Ibiza bars: Burger Meets Gin – After work island rendezvous

While many (off-island!) people think living in Ibiza is like a permanent holiday, the fact of the matter for many residents is that life is, well, somewhat normal. That is, real life jobs, real life families, real life friends and real life responsibilities. Which means when the weekend rolls around, they’re ready to let their hair down, mix and mingle, drink, dine and dance – just like the Friday night after work crew anywhere else in the world.

Enter Burger Meets Gin – the long-running, popular ‘after work’ Friday night event at OD Ocean Drive in Marina Botafoch, taking place between 8pm and midnight weekly. The sleek, luxurious and Art Deco inspired high-end hotel has long been a favourite of visiting DJs, music industry peeps and creative locals and as one of the only luxury hotels on the island remaining open all year round, it made sense for its hip ground floor bar to become a winter socialising hub.

While working the room, guests can feast their eyes on the art exhibitions lining the walls of OD Ocean Drive – ranging from photography and abstract art to modern, pop and contemporary styles. Previous exhibitors have included artists Helen Sadler and Bruno Reymond (director of La Maison de L’Éléphant) plus photographer Tyff Abelson plus fashion label La Boutik de Mymi and more. Of course, everything you see is available to buy – the perfect place to peruse your future art collections.

Attention to detail is evident throughout the event, with cool menu cards printed on retro ticket-style cards plus Mad Men-esque promotional artwork and signage. The menu can be enjoyed in a variety of ways – snack and sip while standing at the bar or reserve a table in the adjoining dining space for bigger groups and celebrations. A variety of different menu options are availble, ranging between 18€ and 25€ per person, and include classic, vegetarian and chicken mini burger combos plus fries (because what is a good burger without fries?) and delicious croquettes.

Behind the bar, expert mixologists fuse a selection of premium gins with luxury tonics and flavourful garnish – whether you like your gin and tonic classic or with a twist, you’ll find one to your liking. Of course, beer, wine and other spirits are also on offer, though you’ll surely get drink envy when you see the throngs of partygoers sipping stylish ‘fishbowl’ style drinks on arrival!

An overall auditory, visual and gustatory feast, Burger Meets Gin ticks all the right boxes for island residents and winter holidaymakers looking to kickstart their weekends on the right note. From the moment you step inside the cosy interior of OD Ocean Drive, all the week’s stress and responsibilities seem to just melt away. When the clock strikes 12, who knows where the Ibiza night will take you – home to bed snuggling up with a loved one, or out with new friends or dancing ‘til dawn. Who cares? After all, Monday is a long, long way away…

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