The Best Foreigner Bars in Seoul

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Seoul oozes style and swagger. There are no end of fancy cocktail bars and upmarket nightclubs attended by all the stars of the day. Also present is the thriving domestic night scene of Karaoke bars and busy barbecue restaurants where the soju flows freely. Sometimes though, it is nice to feel at home, for that, here are some of the liveliest expat bars in Seoul where a good time…and hangover are almost a certainty.

The Wolfhound

For a traditional Irish welcome, there is no place quite like the Wolfhound. Located a short walk from Itaewon station, adjacent to the Hamilton Hotel. From double Jameson shots at ₩7000 each and some of the best Guinness this side of the emerald isle, this place is as Irish as it gets. With an Irish breakfast to cure any hangover, live sports on all the venues big screens and even a traditional Irish music gathering weekly, The Wolfhound is the perfect place for a friendly welcome and more than a few drinks.


A small piece of Canada in the heart of Seoul. Located in Haebonchon, a short walk from Noksapyong subway station, there is always something happening at this intimate watering hole. With regular live music in the basement to a menu packed full of delish food offerings on the upper floor, it is an easy place to spend the day. The friendly Canadian staff and loyal gathering of expat locals will also ensure that you leave with some new friends and stories to share.

Route 66

With the USA representing the highest number of expats in Korea, no review would be complete without including Route 66. This sports bar is the place to go for watching live American sports. Never miss a game, from basketball to college football and NFL everything is catered for and a lively atmosphere is guaranteed. With wing night and other weekly special events including all you can drink Bloody Mary and Mimosa on Sundays for just ₩18,000, Route 66 is the perfect cure for all those weekly headaches.

The Rose and Crown

Located a short distance from the Hamilton Hotel in Itaewon, the Rose and Crown offers the very best of British in Seoul. There is a wide selection of British lagers available on tap and bottled including Tennants and Newcastle Brown Ale. This combined with a fantastic menu featuring some British classics including Sheppard’s Pie and the all-important Fish and Chips ensure that you can also experience a taste of home in Seoul. The décor and music are also traditionally British, making you feel right at home.


Seoul’s 4 Trendiest Nightclubs

If you are here to party, Seoul is the correct place to be. Offering some of Asia and the world’s most renowned clubs and an electric fusion between western and eastern cultures, there is something for everyone in this monstrous urban dance floor.


Undoubtedly Seoul and one of Asia’s most famous clubs, Octagon has regularly been ranked among the world’s top 10 and this year features at number 5 in DJ Mag. Here you will find all of the top names in dance music. In recent years, Dash Berlin, W&W and Nic Fanciulli have all been visitors here.

The club is located in an affluent part of Gangnam with entrance and drink prices to match. Admission will be ₩30,000 with drinks setting you back on average ₩10,000-15,000 apiece. The experience though is electric. If you are on a budget, there is a convenience store right across the street for bargain drinks before hitting the tiles.


Open from Thursday to Sunday, Cakeshop, located in Itaewon, offers a more intimate setting while also catering for a diverse range of music depending on the night. Because it is located in Itaewon, the hub of international residents in Seoul, you can expect quite a westernized feel and music to match.

With entry priced at ₩20,000 including one free drink, there is value for money to be had and with typical opening hours between 10pm and 4am, you can be sure to party the night away, up close and personal with the hottest DJs in the city.

Do make allowances for the line though. Cakeshop is a club that is currently on the crest of the wave and Korea loves nothing better than a new trend, so the line can be upwards of an hour. Get there early.

Club Avenue

Located in the upscale Choengdam neighborhood of Gangnam, Avenue offers an eclectic mix of styles. With two floors in the club, one of which is reserved for VIPs and table service, you can be assured of the most thumping sound and spectacular laser show you have seen in the city.

Open super late into the night on weekends, often with a 6am closing time, this is the place to party till dawn in Gangnam. With a ₩30,000 cover charge including one free drink, it is to your benefit to stay as long as possible.

International superstars such as Deadmau5 have performed here and such is the trendy nature of both the area and club, you should dress appropriately with proper shoes and a collared shirt.

FFs/Gogos Hongdae

Riding the line between bar and club, this venue is a fusion combining the best of both. In the basement you have the intimate, cave like setting of FFs where live music is rocking the main stage till 11pm before the DJ booth takes over spinning the best 90s and classic rock mixes. Definitely suited to an over 25s crowd.

On the first floor and part of the same venue is are the more electronic sounds of Gogos. You are free to move between the two clubs for an entry fee of ₩10,000 and with a happy hour in FFs between 10pm-11pm where drinks are completely free….yes, free. Things can certainly get exciting fast. FFs/Gogos is located a short walking distance from Hongik University Station in Hongdae.