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 If we are missing something or our information is out of date, please drop us an email and let us know.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).
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.
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.
Freebird 2 – In the old Obec location, down the street from FF. Funky interior.
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.
Mudaeruk – Funky cafe/restaurant/bar/live club/gallery. Located close to the old power plant, south of Sangsu Station. The live club in the basement recently got an upgrade and is featuring more music than ever. Plus classical music concerts one Sunday a month.
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.
Sapiens 7 –
Shinchon Music Company –
Soundholic – Recently moved to just in front of Hongik University main gate, behind the Nescafe coffee shop.
Strange Fruit – On the same street as Bbang, on the northern end of Hongdae. Lots of established groups play here (and a lot then drink here, until late into the night).
Yogiga – 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)
Vinyl Underground (Busan)
Club That (Daegu)
Sky 2 (Daejeon)
Frog and Toad (Ilsan)
For venues that have passed away, but are not forgotten…
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).
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.
Club Spot – Loud club specializing in punk and hardcore music. Located by the park in Hongdae.
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.