when you wanna go clubbing in Seoul, head to Hongdae they say. it’ll be fun. I am 20 this year. and I still think Hongdae is a little too young for me. but I am known for having an old soul. it’s unless you go with a group of friends, or else you can mingle with the young crowd. they wear.. sneakers, pants, flat shoes TO THE CLUB. mm hmm. no joke. it’s rare to find hot guys too. girl’s are decent though.
in Hongdae, one of the most popular should be Cacoon. there, you’d find 3 or 4 levels of crazy clubbers dancing to themselves. and as you walk through the crowd the guys would put their hands up as if you’re pointing a gun at them just to prove that they are not molesting you. well, it’s pretty damn crowded that’s for sure. but the thing I don’t like as much there is probably because quite a number of people there.. their dance moves. it’s……. all the same. they are like robots. it looks more as if like they are trying to be cool but.. phailed. not saying this applies to all. but a portion is already funny to see.but the good thing about it is on Friday and Sat, free Tequila’s for all girls! and as foreigners, just show them your passport and get a 5,000won discount. normal price’s 20,000won. then, there’s NB (Noise Basement). it’s a Hip Hop club. not sure what it’s like but since Kate said she met some Big Bang member there you might wanna drop by. but what I heard from my schoolmates here is that you pay money to get squished inside. because it’s literally to crowded to even move. hmm.
but a few weeks ago, I went out with a Malaysian friend for the first time and we went on a spontaneous club hopping trip wth. haha.
he first brought me to the huge, and the best. Octagon in Gangnam. the entry fee is crazy. 30,000won. (but go in before 11 and it’s 10,000won. except it’s gonna be boring before 11.) and you gotta pay extra like more than double the price I think to get in VIP. I’m not sure because my friend knows the manager or something. so we got in free =3. but since you’re a foreigner, just get in and have fun for once. seriously. it’s really really huge. and pretty. it looks more like a vintage cage inside but not in a bad way. can’t take pictures but you can google for “octagon seoul” and a whole lot will pop out. there’s a swimpool inside too with Russian models swimming and dancing inside sometimes.
but what I like about Octagon is the mood inside and the crowd. you can see most people are actually enjoying inside. and also I heard that their music system is as good as it can get already. they play electromusic. but when I was there, there was some loner guy who was just dancing alone next to girls he don’t know. he didn’t touch or try to talk to them but just dancing NEAR them. alone. that was pretty creepy other than that it was fun. music was good. alcohol’s crazy expensive inside. 10,000won to 15,000won for ONE GLASS.
I haven’t told you the best part yet though..
THERE ARE PLENTY OF HOT GUYS AND GIRLS! I think it’s because it’s Gangnam (rich people’s area. Beverly Hills of Korea they said). the people there are literally hot. no joke. even though they have plastic surgery perhaps top to toe but they are still perfect eye candies.
a super scary picture of me haha. inside the lift in Octagon. yes there is a lift. it links the VIP area and the normal dance floor.
this lousy picture is one that I took secretly with my phone hahahah. but oh well, just to show you a littttttttttle.
after party. haha.
and be reminded that you cannot wear a suit, hiphop clothing, slippers, training suits or slippers to go in =3.
to get to Club Octagon, Seoul, take a taxi from Gangnam station to get to Newhilltop Hotel.
we then headed to Club Ellui @ Hotel Ellui, Gangnam. to get there, just take a taxi as well. haha.
it’s one of the most famous I guess. as it fits the younger and older generation all together while Octagon’s more of a high-class club. Ellui’s dance floor is SUPER wide. and the DJ’s deck elevates. it’s quite cool. on the left side (cannot see in pic pfft) it’s all brick walls and it’s kind of pretty. they have a white room (for you to chill basically. with less noisy songs) and a black room (quite gangster the people innit =X). crowd’s fine here. better than Cacoon but definitely not as good as Octagon. but most people I know here have never been to Octagon but instead they always come here. there must be a reason for it! maybe cheaper booze. hmm.
dropped by Club Holic but didn’t go in. there are a lot of girls you can take home here I heard. the poster outside looked insane to me. this. there was some FREE HUGS event going on inside. a little too intimate for me. anyway we then walked to the Club 88 just a few minutes away. Double Eight (Club 88), which is underground and quite small in my opinion. but you’d find the sluttiest girls here I guess. there were many girls “looking” for a companion when I was there. and they have hugeeeeeeeee boobs. HUGEEEEEEEE. the speciality of this club is that it shoots fire in the middle of the party. so you’d experience a “HOT” party. hehe. but I didn’t like this club so much cause some guy slapped my butt there pfft. both Club Holic and Club 88 is at Sinsa-dong. it’s walking distance from Sinsa subway station exit 1. directly outside there should be Club Phantom, walk 2minutes more and you should see Club 88 and another 3 minutes Club Holic. there are a lottttttt of clubs there really.
Club Holic is now Club Cubic and Club 88 is now a booking club for old people apparently D=.
there’s another band on my other hand. =P. rhymes!
that night was also my first time at Apgujeong. this is the Redeo Street.
I guess this shop can really symbolize Redeo Street because if you search for the street on the visit Korea webpage, you’ll see this and when I saw it last time I thought “wow, what a unique design! must go there one day!” haha.
we got out at like 5am zomg. it’s madness. I’ve never been to so many clubs in a night before. but my friend been to 11 in a night before as a challenge. he’s insane. haha. this Mandu (dumpling) shop opens 24 hours. pretty sure it’s to cater the clubbers hehe.
UPDATE : 1st January 2013
HELLO! I’m now here for almost a year and I’ve been to clubs a LITTLE bit more. just a little. and also to sum things up a bit since the post might be confusing if you do not read it all. I’ll just sum things up based on my own experience and my friend’s experience. so here goes! (not all clubs are included, only those that I’ve heard of. =))
super high end club. this club was my favourite and is still my favourite. it’s where the people with class go to. they do not dance like secondary kids and heck I love DJ KOO whom’s a regular there. they have an event like almost every time and DJ’s as famous as Skillrex have DJ-ed there before. if you want to see pretty girls/handsome guys. this is the place for you to go. I’d say, even if you don’t club, just go in and gawk at the people there. they are such eye candies you’d never regret every single dime you spend to get in it. they are also said to have one of the best sound system in Asia!
cover charge : 10,000won before 11; 30,000won after; 10,000won after 4am (check site. price might vary on big events.) includes 1 glass of drink.
cost of average drink : 10,000won
cost of average bottle : 300,000won
how to get there : get off at Hakdong Station 학동역 (line 7) exit 4, stick to the same side of the road and walk up the slope for 5 minutes. it will be on your right. OR get off at Yoksam Station 역삼역 (line 2) exit 6, same side of the road, walk straight for 15minutes. 5minutes by taxi. I’d suggest taxi if you’re in Gangnam. to avoid walking in heels, or in the cold. if you take the taxi, tell them to go to New Hilltop Hotel at Gangnam
genre : electronic (main), house, trance…. (I prefer their songs after 12)
operating hours : 10pm-6am.
rest days : Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
PS : free entry every Thursday.
most Koreans prefer Ellui. drinks are not as expensive and crowd’s not bad. people here are much more approachable. the DJ deck elevates. wide dancefloor. there are a lot of eye candies here too ^^. people here dance well as well, musics not bad. it is a little less classy if you would compare it with the super high end Octagon but most people feel more comfortable here.
cover charge : 15,000won weekdays, 30,000won weekends. 1 drink included. world DJ playing? 30,000~60,000won.
how to get there : get off Chungdam Station 청담역 (line 7) exit 13. walk straight from there, cross the road and you’ll be there at about 11minutes. if not, you can tell the taxi driver to get to Ellui Hotel, remember, it’s pronounced as ell-lu-ii. ^^.
I’ve never been here. been told that it is beautiful but nothing much to do. most movies involving a club scene are shot here. heard that this is a place artists frequents. it has a huge dance floor. and from pictures, it seems like there are quite a fair amount of hot girls and foreigners.
cover charge : 20,000won (Wed, Thurs, Sun), 30,000won (Fri, Sat)
how to get there : get off at Gangnam Station (line 2) exit 7. go towards Hannam Bridge and you will reach in 16minutes. by car, 8minutes. by foot, at a crossroad (교보생명 사거리), turn right and walk for 20m.
operating hours : 9pm-4am
some more infos : to get to VIP, you can open bottles (free cover charge, of course!). 1 bottle for 4 people (400,000won), 2 bottles for 6 people 530,000won, 2 bottles for 6 people at the 2nd floor for 650,000won, a private room at the 2nd floor won’t cost more than 1,200,000won.
4. Club 88 (Double Eight)
probably the place with the sluttiest girls I’ve ever seen. very wild. they have the “whistle” guys to go along with their horrible (to me) electronic music. shoots fire in the middle, and that’s pretty cool =P. small place though. I don’t really like this place because I hate the music.
cover charge : 20,000won weekdays and 30,000won weekends. free drinks on Fridays, Saturdays and Holidays WHOLE NIGHT!
how to get there : Sinsa Station (line 3) exit 1. right outside you can say. just walk a BIT more. it is underground.
operating hours : 10pm-10am
rest days : Monday
genre : electronic
5. Club Holic
just 5minutes walk away from Club 88 (if you’re from Sinsa Station exit 1, just keep walking straight), this club gives me that sort of naughty feeling. not too huge. it’s something like Zouk KL’s main room/Phuture. and a little bigger I. if you want to see some pole dancing, here’s your chance ;). a LOT of hot sexy girls. they wear literally SEXY clothing. I am talking about like super cropped tops and low cut.
cover charge : 20,000won on Thursdays (inclusive of 1 drink), 30,000won on Fridays and Saturdays (1 drink as well)
operating hours : 10pm-8am (thurs), 10pm-9am (fri, sat)
genre : electronic
another 3minutes walk but from the OTHER direction of Club 88. if you’re facing club 88, then walk to your right. it’s at the smooth corner of the shop lots =D. heard it’s pretty fun. not too big not too small.
cover charge : 20,000won
how to get there : Sinsa Station (line 3) exit 2
operating hours : 10pm-9am
genre : hiphop
a famous club in Seoul too. but my Malaysian friends whom I’ve brought to Octagon told me it’s nothing special. it’s located a few blocks away from Ellui. it is considered as a high end club with their posh interiors. many fancy this club as well. my Austrian classmate was a VIP here!
cover charge : 20,000won (sun, mon, tues, wed, thurs) 30,000won (fri, sat)
how to get there : Chungdam Station 청담역 (line 7) exit 13. walk striaght turn to your left and you will see it opposite the road.
operating hours : 9pm-6am
genre : electronica
8. Club NB (Noise Basement) & Harlem
owned by YG Entertainment, you can expect to bump into your favourite YGE artists in this club. my friend danced with Seungri in NB2 Hongdae so you know what to expect ;D. the best hip hop clubs around. crowd is fine and it is not as packed as the one in Hongdae. NB and Harlem are actually 2 different clubs but under the same company and is located very nearby =).
cover charge : mon~wed before 11pm, free entry for girls, 10,000won for guys. thurs and suns 15,000won, fri and sat 20,000won.
how to get there : Gangnam Station (line 2) exit10. heading towards Kyobo Tower, 500M. turn left on the 3rd junction left. OR get off Sinnonhyun Station 신논현역 (line 9) exit 6, walk straight and turn right on the 2nd right junction.
operating hours : 9pm-630am
1. Bar Fly
most likely the most famous club in Sinchon. free entrance, cheap drinks. what do you want more? =P. quite dodgy though, the crowd. I remember my first time there when my guy friend went away for a while and I was sitting on the sofa with another girl and suddenly these 6-7 guys just came in a storm and started putting their arms around us and trying to talk to us. that was pretty scary. well, they looked gangster-ish so… a lot of foreigners since it’s in Sinchon =D.
cover charge : N/A
how to get there : Sinchon Station take the U-Plex exit and walk towards Yonsei University. turn left when you see McDonalds (NOT the McD at exit 3.) and you’ll see Barfly on your right.
2. Mike’s Cabin
another famous spot for Yonsei students. similar with Bar Fly but filled with darts, foosball and stuff. American Style, cozy. it’s more of a drinking place rather than a club. or should I say, it’s just a famous drinking place, not a club. hehe.
cover charge : N/A
how to get there : walk towards Yonsei University and turn left at the next junction after Mcdonalds. walk in straight all the way and you’ll see it on your left.
3. other clubs in Sinchon
there are quite a few others but really dodgy. they do not normally have a cover charge and drinks are cheap. if there’s a cover charge it would probably be 10,000won.
1. Club NB 2 & Harlem
just like the one in Hongdae, but I guess not as posh and much more packed. people here wears sneakers into the club. since it’s a hip hop club you shall not find that surprising. girls here are less appealing but the music’s great (for me) and crowds awesome. just that their dance is very “kpopish” and pretty funny for first timers. the club cater the younger crowd and you can laugh at their dance moves all night long. the first time I was there, I thought to myself “what’s with those hand gestures?!”. eye opener. people here are very approachable. drinks are cheap. 4 tequilas for 10,000won. if you’re a foreigner, you can even get a 5,000won discount!
cover charge : 10,000won inclusive of a drink (sun~thurs), 20,000won inclusive of a drink (fri and sat)
how to get there : walk towards Hongik University, turn right once you’re outside the University and keep walking.
operating hours : 9pm-630am
you can enter the club as long as you’re not wearing a suit or slippers ^^. yes, NO FORMAL SUITS AT NB!
the first club I’ve ever been to. quite a nice place. but really really really packed. it’s pretty average for me. it is a 4(?) storey club and the people there are rather young. like.. teenagers to early 20s. they dress like teenagers too. if you get what I mean? but it’s still alright. nothing too dodgy.
cover charge : free entrance before 12 (sun~thurs) and 10,000won inclusive of a drink after 12. 10,000won inclusive of a free drink (fri and sat) before 11 and 20,000won inclusive of a free drink after 11.
how to get there : walk along the Hongdae Street and you’ll come by Prince Edward Karaoke on your left and turn in that junction. Hongdae is very very hard to explain. just get out of exit 9 and start your adventure ^^. basically just walk into the street upon exit 9, walk straight until you see the main street of Hongdae (you will know it!) and turn right. keeeeeeeep walking straight and you’ll find the Hongik Main Road which leads to Hongik University on your left. but cross the road and continue walking along Hongdae and you’ll find Prince Edward Karaoke. confusing much? well, read again. haha.
3. other clubs in Hongdae
there are many new clubs around and I’ve never actually been into it. but most of them are either just 10,000won for entrance fees or free. smaller scale, filled with random people so you shall take your chance. there are a few others which are pretty famous but none of my friends have ever talked about it so I have no say. but recently there’s this club that has been advertising a lot on youtube. it’s called District. famous in Itaewon and they have a branch in Hongdae too. I’ve only been to Itaewon twice so I am not very familiar with clubs there. also because it’s filled with foreigners hence the more I wanna avoid from those places. but the clubs at Itaewon are really posh. have been OUTSIDE and have seen PICTURES! hehe.
THE DODGIEST DODGIEST place ever. but some girls just love going to Nights. why? well, let me tell you a little story. a Night is a place where girls get PULLED over to the guy’s table by a waiter. you drink with those guys. things might happen. but if you do not like it, you may always leave. good for girls because everything’s free. you may see a lot of guys in these thick red/black/blue/yellow jackets on with a walkie talkie pulling girls on the streets of Hongdae to their Night. there are Nights everywhere. but the pulling thingy usually happens in Hongdae. there are too in Sinchon but rather than a Night they try to drag you in to their Suljib (alcohol house??? lol) or Noraebang (Karaoke). so if you want a night not to be forgotten, you may try. I have yet to try this. no guts. =S.
PS: remember that the clubs are not open everyday. normally only on Thurs, FrC, Sat. I couldn’t find their info on when’s their off day for some clubs so better be safe ^^. if not, you can go into their website and check for their number and give them a call. I am sure they can answer you if it’s open for the night =D.
PSS: BRING YOUR PASSPORTS!!!! some of them give you a discount just because you’re a foreigner. even if you look old, they’d still check for your ID’s. my friends were over 30 and they were still checking. either that or sometimes they do not want people too old to be in their clubs. yes, it’s sad but oh well.. if you’re not over 35 I guess you should still be safe?
PSSS: there’s a place for you to put your stuff. they usually charge 3,000won for 1 bag. you may share it with your friends ^^. so no worries if you go in your puffy jackets or big bags.