Venues

Need to find a venue? Or curious what a venue is like? We are putting together a listing of places to help you get around and find what you need. If we are missing something or our information is out of date, please drop us an email and let us know. (This is a work in progress, so please be patient).

500 (aka Obeg or Obec) – Funky basement bar that is big enough you don’t feel claustrophobic, with a South-Asian flair to its design. Oh, and you have to take your shoes off here. Located beside the Design Museum.  Map here (scroll down, Korean only).

Badabie – A small, basement club, with audiences seated dutifully on benches in front of the stage. A little hard to find. Badabie is located on the Shinchon side of the bridge that separates Hongdae from Shinchon, on the west side of the road. Map.

Bbang – Small basement club, across the street from the Coffee Prince coffee shop (close to the Sanullim Theater). Another club with shows five nights a week, but benches and seated audiences.

Club Evans – Popular jazz bar, located above the 7-11 in the heart of Hongdae. Maybe a little too popular, as it is often quite hard to find a seat. Map.

Club FB – Small, out-of-the-way club on a small alley close to the jazz bar Moonglow. A Korean-language map on the club’s homepage.

Club Spot – Loud club specializing in punk and hardcore music. Located by the park in Hongdae.

DGBD – Larger club, with a proper stage. Located close to the Sangsang Madang building. Map.

Dotolim – A small officetel that sometimes has music and art events.

FF – One of the more popular locations in Hongdae, especially with the foreigner scene.

Freebird – One of the oldest live clubs in Hongdae. Located on a hard-to-find side alley behind the Hongdae Nolita Park.

Kuchu Camp – Aka “Kongjoong Camp”, this is a basement bar that occasionally has live music — although when it does have live music, it is often quite good. Located just down the street from Bowie, on the road with all the galbi restaurants. Korean-language Map.

Lydian Music – Another live spot located by the Sanullim Theater, across the street from Bowie, on the southeast corner.

Mapo Art Center – Sometimes has live events. Located behind Sogang University, about 200 meters from Daeheung Subway Station on line No. 6.

Monghwan – Very funky spot in Shinchon that often hosts special events. A small house with a small disco downstairs, a cool bar on the first floor and casual, on-the-floor seating on the second floor. Map.

Platoon Kunsthalle – Apgujeong

Rainbow – Laid back bar where all patrons sit on the floor. There’s never a cover charge and they occasionally have some cool bands playing on weekends. To get to Rainbow, go out Gangnam Station exit 6. Walk straight for about 250m and then turn left at the Giordano clothing store. Walk straight to the second crossroad and turn right at Dunkin’ Donuts. Rainbow is on the right hand side.

Rolling Hall – One of the larger live concert spaces in Hongdae.

Rolling Stone – One of the older music spaces in town, in Shinchon by the Nonhyup building.

Sangsang Madang – The biggest building in Hongdae, a twisted grey thing that looks like where the Skeksis live. Houses a cafe, arthouse movie theater, live space, art space, a shop and more. Map.

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Shinchon Music Company –

Skyhigh – Located close to Sanullim theater, between Hongdae and Shinchon. Used to be called Wasp. Some Korean-language maps here.

Solar – Second-floor jazz bar located close to the Nolita Park. Used to be called Watercock

Soundholic – Recently moved to just in front of Hongik University main gate, behind the Nescafe coffee shop.

Ssamzie Space – On the second floor of the Ssamzie Building, located close to the Sanullim Theater. One of the more established venues in town, with occasionally some bigger-name acts. Two big concrete pillars in the middle of the concert space are a real pain in the butt, though.

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Vera –

Yogiga – C-08. Basement artspace and sometimes concert venue. Concrete and simple. Located close to Rolling Hall on the south side of Hongdae.

Outside of Seoul

Club Fabric (Busan)

Club Interplay (Busan)

Moo Monk (Busan)

Vinyl Underground (Busan)

Club Heavy (Daegu)

Club That (Daegu)

Guess (Daegu)

Organ (Daegu)

Urban (Daegu)

Geez (Daejeon)

Sky 2 (Daejeon)

Speakeasy (Gwangju)

Frog and Toad (Ilsan)

Ruby Salon (Incheon)

RIP
For venues that have passed away, but are not forgotten…

Bowie – Another small basement club across the street from the Sanullim Theater. Irregular shows, but not a bad place to hang out and listen to music. Map.

Mudaeryuk – Funky 2nd floor cafe/bar with occasional live shows, mostly on Thursdays. Alley Kat Pale Ale on tap. Located in Hongdae close to Sangsu Station; go out exit 1 and walk straight about 100 meters, toward the parking lot street.