Seoul At Night: 8 Most Popular Clubs in Seoul to Dance the Night Away!

Seoul At Night: 8 Most Popular Clubs in Seoul to Dance the Night Away!

There's no party like a party in Seoul!

The capital of South Korea, Seoul is a vibrant and dynamic city that never seems to sleep. That is especially true about the colourful Seoul nightlife. With so many famous party districts like Gangnam, Hongdae, and Itaewon, those looking for a fun night out in Seoul are often spoilt for choice!

If you’re looking to paint the town red in Seoul, we’ve got you covered! Here’s a list of the eight best clubs in Seoul to party at so you can fully experience the excitement of Seoul once the sun sets and the neon lights come on! 

Also read: 15 Spots to Check Out in Yeonnam-dong — Seoul’s Hip Yuppie Neighbourhood

Before you head out for the night

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Before you go out partying, there are a few things you need to take note of. Before choosing a club to party at, you should know that it’s a common rule that ALL foregin visitors need to show their passports to be allowed entry. This is for age verification purposes mostly. That being said, you may also come across clubs that are exclusive for locals. Don’t worry though, most clubs are open to foreigners. 

On the flip side, you’ll be happy to know that most clubs in Seoul open till early morning. You could literally party till the sun comes up! If you can’t be bothered to properly plan your night out, just join a pub crawl. Some hostels actually organise these events, so feel free to join in. The more the merrier, right? 

Finally, if you’re having trouble finding any particular place in Seoul, consider switching to NAVER or Kakao Maps. By and large, these work better than Google Maps in Korea. 

1. Octagon

Octagon

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For clubbing enthusiasts, Octagon needs no grand introduction. After all, it is widely regarded as one of the very best party spots in Seoul and was even ranked as the world’s 5th best club in 2017! Located in Gangnam, Octagon often closes only at six in the morning with a sizable crowd still partying away inside. 

Inside, you’ll find three separate bars spread across two storeys, private VIP bunkers, and even a swimming pool in the middle! Ask any local and they’ll tell you that a night out at Octagon is an essential clubbing experience no one should miss! 

However, because Octagon is such a popular club, you should expect the queues here to get ridiculously long, especially during the weekends! But once you get in and hear the sick beats being laid down by the DJ, you’ll know why it’s worth it!  

Address: 645 Nonhyeon-ro, Nonhyeon-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Operating hours: Opens at 12am (Thursdays to Sundays)

2. Club Avenue 535

Club Avenue is another one of the popular clubs in Seoul that stay open until the early morning. As one of the newer additions to Gangnam’s nightlife scene, Club Avenue 535 (formerly known as Club Answer) brings with it an exciting mish-mash of energetic EDM parties and chic ambience. The interior comes with marble floors and elegant chandeliers mixed in with laser lights across the dance floors.

Club Avenue 535 is famous for attracting famous DJs to put on live electronic events that will get your adrenaline pumping. It is also a hotspot for corporate events and fashion parties. Apparently, K-pop idols and local celebrities frequent the establishment too! What’s more, Club Avenue 535 also has a pleasant reputation for being one of the most welcoming clubs in Seoul for foreigners. 

Address: 213 Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Operating hours: Opens at 9pm (Fridays to Sundays) 

3. Club Vurt 

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Located in Mapo-gu, Club Vurt is the perfect choice for those who prefer a more subdued and nuanced party atmosphere. While the club remains open until the early morning hours like most other clubs in Seoul, it provides a more relaxed experience, punctuated by its trendy underground techno music themes. 

Even though Club Vurt is a little off the beaten track, it still attracts world-class DJs to perform on a regular basis. Add to that the ambient lighting and chill atmosphere, and you have the perfect place to let loose while dancing to funky techno. It may not be as flashy as other Gangnam clubs, but it’s certainly an experience some partygoers can definitely appreciate and enjoy. 

Address: Dongmak-ro, Hapjeong-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Operating hours: Opens at 11pm (Fridays and Saturdays); 9pm on Tuesdays (until 1am)  

4. Club Cream

If you’re a fan of hip-hop, then Club Cream is one of the clubs in Seoul that you NEED to add to your party list. It is located in the bustling district of Hongdae and, unlike most clubs that only open on weekends, Club Creams is open throughout the entire week! It prides itself at being the area’s top hip-hop party spot and is most popular for it’s open mic night. 

During that time, any aspiring rapper is given the opportunity to perform on stage. There have even been times when established artists like Beenzino drop it for a surprise performance!  What’s more, entry to Club Cream is completely free! However, because of that, you should expect long lines most nights of the week. 

Address: 407-26 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Operating hours: Opens at 10pm (Daily)

5. Noise Basement 2 (NB2)

NB2 in Seoul

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Sticking with Hongdae, another popular nightclub you’ll want to add to your list of party hotspots in Seoul is Noise Basement 2 (or simply NB2). The one thing that immediately stands out about NB2 is the ownership: It’s owned by YG Entertainment! So when you enter, you can expect to party the night away with a mix of Korean hip-hop and K-Pop remixes! 

NB2 is one of the flashier nightclubs on this list and one of the most crowded, especially on weekends. It opens every day until six in the morning and the lines never seem to get shorter. So be patient if you want entry into one of the top clubs in Seoul! 

Address: 72 Wausan-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul 04067, South Korea

Operating hours: Opens at 9pm (Daily)

6. Cakeshop

Cakeshop Seoul

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Cakeshop is one of the top clubs in Seoul for a sweet (pun intended) party. Located in the trendy district of Itaewon, this modest-sized club gives off a grungy, ghetto vibe, punctuated by flashy neon signs and colourful graffiti on the walls. While it doesn’t style itself as any specific genre of club, Cakeshop mostly plays R&B and hip hop music. 

This cosy establishment is usually more popular with young party goers and despite its size, was actually voted the best club in Seoul in 2018! While you may need to spend some time waiting in line due to the low max occupancy limit, trust us when we say it’s totally worth it! 

Address: 34-16 Itaewon-dong, Yongsang-Gu, Seoul, Korea, B1 Seoul, South Korea 842-140

Operating hours: Opens at 10pm (Thursdays to Saturdays)

7. Soap Seoul

Soap Seoul

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Even if you’re not a regular party-goer, I’m pretty sure you’ve at least heard of this club. Soap Seoul is actually one of the most unique and popular clubs in the area. You can easily recognise it by its iconic logo: blue neon lights shaped into a bar of soap! And yes, just like the logo, the interior is also shaped (sort of) like a soap bar, with curves instead of corners on the dance floor. 

Soap Seoul is more of a music club than just a regular dance club. It is known for inviting the best international DJs to perform at their establishment and also hosts musical showcases. In short, it is a stalwart of Seoul’s underground music scene. So you might just be able to enjoy music by the next big star while you’re there! What’s more, the staff at this well-liked club are known to be extremely friendly, even to foreigners! 

Address: 132-3 Itaewon-dong Yongsan-gu Seoul KR 04346, 132-3 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Operating hours: Opening times may differ based on upcoming events

Also read: Top 10 Cafés in Seoul for The Best Pastries & Baked Treats

8. Boombar

Boombar in Seoul

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Boombar is another one of those clubs in Seoul that is more suited for classy partygoers. The interior features elegant chandeliers and velvet couches, giving off a chic, sexy vibe even as the DJs play heart-pumping hip hop and R&B sets in the background. 

As much as Boombar is a great place to party like there’s no tomorrow, the clean atmosphere also makes it a good place to simply chill with friends over a couple of drinks and cocktails. 

Address: 737-37 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Operating hours: Opens at 10pm (Thursdays to Saturdays) 

Dance the night away

And there you have it: Eight of the best clubs in Seoul to fully experience the vibrant Seoul nightlife! Of course, thanks to the vibrant nightlife scene in Seoul, we’re sure there are even more hidden hotspots that we’ve missed. Regardless of which club you choose to party at, make sure to stay safe and to drink responsibly! 

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