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Originally set up in 2006 as a beach bar with room for 200, it took only a year until Guaba was attempting to accommodate 2000 or so crazy party-people.
Location: Limassol, Cyprus
Stepping into Guaba is like entering another world — one decorated with graffiti and jungle decór where passionate staff look after your every need. “When you step into Guaba the rules of the outside world do not apply,” says Guaba’s Yiannis Antoniades. Guaba’s story began in 2006 as a humble beachside kiosk, which has been transformed into an open-air space holding a main dance floor with five bars, VIP sections, and a beach area ready to host up to 3,000 people, standing or dancing. It’s basically a super club in Cyprus, but its real charm is that it doesn’t feel that way. “We do not call it a club, we call it home, because that's how it feels,” Antoniades says.
Open seven days a week through its summer season, nights include urban music-heavy Tuesdays — the club’s busiest night of the week — as well as Fiesta! Sundays, which in 2018 invited international names like Boris Brejcha, Nervo, Lost Frequencies, Timmy Trumpet, Claptone, Camelphat, Fedde Le Grand, Laidback Luke and Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano. Guaba also continuously renovates almost all areas of the club, and this summer will have a slick new K-LA210 Pro-Series soundsystem, providing just one more reason to go.
Location: Limassol, Cyprus
Guaba continues to dominate the club scene in Cyprus, from its humble origins as a small beachside kiosk on the Mediterranean. And according to co-founder Yiannis Antoniades, things are just getting better and better. “Guaba is like a non-stop festival for five months,” he says, its opening fiesta kicking off this year's season in May. “Last year was another great season. It was an unforgettable summer. Our fans are the best crowd in the world. We've tried all different genres of music and it all seems to work out, from trance to techno, house to psy. Our goal is for people to have an amazing experience.”
The right programming helps, of course. Dutch pairing W&W have pitched up, along with the likes of Fedde Le Grand. Israeli psychedelic trance duo helped their Summer Carnival go with a bang, and the beach arena saw sets from the S-Man himself, Roger Sanchez, and Mark Knight, as well as Gabriel & Dresden. Yiannis is also proud of the club's IV parties, or Immature Veterans, tailored for an older crowd. “They can party harder than any teenager,” he says. We don't doubt it.
Guaba Beach Bar may have begun life as “more of a hut than a venue”, but today it offers Cyprus’ foremost clubbing experience, bringing the likes of Top 100 DJs winner Martin Garrix, Dutch hand-putter-upper Fedde Le Grand and trance heavyweight Paul van Dyk to entertain 2,000-strong crowds on the sunny shores of the Mediterranean.
But what keeps Guaba so fresh year after year? Well, such as in Ibiza, the club is seasonal, and utilises the yearly refresh to make improvements and change the decorations. When the space relaunches on 30th April with its annual Opening Fiesta, it’ll be sporting some fancy new features. Along with a new DJ booth design, Guaba is currently installing a new, custom soundsystem and two new bars — one specialising in cocktails and one boasting a some playground-style swings to relax in.
It’s not just the club that get in the spirit either — having started as a “party among friends”, the ‘Guabians’ keep the community vibe, showing their loyalty at popular events such as the venue’s Birthday Party, Summer Carnival and Red Party, where you can find sea of scarlet clubbers! Fancy a change from the White Isle this summer? Cyprus is calling…