This is the place for later at night in Pusan. Koreans pay 10,000 won (9USD) to get in, foreigners are free. It rocks in here. Good hip-hop tunes and some pretty young things (not like in Seoul, but pretty darn good) as well as K-gangsters doing their dance-thang (if you've hung in Hongdae you'll know what I mean).
Dress Code: Anything...get funky.
This establishment is a breath of fresh air in my opinion. But its name is a contentious issue.
Often its called the bar by many because above the door is a sign that says the bar (even though this is the name of a bar above). Others call it 'Bar 33' because this is apparently what the new management has dubbed it. But others (the Seoul oldies - like me) call it 'Norae Hanun Saramdul' And this is the name still above the door. Although the sign itself is in Korean characters and made of nailed pieces of birch. But this sign sets the scene.
As you descend the stairs you will see dims lights, loud retro music and what I love most, Koreans and Westers mixing socially.
Beer is cheap and sold by the picture or the pint. Cocktails are rudimentary, the winelist (do they have one?). But you can request any song you can think of (they have it.. and if they don't they'll download it.) And then when you drink to much and need the bathroom, you can ascend the stairs and have experience something quite sobering.
This bar is one of my faves. I've coming here on and off for quite awhile.
Dress Code: Dress how you want. You'll blend in withthe graffiti that way.
Hongdae (Honggik University) This is a very much student biased area (and thus really cheap!). Again, it swarms with bars and pubs (Hofs as they are known in Korea) populated by a very friendly young crowd, always keen to practice English on you.
The last Friday of the month, Hongdae goes wild with 'Club Day'. You pay the equivalent of about $10 and it gets you admission to 11 different clubs, all night, in and out as much as you want.
On Club Day, Hongdae is as lively as anywhere you could find, with both Koreans and westerners. It's a great vibe. However the downer is, club day is Packed, packed packed! I was in NB (a hip hop club) last night and it was soooo packed I could even get t o the bathroom. If there was a fire, everyone woulda died.
Club days are a great vibe, but I would suggest going later when some of the crowd has thinned.
Hongdae is also great for Art...... It houses of of Korea's Art schools (Honggik Univ). Hence the cafe's are getting cooler, darker, cruddier. Painting and sculptures abound. It really is a great area.
Dress Code: Dress how it goes.... ^.~
Now this is a place I like. Above the road behind the Itaewon main drag.
Its has a great Tapas menu including, Jamon, Calamare, Cheese, Shrimp rools, Escargot Pastries, etc etc. Great place.
Wine List is brill. One of the best I've found in korea that is resonably priced. Good selections from the US, Italy, France Chile and even some good Munties from Australia like Nottage Hill, and Koonunga Hills Wineries. However none from NZL yet (Still hopeful).
Barbeque is brillaint. Its on;ly about $40 for two people and apart of the expected Shrimps on the Barbie as expected, they have a pretty good Paella.
Beers are same as the Terrace. But the Garden Atmosphere is FAB!!! A SEOUL MUST SEE, REALLY!
Dress Code: Dress nice. Why not. This place deserves it. And you do too.
It's not really a nightclub, and if you're in Seoul there are TONS of places better (almost any place, actually), but if you're in Geoje-do this is probably the best place to be if you're a foreigner.
The gals there will remember your name if you come again and there's a few characters that frequent it (and I do mean frequent). At the end of the night people have been known to dance on the bar (the dancefloor is very small).
All in all, not bad, but not anything deluxe.
Dress Code: Anything.
This is quite a good place. Although it can pack out in the weeknds, which is a bit of a bugger when your wearing ***ty shoes.
Geckos offers mostly European and Cajun-style food, well some of the best you can get in Seoul. The food is sent to your table in huge portions, and pretty well priced. I recommend the Fish and Chips.
The drink menu is good, most top shelf that one would expect, and an array of cheap Insipid Korean beers on tap, they have an extensive wine list. Bottled beers are good. Beers from everywhere.
Entertainment is a DJ, Pool, Darts, Rugby on TV and checking out the talent.
Dress Code: Be sure that you don't turn up looking or acting like a Pratt. Geckos has a heallthyy G.I. population.
This place is a good late night Joint. It carms with young Hip Hop types from the swanky part of Seoul. The mmusic is good and current and the enthusiasm is all there.
The cover is between $10 and $20 depending on who is playing. My advice is go late. You'll pay $10 and you'll prollyscore that much worth of drink tickets.
Dress Code: Hmmmm. Dress like a hip hopper. (However I never do... I always dress like a trance head ^.~)
This is a real progressive venue. In a town (seoul) that is very Hip hoppy, this is a god send.
A new Complex. It is prooving to be a nice venue taht is attracting alot of great international acts.. Just last week I saw Leeroy (Former Prodigy) spinning there.
the Dance floor is great and beset on both sides by two bars that are always busy. the lighting is great, and being a laser fan (I am known as Laserboy by a few - this is another story however) the laser shows here are quite spectacular.
My only downer is that it can be really packed and so quite stressful. But well when you get a few in ya, all is great. On friday night sit is a little subdued with local acts playing not much more than trip hop, and house, but saturdays are wild, with acts usually being foreign.
Upstiars is a nice quiet terrace, that is usually closed off for members. (BTW my photo is taken from this terrace ^.~ - I took it with my phone this is why the quality is very very ordinary).
Cover is between 10 and 20 dollars depnding on the act. But it always includes at least one drink.
Dress Code: Dress tidily. Don't wear sandals if you are a man.
This place is a great little Joint. Its un-obtusive and totally laid back. The Comfort Zone as said in its name is the brain child of a brother and sister team who were born in Korea but raised in Canada.
This bar's inception was a place to chill, listen to loose Cafe del Mar cum World Chill cum Moby type sounds, drink some wine or some beer or whatever you want. And talk to your companions.
Another bonus (as is not uaully the case in Korean bars) the toilets at The Comfort Zone ar elike those in your house in a Western Country, decorated, cosy and even complete with magazines and books. Usually the Toilets in Korean Bars are rough as guts, and Hum like a very stinky thing that hums cause it stinks.
Andy (the Brother) told me he is going to open another place soon in one of the more affluent sattelite towns of Seoul, and its going to be called Coutry Comfort... Hmmmmm ^.~
Dress Code: Dress Nice. Everybody here does. Its taht kinda place.
If you visit Korea on business you can expect be taken out to Karaoke places (No-Re-Bang in Korean language) after dinner. To many Koreans it's probably the preferred place to go. Their hard-work days are exorcized through singing prowess - or not. Plentiful drinks come in a row along with dried seafood and fresh fruit snacks. Courtesy of the locals you're with, a few nice looking loung ladies are being brought in to keep you company. This must not be mistaken with lurid practices. In Korean culture it goes itself that women's role is that of "company keepers". Western culture would rather merely deem these ladies as friendly servants. It may be embarassing at times. You drink, chat and sing. Songs menu is 80% Korean with some English classics and contemporary tunes.
Singing rooms provide privacy and you'll sing for your party friends and the young ladies.
Regardless of your voice skills, this practice will tune up your relationship with locals who'll feel you're "on board".
Dress Code: Any
This is at least one place where it all happens in Seoul. The general area is called Jongno1-ga and as you wander it becomes Jongno2/3-ga etc.
Theres a large range of restaurants/ bars and nightclubs here with Streetvenders and people hanging trying to lure the unsuspectin into their places.
The Neon is like Tokyo and the wierdos make it interesting and the hotdogs with chips already in the batter is such a good idea!!!
There are a lot of American Western themed restaurants but also trendy looking bars, Karaoke and probably anything else you were looking for.
This area is just off the main road where there are market stalls lining both sides- These are open till about midnight and the atmosphere is very cool.
A "norabong" is sort of the Korean equivilent of a karaeoke. Its a private singing room that you rent with your friends, party or whoever you come with. You can pay for the room by the hour, or by 30 minutes usually. It works the same way a kareoke would - you have a song book full of popular songs in Korean and English and can work the machine yourself, and order beer and other drinks/snacks into the room. Its really fun, especially when you're with your friends and can watch eachother sing. Drunkeness is a must :)
Norabongs are very popular and can be found almost anywhere. All you really need to do is go up to someone on the street and as for "norabong" and they should be able to point you towards one. Especially if you're living in a city (I'm not sure how common they are in rural areas.)
Be careful though, as there so exists something they call "sexy norabongs" where I'm assuming there is less friends singing, and more random naked Korean girls dancing in the private rooms. You should know right away what kind of place you're in. One time a group of my friends stumbled into a sexy noraebong by accident and got strange looks from the staff.. We knew right away we werent supposed to be there.
One of my old fave places to go out dancing in Busan. There are 2 floors, large dance floor space and the drinks are decently priced (you get 1 free drink with admission). There tends to be a lot more Koreans here than foreign people, but I never feel out of place, especially when I'm with my friends. The Korean youth usually gladly welcome foreign partiers; almost every time I'm there I end up getting jiggy with a group of Koreans - guys and girls - that I just met. The only downfall of this place is that it isn't overly easy to find, but a lot of people tend to know where it is if you're in the general areas. It costs 10,000 won to enter before 10pm, and after that its 15,000. I've never made it before 10pm, but I imagine it would be pretty empty. Around midnight, it starts to fill up just like any place.
Its pretty clean here too, good bathrooms, and theres a balcony if you need to cool off.
Also, things tend to close annually in Korea, so I apologize if this place doesn't exist anymore.
Dress Code: You need to dress up a little, since its one of the 'nicer' places.
For VT members visiting Seoul thisweek,
I will give you small tip for Firework
Subject : Seoul international firework festival
Date : 4th of October( Saturday )
Time : PM 05:00~ PM 09:30
Players: Teams from Korea and HongKong
Eventplace : Han river civil's park in front of 63BUILDING in YOUIDO,SEOUL
Transportation : YOUINARU STATION, YOUIDO STATION in NO.5 LINE
DAEBANG STATION in NO.1 LINE
Webpage : www.bulnori.com
if you are near the riverside of Hangang in Seoul, you can enjoy from any place.
Although main spot is near YOUINARU STATION, you can enjoy it when you stand
on the any bridge include Olympicgrand bridge 20km distance from 63Building.
My family waited this event for year, but I cannot keep my promise with my kids because of my business trip to Washington State,USA.
Wishing a good comments from you guys to share with my kids~
Dress Code: Get a light jacket for evening temperature.
If you need more place for beer and wine, musical etc. I recommend
Heywha Sub station in blue(4)line.
But language barrier is still high.
For the websurfing at night, Signboard of PC welcome your visiting, 1,200~1,500won ( around USD1.0 ) per hour, also you can eat small snack or cup ramen noodle.
From July of thisyear, MacDonald's and Lotteria starts 24Hr serving.
so you can enjoy and relax till you wake up from beer hang over.
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