The 11 Best LGBT Bars in Seoul

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Linda Dunsmore

South Korea’s bustling capital is not only a major hub for music, fashion, and entertainment. The local gay scene has been growing in recent years, and more and more LGBT establishments have popped up. Here are the eleven best LGBT bars in Seoul.

1. Owoo

Bar, Contemporary

Owoo is amongst the younger gay establishments in the city. The bar has a Nordic interior with many wood features. The place has become so popular that there is almost always a line outside. Once you’re in, you’ll have the choice between delicious drinks and food that are moderately priced. We recommend the Honey Butter Chip and delicious sweet crispy fried chicken.

2. Club Labris

Bar, Nightclub, Contemporary

The biggest lesbian club in South Korea, Club Labris only opens its doors Friday and Saturdays. The delicious cocktails are crafted with high-quality liquors and juices, and DJ Limzi heats up the dance floor with sick beats. Admission is only for ladies, which might not appeal to everyone but definitely creates a safe and comfortable environment for the female party animals.

3. MoU

Cocktail Bar, Contemporary, Pub Grub

MoU is a great example of innovative mixology in Korea. the club offers delicious cocktail favorites like martini and co., but also surprises with their own creations such as Last Words, Earl Grey Gin Tonic, or Basil Limoncello. Whether you are coming alone or with friends, you won’t get bored and will always make new friends when visiting MoU.

4. Paul Kitchen

Restaurant, Contemporary, Korean

Paul Kitchen is the place to go for women to pick up women. However, not only ladies but also gay men are welcome here. The pub features a large area to mix and mingle and enough space to fit about 80 people. Try out their signature drink, Q shot, and be sure to stop by on the third Friday of the month for movie night!

5. Hotel Pocha

Bar, Contemporary

This lovely soju bar does not only offer Korean alcohol, but also a variety of seafood dishes. On the weekends, Hotel Pocha can get crowded but it’s fun to meet new people and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere. Good music adds to the relaxed vibe and make this certainly one of the best gay bars in Seoul.

6. Why Not?

Bar, Pub Grub

Anyone who loves drag shows and crazy K-Pop should stop by Why Not. This small gay bar plays music ranging from techno and house to pop remixes. The drinks are delicious, and the bar food is also worth trying. The establishment also features a romantic patio where you can catch some fresh air.

7. Pink Hole

Bar, Nightclub, Contemporary

The glamorous interior of Pink Hole is a total eye-catcher when setting foot into the establishment for the first time. The large bar features a stage, powder room, and a VIP room. Pink Hole was one of the first gay bars in Seoul and the first to organize lesbian party events.

8. Looking Star

Nightclub, Gay Bar, Pub Grub

The founders of Looking Star took to Facebook and asked Seoul’s gay community what the ideal LGBT club should be like. The result was a club with an easygoing atmosphere, great music, and good food and drinks. Looking Star is one of the hottest places for gay men in Seoul.

9. Mong

Bar, Contemporary

Mong is one of those places that you can easily visit by yourself when all your friends are busy. The establishment is a hit with local and foreign lesbians and also welcomes gay men. The menu is homey with organic tea options and standard cocktails such as margaritas, mojitos, and more. In fact, the atmosphere at Mong is so relaxing that you can even spot people reading books.

10. The Nine

Bar, Contemporary

The Nine understands how to make their customers happy and offers delicious soju and beer with greasy snacks. Try out their deep fried chicken in hot chili sauce, and you will return weekend after weekend. Beer lovers also enjoy the extensive beer selection.

11. Le Queen

Gay Bar, Contemporary, Pub Grub

Le Queen is a hotspot for first-class drag shows. The program changes every month with two shows per evening. The first show is at 1AM and the second one starts at 3AM. Le Queen is a popular after-hour location due to its late-night shows and long opening hours.

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