Hip Hop/Clubs, Seoul
This is an oldie in a new building (the O-hoo--Korean for PM, as in after noon). Good music with some events like MC battles. 10,000 won (9USD) to get in (afro-ed Korean bouncer is named Duke) includes 5,000 or so worth of drinks (basically 1).
Fridays and Saturdays are best...anytime from midnight to 4AM. Thursday is Ladies' Night (gals get select free drinks from 10-midnight and no cover).
M2 below is trance/house music and it's Ladies' Night is Wednesday.
Dress Code: Anything, but nothing crazy....never seen anyone turned away except for footwear (no flipflops or sandels!).
The only place to go if you're north of Hong-dae. This place is really a bunker (hate to see it in a fire situaiton). Nevertheless, there are attractions here. No cover is one. Just buy a (5,000 won/4.50USD) drink from the ice bar or waiter (if you can flag one down). It's pretty packed and the 2,500 won/2.00USD tequila shooters don't make it any less crowded.
Tunes are all hip-hop, kinda hot and cold, but if you like dancing with 20-somethings this is a good spot. A few expats here, but not near as many as Hong-dae.
Dress Code: Anything.
This place is a good late night joint. It comes with young Hip Hop types from the swanky part of Seoul. The music 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, and no one seems to mind ^.~)
This is a real progressive venue. In a town (seoul) that is very Hip hoppy, this is a god send.
Ohoo is a new Complex. It is prooving to be a nice venue at that, 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.
Upstairs 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).
The 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
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.
Pros: Lots of beautiful people (esp women) and many of the patrons (and all staff) speak English. 2 sections, one with live band, another with dancefloor plus outside (when it's bearable). Good music.
Cons: prices. Heineken everwhere else is 5,000-7,000 won (USD 4-6), here it's 13,000 (USD 11)! Long Island Ice Teas are 14,500. Have a few (or many) drinks before coming here, for sure. And, no Subway to here. Closest is Itaewon (Line 6) and then a cab.
After JJ's it's a short cab ride to LimeLight (see review).
Dress Code: Definately no shorts (found that out one Summer night). Suits are good, or dress casual.
My friend Imgee turned me on to this place. It is a very young crowd, and the current trend is towards break dancing. The only thing Kdoc breaks now is his hip while trying to do a backspin.
It is a basement club with a huge dance floor, a stage where live DJ's spin the tunes and a large screen shows the action. Plenty of space to sit down, and relax too. The only complaint was that there was only one kind of beer, Heinaken. Yuck! Give me a Cass or an OB any day.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Located in the heart of Itaewon, under the Hamilton Hotel, B One is one of the area's best nightclubs. When I lived here in 2003-2004, the club was new and called Limelight. The club was OK before midnight or one o'clock, but after hours is when Limelight really started to rock. Many weekend nights, it will stay open until the sun comes up.
Sure drinks are relatively expensive, but nowhere else in the heart of Itaewon will you find a place like this.
Itaewon has everything you want for hip hop if your a hip hop fan this is the place you want to go. There's more then hip hop there's rock clubs, the only reason everything is there is becuase of american army. These clubs will have more foreigners then koreans, so if you feel like you have had enough broken english for a while then this would be the place to go.
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.