Going Clubbing In Seoul

If you’ve ever been to Seoul, you’ll know the city has a crazy, vibrant nightlife. From parties which go on till sunrise, and clubs that open seven-days a week, Seoul is a place where you can party till you drop.

However, unless you live in the South Korean capital, it’s almost impossible to hit up all the hotspots in the city. If you’re not sure where to get lit, here’s a list of clubs our resident expert on all things Korean, Leah Shannon, recommends us to check out.

Gangnam district

1. Octagon


Ranked 5th best club in the world, Octagon appeals to the older crowd (>26 years old). The club has an EDM zone and a hip-hop lounge. The place has strict dress codes so if you do plan to visit, dress up.

Address: B1/B2 NewHilltopHotel, 645, Nonhyeon-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea
Opening hours: 10.00pm to 7.00am, Thursdays to Saturdays
Contact: +82 10-9031-0808
Cover charge: KRW30,000 (~S$37.50), inclusive of 1 free drink

2. Monkey Museum


Owned by K-pop Idol Seungri of Big Bang, Monkey Museum is one of your best bets if you want to spot Korean celebrities. Grab a friend and try their bucket-style drinks while you vibe to the hip-hop/R&B music played at this intimate lounge.

Address: B1, 91, Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea
Opening hours: 11.30pm to 5.00am, Fridays and Saturdays
Contact: +82 19-5798-3513
Cover charge: Free

Hongdae/Mapo district

3. Club Cocoon


If you’re into house and EDM, check out Club Cocoon. The only downside to this club is that they ask for foreigners to pay an entrance fee.

Address: 31 Wausan-ro 21-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening hours: 9.00pm to 6.30am, daily
Contact: +82 10-3078-3461
Cover charge: Free before midnight. KRW10,000 (~S$12.50), Sundays to Thursday. KRW20,000 (~S$25), Fridays and Saturdays

4. NB2 Hip Hop Club


Owned by YG, NB2 is a hip-hop club patronised by a younger club. With its cheap entry and low alcohol prices, you’re in for a wild night out.

Address: 72 Wausan-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul 04067, South Korea (Hongdae)
Opening hours: 9.00pm to 6.00am, daily
Contact: +82 10-8541-1278
Cover charge: KRW10,000 (~S$12.50), Sundays to Thursday. KRW15,000 (~S$18.70), Fridays and Saturdays

5. Club Cream


What sets hip-hop club, Cream, apart from the pack is their open mic night. The session gives aspiring rappers a chance to showcase their art and you can even have rap battles with fellow contestants.

Address: 407-26 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening hours: 7.00pm to 5.00am, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. 9.00pm to 7.00am, Fridays and Saturdays
Contact: +82 10-4858-3142
Cover charge: Free

6. Club M2


With state-of-the-art sound and lighting facilities, Club M2 is a place for house, EDM, and electronica fans to rave all night long.

Address: B1 of OHOO Building, 20-5 Jandari-ro, 367-11 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening hours: 9.30pm to 5.00am, Sundays, and Tuesdays to Thursdays. 9.30pm to 7.00am, Fridays and Saturdays
Contact: +82 2-3143-7573
Cover charge: KRW10,000 (~S$12.50) Sundays to Thursdays. KRW15,000 (~S$18.70) Fridays and Saturdays

7. Club Gabbia


Like NB2, Club Gabbia is owned by YG. Though less crowded the club still plays good music and is popular with Korean celebs and rappers including MINO, One, Sik-K, Gray.

Address: 72 Wausan-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening hours: 10.00pm to 6.00am, Sundays to Thursdays. 9.30pm to 7.00am, Fridays and Saturdays
Contact: +82 10-5292-3140
Cover charge: KRW10,000 (~S$12.50) to KRW15,000 (~S$18.70)

Itaewon, Yongsan district

8. Cakeshop


One of the trendiest It clubs in Seoul right now, Cakeshop is a small, cozy space which plays hip-hop music. The dance floor is usually packed with extremely well-dressed, good-looking Millennials as the bouncers are said to be extremely selective about who they let in.

Address: 34-16 Itaewon-dong, Yongsang-Gu, Seoul, Korea, B1
Opening hours: 10.00pm to 4.00am, Thursdays to Saturdays
Contact: +82 10-7444-1926
Cover charge: KRW20,000 (~S$25)

9. Prost Pub


Chat and mingle at over contemporary Italian food and drinks while house music plays at sexy lounge-pub, Prost.

Address: 26 Itaewon-ro 27ga-gil, Itaewon 1(il)-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening hours: 5.00pm to 3.30am, Mondays and Tuesdays. 5.00pm to 4.00am, Wednesdays. 5.00pm to 4.30am, Thursdays. 5.00pm to 5.30am, Fridays. 3.00pm to 5.30am, Saturdays. 3.00pm to 4.00am, Sundays
Contact: +82 2-796-6854
Cover charge: Free

10. Fountain


With a dance floor, an arcade with pool, and darts, Fountain is a great place to hang out over pizza and beer.

Address: 116-6 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening hours: 6.00pm to 3.00am, Sundays to Thursdays. 6.00pm to 6.00am, Fridays and Saturdays
Contact: +82 2-794-4655
Cover charge: Free

Partying In South Korea

With this list, now you know which clubs to make a beeline for in Seoul!

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