Most clubs in Korea open at 10pm and close around 6am
There are two kinds of clubs in Korea.
The first kind is basically the same as American clubs and is appropriately called a CLUB. You walk in, maybe pay a cover charge of 10000 won up to 30000 won; people are dancing and drinking there. There might be a few tables.
The second kind, called a booking club or a Night Club, is a little different. In this kind, you have to get a seat at a table and buy some kind of overpriced beer/side dish combo. If you want, the club employees will grab girls and make them sit with you(Blind Date). Don't worry, the girls aren't prostitutes, as you'll soon find out when they make an excuse to leave after 2 minutes. These are almost disappearing though.
www.golmokgil.kr Information about the underground club scene in Seoul
Clubs by AreaEdit
- Soap Seoul
Soap Seoul opens every week from Friday to Saturday nights, and sometimes on Thursdays. The location used to be the legendary club Moon Night where the Korean hip hop was born in the 80~90s. The biggest underground club around in Seoul with a capacity of around 400ppl, it's known for being a bit more accessible than the other underground club by catering more happy vibe music styles. Opened only recently but is already becoming one of the top place to go for music lovers. Non-smoking club,
- Cakeshop Seoul
Cakeshop is open every week from Thursday to Sunday nights. It is designed in a playful warehouse style of exposed concrete, steel and dark red lighting. Cakeshop is an underground basement club through & through, but also features a very chill night terrace giving balance outside. The 200-capacity club is housed in one of the oldest buildings in the area, famous for its history as an illegal strip club in trendy Itaewon’s seedier days and is a true underground ‘club’ with a large dance-floor amidst a sea of lounges. The music ranges, but Future House, UK Bass, Garage, Disco, Hip Hop, RnB and other underground genres are usually on offer with the best domestic and international guest DJs.
For the lovers of the Berlin scene, playing amazing Deep/Tech House, Techno on Function One sound system every weekend. Price starting at 20.000won and sometimes 30.000 when they have a foreign Booking
This is the busiest dance club on the weekend in Itaewon, Thursday is Ladies night (Ladies drink for free, certain drinks only). Usually crowded after midnight. Has a pretty regular following of foreigners (caucasians and african americans), and also packed with Koreans eager to hit on those foreigners. Current cover charge is W10,000.
- Wit's End Itaewon
It's located right around the corner from the Rose and Crown pub, across from Radio Garden. Cozy and quiet bar if you want to have a few drinks without the drama of Itaewon. A great selection of bottled beer, wine, and scotch. Perfect place to take a date. Check it out!
- UN Club
Hip Hop club usually packed on the weekend with GIs, so it clears out around 2:30-3am. Mostly black people.
- Kings Club
Another hip hop club with actual black people in it. If you been practicing those step songs, here's your chance to cha-cha real smooth.
- Spy Club
Often full of second-rate models from South America and Brazil. But wait! That includes male models too. Yeah, sorry buddy, that white face isn't going to help you here. The young guy behind the bar is really cool and he'll do some good breakdancing if you ask him too and you are interested in seeing a grown man dance.
- Polly's Kettle
They serves this abhorrent blend of soju and fruit punch. Drink a bunch of it, dance, and puke into your hat on the cab ride home.
One of the first House music club in Korea, being around for more than 10 years, touted as a superclub (stretching that word rather far I would say) The most consistently popular House club at the moment. Is often very crowded. The music now is more EDM. You'll know you're in there when you see the crazy green laser.
- Club Catchlight
its a hip hop club. pretty big and spacious. has two levels. ran by korean americans and the club hardly ever gets crowded unless theres some kind of event. pretty cool. but musi is very reptitive.
Has a decent layout, plays OK hip-hop, there's always a few foreigners in here. The clientel seems quite young, however.
A big hip hop club. It's touted as one of the best hip-hop clubs in Seoul. Although the club tends to usher in people at numbers dangerously close to capacity, the good track list has the party going strong til the early morning hours. The track lists are updated to the minute with the latest popular hip-hop tracks as well as the unforgettable classics. Rumored to be owned by Korea's YG Family, it is often graced by well known celebrities and boy/girl band groups.
Girls need to be wary of men in this club, however. Groping, forceful grabbing, and even theft are common here due to the thick crowd.
A little hip hop club. Good place to go if you like hip hop but NB is too crazy for you.
The newest club in Hongdae- is a gaining a reputation for having the best new DJ's play. Amazing sound system and atmosphere. You can ener for free on Fridays and Saturdays if you send a Kakaotalk message to ohminah22 or an email to firstname.lastname@example.org Free drinks included as well !!
- Club mASS
Club mASS is Seoul's Premier Electronic Music Club featuring world renowned DJ's such as James Lavelle, DJ Sneak, DJ Disciple, and Kenny Dope. Open from 9pm to 6am MaSS caters for even the most ardent clubber. With the best sound system in Korea, and a venue set in the party district of Seoul, MaSS is the place to be seen!
Currently number 6 in the DJ mag top Clubs in the world, amazing sound system and interior design. Pumping EDM in the Main stage, and variation of hiphop, house, techno, funky music in the Lounge. Before 12:30 you can get free entrance just by telling you are Diamond Kahn's guest at entrance desk.
- Apt Club Seoul
Since 2017 new hip-hop based music club in Garosu-Gil. Good place to go if you like old hiphop, Trap, Grime and Drum&Bass party sometime. 2017 April Boiler Room was held at apt. 360 Sounds, Back & Forth (AOMG) also on the Event. Nines, Faze Miyake, Rob Smith and many international DJ & MC guys looking for this venue.
Also, there is a useful iphone app that you can download the off-line maps of these club areas. You can also check the information of cover charge, open hours, phone number, music style, and location/address of all the famous clubs all over Korea.
You can download the app on