What are the best bars in Seoul? Here are our 6 trendy addresses for a drink in Seoul, in a stylish and chic place.
Best bars in Seoul: Glam Lounge, Itaewon
In the culturally diverse neighborhood of Itaewon, Glam Lounge emerges as one of the best bars in Seoul for partying. High meeting place for the Korean jet-set, Glam Lounge welcomes you in a glamorous atmosphere with blue, pink and purple walls. You can enjoy delicious cocktails around sophisticated sushi. After midnight, the place dims even more and jazz-lounge music surrounds the crowd.
> Address: 116-1 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
White Bar, Gangnam-gu
The White Bar is where you’ll find the largest selection of gin in Seoul: nearly 70 varieties in total. Whether you are a pure gin, gin-based cocktails or shots: if you are a fan of this spirit, you will certainly find what you are looking for. But rest assured, the White Bar will be delighted to offer you other varied cocktails, from the classics to the most modern. We love its all-white setting (hence its name) and design, with a few separate pieces to spend more intimate and private evenings.
> Address: South Korea, Seoul, Gangnam-gu, 93-14
Mikkeller Bar, Gangnam-gu
After Barcelona, New York, Copenhagen or Tokyo, Mikkeller Bar has taken up residence in Seoul. In the quiet lane of Garuso Street, Mikkeller Bar offers craft and diverse beers. The interior is pop and playful: blue floor, graphic counter, walls with typical Mikkeller-style designs… The perfect place to relax and have a drink in a designer and modern setting. A breath of fresh air in the heart of an agitated Seoul.
> Address: 33 Dosan-daero 17-gil, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Cappuccino Rooftop Bar, Gangnam-gu
The Cappuccino Hotel in Seoul has one of the most modern and trendy bars on its top floor. The Hotel Cappuccino’s rooftop bar is the meeting place for locals to relax after a long day of work. Located on the 17th floor, the bar welcomes you in a chic and designer setting, with soft lighting and a cozy atmosphere. Cozy and comfortable red sofas, long tables and industrial metal bar chairs await you for a drink in a lounge atmosphere, while enjoying a 360° view of the Gangnam-gu district and its skyscrapers. -illuminated skies.
What makes this bar special is undoubtedly its “Gintoneria”, its premium Gin menu which allows you to taste great wines or simply to make your own cocktail according to the different Gins on offer, by adding a soft, a syrup, as well as the ingredients from the garden that will personalize your drink (thyme, strawberries, cloves, etc.). Hands down one of the best bars in Seoul to get an incredible view of the city.
> Address: South Korea, Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Bongeunsa-ro, 155
The Chamber, Gangnam-gu
Also in Gangnam-gu, Seoul’s trendy district, Le Chamber is one of the best bars in Seoul. This bar, similar to a speakeasy in the 20s and 30s, welcomes you in a cozy setting with subdued lighting. Entrance is through a library. You have to choose the right book, lift it, so that the door opens. Exactly like in the movies, you will understand. Behind the desk ? A mixology champion, Park Sung-min, who will prepare the best cocktails for you, such as the succulent “Dark and Stormy” or “Moscow Mule”.
If you are more Whiskey or Scotch, Le Chamber has an incredible collection of the finest spirits. All you have to do is settle into one of the leather armchairs to fully enjoy it. Ideal for a successful trip to South Korea.
> Address: 42 Dosan-daero 55-gil, Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Floating Bar, Jung-gu
Located at 21e and the top floor of the L7 Myeongdong Hotel in Jung-gu, Floating Bar is one of the trendiest bars in Seoul right now. Divided into two parts: an indoor and an outdoor space, it happens to be one of the largest rooftops in South Korea. Smooth marble, designer lamps and colorful armchairs make the Floating Bar a comfortable and welcoming place. The bar also offers panoramic views of Namsan N Tower, Myeongdong Cathedral and Cheonggyecheon.
> Address: 137 Toegye-ro, Chungmuro 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
RESTAURANTS WHERE TO EAT IN SEOUL
Going out to eat fried chicken and drink beer or soju is one of the favorite activities of Koreans, really, for them it is a great plan. There are many places that specialize in this delicacy, but Kyochon Chicken is one of the most popular franchises and there are many who think that the best fried chicken in Seoul is eaten here : crispy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside. They have several types: red (spicy), soy and garlic, honey… the portions are very large so it is best to order half of each type.
If you want to live the experience of having lunch or dinner in a typical “Korean bbq” we recommend you come here: it is a restaurant specialized in bbq and pork (they only have neck and bacon). You cook it yourself on a round grill that is on the table. The portions are 150gr and cost 14,000 KRW (about €10).
If you prefer beef, write down the name ” Doma “, a restaurant in the Hongdae area specializing in beef barbecue . I did not go (I had to return early due to the Coronavirus), but I had it written down well since it has very good opinions. If you try it, tell us how it was!
There are several “Egg Drop” places scattered around the city and I found it an excellent option if you want to have a big breakfast or something quick to eat. As the name suggests, here the king is the egg and they serve it with various ingredients, always inside a white bread sandwich . The truth is that it is very tasty and it is cheap! I tried the one with avocado and tomato and the one with bacon with scrambled eggs and cheese (both delicious!). Price: approx €3-4.
One of the most typical Korean dishes is bibimbap , which consists of a bowl of white rice accompanied by ingredients such as carrots, spinach, mushrooms, zucchini, marinated meat, and a fried egg. One of the best bibimbap in Seoul is eaten at this restaurant. Price: 15,000 KRW (€11 approx).
I discovered this small and pretty restaurant walking around the streets and as it was close to my accommodation I returned the next day. As you can guess it specializes in pasta (they also do pizzas) . I tried a carbonara that turned out to be a carbonata hehe as it had a lot of sauce. Maybe they’ll take away my Italian passport but hey, I thought it was delicious and after so many days of soups and rice-based dishes, it tasted wonderful.
If you are tired of Korean food, another great option is to eat a Hawaiian poke in this tiny place, located at the end of an alley. You can choose your ingredients or opt for one of the pokes created by the owner, who by the way speaks great English. The portions are large, the ingredients are quality, and the packaging is eco-friendly.
The Halal Guys
Another alternative for those looking for a more “western” meal, although in this case we are traveling to the Middle East (or rather New York ). When I found out that there were Halal Guys in Seoul I couldn’t resist the temptation and I went there for lunch one day XD The portions are smaller than the American ones (why isn’t that strange?) but everything was super tasty, as if he had just eaten it on the streets of the big apple. I went to the Hongdae location (there are three in total), and ordered a coke (free refil), a portion of falafel, and a bowl of rice with mixed meat. Price: €11 to change.
Innisfree Green Cafe
Innisfree? But isn’t that a Korean cosmetics brand ? Yes, but in the largest store in Myeongdong, on the top floor, is this charming cafeteria , where you can try one of the most cutting-edge desserts of the moment: fluffy pancakes . They are masterfully prepared and are worth as much as breakfast, brunch or snack, so you have no excuse. Be careful because the portion is huge. Price: 10,000 KRW (about €7).