Billy: noise basement is the biggest fire hazard
everyone would legit die
Billy: im not sure which one that is
but its straight down stairs
at the entrance
left NB at 5:30 am, theres a line to get in. gg #imweak
Pretty much everything about Seoul was exactly how I expected it to be. The nightlife was no exception. Busan may be the 2nd biggest city in South Korea but it is still a tiny speck of dirt compared to the huge, fast-growing capital of the country. Busan has a lot of things that Seoul doesn't, but Seoul is where the money goes, and where money goes, pretty girls follow.
I arrived on the last Friday of the month, which is Club Day. It's the busiest day of the month, you can get a wristband for 15k and free entrance to a bunch of clubs in Hongdae. From what I gather, Hongdae represents the best of the clubs that Seoul has to offer. Most of the nightlife in Gangnam, Itaewon, and Apgujeong are dime a dozen bars. I dance much better than I drink, so I can't offer any insight on that.
Cocoon (Hip hop/ Electro)
Me and Marcel got pretty shitty right away, but the first club we did was Cocoon. This club is the flashiest one in Hongdae, with an accordingly long line. The line moves fast though, faster than I could chug my soju even. The 1-drink cover was 15k.
You don't have to take more than a few steps into the club to know it's going to blow away the best Busan has to offer. They put some work into the sound system so you get more of what you want in your ears and less noise. I don't think we got in until around 2, but the place was packed tighter than a hetero's asshole. Kate Moss was having trouble getting through. Cocoon may be cool, but they are not being cool about fire safety. A lot of popular clubs are like that though, if you don't like it you may feel more comfortable at a less popular club.
Cocoon isn't a true hip hop club, it's the sort of David Guetta EDM/ hip-hop hybrid. That's not a bad thing, most Koreans can't dance for shit and it's a lot harder to dance to real hip hop. It's not my favorite genre, but the DJ was good, the set was smooth, and everyone was having fun. That's the most important thing.
You would think with everyone packed like sardines and dancing so close that it would get sweltering hot in the summer. That wasn't the case- Cocoon has amazing air circulation. It's still not chilly by any means- it's better to put on as little clothes as possible.
Cocoon is your standard cool kid's club, and you should come here if you like this type of music. The one thing I'm curious about and will come back for is Bikini nights on August weekends.
I booked Saturday night at Ed House, because it was the 8th anniversary of M2, right next door. I hadn't heard anything about M2, but it turns out that M2 is a fucking awesome ass club. Brett, Tom and I had a great time. Kari did not like it, so we left her outside of a Family Mart. The music was WONDERFUL. The sound system was WONDERFUL. Everything was great, and it didn't start getting packed till 3. Every DJ that played a set impressed us, and the dancers that came out really made my night.
No, they weren't strippers, they were pole dancers. If you've ever seen a pole dancing competition, you'll know that it takes a lot of skill and strength to work a pole. The visual presentation was great and if I wasn't so busy dancing I would have taken the time to laugh at the juxtaposition of a sexual siren showing off her beautiful body six feet off the ground, right in front of a silly girl standing on the stage fiddling with her fucking phone.
The girls weren't too wild here either. It's not a complaint I can level at any club, but shameless sluts do tend to liven things up a bit. You won't see cock being sucked right on the dance floor or under a table, so if that's something that bothers you, you can rest assured.
Marcel swung by after Brett and Tom left, and we stayed for quite a while longer, until he told me he'd pay my cover for Qvo if it was less than 20k...
Qvo (Real hip-hop / Oldies)
Qvo is right above M2. Cover was only 15k, and the Long Islands were strong. It's a hip-hop club, so dress accordingly, but don't worry about it. Most of the jokers here look like they're from the '90s. I think out of all the clubs we went to, this place had the highest ratio of guys to girls. I enjoyed my time here, but by 4AM the crowd was dying down. The light show isn't as good as M2's, but it's not bad either. The music was fantastic. They played quite a few oldies, more than a couple Nas tracks. I think the Djs know their hip-hop, they don't play pop R&B Usher and Akon music.
I can't hate on this club, if you want some room to dance, go to Qvo. The crowd is older than NB2.
Hongdae has a few more clubs, the most notable being Noise Basement. It's a very popular and cheap hip hop club.
If you're more into walking round the bar lookin for a girl to eat out, there are hundreds of options. Ho Bar has 14 branches in Hongdae alone.
The last thing I want to mention is that I wouldn't even bother going out in Hongdae until 1. My buddy Billy isn't lying, the night doesn't end until 6 or 7 when most of the clubs close. Pace yourself because there's no uppers here aside from Hot 6 energy drinks.
Good luck and happy clubbing.