What to Do at Night in Seoul
Seoul nightlife scene is a trendy mixture of bars, pubs and nightclubs with east and west appeal. Hard-core dance music fans will love award-winning nightclubs within the trendy Gangnam, Apgujeong, and Hongdae districts while lively expat-oriented bars in Itaewon are stocked with the finest wines and beers from all over the world as well as with hard-to-find scotch and a variety of whiskeys.
A favourite holiday destination for tourists worldwide, Seoul’s sprawling shopping districts and cultural spaces stay open until the wee hours of morning, where you can enjoy fashion shows, dance performances, and live concerts for free. If you are looking for a place to party all night long, then check out our guide on where to go at night in Seoul.Read More
A trendy upscale bar located inside the Grand Intercontinental hotel. This hip nightspot is actually two separate bars with five private rooms. Very extravagant and glamorous, the menu contains fine dishes and an incredible cocktail selection.
- Type: Upscale Bar & Lounge
- Address: 521 Teheran Ro, Intercontinental Hotel Seoul - Kangnam-Gu
- Tel: + 82 2 559 7619
- Cuisine: International
B One Lounge Club
B One Lounge Club is one of Itaewon’s hottest night spots at the moment, consistently drawing a long line of well-dressed revellers and tourists every weekend. Set beside Hamilton Hotel, international DJs spin a diverse mix of tunes, ranging from hip hop to electro dance beats. This basement lounge and club is fitted with medieval-inspired décor, brick walls, and iron-wrought gates for a Victorian-like ambience. Entry here starts at 10,000 won (depending on the event) and due to its popularity, be prepared to wait up to an hour to get inside.
- Opening Hours: Monday 20:00 – 04:00, Tuesday – Saturday 22:00 – 06:00, Sunday 20:00 – 04:00
- Address: 119-7 Itaewon-dong, Yonsan-gu, Seoul
- Tel: +822 749 6164
Chonnyon Dongan Do
The name means ‘for a thousand years’ in Korean. In this trendy hotspot you can indulge in sensational seafood such as lobster, crawfish or maybe you’d like their famous lean beef ribs; features an enclosed veranda with patio tables and umbrellas. Enjoy live jazz music in the evenings. Also hosts a comedy club and cocktail shows.
- Opening Hours: 16:30 – 03:00
- Type: Live Jazz Cafe
- Address: 1-66 Dongsoong, Taehangno
- Tel: + 82 2 743 5555
- Cuisine: International
Also set in Gangnam is Club Answer, a popular nightlife spot that has dominated Seoul’s electro music scene since its inception in 2007. Set in the middle of affluent Cheongdam, heavyweight acts such as Justice, Deadmau5 and Benny Benassi have made appearances in this dance club. It’s also a popular venue for events such as high profile product launches, fashion show after-parties, and costume parties. Due to its prime locale, expect to rub shoulders with popular celebrities and socialites from Seoul when you’re at Club Answer. Entrance fee is priced at 30,000 won, which includes one free drink. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Friday & Saturday 21:00 - 06:00
- Address: 125-16 Cheongdam-dongm Gangnam-gu, Seoul
- Tel: +8210 4118 9006
Club M2, known as one of the best clubs in Hongdae district, is a massive nightlife venue filled with state-of-the-art sound and lighting facilities, three well-stocked bars and spacious dance floor. With an entrance fee between 10,000 won to 20,000 won, the nightclub is often packed with trendy clubbers and fans of house, progressive, and trance tunes. Priced between 6,000 and 10,000 won, drinks here are quite affordable compared to most clubs in Seoul. As the main dancefloor can get rather stuffy at times, the club’s second floor has a private area for VIPs looking to have the ultimate clubbing experience minus the hectic crowds.
- Opening Hours: Tuesday - Thursday 21:30 - 05:00, Friday & Saturday 21:30 - 07:00, Sunday 21:30 - 05:00
- Address: 367-11 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
- Tel: +822 3143 7573
Club Octagon is undoubtedly South Korea’s top nightclub, where throngs of local celebrities, elites and trendsetters gather to mix and mingle until the wee hours of morning. Set within the New Hilltop Hotel in Gangnam district, the nightclub exudes a chic underground hideout with cutting-edge sound systems, VIP lounges, spacious dancefloors, private rooms, as well as a swimming pool within the establishment. The nightclub hosts an impressive line-up of international and Korean DJs spinning electro dance and tech-house tunes. If you’re feeling a tad peckish after dancing, Club Octagon’s casual lounge area offers a variety of food and drinks. Club Octagon’s entry fee is priced between 10,000 and 30, 000 Read More...
- Opening Hours: Thursday – Saturday 22:00 – 07:00
- Address: B1/B2 New Hilltop Hotel, 152 Nonhyeon-dong, Kangnam-gu, Seoul
- Tel: +822 516 8847 or +8210 9031 0808
This is a casual/chic lounge and bar very popular for business, pleasure and romance. Live jazz every evening. Its name means that it can be found from any direction. A library of English and Korean books located at the entrance adds to the unique cultural ambience of the bar. There’s a wide range of drinks available including French, Italian and Australian wines and beers from all over the world.
- Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 09:00 – 02:00; Weekends & Holidays 09:00 – 01:00; Live Performances: Monday - Friday 20:30 - 2400; Saturday & Sunday 07:00 – 22:30
- Type: Elegant Café & Bar
- Address: 87 Sokong-dong, Westin Joseon Hotel
- Tel: +82 2 317 0365
- Cuisine: Eclectic
Also known as the Asia Multiplex Club, Ellui in Gangnam is a massive multi-level club with three main sections that cater to different genres. Ellui’s VIP white room is dedicated to lounge-style house music while the black room plays funky to hard electro. Meanwhile, the main stage plays host to an impressive line-up of international DJs such as Mark Knight, Mauro Picotto, Diplo, and The Pretty Reckless. Ellui is also one of Asia’s biggest dance clubs, attracting a steady following of refined Seoulites and tourists looking to mingle and party the night away. Due to its sheer size, it’s easy to get lost but the crowds in Ellui are very approachable; as long you extend the same courtesy, you’ll end up making new friends and having lots of fun.
- Opening Hours: Friday & Saturday 22:00 – 08:00
- Address: 129 Cheongdam-dong Gangnam-gu, Seoul
- Tel: +8210 2032 7954
Living Room / Woo Bar
This nightclub seats 198 patrons and features an 18-metre long bar, the longest in Korea. A live DJ keeps the music grooving inside his spaceship-like booth. Enjoy a variety of martinis, cocktails 40 different types of vodka and over 200 wines to choose from; full of urban culture as well as international appeal, located inside the W Hotel.
- Opening Hours: Sunday - Thursday 10:00 - 02:00; Friday - Saturday 10:00 – 03:00
- Type: Ultra Chic Lively Bar
- Address: 21 Gwangjang Dong, Inside W Seoul Walkerhill Hotel
- Tel: +82 2 465 2222
- Cuisine: Bar Snacks
Lookout Cafés on Hangang River
Enjoy the night cityscape of Western Seoul by visiting these unique crane-shaped cafés, all of which are perched upon six bridges crossing Seoul’s Hangang River. While the riverfront has always been a popular venue for daytime recreational activities, the lookout cafes on Hangang River offer cosy retreats for those looking to unwind after a day of sightseeing in Seoul. Open past midnight, the cafés serve a variety of beverages such as tea, coffee and fruit juice, as well as alcoholic beverages. Food-wise, the Gureum and Noeul cafes on Dongjak Bridge serves western delicacies such as pork cutlets and steaks. Every week, visitors can also enjoy grand piano performances here – completely free of charge.
- Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 02:00
- Subway: Sinsa Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 4
- Tel: +822 1330
Myeongdong Nanta Theatre
The Myeongdong Nanta Theatre is South Korea’s first venue for Nanta performances, which are comic non-verbal plays that take place within a kitchen. Combining Korean traditional musical elements like garak (rhythms) of samullori (traditional Korean percussion quartet), this live performance features five main characters who are kitchen staffs performing intricate rhythms on makeshift instruments such as pots and pans whilst frantically preparing for a luxurious wedding banquet. The Myeongdong Nanta Theatre attracts over 700,000 attendees every year with VIP seat tickets priced at 60,000 won while standard seats cost 50,000 won.
- Opening Hours: Daily 14:00 – 22:30
- MRT: Myeongdong Station
- Tel: +822 774 3238
Once in a Blue Moon
A true-blue hip jazz bar with the ambience of an American city bar such as in Chicago or New Orleans. It’s got one of the most extensive drink menus in Seoul featuring 300 different wines, 21 different scotches including a 30-year old Ballantine’s scotch as well as 19 different types of whiskeys. Pricey food menu but tasty delights include citrus salmon, Canadian lobster and Australian rib-eye steak.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 - 02:00
- Type: Hip Bar
- Address: 85-1 Cheongdam-dong
- Tel: +82 2 549 5490
- Cuisine: International
Paradise Walker Hill Casino
Apart from nightclubs and night markets, casinos are the most popular venues in Seoul, and the Paradise Walker Hill Casino is arguably the best establishment in the city. Catering only to holders of foreign passports (South Koreans are banned from gambling), the casino is set within the five-star Sheraton Walker Hill Hotel where guests can also enjoy an extensive array of alcoholic beverages and pleasant views of the Hangang River. Paradise Walker Hill Casino takes inspiration from Las Vegas’ swanky casinos, offering Baccarat, Black Jack, Roulette, Tai-Sai, as well as numerous table games and arcades. As a foreigners-only casino
- Opening Hours: Daily, 24 hours
- Address: 177, Walkerhill-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul
- Tel: +822 456 2121
If you’re looking for a romantic hip bar, then check out the lounge of the Hotel Shilla. It has a very extensive drinks menu including 250 wines from all over the world as well as 70 malt whiskeys. Listen to live jazz music or if you prefer enjoy a little quiet time for yourself then pick up one of their many books on art, culture and history and relax on one of the comfortable soft cushion sofas.
- Type: Ambient Lounge, Wine Bar
- Address: 202 Jangchung-dong 2-ga, Hotel Shilla, Seoul
- Tel: +82 2 2230 3388