The Best Nightclubs in Haeundae, Busan
Haeundae Beach at night | © gwons / Pixabay
Haeundae’s party scene is famous. Busan’s best-known beach district is full of late-night bars, fast-flowing soju and hip backpacker haunts. But where can you boogie the night away? Here’s our guide to the best nightclubs in Haeundae.
Nightclub, Korean, $$$
A large, upmarket dance club in Haeundae, Club Kudeta (formerly Club Tao) plays a diverse selection of electronic music, from hip-hop to house. With a lively atmosphere and luxe décor, it’s popular with foreigners as well as locals. Entrance is 10,000 won for ladies and 20,000 for gents (US$9 and US$18).
Nightclub, Korean, $$$
Club Babau opened in December 2017, in the basement of Haeundae Paradise Hotel (previously Club Flux). It’s one for serious party people, boasting the best sound system available in Korea — the Void Incubus — and a playlist made up of hard-hitting EDM, spun by DJs from all over the world. Expect pumping beats and energy that lasts well into the morning.
Nightclub, Korean, British, North American, $$$
Located at the foot of Haeundae’s Dalmaji Hill, Billie Jean is a small bar and club with a Western atmosphere. It’s well worth seeking out for its not-too-crowded dance floor and music that ranges from upbeat jazz to funk to hip-hop. Because it’s a little off Haeundae’s main party strip, it has a more relaxed, laid-back vibe than the bigger clubs, and is popular with the local youth. Expect trendy dressers, a discerning playlist, and cocktail shows. Sometimes it runs Western-style karaoke.
Bar, Korean, North American, $$$
Although nominally a bar, late summer nights see Thursday Party’s lively atmosphere become much more clublike. It’s loved by Koreans and foreigners alike, and no eyebrows will be raised if you dance along to the pumping music. It has games including beer pong and table football, and a riotously friendly vibe that ensures that even if you arrive alone, you won’t stay that way for long.
Bar, Irish, British, $$$
Another bar that blurs the line between pub and club is the Wolfhound. In the daytime, it’s a friendly Irish pub that serves Western food such as fry-ups and burgers. In the early evening, it’s a popular watering hole for expats and some locals. At the weekends, late nights and festivities such as St. Patrick’s Day, a DJ spins tunes, there’s lots of dancing, and the atmosphere is ultra-lively. Even better, it’s less than two minutes’ walk from Haeundae Beach — sunrise soju, anyone?
These recommendations were updated on June 30, 2018 to keep your travel plans fresh.