Seoul Gay Bars

Gay bars in Seoul are located on the so-called ‘Homo Hill’ in Itaewon area. More local gay bars can be found in Jongno district.

Gay dance clubs in Seoul are listed on a separate page.

Homo Hill / Itaewon 이태원

Itaewon is the international epicentre of Seoul’s gay nightlife located in Yongsan District.  Many gay bars and clubs are located here, just a short walk from the subway station.

Why Not gay bar Seoul
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Why Not?

137-4 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul | map | distance

| +82 2 795 8193 |

Audience Rating: 4.3 stars from 3 votes - click to vote

Small gay bar that has been revamped with the latest technology.  Why Not is the best place to see crazy versions of K-pop choreography as well as drag shows.  Highly entertaining and a must-see for visitors.  Music ranges from house, techno and pop remixes.

Cover charge includes one drink.  Attracts a rather upscale local and foreign crowd.

Located right next to SOHO and among many other gay venues on the Hill.

Features: bar, music, dancing (酒吧, 舞蹈, 音乐) | Updated: 02-07-2016

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Always Homme Seoul
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Always Homme

Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul | map | distance

| +82 2 798 0578 |

Weekday opening times: 19:00 - 02:00

Weekend opening times: 19:00 - 05:00

Audience Rating: 2.8 stars from 6 votes - click to vote

Popular, homely gay bar on ‘Homo Hill’ with little touches of style.  Always Homme 올웨이즈옴므 serves an excellent range of cocktails, beer, wine, juices and coffee.  Gets busy on the weekend before/after clubbing hours.

The music is not too loud, and the staff are friendly and can speak English.  Attracts mostly tourists, expats and young local clientele.

From Itaewon Station (Exit 3), walk to the next street and turn right.  Take the second left and walk halfway up the hill and look for the sign on the left.

Features: bar, music (酒吧, 音乐) | Updated: 02-07-2016

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QUEEN

Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul | map | distance

Audience Rating: 2.0 stars from 2 votes - click to vote

Gay bar on ‘Homo Hill’ located next to TRANCE and across from SOHO.  Young, international crowd.

Great for pre-clubbing and crowd-watching.

Features: bar, music (酒吧, 音乐) | Updated: 02-07-2016

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Oz Seoul

Oz

Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul | map | distance

Weekday opening times: Tue-Thu from 20:00

Weekend opening times: Fri,Sat from 20:00

Audience Rating: 4.0 stars from 5 votes - click to vote

Small, intimate bar next to Always Homme.  The décor is bit brighter, with seating at the bar but no tables.

Unlike at most bars in the area, you can have a conversation here.  The bartenders are friendly.

Oz draws a more mature crowd.  Open Tuesday-Saturday, from 8pm until late.

Features: bar, music (酒吧, 音乐) | Updated: 09-25-2015

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Almaz gay bar Seoul entrance

Almaz

136-6 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul | map | distance

| +82 2 3785 0834 |

Audience Rating: 3.5 stars from 4 votes - click to vote

Cool, stylish gay lounge bar in Itaewon gay village with bright red interiors, light-reflecting disco balls, and friendly, laid-back atmosphere.

Almaz (which means “diamond” in Arabic) is a nice place to socialise with friends before more late-night activities.

Located in a small alley (before you get to ‘Homo Hill’). About halfway down the alley; you’ll see the white sign ‘Almaz’; walk through the door and the bar is tucked away in the back.

Features: bar, music (酒吧, 音乐) | Updated: 02-08-2016

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Jongno 종로구

Nagwon-dong (낙원동) and Donui-dong (돈의동) in Jongno District are Seoul’s oldest gay neighborhoods.  For decades, closeted gay men have visited these intimate “members club” bars tucked along narrow alleys.  Patrons are often required to order food with their drinks, while some queue up for karaoke.

Barcode gay bar Seoul
Barcode Bar Seoul

Barcode

2/F 41-1 Myo-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul | map | distance

| +82 2 3672 0940 |

Weekday opening times: 19:30 - 04:30

Weekend opening times: 19:30 - 04:30

Audience Rating: 4.4 stars from 20 votes - click to vote

Audience
Awards:
2015
5 Star Winner

Opened in 2005, Barcode was Jongno’s first “one-shot” gay bars where customers could order drinks without having to buy a snack.  The bar has a friendly atmosphere, reasonably priced drinks and English-speaking staff.

The crowd is in their 30’s and 40’s and some foreigners.  There’s free WiFi so you can use Grindr, SCRUFF, Jack’d, etc.

Jongno 3-ga Station (Line 1, 3, 5) across the street from Exit 8.

Features: bar, music, free wi-fi (酒吧, 音乐, 免费无线上网) | Updated: 02-07-2016

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Shortbus gay bar Seoul
Shortbus gay bar Seoul entrance

Shortbus

3/F Ehwa Building, 175 Myo-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul | map | distance

| +82 2 741 0036 |

Weekday opening times: 19:30 - late

Weekend opening times: 19:30 - late

Audience Rating: 2.8 stars from 9 votes - click to vote

Foreigner-friendly gay bar with English-speaking staff.  The interior of Shortbus  is neatly designed and features a triangle-shaped bar and six tables set against a row of large windows.

Music is mainly lounge and house.  Free WiFi available.  Open daily from 7:30pm until late.

Jongno 3-ga Station (Line 1, 3, 5) Exit 3.

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AV gay bar Seoul
AV gay bar Seoul entrance

A/V

3/F 236-1 Nakwon-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul | map | distance

| +82 2 745 9912 |

Audience Rating: 2.3 stars from 7 votes - click to vote

Local gay bar, popular with Korean bears but foreigners are welcome.

Located very close to Jongno 3-ga Station (Exit 5) on the 3rd floor of an old building, A/V offers a nice view of the area and serves a great menu of drinks and cocktails – their Margaritas are pretty strong!

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Bar Friends Seoul
Bar Friends gay bar Seoul entrance

Bar Friends

88-2 Nakwon-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul | map | distance

| +82 2 766 5334 |

Weekday opening times: 18:30 - 04:00

Weekend opening times: 18:30 - 04:00

Audience Rating: 3.4 stars from 8 votes - click to vote

This is one of the few gay bars outside of Itaewon where you’ll see some foreigners.

This stylish bar offers a cosy, relaxing atmosphere and can seat up to 45 people (large by Jongno standards).  A great place to have a drink alone or hang with friends.

Located behind Nagwon Arcade.  Jongno 3-ga Station (Line 1, 3, 5) Exit 5.  Cross the street and turn right into the first alley.

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Blood G gay bar Seoul
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Blood G

218-1 Nakwon-dong, Jongno-gu (4F), Seoul | map | distance

| +82 10 9557 9625 |

Weekday opening times: 19:30 - late

Weekend opening times: 19:30 - late

Audience Rating: 2.5 stars from 4 votes - click to vote

Located just steps from the subway station and up four flights of stairs (no elevator), Blood G is a great place to enjoy cocktails in a casual atmosphere.  Free WiFi available

The bar gets busiest on weekends.  Foreigners are welcome.  Jongno 3-ga station (Line 1, 3, 5) Exit 5.

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Popcorn gay bar Seoul
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Popcorn

26 Donhwamun-ro 11-gil, Seoul | map | distance

Audience Rating: 3.0 stars from 3 votes - click to vote

One of many gay bars on Donhwamun-ro street next to Jongno 3-ga subway station.  The rainbow-coloured sign is hard to miss.  Mostly local crowd.

Features: bar, music, karaoke (酒吧, 音乐, 卡拉OK) | Updated: 09-30-2015

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Wallpaper Bar Seoul
Wallpaper gay bar Seoul entrance

Wallpaper

103 Ikseon-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul | map | distance

| +82 2 745 2449 |

Weekday opening times: 19:30 - late

Weekend opening times: 19:30 - late

Audience Rating: 2.7 stars from 3 votes - click to vote

One of the most popular gay karaoke bars in Jongno.  Wallpaper has an attractive design and gets busy every night. Arrive early if you want to get a table and plan to sing.

Jongno 3-ga subway station (Line 1, 3, 5) Exit 6.  From the exit, turn around and turn left, then walk 200 metres and turn left at the intersection.

Features: bar, music, karaoke (酒吧, 音乐, 卡拉OK) | Updated: 09-30-2015

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The Nine gay bar Seoul

The Nine

56 Samil-daero 30-gil, Seoul | map | distance

Audience Rating: 2.3 stars from 3 votes - click to vote

Small, busy gay bar with open floor.  Young Korean crowd.  Laid-back atmosphere.

Located on a little alley just a few steps from Wallpaper.

Features: bar, music, restaurant (酒吧, 音乐, 餐厅) | Updated: 09-30-2015

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Mino Seoul
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Mino

111-2 Nakwon-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul | map | distance

| +82 2 764 8697 |

Audience Rating: 2.5 stars from 2 votes - click to vote

Small, modern, low-key gay bar in Jongno.  Mino is located next to a string of other gay venues. The bar offers beers, cocktails and snacks on their menu.

Friendly staff.  Customers are mostly Korean men of mixed ages.  The bar is located near Jongno 3-ga subway station (Line 1, 3, 5) Exit 4 or 5.

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Gate gay bar Seoul
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Gate

Nakwon-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul | map | distance

| +82 2 766 8218 |

Audience Rating: 2.5 stars from 2 votes - click to vote

Gay bar & restaurant with outdoor seating, popular with local Korean guys.

Located next to Mino bar and a short walk from Jongno 3-ga subway station (Exit 5).

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Rtari gay bar Seoul
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Rtari

22 Samil-daero 26-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul | map | distance

Audience Rating: 2.5 stars from 2 votes - click to vote

Fusion pub & restaurant in Jongno, located on a little side street, near CATS Hotel and the other gay bars in the area.

Rtari gets busy late at night with mostly local Korean guys.

 

Features: bar, music, restaurant (酒吧, 音乐, 餐厅) | Updated: 09-30-2015

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Gonomi gay bar restaurant Seoul
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Gonomi

Nakwon-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul | map | distance

| +82 70 7593 1600 |

Weekday opening times: 19:30 - late

Weekend opening times: 19:30 - late

Audience Rating: 2.1 stars from 8 votes - click to vote

Cocktail bar & restaurant with great ambiance and reasonably priced drinks.  Gonomi (formerly “Lovestar”) serves snacks and food and attracts mostly local Korean guys.  Free WiFi available.

Located just behind CATS Hotel, Jongno 3-ga Station (Exit 5), close to all the gay bars in Jongno.

Features: bar, music, free wi-fi (酒吧, 音乐, 免费无线上网) | Updated: 09-29-2015

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Owoo Jongno Seoul

OWOO Jongno

109-1 Nakwon-dong, Jongno-gu (4F), Seoul | map | distance

| +82 70 7620 6610 |

Audience Rating: 3.0 stars from 2 votes - click to vote

Popular Nordic gay bar &café lounge offering a nice selection of drinks as well as meals.  You are not required to order meals with your drinks, though.  OWOO attracts a mixed clientele and a few foreigners.

Jongno 3-ga Station (Line 1, 3, 5) Exit 4.  Look for their logo, a deer head, on the 4th floor across the street.

Features: bar, music, cafe, restaurant (酒吧, 音乐, 咖啡馆, 餐厅) | Updated: 09-29-2015

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Poten 410 Seoul
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Poten 410

171-6 Gwonnong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul | map | distance

| +82 2 3675 0410 |

Weekday opening times: 19:00 - 04:00

Weekend opening times: 19:00 - 04:00

Audience Rating: 2.5 stars from 2 votes - click to vote

Poten 4/10 bar is a bit far from the rest of the gay venues in Jongno.  Still, it is worth the walk as their outdoor seating is superb.  You can get a great view of Jongno while sipping your cocktail.

The modern bar downstairs has a lot of cute bartenders.  Drink prices are slightly higher.  Poten also serves food if you’re hungry.

From Jongno 3-ga Station (종로 3 가) Exit 7, take a slight right and walk past the Family Mart.  Turnh right at GS 25, and Poten will be on your left, on the second floor.

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37°2 gay bar Seoul

37°2

147 Nakwon-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul | map | distance

| facebook | +82 2 744 3720 |

Audience Rating: 3.0 stars from 1 votes - click to vote

37°2 is new gay bar with cosy, modern setting in Jongno, Seoul.   Opened in August, 2015.

Features: bar, music (酒吧, 音乐) | Updated: 12-23-2015

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G2 Club

G2 Club

58-1 Nakwon-dong, Jongno-gu 종로구 낙원동 58-1 지하 1층, Seoul | map | distance

| facebook | +82 10 7460 7530 |

Weekday opening times: 21:00 - 05:00

Weekend opening times: 23:00 - 05:00

Audience Rating: 5.0 stars from 1 votes - click to vote

Popular karaoke bar in Jongno that regularly hosts special events and dance parties, targeted at bears and beefy men.

Check their Facebook page for current agenda.

Features: bar, music, karaoke (酒吧, 音乐, 卡拉OK) | Updated: 09-29-2015

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VIVA Seoul

VIVA

12-1 Jongno 3-ga, Jongno-gu (B1), Seoul | map | distance

| website | facebook | +82 2 765 3380 |

Weekday opening times: Sun-Thu 19:00 - 03:00

Weekend opening times: Fri-Sat 19:00 - 05:00

Audience Rating: 2.9 stars from 7 votes - click to vote

Modern basement bar off the main road.  VIVA plays mainly chart music and hosts special events such as salsa lessons and movie night.  The majority of the crowd are in their 30’s.

Jongno 3-ga Station (Line 1, 3, 5) Exit 1.

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