Must-see nightlife in Seoul

  • Barcode

    Run by friendly English-speaking Kim Hyoung-Jin, this stylish one-shot bar is on the 2nd floor – look for the English sign as you come out of the subway.

  • Blacklist

    You'll find a friendly welcome and a well-mixed selection of house and top-shelf cocktails in this intimate 3rd-floor bar run by Americans.

  • Always Homme

    The most welcoming gay bar on the strip, this place has flirty-friendly staff, low-playing music and a cosy open-air lounge set-up.

  • Queen

    The undisputed queen of Homo Hill, this eternally popular gay bar is still the place to party in Itaewon.

  • Booth

    The original Booth brewpub (there are now eight in Seoul) looks the part with its pop-art murals and warehouse-chic interior, but beer aficionados have…

  • Booth

    A popular brew pub with its roots in Noksapyeong's Craft Beer Valley, this Gangnam branch has several of its beers on tap, including its signature Bill's…

  • Blue 55

    A two-storey house (with roof terrace) converted into a bar, Blue 55 is slightly away from the action, making it a more easy-going spot for a hop-based…

  • Top Cloud

    Pricey drinks, including a good selection of wine, come with knockout views from the enormous windows at this restaurant and bar perched 33 floors above…

  • Prost

    On the ground floor of District – a warehouse-style complex of upscale venues behind the Hamilton Hotel – Prost has a club-meets-pub vibe, meaning you get…

  • Hidden Track

    This basement microbrewery pub serves its own, mostly German-style beers on tap, as well as pizza and snacks. If you make it out here, the surrounding…

  • Mulnamoo Dabang

    Sip tea, hand-dripped coffee, whiskey or beer in this minimalist, retro-styled cafe that’s part of a 1930s building that includes a gallery and analogue…

  • M2

    Deep underground is M2, the largest and first of Hongdae's EDM clubs. It may have lost some of its cool cred but it's still popular for its grand space …

  • Castle Praha

    Offering one of the most extraordinary facades in Seoul, this medieval fantasy pub has an equally bizarre dungeon-cellar interior. It serves up several…

  • Chloris Tea Garden

    Drunken revels may be in full flight around it, but gentility reigns at this teashop offering an impressive range of black and flavoured brews, dainty…

  • Oktoberfest

    It’s much quieter than Oktoberfest at this long-running microbrewery, but the quality is good, serving up four freshly produced brews. It's in a large,…

  • Beautiful Tea Museum

    As well as Korean teas you can sip teas from around the world in the pleasant covered courtyard of this modern hanok. Loose-leaf teas and tea-making sets…

  • Slow Garden

    Chandeliers and recycled wood make up the shack-chic decor of this greenhouse-like cafe-restaurant that serves pizza, pasta, risotto and brunch dishes…

  • Shortbus

    This wine-and-cocktail, one-shot bar is appealing and spacious, and the English-speaking bartenders mix a mean mojito. The homely atmosphere and diva…

  • Coffee Libre

    A tiny branch of this speciality coffee roaster with a somewhat bizarre location within the Myeong-dong Cathedral complex, but it makes for a good pit…

  • Made in Pongdang

    An all-Korean affair, Pongdang brews a changing roster of craft beers from pale ales and blondes to more esoteric concoctions like their Seouliner Weisse,…