Once in a Blue Moon

Seoul-City-Center

4.4 / 5

May 11, 2018

A famous live jazz club in happening Cheongdam-dong, modelled on the Blue Moon bars in the States. Expect an eclectic mix of musical styles from original jazz and swing...

A famous live jazz club in happening Cheongdam-dong, modelled on the Blue Moon bars in the States. Expect an eclectic mix of musical styles from original jazz and swing, to bebop and fusion, played by local musicians who may look like they should be on mandolins but are as expert on strings and brass as their Chicago and New Orleans counterparts. The bar is spread over three floors the first is geared towards enjoying the music up close, the second for letting the music drift into the background as guests chat with friends, and the third for private parties and the VIP crowd. But the jazz is what it’s really all about here. Two groups perform every night, each playing two sets between 7:30pm and 12:40am, so you can be sure of some top notch entertainment whatever time you roll up. World-renowned musicians are known to frequent this intimate drinking hole, along with the trendsetting local crowd and foreigners who have heard tell of the swinging jazz and smooth atmosphere. It’s also a popular location for shooting films, TV shows and commercials. The food is a pricey but top-class mix of French, Mexican and local dishes – try the lobster or the rib eye steak if you’re really looking to push the boat out – and the drinks menu more than matches it for quality and quantity. More than 100 wines are available and your cocktails are named after jazz musicians. A Dizzy Gillespie anyone? Sounds strangely appropriate after you’ve had a few.

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