that cater to dancing and younger audiences are along the port. This is also where the handful of restaurants are located that might still serve you tapas after midnight. By the time you and your friends make it to the end of the port to the line of dance clubs like AMAGI, you will have already had the chance to dance in a Western-themed bar, a jazz club, and eat something fried with a cold beer.
Stay in a Group
Especially if you don’t speak Spanish well, make sure to stay with your group of friends. Bartenders will most likely be able to speak to you in English if you are an English-speaker, but unwanted advances from other patrons will be harder to fend off if you find yourself alone and without group dance-block support.
Have fun, and if you find yourself in the western bar like I did, make sure to scream as loudly as you can, “DO YOU HAVE ‘AMERICA’ BY NEIL DIAMOND?”