May 11, 2018
Housed in the basement of the Hyatt hotel in Itaewon, JJ’s is a popular ex-pat hang out. A moneyed business class crowd flocks here to drink and party to Korean dance music or the live band. The sprawling space is split into nine areas, most of which are awash with mahogany woodwork, plush leather seating, sumptuous Persian rugs, and a generous scattering of antiques and greenery. The focus of the different ß-environmentsß- is the huge Main Island Bar, which is bordered by the sunroom dining area. From here, guests can step outside for a leisurely drink on the outdoor terrace, or enjoy a meal poolside in the dining pavilion. If you’re in search of a party, you’ll probably find it in the discotheque, which boasts special effect lighting and secluded areas where guests can take refuge from the pumping music to chat with friends or maybe get to know new friends slightly more intimately. The Music Room is somewhat more relaxing, with daily live music, and there are also rooms dedicated to both darts and billiards. In short, they’ve all got your nightlife needs covered, and JJ’s is one of the most consistently popular places in the city. The atmosphere won’t appeal to everyone, but if you like to splash the cash, this is the place to do it. Prices are steep and locals tend to steer clear for that reason, but the venue has an undeniable kick to it and a good night is pretty much guaranteed. There is a dress code, so remember to dress up.