Sky Lounge (InterContinental Seoul COEX, 524 Bongeunsa-ro, Samseong 1(il)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul) – this trendy bar & restaurant, located on the 30th floor of InterContinental Seoul COEX, serves modern Italian cuisine and cocktails in an aviation-inspired setting. The lounge has a minimal décor, white furnishing, and windows overlooking the Han River and downtown Seoul. Patrons can enjoy imported wines and whiskies with Italian and pan-Asian dishes. The ambience here is rather subdued, with unobtrusive music and efficient service, making it a good place for quiet gatherings and romantic dinners.
Shiva Pub (42-24 Yonsei-ro, Changcheon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul) – Shiva Pub is a unique, hipster bar and pub that serves cocktails, beers, and even does hookah pipe! The bar’s interior is fully decked outf with bohemian and religious icons, legendary musicians and people of all races from different parts of the world. A laid-back and chill environment for you to enjoy with your friends!
Pistil (130-5 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul) — Pistil is a lounge and bar well-known for its superb DJ lineups. Though Pistil is at its busiest on the weekend, the club offers free entry on their so-called “Thursday Magazine” nights, catered towards partier who aren’t afraid of getting Friday morning hangovers. People who usually party at “Cakeshop” will often be found at Pistil as well.
Pierre’s Bar (Lotte Hotel Seoul, 81 Namdaemun-ro, Sogong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul) – located on the 35th floor of Lotte Hotel Seoul, Pierre’s Bar serves around 28 types of vodkas, signature cocktails, and premium champagnes. This bar’s atmosphere get livelier during the evening, when resident DJs show up to spin electronic, hip-hop and house tunes. Catering to an affluent clientele, the service here is graceful and poised with cocktails priced between 18,000 and 30,000 won.
Octagon Club (645 Nonhyeon-ro, Nonhyeon-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul) – open from Thursday to Saturday nights, this is one of the larger electronic dance music venues in Seoul (which can accommodate up to 3,000 people). Octagon has a regular roster of both local and international dance music DJs (like Dada Life, Paul Van Dyk, Fedde Le Grand, and Dash Berlin), and has been highly rated in publications like “DJ Mag”. .
M2 (20-5 Jandari-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul) – M2 is another popular nightspot in Hongdae (northern part of Seoul). It boasts state-of-the-art light, sound and facilities with grand scale bar & dance floor. M2 attracts a steady local crowd of electronic music fans, which means a full dance floor on the weekends (not so much during the week nights). Drinks here are priced between 6,000 and 10,000 Won, making it one of the most affordable clubs in Seoul.
Helicon (Garden Level, Grand Hyatt Seoul, 322 Sowol-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul) – this is one of Seoul’s well-geared karaoke bars. Along with the bar, there’s a lounge, and 6 private rooms. The song bar occupies the garden level of Grand Hyatt Seoul. Each room has state-of-the-art audio, video and lighting equipment, cordless microphones, and a TV monitor.
Patrons can choose from over 15,000 songs in English, Korean, Japanese and Chinese. For those with parched throats from all that singing, Helicon Bar serves premium whiskies, champagnes and hard liquor, together with gourmet Korean and Western snacks.
Griffin Bar (JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul, 279 Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno 5(o).6(yuk)ga-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul) – this bar, located within one of the more prominent hotels in Seoul, is ideal for a more mature crowd who enjoys signature cocktails and fine wines. Located on the JW Marriott’s 11th floor, the bar has a rooftop terrace overlooking Heunginjimun (Great East) Gate, a 600 year-old heritage site built during the Joseon Dynasty. A favorite among affluent travelers, local socialites and celebrities, Griffin Bar is a nice place to mix and mingle while enjoying classical piano performances.
Glam Lounge (26 Itaewon-ro 27ga-gil, Itaewon 1(il)-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul) — Glam Lounge is Seoul’s hottest place for fashion industry leaders and celebrities from around the world, with a luxurious interior, premium drink menu and Asian inspired tapas.
The interior of Glam Lounge combines various design elements such as exotic, oversized arched windows, a large bullet-shaped bar made completely of black marble and 19th century French antique lighting combining a glamorous classical style with modern design concepts. Glam Lounge also has a more intimate area known as “Terrace Baron” which is the perfect space for a large group gathering, brand launching or corporate event.
Club Steeve (200 Nonhyeon-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul) – opened in 2015, Club Steeve is another Gangnam area nightspot that’s part of the city’s EDM scene. Boasting a luxurious atmosphere, this club offers a unique experience for party revelers in Gangnam. Club Steeve plays both EDM and hip-hop music to appeal to a larger crowd. There’s also bottle service for larger groups of partygoers.