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Nightlife in Seoul

There is no shortage of places to drink in the city. Upscale bars are found in the Apgujeong or nearby Shinsadong districts, where there are good clubs in the major hotels. Good nightlife can be found in Myeongdong, where you can stop for a cup of coffee or a beer at many of the area's establishments. Itaewon has the most foreigner-friendly places for drinking, dancing and partying, such as the 3 Alley Pub.

Korea House, Seoul. © Korea Tourism Organisation
3 Alley Pub, Seoul. Courtesy of 3 Alley Pub
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3 Alley Pub

Friendly Euro-style bar

An old standard, the European-style 3 Alley Pub has a good number of regulars who come for the congenial atmosphere and the large selection of beers and drinks. Because of its location in Itaewon, the bar draws an international crowd.



Address

116-15, Itaewon-dong, Itaewon, Seoul 140-200

Telephone

+82 (0) 2 749 3336

Transport

Itaewon subway (exit 1)

Website

3 Alley Pub Website

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Once in a Blue Moon

Live jazz and blues

Although Gangnam is where the young jet set go to play, Once in a Blue Moon is a mellow bar for anyone who appreciates jazz and blues. The music starts around 7pm most nights and winds down just after midnight.



Address

85-1, Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 135-517

Telephone

+82 (0) 2 549 5490

Transport

Cheongdam subway (exit 8)

Website

Once in a Blue Moon Website

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Compass Rose

International sophistication

The Compass Rose is a quiet place to enjoy a cocktail after a business meeting or just a day of sightseeing. Single travellers can browse through more than 400 books near the front entrance while enjoying the nightly live jazz.



Address

87, Sogong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-070

Telephone

+82 (0)2 317 0388

Transport

Ulchiro subway (exit 4)

Website

Westin Chosun Hotel Website (Compass Rose info)

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J. J. Mahoney's

Club, bar and food

Located inside the Grand Hyatt hotel, J.J. Mahoney's is an all-in-one entertainment centre that includes a bar, pub, discotheque, pool hall and restaurant. One of the best clubs in the city, it's convenient, but away from the rowdiness of Itaewon.



Address

747-7, Hannam 2-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 140-738

Telephone

+82 (0) 2 797 1234

Transport

Itaewon subway (exit 1)

Website

Seoul Grand Hyatt Website (J. J. Mahoney's info)

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Tribeca

Hip, trendy nightclub

One of the hippest club lounges in Seoul, Tribeca is where the young, beautiful and famous of Apgujeong hang out. The spacious and relaxed environment is great for enjoying live bands, local DJs and the themed parties at weekends.



Address

89-6, Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 135-955

Telephone

+82 (0) 2 3448 4555

Transport

Cheongdam subway (exit 8)

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Club Spy

Popular international dance club

Club Spy is a popular, western-style club with separate dance floor and lounge, divided by a glass wall. Head here for a mixed clientele and late-night dancing in the centre of the Itaewon district, popular for dining and nightlife.



Address

Itaewon 2-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 123-23

Telephone

+82 (0) 2 796 9993

Transport

Itaewon subway

Sejong Cultural Centre, Seoul. © Korea Tourism Organisation
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Sejong Center for Performing Arts

City's largest cultural centre

In the heart of the city, the Sejong Center for Performing Arts is the largest in Seoul. It offers everything from chamber orchestra concerts and rock bands to traditional Korean performances, and includes art galleries and a small chamber hall.



Address

81-3, Sejong-no, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-821

Telephone

+82 (0) 2 399 1114

Transport

Gwanghwamun subway (exit 1 or 8)

Website

Sejong Center Website

Chongdong Theatre, Seoul. © Korea Tourism Organisation
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Chongdong Theater

Traditional dance and music

Run by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Chongdong Theater in Jongno is a great place to see traditional Korean singing, instruments and plays. Performances are available nightly (except Monday) with opportunities to meet and photograph the performers afterwards.



Address

8-11, Jeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-120

Telephone

+82 (0) 2 751 1500

Transport

City Hall subway (exit 1)

Website

Chongdong Theater Website

Korea House, Seoul. © Korea Tourism Organisation
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Korea House

Traditional performance and dinner

Here is a chance to dine like royalty on meticulously prepared court food at Korea House, in the central Jung-gu district. After-dinner performances include drum, circle, fan and mask dances, all in an old-fashioned traditional house setting.



Address

80-2, Pildong 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-272

Telephone

+82 (0) 2 2266 9101 Ext 3

Transport

Chungmuro subway (exit 3)

Website

Korea House Website

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