Ibadan popular clubs and social hangouts

ibadan top places

Have you been to Ibadan Lately, or planning to visit soon for a wedding, vacation or simply invited by a friend ? Don't be fooled by those who say Ibadan has no fun places or centers of attraction.Certainly if you don't know where to go,you can easily be misguided, asides the fact that Ibadan has been a bedrock of Nigeria's modernization, it houses the country's premier university and television house (NTA) and has been home to famous Nigerian citizens who either schooled or  lived there . I was born, bred and buttered in this city so I can say much about it, in fact if I start 10 posts wont be enough. Ibadan is a city founded on seven hills by famous Yoruba warriors, there are lots of Okes (hills) , Idis and Oritas (road junctions)in Ibadan, don't be surprised when you hear of Oke arin, Oke mapo,Oke aare,Oke Bola, Oke ado, Oke Beere, Oke ,Orita challenge, Oritamefa,Orita Bashorun, Orita Aperin , Idi-Ape,Idi-Ayunre  e.t.c

Before the advent of the modern and new fun spots,One cant easily forget the days of Tutec restaurant, Platinum club, Cottons club, Baba Sala cinema, Queen Cinema, Bowers tower, Right choice Ice cream, Favos internet cafes and Agbowo shopping complex.  Some spots included in this list were also in that era but they survived by constantly stepping up their game to meet revolutionary trends. So here is my favorite list of social hangouts and fun spots in Ibadan with locations.

Clubs: 

These are the clubs you get the nightlife, unwind moments, ladies nites, dancing, sashaying, strippers, splurging on drinks and more. 
GQ lounge- Old Bodija
Ebevande- Challenge
Bubbles-Challenge
Spyda- Agbowo
Coded lounge- Challenge
Clique 69- Ring road
Kokodome- Cocoa house,Dugbe
Options 24/7 (Fomerly known as Yepaa)- Ikolaba,Agodi GRA
Time out-Oluyole
Chillarz-Oluyole
Olympus X-Quen cinema, Dugbe
411- Sango-Bodija road
Apollos- Ringroad
Echo Blues - Ringroad
Topside Lounge - Ringroad/Oluyole
E3-  Ringroad
Infinities- Ringroad
Picture credit: Kevwe photography

Social hangout spots:

From film watching, bowling, horse riding, games, sight seeing, picnics, taking pictures, window shopping and general networking with people, these are the happening  places to hangout.

Ventura mall- Samonda
Agodi botanical gardens ( Beautifully revamped)-Agodi GRA
Shoprite- Dugbe (You have heard the rumours I believe)
Trans amusement park- Agbowo
Ibadan recreation club- Sabo
Ibadan polo club- Army barracks, Eleyele ( I was learning to ride horses here but polo really is an expensive hobby)
Golf club-Sabo
Film house- Ventura mall, Samonda
Game World- Dugbe
Army officers mess-Ikolaba, Agodi
Palm malls- Ringroad
Fun factory- Old Bodija

Food restaurants:- 

There is a popular belief that food is cheap in Ibadan and there are abundance of local food canteens and restaurants to testify that Ibadan people love good food, The much talked about  ones include :

Skye (So named because its beside Skye bank) - Bodija market
Mama Ope- Mokola
Sade Eleja- Mokola
Mauve 21- Challenge
Champs- Heritage mall, Dugbe
No 25- Bodija
Mama Soji - Eleyele-Dugbe road
Inastrait- Mokola hills
Spices- U.I
Frostyz ice cream lounge- Bodija
Chinese restaurant- Onireke
Tintin- Agbowo
Petebar- Trans amusemnt park, Agbowo
Hexagon-Samonda
Dominos'Pizza- Old Bodija
Suya center- Sabo
Ola mummy-Ojurin, Bodija
Jollof rice spot- Samonda (If you eat this rice, you wont eat any other , its owned by a young lady whose jollof rice business sells within one hour, as in, you need to book before hand, you can also take few moments to visit the pepper soup joints beside it, enjoy the likes the Iya Emeka catfish pepper soup)

There are also fast food joints like KFC, Foodco, Tantalizers and  Mr Biggs.

Hotels with swimming pools:

Premier hotel- Mokola hills
Lafia hotel- Apata
Banner hotel- Bodija
Labod hotel- Old Bodija
T-Exclusive- Bashorun
Koltol Paradise inn- Bashorun

Tourist Attractions:

National Museum of Unity-Aleshinloye
Cocoa House, Ibadan- The first skyscraper in Nigeria
The Botanical Garden, University of Ibadan
U.I zoos- University of Ibadan
Olubadan  Palace and  Mapo Hall- Mapo hills
Cultural Centre- Mokola
Nigerian Television Authority (NTA)- Agodi
IITA (International institute of  tropical agriculture) - Ojoo to Moniya road
CRIN (Cocoa research institute Nigeria) - Idi Ayunre, Ibadan to Ijebu ode road

So am sure you can never complain of boredom with all the places listed above, and if you visit Ibadan without buying anything from the popular Aleshinloye, Dugbe or Gbagi markets especially clothing items or you didn't taste the famous delicacy for which Ibadan is known for, Amala, gbegiri and Ewedu (Abula), you need to revisit for your education to be complete. 

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