Ibadan has many nightlife hubs with the Ring-Road area earmarked as the city’s unofficial entertainment precinct. Come nightfall, each district comes alive with the sound of live bands, laughter and nightclub beats. With countless bars, clubs and lounges on every block, deciding where to go can be the hardest part.

Looking for where to blow steam tonight?

With the amount of trendy bars, traditional pubs, nightclubs with DJs and bush bars in in the city, the decision is hard enough. We have narrowed down the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputation. We offer a carefully vetted selection to let you explore the city nightlife on your own. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss. 

1. Mauve Lounge

Tucked away from the leery crowds prowling around Ring-Road, Mauve Lounge is arguably the best nightlife spot in all of the city. An intimate venue, famous for its original vibe and brilliant DJs, Mauve is the perfect place to meet celebrities, socialites and the crème de la crème. It is not unusual for brands like Hennessey, Ciroc and Moet to sponsor club tours from A-list musicians at the lounge. The lounge opens from Wednesday to Saturday and closes at 4am. Their security here is top notch and they have an excellent parking to boot as well.

P.S – While at the Mauve 21, order for the official Ibadan Cocktail by Adewale Agbaje.

2. Aqua Ebevande

You might have heard Olamide name drop this club once or twice in his lyrics when referencing Ibadan, that’s how highly regarded this night club is on the nightlife circuit, both inside and outside the city. Also located at Ring-Road, Ebevande is one of the older clubs in the city, having been around for some years now. The nightclub has a casual space that seeks to draw an attitude-free crowd. They have a reputation for great music thanks to the caliber of DJs that play here and the dance floor is always full of crowds looking to get their groove on. 

3. Apollos

In just a few years, Apollos has become one of the most popular and hottest clubs in Ibadan, owing largely to its fairly priced liquor – and brilliant finish. The club’s ambience has a cosmopolitan edge with a lovely blend of fun and youth. While it may not the biggest in terms of size, what Apollos lacks in space, it more than makes up for with its dazzling and sophisticated lounge perfect for sipping whiskeys, downing cocktails and enjoying good company. They also have a spacious parking space. 

4. Gentlemen’s Quarters a.k.a. GQ

This bar may not be as sophisticated as the others on this list but its popularity especially in this part of the city is second to none. Located along Awolowo Road in Bodija, the setting is reminiscent of traditional bush bars but its clientele spans across all groups nonetheless. From suit toting businessmen to casual entrepreneurs, GQ accommodates most thanks to their moderately priced drinks and extremely friendly bartenders. Locals love it for the cold drinks, good music and nice people there. Simple as that. Not many people really know that there is a club, because there is is no big sign or large entrance. There is just a security standing in front of the gate.

5. Latitude

Chic and relaxed, this club attracts a sophisticated crowd of young Ibadan locals while offering an escape for the hustle and bustle of the inner city, creating a chilled out haven right there on the ground floor of the Ventura Mall, Samonda. They gained international recognition when they became the first lounge to use hoverboards to serve their customers. Latitude’s beautiful and bright decor matched with it's happening and beautiful patrons and staff has transformed it into a sophisticated urban playground for grown ups. It features intimate corners and lounges for private chats with friends (or for business), relaxed lounging areas and plenty of space outside if you want to enjoy the weather. If you plan on eating the night away, Latitude has a stunning bar menu and a number of in-house restaurant options.  

6. Club deRock

The latest addition to the clubs in Ibadan, this spot opened December 2016 and is quickly establishing itself as a reliable way for Ibadan revelers to ease their stress and lose their inhibitions just about every day. Just like Apollos, it is located at the Palms Mall which means there is adequate parking space. One of a few true sports bars in Ibadan, Latitude offers 19 flat panel TVs, some of the biggest and best burgers in town and, of course, plenty of beer. Locals flock to this popular dive to order classic eats from the famous menu, especially the crab cake sandwich. Simple and undeniably satisfying, Time Out is a great place to watch sporting events with large groups. Expect plenty of cheering on game day!

 

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