Soap Seoul is among the few underground clubs in town that is not into EDM. The eclectic beats of the DJ ranges anything from future bass to hip hop and anime music or as per the fancy of the DJ. But you can be sure of good beats that will make you want to dance away the night.
Opened in 2012, Magpie Brewing Co. is among the pioneer craft breweries in the country. Their flagship brew-pub in Itaewon is a must visit for those who love craft beers. Founded by beer enthusiasts, their creative beers are one of the best that you will find, making you realize their vital role in South Korea's craft beer evolution. Head to their bunker-style basement which is lit by lamps for some of their tap beers and pizzas. Or the Brew Shop which is more snug and offers beer tastings and sometimes brewing classes. This laid back spot besides serving their core beers also has seasonal ones. The Brew Shop hours differs from the basement. Its open daily from 3p to 11p. Live music and beer workshops are held regularly as well.
Opened in 2011, Maloney’s Pub & Grill is one of the best places in town to down draft beer and dig into fabulous burgers. Tipple on from any 12 beers on tap or from their extensive bottled beer list during happy hours or otherwise. Nosh on their famous burgers, sandwiches and their daily specials. Drop in for your late night hunger pangs or unwind over a few drinks, you will feel comfortable at this amiable watering hole.
If you are a true fan of EDM, then Vurt might intrigue you. Opened in 2014, its unlike the swanky or flashy clubs you will find in town. Dimly lit, this underground club's minimalist design is kept in mind for clubbers to groove to the enthralling techno beats. Listen to the beats of talented techno artists who will take underground music to the next level.
The brainchild of three American expats from Texas, Southside Parlor opened its doors in 2013 and is one of the best places in town for superb cocktails. Tucked away on the fourth floor of a building, this friendly spot though unmarked is a welcoming abode once inside. Antique leather sofas and cartoon posters set the tone of this bar. Board games, arcade games, live music and hookah are for added entertainment. Tipple on artisan cocktails that keeps on rotating. What sets them apart is that they make their own syrups, juices, tonic water and sodas. Even their food menu is innovative and tasty. Check out the vista from their terrace if weather permits.
Tucked away in a basement, Robin's Square is nothing what its trivial looking facade is. Dimly lit with cozy booths, the nattily dressed bartenders and impressive array of craft alcohol adorning its shelves are something you might not have expected. It is one of those places where drinks and conversations are encouraged. Fabulously crafted concoctions will impress cocktail aficionados. These include drinks like the Porma Dolce, Grapefruit Mojito, Honey Hemingway, Strawberry Mojito and Old Fashioned. Nibble on smoked meats and cheese to accompany your beverages.
One of the best vinyl bars in town, Golmok, Vinyl&Pub is also among the first of its kind in the nation when it opened its doors in 2013. Tucked away near a CU convenient store, it is set on the second floor of a building in an alley. Cramped with more than 12000 vinyl records, their DJs play a variety of music that will make you want to groove. Tipple on drinks and enjoy the tunes. They also host live gigs at times.
This pub is a paradise for beer lovers in Seoul. It has one of the largest varieties of draft beer in the country. You can down as many pints as you like. Guinness, Heineken, Red Rock, Beck's Dark, Hoegaarden, Miller and OB larger are the most favored drinks at the bar. The place has two large television screens, pool tables, dartboards and a private function room. Chef Gunther Kamp serves European Pub style food as well.
Venue/ has been around for sometime and is tucked away beneath a few stairs. If you love dance music, especially underground dance, then this is the place to be. From resident DJs to visiting ones, you can be sure of a fun-filled time at this small club. Groove to the beats till way into the morning with locals and foreigners alike at this veteran club.