The Story Behind the Famous Anita’s Bar on Ibiza Revealed

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One of the oldest bars on Ibiza is Anita’s Bar.Ibiza is famous for being the party capital of the world. And when you ask people to say three phrases that come to mind when they hear the word Ibiza, most of the times they say; clubbing, positive energy and the hippie lifestyle. In the rich history of Ibiza the hippies played a major role in what Ibiza is today. One of the places where the hippie culture started to spread is in Anita’s bar which is still open today. We dive into the hippie culture for you…

Where can you find Anita’s Bar?

When you drive to the lovely village of San Carlos you can feel the calm and relaxed energy. First  thing you notice is the beautiful white church and across the street on the corner you find Anita’s bar. Imagine this: a lovely old terrace with a  rooftop made of beautiful flowers, friendly people greeting you, walls with fantastic paintings in different colours and sizes…This is what you will experience when you enter Anita’s bar.

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Ibiza is still the home of many artists

Now we understand why San Carlos was the home of many artists, writers and musicians. The story according to the locals is that many of the artists did not have a lot of money so they used their art as payment for the food and drinks. Can you believe that? But that’s not all…In the bar you see a lot of small mailboxes. The hippies in that time had no addresses on the island so in
order to receive mail they used Anita’s bar as their address. After some chats with some locals, using  our best Spanish ( we are still learning) , we knew for sure that they are still in use…That’s why we love Ibiza. It’s modern and fashionable, but still with lots of history and places where it seems that time stood still and nothing has ever changed.

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Anita’s Bar still has fantastic food on the menu

Nowadays Anita’s bar still serves fantastic tapas and authentic Spanish food. When you are tired of the beach and you want to grab some history and food in the meantime, get in the car and drive to San Carlos to get a feel for some hippie culture. While you’re there, do not forget to try their homemade Hierbas!

What is your favourite bar on Ibiza? Feel free to leave a comment.

Marisa is the co founder of Ibiza Inside and together with Virgil she has a mission to empower as many people around the world to become better versions of themselves in body mind and lifestyle. Marisa is ready to move you in to action, and she will share beautiful Ibiza with you at the same time.

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  1. Thank you Denis… We agree 🙂
    We hope to meet you soon.

    Virgil & Marisa

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  3. I first went to Anitas’s Bar in 1973. It was a hangout and we got our mail there. I got my mail there and it was addressed: Post Restante, Anitas Bar, Ibiza, Espana. I rented a finch nearby, for the summer but only stayed a month due to crazy room mate issues. I also had a car accident as a passenger after leaving Anitas Bar one night to go to dancing in Ibiza town and had hit my head. I later moved to San Vincente but would sometimes visit friends in San Carlos. I always loved it there. zit is the first place I ever had a Spanish Tortilla which was really an Omelette with potatoes and tomatoes in it. They also put a cheese in it called Mancheco Seco. There was a drink called Herbis which I believe I first had at Anitas Bar but most of all I remember the Cafe Con Leches in all glasses with a bit of foam on to. The tables under the grapevines. The laughing. it was a true hangout. I sometimes go there in my dreams and it is so great to see photos of it basically unchanged on the internet. Thanks 🙂

  4. I first went to Anitas’s Bar in 1973. It was a hangout and we got our mail there. I got my mail there and it was addressed: Post Restante, Anitas Bar, Ibiza, Espana. I rented a finc nearby, for the summer but only stayed a month due to crazy room mate issues. I also had a car accident as a passenger after leaving Anitas Bar one night to go to dancing in Ibiza town and had hit my head. I later moved to San Vincente but would sometimes visit friends in San Carlos. I always loved it there. zit is the first place I ever had a Spanish Tortilla which was really an Omelette with potatoes and tomatoes in it. They also put a cheese in it called Mancheco Seco. There was a drink called Herbis which I believe I first had at Anitas Bar but most of all I remember the Cafe Con Leches in all glasses with a bit of foam on to. The tables under the grapevines. The laughing. it was a true hangout. I sometimes go there in my dreams and it is so great to see photos of it basically unchanged on the internet. Thanks 🙂

  5. Hi Melissa,

    Thank you for your comment… We love to hear stories about the old days of Ibiza. Would you like to write a blog post about the early days of Ibiza…?

    When you like that please feel free to send us an email at info@ibizsinside.com

    Lots of love

    Marisa & Virgil

  6. David

    Do not miss the “Calamares a la Romana”!!! They are deep fried calamari accompanied by Anita´s “alioli” sauce which they always serve as starter (bread, “alioli” and olives is always present before lunch in Ibiza). I cannot remember one single time in Ibiza without going to Anita´s for this lovely and economic seafood dish. And of course, to finish and help digestion, a good glass of their home made “Herbetes” on the rocks.

    We love Anita’s!!! A genuine taste of what Ibiza used to be and still is. A very inspiring place which some say gave the name to Pink Floyd’s song “Ibiza Bar”…

  7. David thank you for your comment.. You should come back soon. Then we will have dinner together..:)

    Greetings

    Marisa & Virgil

  8. David

    Sure we will!!

    Take care.

  9. Anita’s bar ! Yes ! what a place in the 70’s (I was there in 73…) owing to this amazing person who owned it ANITA ! She was the perfect mother of “all of us” , the hippies who could fin her help (to find a place to stay), her smiles and her good humor; things have changed with tourism. No more “community” feeling; yet still a great atmosphere…

  10. In the early 70’s when I first went to Anitas Bar, there were no mail boxes. The mail just came to a counter and you would flip through all the mail looking for something with your name on it. In those days, people wrote letters on very filmy paper that folder up into an airmail envelop so usually I looked for letters like that from my friends and family. I had ended up in Ibiza because I knew some people who had a sailboat there and I met a friend by accident (if there is such a thing as accidents) while traveling in Barcelona and I booked a ferry ride to Ibiza with this friend in 1973. It was a magical ride a day in late May full of sunshine and promise. I eventually connected to my American friends with the sailboat and others as well. It was the time of the baby boomers and it was a youth quake everywhere. So many young people traveling and just wanting to experience things. I had listened to this Joani Mitchell record about going to a party down a red dirt road many times and when I got to to Ibiza, I realized the whole Island was a party down a red dirt road. There weren’t a lot of Americans there and most of them were escaping some kind of trouble or problems and had become expatriated. It could have been criminal, emotional, social, general seeking of adventure or draft dodging. For myself, I was an adventurer seeker looking for a key to unlock my heart. I was ready to learn, burst out, experience, understand, hang out, and groove with the energy of youth living together in communal ways, back to the land. I loved the community of international people, all dressed in crazy ways and talking about spirituality and consciousness. There was a deep connective thing for me about Ibiza. It was like a place I had known in another lifetime. The first day I arrived, I felt like I knew my way around the old city. It seemed familiar to me. Perhaps I had been a traveler or lived there in another age. When I was first there, I couldn’t speak spanish and I was very shy and fearful do I just watched people. Anita was very kind to me and I loved her welcoming spirit and her cooking. I always felt welcome there at Anitas Bar and I always ran into people I connected to and hung out there a lot. It was a special place, like a home away from home. I could say a lot more about Ibiza in the early 70’s. I have lost contact with most of my friends from that period. It was a mysterious experience.

  11. Brian Stirling

    My Girlfriend and I love this place have been many times , sitting outside with beer or wine and some tapas watching the world go by not a care in the world . And as its Ibiza a story to be told , as you know theres a sharp bend at the corner of the pub heading out of the village , which is hard to get a tourist bus around not this one as we saw ,driver had a couple of goes to get round with no success as ther was a car behind it , so as they do the driver just reversed slowly pushing the car back out of the way so he could be on his way much to the amusement of us and the locals .Just Brilliant !!!!!

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  15. Hugh Archer

    My family and I love this place – great,simple food,great service and great value.Not pretentious like some eating places with ridiculous prices,which we avoid like the plague.In fact,wish we could take Ibiza back to the 70’s,not sure the march of time has done the island any great favours – that original spirit is slowly suffocating.