The Best Nightclubs in Busan

Disco balls glitter invitingly in Busan's clubs
Disco balls glitter invitingly in Busan's clubs | © Bruno Girin / Flickr
Photo of Phoebe Taylor
19 June 2018

Busan’s reputation as a party city is well founded, given the presence of students from no fewer than eleven universities, visitors from all over the world, Korean weekend warrior culture and cheap soju and beer everywhere you turn. Thus, it’s no surprise that, from the city’s beaches to its downtown haunts, Busan’s nightlife scene is booming and vibrant. Here’s our pick of Busan’s best clubs to party the night away.

Output Busan

Nightclub, Korean, $$$
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Party lights and pumping music make for happy clubbers | Party lights and pumping music make for happy clubbers

Red neon lights and industrial-chic grunge predominate at this trendy hip-hop club. Output is skewed towards a young, counter-cultural crowd, and plays host to Busan’s best underground DJs. Expect electronic sounds, lots of bass, and a party that lasts until 5am. It’s in the heart of Seomyeon.

Billie Jean

Nightclub, Korean, British, North American, $$$
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A small bar and club with a Western atmosphere, Billie Jean is located at the foot of Haeundae’s Dalmaji Hill. It’s a little tucked away, but well worth seeking out for its not-too-crowded dance floor and music that ranges from upbeat jazz to funk to hip-hop. It’s been going strong since 2011, and features cocktail shows and sometimes karaoke.

REVEL

Nightclub, Korean, $$$
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In Korea, parties are a serious matter | In Korea, parties are a serious matter

A hip-hop club with a party atmosphere, REVEL is split into two areas, ‘Original’ and ‘All Kind’. The venue can house approximately 1,000 revellers, and has a cover charge of 10,000 won (£6.80/US$9). It’s in the lively Kyungsung University and Pukyong National University area, and is one of the city’s best-known clubs.

Club Babau

Nightclub, Korean, $$$
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Club Babau opened in December 2017, in the basement of Haeundae Paradise Hotel (replacing the previous resident Club Flux). It bills itself as a ‘modern club’, and claims to have the best sound system in Korea (the Void Incubus) — there’s certainly no difficulty in hearing this establishment’s pumping beats. The music is EDM and caters to a party crowd.

Club Kudeta

Nightclub, Korean, $$$
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Club Kudeta has plenty of space for dancing | Club Kudeta has plenty of space for dancing

Club Kudeta (formerly Club Tao) is a large, upmarket dance club in Haeundae that plays a diverse selection of electronic music, from hip-hop to house. It has a lively atmosphere and luxe décor, and is popular with foreigners as well as locals. Entrance costs 10,000 won for ladies and 20,000 for gents (£6.80/US$9 and £13.60/US$18).