Hip Hop/Clubs, Seoul
NB is a hip hop club in the Hong-ik area. It the night i was there it was playing mostly old school rap like naughty by nature and old dre and ice cube ( It depends on what night you go). It was very busy. It was full of alot of korean guys acting like they were hardcore or like they were trying to be black. It just made me laugh.
The only problem with this place is that if your not korean and your not a girl they are going to charge you 20,000 WON to get in when every one else pays 10,000.
After your hike up the hill (see Directions) you'll descend into the Noise Basement. Cover is 20,000 won (USD 17.50) for guys, 10,000 for ladies (both get 2 drink tickets). Lockers are available for 4,000 + 2,000 deposit. Drinks are well-priced. Beer (Bud) is 5,000, hiballs about 6-8,000. Water is relatively cheap (2,000 won).
The flavor is definately hip-hop (if you're not into thumpin beats, stay away). Many here are Gyopos (Koreans born/raised outside of Korea, esp. US) and a few foreigners (like me).
Once you get it in it's like a pitch black (small) room. The door opens almost onto the dance floor. It's crazy crowded. On either side of the room are raised table areas, the bar is in the back and the dancefloor is in the middle (there is a steel railing around it, which is pretty interesting). We got there at about 10pm; it starts to thin out at 4am, and goes until 8am (I guess, we never made it that long).
The bathroom was like a swamp (the one downside) but it's just water and cigarette ash (could have been worse).
If you have a propensity to sweat have fun. The a/c is limited here (coolest spots are near the door, under a fan, next to the a/c and in the hall to the bathrooms). It is hot!
Dress Code: It's a bloody cave, so pretty much anything clubby goes here. (UV lights bring out the white.)
Lots of girls wear white tips (midriff exposed) and some guys have NBA jerseys on.
A sign says "NO Entry to Foreign Soldiers" but I came with a couple and saw others in there. Just look presentable and be nice.
Cool little club. I have never seen as many black guys as I saw here. Wow. Officialy Hong-Dae is "Off Limits" for American soldiers, but they are definately here (either that or the hagwons have a new mandatory haircut).
Music is hip-hop, Top 40, drinks are well-priced. 10,000 (USD 8.50) to get in plus a 'free' drink. Not a bad spot at all.
Dress Code: Hip hop gear, pretty much anything goes.
Ah, the LimeLight. Don't bother coming here during the week or before 1AM, but from 2AM to 6AM this place rocks! Drinks are ok priced, there is a 10,000 won cover, but you get a 5,000 won drink ticket. Music is all Western dance and after a few times you start to notice the ones that EVERYONE gets up and dances too. People there are: GIs (only til like midnight cuz of curfew--hence go there later), English teachers and other expats and LOTS of Korean gals (not hookers, which is nice) many of whom speak a ton of English.
Dress Code: Anything but ripped jeans. I've seen jeans, suits, a few skirts...it's real dark in there so it' not quite a fashion show. They have a coatcheck at the door for 2,000 won...if you have a Korean with you (esp. female) or feel strong you can tell them to take all 3-4 coats into one bin for 2,000 total.
This little gem is tucked away near Hong-Ik University (called Hong-Dae, or if you take a cab say "Hong Dae ip-gu"). The thing about it is it has ALL the Western music you can dream up. It is also smaller (6 booths, a bar, a long table off the dancefloor and 5 little tables) so if you go as a group you can really take over the place. As well, all the booths are right on the dance floor so mixing and mingleing is not a problem. For you guys...there are usually 2-4 tables full of just ladies (just there to dance, not hookers, thankfully) and there is not the cliqueiness of some clubs. Ladies...if you don't want to be asked to dance a lot have at least one man in your group.
Dress Code: Anything goes...school/casual, suits, whatever (most are in jeans or chinos, no partydresses ever seen).
Hodge podge was a dance club a small one. It was packed full. There was not many koreans eather. The club was full of mostly Canadians and New Zealanders (kiwi) but it was a good drunkin time check it out. I went on Saturday night and there was drinking and dancing till about 6 in the morning.
Dragon Bar is a cog in the Seoul ex-Pat community. It is one of Seouls premier waterholes for Seoul's foreigners. Its a great place to get yourself soaked in Whiskey, or simply have one or two and let your hair down.
Lately My Mate has been holding a few parties here. the Photograph to your left is the latest one, a hip hip party featuring on Canadian and one American DJ. They spun some pretty nice stuff.. and I am a TRANCE head!
the only realk downer about Dragon is that it is miles away in Nowon Gu. About a good hour north of Kangnam.
Dress Code: As you turn up.
Fun, good music and drinks a plenty. Good people. Great bar staff and 4 dancing poles.
SOme good parties are organisde here on occasion...
Only Downer, its can be a bit of a meat market, not that that is a downer :oP
Dress Code: You need to have a bitta STYLE.
A lot of upscale clubs and bars can be found here. I read on another member's page that visitors should go the Mafia Bar. Great place. A little hard to find, (taxi drivers wouldn't know it by name), but it's near the Princess Hotel if you'd like to go there.
There are many westernized attractions in Apku, such as the Hard Rock and Bennigan's, but the best bar I've been to is called the K-100, (or K-baek in korean). The bartenders speak english, the drinks taste wonderful, and the whole atmosphere i just excellent. 'K-baek' in korean translates to 'black', so the majority of the bar is dark, with neon lights and dim spotlights in strategic locations.
Dress Code: Apku-Jong is typically upscale, but no dress code is required. A lot of the upper-class Koreans hang out here, and Korean Stars have been known to pop up occasionally in this area.
Evans is small and cozy place, and there are always romantic music. Just pay 5000won(about $5), you can enjoy night!!