The 10 Best Bars in Gangnam, Seoul

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3 March 2017

Gangnam is one of the poshest areas in Seoul. It’s no surprise that it’s also a hotspot for premier nightlife and fun. Here’s a guide to the best bars in Gangnam.

Goose Island Brewhouse

Bar, Bodega, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, American, Steakhouse, $$$
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If you are looking for an upscale brew in Seoul, be sure to head to Goose Island Brewhouse in Yeoksam-dong. While the prices are a little on the high end, the beer does not disappoint here. Guests have the choice between five types of drafts, 12 types of bottled beer, as well as options in cocktails and spirits. Moreover, there is a pretty decent food menu with anything from beer-battered calamari, chicken wings and salads.

Once in a Blue Moon

Bar, Nightclub, French, Mexican, Korean, Pub Grub, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, $$$
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Live jazz music does exist in Seoul – right here at Once in a Blue Moon. You might be even more surprised to learn that this type of venue is so popular in Seoul that the bar covers three entire floors, each with stages for local musicians to perform. Guests can enjoy the live music while having a mix of French, Mexican, and Korean snacks as well as wines, beers and cocktails of all kind.

Twelve Cheongdam

Bar, Korean, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, Fast Food, $$$
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Kwon Byeong-su, owner of Twelve Cheongdam, wanted to create a bar with a homey feel that, at the same time, serves classy and simple drinks. We sure are happy with the result. Twelve Cheongdam is a beautiful establishment that serves the usual drinks and food with a refined twist.


Bar, Contemporary, $$$

SAHM is a place where you can still find surprises. The crafty bartenders come up with new creations on the spot if you ask them for something different. Moreover, the vast collection of spirits and liquors is unlike any other in town. While SAHM is a small location, it’s a must-visit when looking for a good time in Gangnam.

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Bar, Contemporary, $$$

Being the first tandoori bar in South Korea, Fundoori makes for the perfect location for great food and drinks with friends. This is exactly what makes this location a winner among all other bars in the area: great Indian food paired with craft beers. On top of that, the ambience is magical!

Le Chamber

Bar, Korean, Vegan, Vegetarian, Asian, Wine, Beer
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This location is among Gangnam’s most sophisticated addresses. Whether you are a night owl or prefer to relax in the evenings, Le Chamber has something for everyone. The posh ambiance makes everyone feel special. The owners Eom Do-hwan and Lim Jae-jin have won several awards in bartending and give their heart and soul to offer their guests a splendid time out – night after night.

Mikkeller Bar Seoul

Bar, Korean, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, $$$
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Located in one of Gangnam’s hippest areas, Garosugil, Mikkeller Bar Seoul is a location for those looking for something special. Offering fusion brews and food, Mikkeller Bar Seoul likes to experiment with international flavors. Come here week after week, and you will always find a new item on the menu.


Bar, Contemporary, $$$

Alice is a lounge bar with cozy sofas and hip architecture. The menu offers classic as well as experimental drinks and cocktails. The food at Alice is also worth mentioning. All in all, Alice is a posh location for those looking for an extravagant evening with friends.