Nightlife in Iloilo is best spent in Smallville. It's a small village of restaurants and bars. I highly recommend Afrique's for you pizza/pasta cravings, and do try their carbonara. I know the dish is cliche, but there's a distinct taste in the dish that can't be found anywhere. The pizza was just alright - Afrique's Special - as I've had better.
Dress Code: No dress code
This will be my Plazuela De Iloilo Nightlife tips since the area is also a nitespot and the park area of the Plazuela is famous for big parties and Gatherings too.
The Plazuela De Iloilo is a mixed used commercial cum residential complex that sits just beside the SM City Iloilo at the Benigno Aguiono Highway, in the Mandurriao District of Iloilo and is just a stone's throw away from the Smallville Complex. It houses assorted restaurants and bars, some retail shops and a gated subdivision and a park located in the middle of the complex where large groups and corporations can rent and do assorted activities there.
according to their website:
With a lot area of 12,533 sq mts. And a strategic location along the Benigno Aquino Ave. (adjacent to SM City Iloilo) the development’s architectural character is inspired from Spanish-Italian design. Long arcaded hallways adorn the facade which gives people the freedom to walk and promenade to their heart’s desire. Envisioned as “flood free”, the whole development is elevated 2.05 meters from the street level. Upon entering the rotunda, 36 leasable areas composed of retail stores, coffee shops and restaurants totalling to almost 8,700 sq mts. Of gross floor area greet the alfresco and shopping enthusiasts.
Dress Code: Smart Casual, Flip flops and slippers are allowed.
the Go Mart is a local convenience store that is owned by the smallville 21 hotel and is located in the premises of the Hotel. It also has a branch at the next street away from the hotel. Thus local convenience store opens from 10:00 am up to 1:00 am the next day and I've included this on the nite life tips since it doubles as a budget bar area (starting at 6:00 pm) since there are several tables and chairs where you can get a seat and buy your bar chow and assorted local or international beers or liqours and spirits at the convenience store. There is no entrance fee and the spartan tables and chairs are free to use to patrons provided that you only get your drinks and bar chow at the convenience store. If you bring your own drink, you will be charged a corkage fee of 250 pesos and if you throw up at the premises, you would also be charged a "Barf Fee" of 250 pesos.
This is easily the cheapest nite spot in Smallville complex as local beers costs only 30 pesos a bottle and vodka cruiser cocktails at 72 pesos a bottle. live music is free due to the live bands playing at th Pirates Club located just beside the convenience store.
Dress Code: very casual, you can come with your board shorts and slippers and flip flops but not by your birthday suits!
Flow Superclub is one of the more popular Dance Club cum Chill Out Lounges in Iloilo City and in the Smallville Complex Area. This is where the upscale nite dance crowd of Iloilo City converge. They have an outside waiting area where you can order bar chow and beers and cocktails and a large dance floor inside the area inside the premises. The area is packed more so during weekends. Entrance fee is 150 pesos during weekends and 50 pesos during weekdays. The music inside is a combination of Chill Out, Trance, Lounge, RNB, Hip Hop, Pop and more.
Beer @ P50 Cocktails @ P100-P200 3 VIP Tables (Good for 10pax each) available for Reservation: Weekend Rates: P3500 (Consumable food/drinks) Doorcharge (Fridays-Saturdays) P150
Dress Code: Smart Casual. no Flip Flops and Tank Tops allowed
HOURS: Mon – Thu: 6:00 pm – 2:00 am Fri – Sat: 6:00 pm – 4:00 am
This is the night views of the Smallville Complex in Mandurriao District Iloilo City.
The Smallville Complex is a recent addition to the active and vibrant night scene of Iloilo City. This commercial cum business complex hosts a number of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, chill out lounges, Dance Clubs, live bands, Call Centers, business offices and more. The term Smallville originally refers to the row of restaurants, bars, and clubs beside Iloilo Business Hotel but due to several expansions in the area, it now refers to the whole complex. It is located at the Mandurriao District of Iloilo, just a stone's throw away from SM City Iloilo. The Center of activity in the Comples is located at the Glicerio Pison Street corner Benigno Aquino Avenue areas.
Mon: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue: 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wed - Sat: 6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sun: 6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Dress Code: casual. you can come on a casual attire at the restaurants and bars but you must be dressed in smart casual if you are entering the discotheques and the lounges and the chill out lounges.
It's the most active place at night in Iloilo City!
If Manila has Malate and Libis has Eastwood City, Iloilo has Smallville. For those who don't know yet the similarities among the three places mentioned, I'll give you one word: Nightlife!
Smallville in Iloilo City projects a community of bars, restaurants, clubs and hotels. Whether you are visiting for business or leisure purposes, Smallville is impossible to miss!
From the famous Red Horse Beer (Philippine-made beer that gives the kicks), coffee, desserts and to the different World cuisines, Smallville is your best bet. It's similar to being able to eat and drink whatever you can in one location - all in one night!
It's location is accessible from any point in Iloilo City. Just ride a cab (flagdown is now Php 40.00) and tell the driver to drop you off at Smallville.
Dress Code: If you are the trendy type, you can dress-to-kill! Apart from that, Smallville in general doesn't have any dress restrictions. Though if you have intentions in dancing in a club, you might want to steer clear from flip-flops and shorts if you are a guy.
Great food, great music - but reggae nights are the best.
I like the Mex food best (choice of burrito, tacos, nachos, fajitas) and the mix drinks (order it by the pitcher - its actually just a huge beer mug, about 750 mL, got Tijuana Fire or something). Mixed veggies is also yummy. There's also pizza, rice meals, and a choice of appetizers.
Cheap, ate with gusto, drank ourselves silly, paid only about 1K for 4 people.
Its along General Luna St, riverside so be careful where you sit. While the upper deck has more ambiance, it is closer to the river so the smell of 'katol' (mosquito repellent) and the river occasionally wafts through depending on the breeze. When you're tipsy though, who cares:)
Dress Code: jeans, casual
The Flow is still a hip and happening club in Smallville, Iloilo where all the beautiful Ilonggos and yuppies "should" party here during the weekends. They serve pica-pica and this place is deserted before 8pm - they only pack the place after 11pm.
Weekend parties starts at 12mn, peaks at 1am, and dies down at 3am. Prepare at least Php 300 for your drinks and cocktails - but is you're lookin fine, people WILL buy you drinks!
For groupies: Be sure to come early and grab a table on the lounge area so that your seats are secured. Dancing while eating and drinking is accepted.
For singles: Buy yourself a drink and sip it by the stairs - that way you can people watch the party-goers below (or be spotted) - you won't be buying yourself drinks any longer.
For couples: Grab a table next to the dance floor, it's be easier to leave your pica-pica while you grab your partner to dance, but don't be shocked when you find too many bottles or glasses on your table, it's usual for Ilonggos to share your table.
Dress Code: For the ladies: Just be fabulous and flirty! Wear high heels to go with your skirt, your dress, or your tube top. Remember, you should be spotted here so wear that sparkly top with the killer heels, girl!
For the men: Look good and smell good! Men usually go with a t-shirt, jeans, and sneakers and smelling real good (Well, who would want to dance with you if you smell?!) Make sure you have a lighter (even if you don't smoke) and extra cash - ladies might come up to you for a light or you might want to buy someone a drink, the rest is up to you.
the place is great. a lot of restos to choose from. you can actually hop from one place to another coz its like a village of restos - thus the name smallville (pretty much like the crossroads and btc in cebu). food is great too! id like to say regatta's grill and maki gives you the best food with reasonable price. there are also restos with live bands to keep you up and about till closing time. there are also shops brewing coffee that you must try just before you head for home.
Dress Code: a casual get-up will do. but if you really want to party hard, you can put-on the best from your closet and go disco at the flow.
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