Smallville Complex is Iloilo’s nightlife capital and a popular dining and entertainment hub where Ilonggos and visitors go to eat, drink, and spend a fun night out in the city. It is located along Diversion Road in Mandurriao District, Iloilo City. A footwalk connects Smallville to the Iloilo River Esplanade to the south and a road joins it with Atria Park District by Ayala on its northern side.
The term “Smallville” originally referred to the complex of restaurants, bars, and clubs beside Iloilo Business Hotel. These businesses were the first to open in the area. Now, when locals mention “Smallville,” they usually mean the larger area that spans the “original” Smallville Commercial Complex up to the Iloilo River Esplanade.
The Smallville area is a popular place to stay for both tourists and locals. From the hotel entrance, it’s only a short walk away from many of the Iloilo’s best dining options and a good base to explore the rest of Iloilo because of its location along Diversion Road. In addition, the hotels in Smallville are highly rated as some of the best value-for-money accommodations in the city.
Things to Do in Smallville
Dine at some of Iloilo’s best restaurants – Smallville is an excellent dining destination in Iloilo City. There are a lot of restaurants offering a wide array of cuisines from budget to more pricey options. For mid-range restaurants, expect to spend around P400 to P1,000 for a meal good for two. Some of the popular restaurants include Afriques (Italian), Mohave Grill and Steakhouse (American Southwest), Amalfi (Italian), Bauhinia (Filipino fusion), Bourbon Street (American Bistro), Ramboy’s (Filipino), Punot (Filipino Ilonggo; Seafood), Griller’s Oyster Bar (Filipino Ilonggo; Seafood) and Ocean City (Filipino Ilonggo; Seafood).
Go dancing – If you’re planning to spend the night on the dance floor and experience Iloilo’s lively nightlife, check out Aura, Flow, and MO2 Ice. Aura and Flow cater to the more upscale crowd while MO2 Ice attracts the biggest crowd of party goers. Best time to go for a night out is during weekends when the crowd literally fills up Smallville.
Get your alcohol fix – There are a lot of choices in Smallville when it comes to getting your alcohol fix. Local beers are sold at an average price of P50 per bottle by bars, restaurants and dance clubs. Cheap convenient stores with outdoor seating are also quite popular watering holes.
Sing your heart out – There are many excellent Karaoke (KTV) Bars in Smallville. MO2 Annex and Smallville21 are the most popular choices and are reasonably priced. Good value KTV rooms can also be found in Club21 and Streetside Bar and Grill while the cheapest are in Pirates.
Have Coffee or Dessert – Coffee Break and Bluejay are the most popular coffee shops. If you are craving for desserts, try Nothing But Desserts. For a scenic view, head to Riverside Boardwalk where more options can be found.
Smallville by Area
Ayala Technohub – The first commercial property by real estate giant Ayala Land in Iloilo City. Coffee shops and restaurants occupy the ground floor while the upper floors are leased out for BPO offices.
The Avenue – If you’re looking for a place to eat delicious food and enjoy a nice ambiance, definitely check out the restaurants at the Avenue Complex, which attracts a more upscale crowd of diners and partyphiles.
Riverside Boardwalk – The Riverside Boardwalk is an excellent place to enjoy a more relaxed side of Smallville. A footwalk connects it to the Iloilo River Esplanade.
MO2 Complex – The popular MO2 resto-bar is one of the earliest establishments in Smallville. Over the years, it was joined by MO2 Annex (KTV Rooms), MO2 Ice (Dance Club), and MO2 Westown Hotel.
Smallville21 Complex – Smallville21 is one of the newer establishments in Smallville, it consist of the Smallville21 Hotel, Smallville21 KTV Rooms and Go Mart Convenience Store.
Smallville Commercial Complex – The original Smallville beside Iloilo Business Hotel.
For more dining and nightlife options, you can also check out these nearby places in the area of Diversion Road: Atria Park District by Ayala, Iloilo Business Park by Megaworld, Plazuela de Iloilo, and SM City Iloilo.