Seoul

Best Bars in

Seoul
From its origins as the dynastic capital of a secluded kingdom, Seoul has grown to become one of the world's most fascinating - and futuristic - metropolises. This city also very much epitomizes the motto “work hard, play harder”. Here are Seoul’s top nightlife districts, each with a special vibe of its own.

To get a taste of Seoul’s insane level of creativity, start by visiting Hongdae, arguably one of the coolest neighborhoods in the world. Taking its name from the local Hongik University, home to a prestigious fine arts college, the area has been a major hub for young artists since the nineties. The area is also known for being a major indie/underground music hub, with live venues and clubs drawing a young, stylish crowd of hipsters. Come by during the day to spot the amazing street art at Hongdae Mural Street, check out all the independent fashion stalls, vintage shops and quirky cafes, and maybe catch a street performance, before hitting up a local hip hop club.

Next up, Itaewon, a trendy cosmopolitan hotspot that’s big with fashionable thirty-somethings and the city’s large expat community. This vibrant cultural melting pot is the place to go for delicious global cuisine, trendy rooftop bars and hip nightclubs. At its heart is Homo Hill, a small pedestrian street filled with shops, cafes and upscale gay bars and clubs that is a major hub of South Korean gay life. The Itaewon Global Village Festival, which fuses Korean traditions and international cultures through food, music and dance, is held every October, so make sure you don’t miss it if you’re in town. And if you’re in the mood for something a bit more relaxed, the nearby expat areas of Gyeongnidan and Haebangchon are filled with some quieter and more intimate venues. 

Finally, south of the river, you will find world-famous Gangnam, home to the city’s most iconic high-end nightclubs where you can rub elbows with young attractive locals as you dance the night away. To get you warmed up, the Cheongdam-dong and Apgujeong neighborhoods offer a wide choice of stylish and exclusive cocktail lounges. Come here for world-class drinks with a proper side of people-watching – you might even spot a celebrity or two!

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