The best night clubs in Seoul attract a steady clientele of local revellers and first-time travellers looking to rub shoulders with South Korea’s celebrities, elites and trendsetters. A favourite holiday destination for hard-core dance music fans, the capital city of South Korea hosts numerous night clubs and bars (mostly found within the trendy Gangnam, Itaewon, and Hongdae districts) as well as internationally-acclaimed dance festivals such as Ultra Music Korea.
Seoul’s most popular dance clubs feature stylish themes, massive dance floors, VIP lounges, with dance-inducing EDM, techno, house, trance, hip hop, and electro dance beats blasting through cutting-edge sound systems. Experience South Korea’s diverse nightlife scene by checking these top ten dance clubs in Seoul.
If you only have one night to party in Seoul, award-winning Club Octagon is definitely the best place to be seen in. Set within New Hilltop Hotel in the vibrant Gangnam district, throngs of local celebrities, elites and trendsetters gather here to mix and mingle until the wee hours of morning. Interior-wise, South Korea’s top nightclub resembles a stylish underground haunt that’s fitted with cutting-edge sound systems, VIP lounges, spacious dancefloors, private rooms, and a swimming pool within the establishment. Entry fee is priced between 10,000 and 30,000 won, where you’ll dance to electro dance and tech-house tunes until the early hours of morning. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Thursday – Saturday 22:00 – 07:00
- Address: B1/B2 New Hilltop Hotel, 152 Nonhyeon-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
- Tel: +822 516 8847 or +8210 9031 0808
Featuring futuristic-themed décor, impressive sound and lighting system, and sleek metallic furnishing, Club Mute offers a unique clubbing experience for late night revellers residing in Seoul’s Itaewon district. With an admission fee of 20,000 won, South Korea’s most celebrated local and guest DJs spin a mix of house, tech house, and nu disco tunes behind a cage-like stage. Aside from the usual array of beers, wines, and liquors, skilled mixologists can also create customised cocktails if you’re feeling adventurous. Club Mute is a mere two-minute walk from the Itaewon Subway Station, making it incredibly convenient for those travelling from other districts in Seoul.
- Opening Hours: Friday & Saturday 10:00 - 06:00
- Address: Hamilton Hotel Annex, 116-1 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Also set within Gangnam is Club Answer, a local favourite that has been dominating Seoul’s electro music scene since its inception in 2007. Due to its prime locale, social events such as high profile product launches, fashion show after-parties, and costume parties are also held in Club Answer. Set in the middle of affluent Cheongdam, internationally-acclaimed acts such as Justice, Deadmau5 and Benny Benassi have made appearances in this dance club. Entrance fee (inclusive of one free drink) is priced at 30,000 won, but it’s a good deal since you’re very likely to mingle with popular South Korean celebrities and socialites. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Friday & Saturday 21:00 - 06:00
- Address: 125-16 Cheongdam-dongm Gangnam-gu, Seoul
- Tel: +8210 4118 9006
Club Track at Ritz-Carlton Hotel SeoulSeoul
Club Track (formerly known as Eden) is best described as an 18th century ballroom with a modern twist, featuring sophisticated sound systems while tables, bars, dancefloor and ceilings are fitted with neon light installation. This high-end dance club is situated within the exclusive Ritz-Carlton Hotel Seoul and entry fee is priced at 30,000 won. Playing mostly electronic and house music, Club Track attracts a steady following of local celebrities, socialites, models, and more affluent tourists. Needless to say, drinks served here tend to be on the pricier side and reservations are required to gain access to the club’s second floor, which offers a more intimate and exclusive clubbing experience.
- Opening Hours: Friday & Saturday 22:00 – 06:30
- Address: Ritz-Carlton Hotel Seoul, 602 Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
- Tel: +8210 9970 1869
B One Lounge ClubItaewon
Currently one of the hottest night spots in Itaewon, B One Lounge Club draws a long line of well-dressed revellers and tourists every weekend. This medieval-themed basement club is fitted with a spacious dance floor with elegant furnishing, brick walls, and iron-wrought gates for a Victorian-like ambience while international DJs spin a diverse mix of tunes, ranging from hip hop to electro dance beats. Set beside Hamilton Hotel, B One Lounge Club’s entrance fees starts at 10,000 won, depending on DJ line-up and event theme. Due to its popularity, it’s no surprise that patrons often have 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: Monday 20:00 – 04:00, Tuesday – Saturday 22:00 – 06:00, Sunday 20:00 – 04:00
- Tel: +822 749 6164
Ellui, a massive multi-level club in Gangnam, boasts several sections that cater to different music genres. Also known as the Asia Multiplex Club, its VIP white room is dedicated to lounge-style house music while the black room plays funky to hard electro. Attracting a steady following of refined Seoulites and tourists looking to mingle and party the night away, international DJs such as Mark Knight, Mauro Picotto, Diplo, and The Pretty Reckless have made appearances at Ellui. While it’s rather easy to get lost thanks to its sheer size, the crowds in Ellui are very approachable as long you extend the same courtesy.
- Opening Hours: Friday & Saturday 22:00 – 08:00
- Address: 129 Cheongdam-dong Gangnam-gu, Seoul
- Tel: +8210 2032 7954
Much like its clientele, Cakeshop Seoul has arguably the most diverse music policy in Seoul, ranging from future house, UK bass, and techno to disco, hip hop and D&B. This underground club is housed within a former illegal strip club. Interior-wise, Cakeshop Seoul resembles an industrial warehouse thanks to its exposed concrete walls and flooring, steel fixtures, low ceilings, and deep-hued furnishing, but there’s also a breezy terrace outside that overlooks the bustling Itaewon district. With a capacity of only 200 people, the dancefloor can get quite packed with music-loving fashionistas, especially on nights where international DJs make a special appearance in Cakeshop Seoul.
- Opening Hours: Thursday 21:00 – 02:00, Friday & Saturday 22:00 – 06:00
- Address: 34-16 Itaewon-dong, Yongsang-Gu, Seoul
- Tel: +8210 4765 6139
Syndrome at Sunshine Hotel
Hailed as the biggest basement club in Seoul, Syndrome Club encompasses a main DJ deck in the front, a lengthy dancefloor, a massive swimming pool, and a well-stocked bar at the back. The club is also fitted with a VIP lounge on the top floor, where a spacious balcony offers a view of the dancefloor below. Syndrome Club stays open from 22:00 until 06:00, making it a popular hangout spot for trendy youths, expats, and electronica music fans in Gangnam. Located in the basement of Seoul's Hotel Sunshine, Club Syndrome is a 15-minute bus ride from Apgujeong Subway Station.
- Opening Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 22:00 – 06:00, Friday & Saturday 22:00 – 07:00, Sunday 22:00 – 06:00
- Address: 587-1 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
- Tel: +822 544 7227
If you’re looking to mingle with locals, then make your way to Arena Club in Gangnam. Established in 2014, it’s a great nightlife spot for fans of electro house, progressive house, and tech house tunes. The club’s interior is furnished with sleek furnishing, a custom DJ booth and elevated performance stage while several metal poles are scattered throughout the spacious dancefloor. Arena Club also has VIP booths surrounding the dance floor, perfect for if you want to be at the centre of all the action. Club Arena’s entry fee is usually priced at 10,000 won, but prices can get much higher during special events.
- Opening Hours: Thursday 12:00 – 00:00, Friday & Saturday 12:00 – 23:00, Sunday 12:00 – 00:00
- Address: 18-2 Nonhyeon-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
- Tel: +8210 8541 1278
Situated in the artsy Hongdae district, Club M2 boasts state-of-the-art sound and lighting facilities, three well-stocked bars and a spacious dance floor that accommodates almost 300 club-hoppers. The entrance fee costs between 10,000 won to 20,000 won and Club M2’s clientele consists of well-dressed youths and fans of house, progressive, and trance tunes. Drinks here are priced between 6,000 and 10,000 won, making it one of the most affordable clubs in Seoul. Club M2’s main dancefloor can get rather stuffy at times, so revellers looking for more privacy can opt for the VIP area on the second floor, which offers am equally fun 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