Itaewon (Korean: 이태원, 梨泰院, pronounced /itʰɛwʌn/) is a dong, or city district, in Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea. It is served by Seoul Subway Line 6 via Itaewon, Noksapyeong and Hanganjin stations. About 22,000 people reside in the district, and it is a popular area for residents of Seoul, tourists, and U.S. Army personnel. It is the main area for foreigners living in Seoul, and as such has many restaurants, pubs and shops selling fare from around the world.
Itaewon is Seoul's international district, housing a variety of Western-styled venues to eat, drink and be merry. Being a place where many foreigners congregate, it remains somewhat of a niche nightlife area for Koreans who are interested in a more international scene. A number of notable bars and clubs spot the area, both on the main street and in the alleys off it. Recently becoming gentrified as more upscale restaurants and chains move in. The US army has decided to move the nearby army base outside of Seoul within the next few years so expect regular changes to the area.
Many bars in Itaewon celebrate Thursdays as Ladies' Night which often means that ladies drink free before 12am. Finally, there are a few gay bars, located two alleys east of the main street. There you can find a club and a few bars near one another.
Due to its proximity to the nearby United States Army Garrison Yongsan, a large number of American military personnel are found here in the evenings and weekends. It is not unusual to see uniformed military wearing CP (Courtesy Patrol) or MP (Military Police) armbands enforcing the curfew.
Itaewon Station is on Line 6 (Brown). All exits empty out onto the main drag. The subway does stop running early, so if you are hitting the bars, plan on finding another way home or staying out all night.
The Wolfhound Irish Pub & Restaurant. (in the alley behind Geckos across from Quiznos/Family Mart). Serves a great selection of draft beers and hearty, homemade meals. Burger, chips, fried breakfast, pies, etc.
3 Alley Pub. This is a great establishment with a wide variety of beers and the cuisine is gourmet. Wing night on Tuesday and Quiz night on Thursday for a little variety in your life! Many Expats hang out there, good pool table and darts area. The English speaking staff is friendly with a no nonsense attitude so don't worry about being around a bunch of fools like other places in Itaewon. Try the boot! Have a shot of Jägermeister or Apfel Korn. People have their opinion but all in all, this place is top notch. If you come, order a drink, they just run a tight ship. http://www.3alleypub.com/Directions.htm
Sam Ryan's Sports Bar (above the 3 Alley Pub). Great place to watch any sport you want from Rugby, Football (any kind you can imagine), Tennis to Cricket. There are TV's everywhere including the restrooms! You tell them what you want: you got it! Kitchen is extraordinary, excellent menu. The drink selection is great, better than most in Itaewon besides the 3 Alley Pub. The English speaking staff is friendly as well, they still run a tight ship though. Potential to turn into another Rocky Mountain Tavern though. www.samryans.com
Seoul Pub - on the main street, 2nd floor, opposite the Hamilton Hotel. Cheap beer, good atmosphere and a pool table. It is quite dingy though, so probably a place for a session rather than a quiet pint with the missus!
Hollywood - a sports bar, up the road from the Hamilton, that shows Premier League matches, and major sporting events.
Old Town - This is the bar / club that gets full when all the bars close. Located halfway up Hooker Hill, it is at its busiest between 4 and 10am. Hard to miss, as it'll be the place that has everyone lounging around in various states in the very early hours of the morning. Not for the faint-hearted!
Wit's End Itaewon - Pretty cool and quiet place to have a few drinks. Great selection of bottled beer, wine, and scotch. Perfect place to take a date. The staff speaks great English and wide selection of music. A good place to avoid all the drama of Itaewon. Smoking is allowed! Check it out.
Rocky Mountain Tavern - Canadian bar for expats living in Korea. Located north of the main intersection.
Tony's Aussie Bar & Bistro - Australian bar and bistro, owned and run by Tony Le Rhodes, a former member of the Australian band The Choirboys. Aussie food (meat pies, fish and chips, vegemite on toast, plus burgers, etc.) and drink available. Directions http://www.tonysitaewon.com/map.html
Helios - Small Hip hop club with a bit of a reputation
For some good House/Trance music, try some places like:
King Club - Gaudy and a tad sleazy. Located in a seedy part of the neighborhood.
Club Volume- House/trance club, quite large and a excellent crowd on weekends. It is the best and most upscale club in the neighborhood.
B1's - An electro house club. Round the corner from KFC
IS@K Guesthouse, Itaewon Main Street (opposite Woori Bank, 10 mins walk from subway Exit 3), ☎ 027493003. Usual dorm prices and check-in/ check-out times. Friendly staff, clean with all facilities. Top place to stay!edit