Anyone who doesn't know of the Hard Rock Cafe world franchise was probably born while I was writing this so it would not do me any good to tell you what sort of place this is. Unlike most franchises though, the Hard Rock organization lets each general manager tailor it's staff and entertainment to suit the tastes of the local clientel. Patrick Ong, general manager Seoul, has done an outstanding job here. The staff is from all over the world to better fit the cosmopolitan area that is Kangnam; not just Korea and they are all multilingual. The food is great and some the best cocktails to be had in Seoul can be found here. You can go as cheap as a 5000 won mug of OB draft all the way up to a bottle 30 year old Ballentine's for a measley 1,300,000 won!
Some of the best live music to be had in Seoul can be found here every night after 9pm except on Mondays. Bring your dancing shoes and Cuban cigars and relax in an atmosphere that may remind of late nights in Spain or San Paulo if you are not careful.
Dress Code: You will be equally confortable and equally treated here whether you are wearing Armani or Levi's. Everyone feels and is treated like a friend here.
The Drug Club is not really a club at all but a spray painted basement. It's a small alcohol/ drug free venue where up and coming Korean rock/ punk groups play. Crying Nut started out here as well as others. It's quite an experience and well worth the price of admission. This is Seoul's underground scene.
note: concerts are usually early like 6:30 early so depending on whosse playing you should arrive before that.
Dress Code: There were suits there were suspenders there were plaid skirts and pants and there were Roots sweat shirts...
Sound Holic is a pretty happening place for koreans to hang out and listen to korean rock bands. I had no clue what they were saying half the time but it was pretty good.
They did a few songs in english... But every one would always go wild when a band call cherry filter would come on stage.
Dress Code: koreans dress there best all the time... i saw a few people in suites???it can figure it out eather, i know it was a rock consert??
nice place ,friendly english speaking staff
live philippino band , doing the usual rock oldies ,the atmosphere is not too wild
but if you want to be in a familiar setting this will be it
5000won for local beers
and the traditional HRC menu
the best feature about this place is the huge bar
Dress Code: no dress code,but koreans are normally well dressed
Big Electric Cat has live bands most nights of the week. The house band (and house drink) is called the Big Cat. Good place to hang with friends or meet ladies. It has a fair mix of Koreans and Westerners. During weekends, the place is usually filled with lots of people standing in the aisles!
This is a very small, hole-in-the-wall bar, so some nights it'll be crowded and others it'll be dead. Friday and Saturday are the busy nights, but we enjoyed coming here on weeknights as well, because it is just a comfortable place to relax with friends. And it is next door to other great spots like 3-Alley Pub and Scrooge's.
Tuesday is open mic night and it often gets some pretty good local talent. On Mondays the bar is closed.
The Korean girl (Choi Jung-Suk) who sings and DJs has a strong resemblance to Roy Orbison...
OK, so most people (including me) stay out of Iteawon but I have been known to hang out at Bar Nana - esp. when my mate Jimmy is play a few of his songs.
It's a very casual place - good crowd of people - normally empty of annoying US GIs.
Dress Code: Just come as you are.
BOTTOM LINE is recommendable place.
Since 1985, this place have been a haven for jazz geeks.
In early 1900's style building, you can enjoy playing on Every Friday,Saturday
You get off the DongIncheon Station, and take a walk for 15minutes,
Take a direction to Insung Girl's Highschool, then find Incheon branch of SCjeilbank,then look for Chinese restaurant JoongWhaRoo to see the signboard of this bar.
Otherwise take on a taxi, it cost you minimum fare only.
you can show driver this phone number for exact place: 032-766-8211
BOTTOM LINE JAZZBAR
Tel : +82-32-766-8211
Also every municipal bureaus are planning Jazz concert for people,
so you can dash to every websites!
One of the Annual International, being held in Korea is JARASUM jazz festival
please refer this page : http://www.jarasumjazz.com/
Hard Rock Cafe is taking over the world as we know it... Now there is a location in the Apgujeong-dong area of Seoul. If really must have your Hard Rock Cafe Seoul t-shirt to wear back home, stop by here. Otherwise, skip HRC and head to one of the hundreds of better places in the city that have a little unique character.
As of Jan 2007, the Hard Rock in Seoul is temporarily closed. Check their website for updates.
WOODSTOCK (02)-749-6034: This place has one of the finest house/cover bands around (LRD) as they often will take a well known song into an area never thought possible. The band is there EVERY day of the week at 10pm. Sunday usually hasn't any music, but on the first and third Sundays the club supports a true open mike presentation that is sponsored by SAN (Seoul Artist Network) and open to everyone that usually means an international array of musicians, poets, comics and sundry expressions of the muse, professional or otherwise. www.lancereegandiehl.com
Dress Code: No dress code. Come enjoy the music.
There are many nice cafes and restautants in here, ChungDam-Dong!
The name 'Once In a Blue Moon', 'BarBar', 'ZZYZX', 'S' are the most fancy bar!! From 8 pm to 12~1 am o'clock, you can enjoy very nice music, food and mood~ :) Also you can see very cool girls and guys, too~!!
But the price is little bit expensive. One glass of a cocktail is 10,000 ~ 12,000 won.
They are all in the block which is diagonally across the Gelleria Department store.
In addition to the bars and nightclubs located inside major hotels, there are many nightspots in Seoul.
The area around Hongik University is filled with unique cafes, bars, and clubs featuring live performances by underground artists. Likewise, Sinchon, around Yonsei University, assumes a whole new life at night when cafes, pubs and karaoke places are packed with college students and young office workers who are attracted by its cheaper prices.
Itaewon, a popular shopping destination among foreigners, has long been famous for the nighttime scene. There are many restaurants serving cuisine from different countries. Theme clubs here also cater to foreigners.
The area around Gangnam Station is always packed with people looking for a place for a drink after work. There are numerous pubs, cafes and karaoke rooms in the area.
Apgujeong-dong area features more posh entertainment. Night owls sporting the latest in fashion flock here to spend the evening at the area¡¯s cafes, restaurants, clubs and karaoke rooms.
The Sheraton Walker Hill Casino is the only casino in Seoul. The casino features Baccarat machines, Blackjack tables and 100 slot machines. There are also roulette and big wheel games.
For more information: http://www.visitseoul.net/english/
Dress Code: casual or formal, whichever you wear........... as long as you are ready to absorb the party atmosphere, you are just all set!!! So go and have it all!!!
The one and only live blues club in all of Korea! If you really crave awesome live blues, you gotta check out Friday or Saturday nights here! Tried to upload a picture for you, but the server wasn't having it :(
Dress Code: Come as you are! Tell 'em Robin sent you!
There are several "Woodstock" music bars in Seoul, even Gangnam. The one I like best is on Yeoksam-dong side of Gangnam station, up the hill towards the second irish pub location. hard to find, but absolutely unique in terms of character. laid back. good music. darts if you like. from what I understood, the place got started as a pure act of love for blues and rock music, with a huge private collection of vinyl. The place just can take you back in time in the best possible way, i.e. by the music you remember from some time ago. A real bar, which is still rare in Korea, and very friendly people in an interesting mix - this is not your typical expat bar. I once lived close by, but will definitely stop by every time I get a chance to travel to Korea again!
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This is the place you want to go. A variety of LIVE music bands perform, particularly on the weekends. Pool table, expected list of beverages, safe, no working girls prying at your wallet, friendly. Bar owners/bartenders Dwayne R. and his wife Hyun Ji run the place and are very welcoming and sociable. Dwayne is also a world-class drummer who sits in on gigs with several of the bands that show up to play. If you are a musician, (solo or not) and you'd like a stage to gain some experience on, Dwayne is very open to such ideas.
Located at the very top of "The Hill". Don't want to walk up the hill past all the "girlie bars"? Easy acccess from several different directions including to the right of the top of the long, wide stairs just past the fire station and gas station going toward Han Nam Dong or the Rocky Mountain Tavern.
Tell Dwayne that you saw this introduction to his place by John Valentine here on the Net and there is a good possibility he'll let you put a drink on my tab. Rock & Roll!
Dress Code: Come as you are!
Seoul is bright and busy most hours of the day, evening and early dawn. Koreans do not spend a great deal of time in one locale; instead they move from place to place. Your group may start playing billiards, then off to dinner, then singing, then to a cafe, then to a nightclub, and who knows where else? Each of the following neighborhoods have a bit of the above activities: SHINCHON/E-DAE (near Yonsei and Ewha Women's Universities); MYUNGDONG, CHONG-NO, INSADONG (Central Seoul); DAEHAKNO (University Street, Hyehwa Subway Stop); KANGNAM (Southern Seoul, including Apkujong-dong--this area is more expensive than others); and I'm sure I'm missing other parts of the city. Also, there are 2 areas in Seoul, Mia-dong and Chongnyangni, where prositution & brothels plentifully exist. I hear the girls get younger and younger. Korean citizens can't gamble, so explains underground gamling. Non-Koreans can go to Sheraton Walker Hill Hotel (and probably other establishments) and play black jack or the slot machines. If you do choose to go, remember to bring your passport.
Dress Code: Certain nightclubs have a dresscode. These clubs tend to have a 'minimum' order per person and can be selective as to who can or can't enter. Other clubs (e.g. 'rock cafe' - a casual dance club) have no code. Ask before going.