24/365: When In Iloilo: Places to Hang Out – Smallville Complex

Let’s pause for the road trips and historical churches because this Saturday and Sunday is the climactic weekend of the famous Dinagyang Festival – Hala Bira!

After the grand parade the streets of Iloilo will turn into a huge party city and apart from the street dancing everybody will surely be looking for a place to hang out and to partee!  So let me give you some places wherein you can hang out on this merry weekend.

I mentioned that one big reason why I’m enjoying Iloilo is because I can have both provincial and city life while on vacation.  If you are from Manila you will never miss the night life that you enjoy in Malate, Libis and the Makati hang-out places, Iloilo has their own fabulous night spots too!

There’s a lot to choose from but here are some places that I already hanged-out!


Nope this is not the place where Clark Kent grew up.  I heard that it was called “Smallville” because the place is originally a row of small bars and restaurants adjacent to Iloilo Business Hotel.  The number of bars and gig houses became larger and is now popularly called the Smallville Complex.

This is the place where you can literally do “bar-hopping” just like what we did on Dinagyang and Kasadyahan Night. You can choose from any classy bars, open air bars, bands, karaoke, fast food, simple and fine dining, street parties and whatever kind of “gimik” you are looking for – you can find it here at Smallville Complex.

Here are some of the bars and gig houses in Smallville Complex.



Local bands play at the open bars and the crowd can sing and dance to their gusto!   Popular bands from the Philippines music industry usually flocks in Iloilo during the Dinagyang Festival. 



Carnival people are common subjects of “photo-opp” during the Dinagyang Festival too.


Street party!

I have high regards in Iloilo-s ordinance when it comes to night life.  With the many times that we had a night-out I never had a bad experience.  Well maybe I can attribute it as well to the people that I am hanging out with. 


One classy gig that we tried.  It’s a “No ID No Entry” policy and we have to fall in line for our turn to enter.





Smallville Complex is located at Diversion Road, Mandurriao District, Iloilo City.

Hang on till next night out!


  1. So this is the MetroWalk of the South! Goodjob Coach..you everyday post still on track. I support you there!

  2. ay ang galing parang sa Cagayan de oro din pala sa Iloilo..may night life.. di tulad sa Bohol 8pm pa lang ang tahimik na hehe.. di ko pa na-experience ang street party na ganyan..mukang super fun!

  3. Night life....yes, I wonder what will like for a grandma like me? :)

  4. Party people surely enjoy this type of place. The merry-making and the fun with the all smiling people that surrounds are such a lovely sight. The night indeed wont' get old and remain young with scenario like this. Happy is the theme of life in this part of the city.

  5. oh well... i'll definitely go to this party place pag napadpad ako ng Iloilo... hindi dapat palampasin. thank you for sharing

  6. naalala ko yang no minors allowed na yan, dati mapagkakamalan pa kong minor naun di na haha
    anyway di ako mahilig sa maiingay na lugar pero masaya naman to paminsan minsan


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