Where to Listen to Live Jazz Music in Seoul

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23 March 2017

Many will be surprised to hear that the capital of K-Pop also has first-class jazz music venues. Here are our top places to listen to live jazz in Seoul.

Soul to God

This upscale jazz venue is one of the hottest places for live music in town. Owner Seunghwan Lee supports local jazz musicians and lets them perform on his stage. A couple times a month, international artists from Europe, the United States, and Japan also give their best at Soul to God. What makes a great jazz bar besides the music? Soul to God understands how to appeal to a wide variety of people by offering delicious drinks and food inside and outside in good weather.

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Club Evans

Club Evans is one of the best locations for jazz in South Korea. Named after jazz legend Bill Evans, the venue gets completely packed on weekends. Visitors come from all over the country to see local and international artists perform on the beautiful stage here. Moody lighting and an exposed brick wall make this stage instantly an eye-catcher. Over the years, Club Evans has become so popular and successful that the bar now has its own recording studio and even a jazz academy to support aspiring musicians to follow their dream.

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Crazy Horse

Handpicked artists, carefully crafted cocktails, and a hip atmosphere make Crazy Horse a must for jazz lovers. Located in Seoul’s hip Garosugil area, the venue is the number one address for upscale live music and a good time. The two owners don’t just let anyone up on their stage. They regularly hold auditions of aspiring talents from Korea and abroad and only let the best of the best hold that mic.

Once in a Blue Moon

It’s not hard to see why Once In A Blue Moon has made it onto the list of the world’s best bars. Modeled on the famous blue moon bars back in the US, the Korean version hosts two different live music groups each night who perform music from jazz and swing to bebop and fusion. On over three floors, visitors can choose their favorite musical style and enjoy high-quality entertainment. The kitchen is top-knotch as well, with lobster, rib eye, and traditional French and Mexican dishes on the menu. Prices aren’t cheap, but you get what you pay for.

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All That Jazz

Opened in 1976, All That Jazz was Korea’s first jazz bar. It is also the place where the big names of the Korean jazz world started out. The venue has recently moved to a new location. Here, they have even more space to accommodate the large crowds of people coming to see the best jazz musicians perform. If you are looking for a truly authentic jazz experience in South Korea along with a bit of musical history, this is a must-visit.

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J.J. Mahoney’s

Situated inside the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul, it’s no surprise that J.J. Mahoney’s is a premier entertainment location. The venue is huge, with nine separate areas furnished with upscale materials like leather seating, mahogany floors, Persian rugs, and a great deal of antique furniture. It almost feels like you have traveled back in time to when jazz had its international boom. There’s a main bar, a dining area, a poolside pavilion, and a beautiful terrace. If you are looking for first-class jazz music, head to the music room and you’ll never want to leave again.

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