Best clubs in Seoul


Best clubs in Seoul
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arch daily, MC2 Audio

Korea’s an immensely popular travel destination among Singaporeans with plenty of things to do and attractions to explore.

Don’t let the excitement die down after the day’s over though, as the nightlife in Seoul has lots to offer too. Party nights here are one of the most happening in Asia with lots of clubs lining the districts of Hongdae, Gangnam and Itaewon. We sifted out the 10 best clubs in the city here:

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Things to know before clubbing in Seoul


  1. All foreigners need their passports for club entry
  2. Clubs in Korea close pretty late, usually around 6AM
  3. The best way to pre-drink is with $1 soju from convenience stores
  4. Join a pub crawl if you’re too lazy to plan a night out
  5. Some clubs deny entry to foreigners for no particular reason. If you’re unlucky enough to be rejected, move on to one of the many other clubs in the area.
  6. If you can read Korean, use NAVER or Kakao Maps to navigate to your club – it’s much more accurate than Google Maps there!

– Gangnam –


PSY might have put this name on the map, but you’ll have to head down to experience Gangnam for yourself. Known to have more upscale bars and clubs, Gangnam is a must-visit if you’re in Seoul to party. 


1. Octagon – best club in Korea which comes with swimming pool


Octagon club seoul
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@octagonseoul

Essentially the Zouk of Korea, Octagon is hailed as the best club in town, and ranked among the top 5 in the world. No Seoul clubbing experience is complete without a visit here, and if you had to pick one club to visit, this is easily it.

octagon seoul club
View from the main stage
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Throw any plans to club hop right out the window ‘cuz this club has got 2 storeys, 3 bars, private mezzanine VIP bunkers and even a swimming pool to explore all through the night.

octagon seoul club
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MC2 Audio

As a testament to its popularity among locals and foreigners alike, the queues here can get pretty long so make sure to head down a little earlier to account for queue time.

Cover charge: KRW30,000 (~S$35.70)

Address: B1/B2 New Hilltop Hotel, 152 Nonhyeon-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Opening hours: Thu-Sun 10PM-6AM | Closed on Mon-Wed
Telephone: +82 10-9031-0808
Website


2. Arena – popular among celebrities


If you’d like to spot K-pop idols IRL, Arena is likely your best bet in this list. It’s known to have been host to lots of celebrities so keep your eyes peeled. 

arena seoul club
The music here is usually EDM, progressive house and  hip hop
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The main downside is that the club has a reputation for rejecting entry to foreigners – make sure to have a Plan B just in case.

Cover charge: KRW20,000 (~S$23.10)

Address: 18-2 Nonhyeon-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Opening hours: Thu 11.30PM-9.30AM | Fri & Sat 11AM-11.30AM | Sun 11.30PM-9.30AM | Closed on Mon-Wed
Telephone: +82 10-2025-0885
Website


3. Club Mass – 2-storey basement club 


club mass seoul club
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@shin_jhyuk

With a capacity for 1,000 people, Club Mass is one of the bigger clubs in Seoul. The party joint is spread across 2 basement levels, and the main stage hosts both Korean and international DJs.

Cover charge: Sun – Thu KRW10,000  (~S$11.60) | Fri – Sat KRW20,000 (~S$23.10)

Address: 1306-8 Seocho 4(sa)-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul
Opening hours: 10PM-10AM, Daily
Telephone: +82 10-4521-8484
Website


– Hongdae –


Located right next to Hongik University, Hongdae is a lively area by night with buskers filling the streets and bars and clubs opening up their doors. This is also an ideal district for club hopping as there’s a high concentration of clubs within walking distance from each other.


4. M2 – opens till as late as 8AM


Hip hop might be thriving in clubs these days but for those who still love a good EDM remix, head to M2 to party the night away with your buds. 

m2 seoul club
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@club_m2

This 1,000-capacity club has been around for more than 15 years, and is still a local favourite till date. 

m2 seoul club
The party’s still lit at 4AM during the weekend
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Cover charge: Sun – Thu KRW10,000 (~S$11.60) | Fri & Sat KRW20,000

Address: 20-5 Jandari-ro, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening hours: Tue – Thu & Sun 10PM-6AM | Fri-Sat 10PM-8AM
Telephone: +82 2-3143-7573
Website


5. Cocoon – themed parties 


One of the largest clubs along the streets of Hongdae is Cocoon. Nights here are hardly ever the same as the club constantly plans different themed parties. Past events include Hit Song Party and Masquerade Party where chart toppers were played and fancy masks were given out respectively.

cocoon seoul club
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@jehucci

Electronic and hip hop music is also often heard here to keep the party going till sunrise. This club closes at 6.30AM, so if you manage to stay till the end, you’ll be able to take public transport back to your hotel

Cover charge: KRW10,000 (~S$11.60) on weekdays | KRW20,000 (~S$23.10) weekends

Address: Wausan-ro 21-gil, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening hours: 9PM-6.30AM, Daily
Telephone: +82 10-4128-8286
Website


6. Noise Basement 2 – free entry before 10PM


Ask a local to recommend a club in Hongdae and you’d likely get Noise Basement 2, or NB2, a local-favourite owned by YG entertainment. DJs here often play hip hop and K-pop remixes, great for dancing the night away with.

noise basement seoul club
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@rudibai

Aside from just entry to NB2, party goers can also look forward to free entry into NB1 and Harlem with the same wristband – but take note that the other two are only open on the weekends!

nb2 seoul club
Neon-light covered entrance

Image adapted from: วุฒินันท์ นาลาด

To save some cash, head in before 10PM to get free entry.

Cover charge: Weekdays KRW10,000(~S$11.60) | Weekends KRW15,000 (~S$17.30) 

Address: 72 Wausan-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul 04067, South Korea
Opening hours:  9.00PM-6.00AM, Daily
Telephone: +82 10-8541-1278

Pro-tip: Taxi rates in Seoul are similar to Singapore, but there have been many instances of scams. Make sure to ask the driver to turn on the meter before heading off!


7. CLUB VERA – underground club that hosts celeb showcases and fan meets


club vera seoul club
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CLUB VERA

CLUB VERA is a cosy underground club round a corner in Hongdae. Electro house and commercial music are most commonly heard here. On days the space isn’t used as a club, events like celebrity showcases and fan meets are held here as well.

vera seoul club
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CLUB VERA

During my visit, I lost the locker key, which came on an elastic waistband. Don’t make the same mistake I did ‘cuz you’ll end up having to communicate to the non-English speaking staff through Google Translate, with loud music in the background. There’s also a fine of ~S$50 for losing keys.

Other than that it was a dandy night. 

Cover charge: Weekdays KRW10,000 (~S$11.60) | Weekends 20,000 (~S$23.30)

Address: South Korea, Seoul, Mapo-gu, Seogyo-dong, 356-1 B2
Opening hours: Wed – Sun 10PM-7AM | Closed on Mon & Tue
Website


– Itaewon –


Itaewon is a popular party destination among foreigners and you’ll find plenty of travellers and expats here, compared to the rest of Seoul. Clubbers here tend to be a bit older than in Hongdae, and are also a friendlier bunch.


8. Cakeshop – grungy space in a warehouse 


cakeshop seoul club
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@10manbo00

In case you’re wondering, Cakeshop does not actually sell cakes. What it does have in store though, is a sweet party. Taking the spot of an old illegal strip club, this underground club has a grungy, ghetto aesthetic with red neon lights marking it’s entrance and graffiti decorating the club’s cement walls.

cakeshop seoul club
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Cakeshop Seoul

The club is a relatively small one, with a capacity for 200 people, and always has a constant stream of people waiting in line to enter. There’s no specific music style here but some of their genres include Disco, Hip Hop and R&B. 

cakeshop club seoul
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Cakeshop Seoul

Cover charge: KRW10,000-20,000  (~S$11.60-23.10) 

Address: 134 Itaewon-ro, Itaewon 1(il)-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Opening hours: Thu – Sat 10PM-5AM | Closed on Sun – Wed
Website


9. Soap Seoul – drinks below $10 


soap club seoul
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Soap Seoul

Hardcore clubbers will have come across many different types of clubs, but one with a soap bar as a logo is likely not one of them. Soap Seoul is a quirky club with a soap icon right behind the DJ’s booth, and glowing luminescent blue light filling the space.

soap club soeul
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Soap Seoul

International guest DJs sometimes come down to play in this club as well. Stay tuned to this page to catch the monthly lineup.

Also, just soju know, drinks here also rather affordable, averaging KRW8,000 (~S$9.20). 

Cover charge: KRW20,000 (~S$23.10)

Address: 132-13 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening hours: Thu – Sat 10PM-5AM | Closed on Sun-Wed
Website


10. Boombar – upscale party spot


boombar club seoul
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@mk19900514

Boombar is an upscale and more intimate club decked in fancy chandeliers and velvet couches. Despite the atas interior, the dress codes don’t seem to be any stricter than the regular Korean club. DJs here typically spin hip hop and R&B music.

boombar club seoul
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@mk19900514

Cover charge: KRW25,000 (~S$28.90)

Address: 211 Itaewon-ro, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Opening hours: Thu 8AM-5AM | Fri-Sat 10PM-5AM
Telephone: +82 2-792-8898
Website


Nightlife in Seoul


Nightlife in Korea is absolutely exhilarating, and expectedly so, since it’s such a huge part of the local culture. If you’ve somehow managed to party your way through these top 10, there’s a seemingly endless list of other clubs in the city waiting, all also offering cheap drinks and relatively affordable cover charge too. 

Ladies take note that guys there can be quite aggressive with their approach, but other than that, the city is pretty safe for partying. 

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