The best nightclubs and karaoke in Seoul attract a steady clientele of local revellers and travellers looking to enjoy a fun night out in South Korea's modern capital. A favourite holiday destination for hard-core dance music fans, the capital city of South Korea hosts numerous nightclubs and bars, as well as international dance festivals such as Ultra, Seoul World DJ Festival, and World Club Dome.

Another popular night-time activity in Seoul is noraebang (karaoke), where you can belt out to your favourite tunes until the early hours of the morning. Noraebang centres are available almost everywhere in the city, especially the Gangnam, Hongdae, and Apgujeong districts. Experience South Korea’s diverse nightlife scene by checking out these top picks during your holiday in Seoul.  

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    Club Octagon is one of Gangnam’s elite nightclubs, where local celebrities, elites and trendsetters party until late. Located in New Hilltop Hotel, it’s an underground hideout with good sound systems, VIP lounges, spacious dancefloors, private rooms, and even a swimming pool. Club Octagon hosts an impressive line-up of international and Korean DJs – music policy is mostly electro dance and tech-house. The cover charge costs between 10,000 and 30,000 won. 

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    Location: B1/B2 New Hilltop Hotel, 645, Nonhyeon-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea

    Open: Thursday–Sunday from 10 am to 5 am (closed Monday–Wednesday)

    Phone: +82-10-9014-4487

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    B One Lounge Club

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    B One Lounge Club is one of Itaewon’s liveliest night spots – it draws a long line of well-dressed revellers and tourists every weekend. Set beside Hamilton Hotel, the club has international DJs spinning a diverse mix of tunes, ranging from hip hop to electro dance beats. 

    This basement club features a medieval-inspired décor, brick walls, and iron-wrought gates. Cover charges cost from 10,000 won (depending on the event). B One Lounge Club is busy year-round – head there early to avoid waiting for up to 1 hour to get in.

    Location: 123-15 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea

    Open: Monday from 9 am to 7 am, Wednesday and Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm, Thursday from 9 am to 4.30 am, Friday– Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm (closed on Tuesdays)

    Phone: +82-2-749-6164

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    Club M2

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    Situated in the artsy Hongdae district, Club M2 boasts state-of-the-art sound and lighting facilities, three well-stocked bars and a spacious dance floor that accommodates almost 300 club-hoppers. The entrance fee costs between 10,000 won to 20,000 won and Club M2’s clientele consists of well-dressed youths and fans of house, progressive, and trance tunes. Drinks here are priced between 6,000 and 10,000 won, making it one of the most affordable clubs in Seoul. Club M2’s main dancefloor can get rather stuffy at times, so revellers looking for more privacy can opt for the VIP area on the second floor, which offers am equally fun clubbing experience minus the hectic crowds.

    Location: 20-5 Jandari-ro, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

    Open: Tuesday - Thursday 21:30 - 05:00, Friday & Saturday 21:30 - 07:00, Sunday 21:30 - 05:00

    Phone: +82-2-3143-7573

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    Helicon is a modern (and upmarket) take on the traditional noraebang – it has a bar, a lounge, and 6 private rooms. The song bar occupies the garden level of Grand Hyatt Seoul. Each room has state-of-the-art audio, video and lighting equipment, cordless microphones, and a TV monitor. 

    You can choose from over 15,000 songs in Korean, English, Japanese and Chinese. If you’re feeling parched from all the singing, Helicon Bar serves premium whiskies, champagnes and hard liquor, together with gourmet Korean and Western snacks. 

    Location: Garden Level, Grand Hyatt Seoul, 322 Sowol-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 7 pm to 2 am, Sunday from 7 pm to 1 am

    Phone: +82-2-799-8440

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    Su Noraebang

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    Su Noraebang has several branches in Seoul’s nightlife districts, including Gangnam, Hongdae, and Apgujeong. This noraebang has excellent service, stylish interiors, and state-of-the-art facilities. Catering to an international clientele, their music collection is regularly updated, with thousands of songs in English, Malay, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, and Russian.

    The rate per hour here costs around 20,000 won, with unlimited popcorn, ice cream, and drinks at an additional 1,000 won per person. Su Noraebang’s main branch in Hongdae has soundproofed rooms with windows overlooking the busy streets below. 

    Location: 367-39 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

    Open: 24/7

    Phone: +82-2-322-3111