3am Closure for San An’s West End

San Antonio council has confirmed that they will push through new noise laws in time for summer 2018 and it’s not good news for the West End. The coalition council has decided to act after acoustic tests in the town last summer showed that the area was exceeding current noise laws by up to 20 decibels.

The new proposals will see all bars and clubs in the West End area (Calle del Mar to Calle Progreso and Calle Antonio Riquer to Calle Balanzat) shut by 3am with all terraces closed and removed by 11pm. Bars will also have to invest in sound proofing and install noise limiters which can be closely monitored by the local authorities. What’s more the council have said that no more licences for music bars or restaurants will be granted.

Mayor Jose Tur said that 147 residents are currently affected by the noise from this area with councillor Pablo Valdes adding that the excess noise is like a train passing by your bedroom window.

This hard line approach has many bar owner/operators questioning whether the famous West End has a future. Last August saw terraces close at midnight which had a dramatic effect on many establishments.

In the new ordinance the government has made no mention of the criminal elements that has blighted the West End for the last few years. Rather than focussing on removing the criminals they appear to be trying to remove the people that the criminals prey on.

Author: Martin Makepeace

Englishman living and working in Ibiza since 1991. Entrepreneur with a passion for villas, boats, sunsets and San Antonio. Read my blogs, listen to my podcasts and catch me on Radio One Mallorca every Tuesday morning.

6 thoughts on “3am Closure for San An’s West End”

  1. The west end is always my first port of call when im over. Still cant understand why the bars are getting punished when the likes of dealers and prostitutes seem to be able to wander about freely. Walking down from capones to the bus station to get the bus to space last year i was asked at least 6/7 times if i wanted gear/sex plus i got my phone nicked. Sad times for the west end


  2. Usually I’m really in favour of upgrading the island. But this is far to much.
    it won’t help to make Ibiza more luxurious, it will just hurt economy (an therefore local people).


  3. When I first started working in ibiza the police parked at the bottom and at the top of the west end…….it worked ….simple and effective…Ibiza has changed in so many ways but just like the onset of beach party’s after the bars close (a problem for locals and authorities in many a case) which never used to happen when afterpartys like the new star were happening each day …what then is the result of closing the west end at 3am….maybe like when the organised bar crawls were made illegal…..brought on the influx of PRs (now considered a nucience – a job that would never have come along if bar crawls were not outlawed)


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