Seoul is the capital city of South Korea. It is a place full of modern skyscrapers, pop culture, and street markets. If you are looking for places to hang out, places that have great views, or somewhere with fantastic drinks, take a look at these 8 rooftop bars. Try them all or try a few, and let us know what you think!
1. Playground Rooftop Cafe and Bar
Playground Rooftop Cafe and Bar is an international bar that has a newly opened rooftop area. It is a spacious area that offers opportunities to meet people from all over the world. It is located across from Hongik University in the heart of the Hongdae area. Playground Rooftop Cafe and Bar is the place to be both during the week and on weekends. There are regular language exchange nights at Playground in which you can work on your Korean or just meet other people. The staff here are also extremely friendly. The rooftop is a perfect place to enjoy a cocktail or even play foosball or darts!
Playground Rooftop Cafe and Bar
Address: 14 Wausan-ro 21-gil, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Website: Playground Rooftop Cafe and Bar
2. Gaja Changgo Rooftop
Gaja Changgo Rooftop is located within the Itaewon area. It is one of the original rooftop bars in Seoul. Gaja Changgo is not a particularly fancy place, instead, it is decorated with plastic furniture and minimal decorations. But instead of fancy decor you can find the perfect environment to make new friends and the cheapest beer around. It is a fun spot to watch people walk along on the streets below. Staff here at Gaja Changgo is super friendly and will help ensure you have a great time here!
Gaja Changgo Rooftop
Address: 50 Itaewon-ro 27ga-gil, Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening Hours: 17.00 - 00.00 Daily (closed on Mondays)
3. Lua Rooftop Lounge
If you’re looking for a perfect place for a date night, Lua Rooftop Lounge offers a romantic and relaxed rooftop atmosphere. It is operated by Yoo Yeon Suk, who was one of the actors in “Reply 1994” - a popular television series in Korea. He personally chose the decorations for Lua Lounge, so if you are a fan of him, this is definitely a bar you will want to see. It is open in the evenings, making it a fantastic spot to enjoy some moonlight and night views over the city of Seoul. After all, “lua” means moon in Portuguese. Lua Rooftop Lounge is the perfect place to relax and visit in the heart of Itaewon.
Lua Rooftop Lounge
Address: South Korea, Seoul, Yongsan-gu, Itaewon-dong, Usadan-ro, 47
Facebook: Lua Rooftop Lounge
4. 옥탑방 부엉이 (Owl's Rooftop)
Owl’s rooftop is the best place in Seoul to hear live music and eat great food, all at the same time! It also specializes in wine, so be sure to ask some questions and try something new out! The cozy atmosphere is easy to enjoy. Relax and savor your experience at Owl’s Rooftop.
옥탑방 부엉이 (Owl's Rooftop)
Address: 43 Dongmak-ro 9-gil, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Facebook: 옥탑방 부엉이 (Owl’s Rooftop)
5. Harvest Namsan
Harvest Namsan is upscale yet cozy. The views over Namsan are fantastic and right at your feet! Definitely something you will not want to miss! Food is good and wine flows freely. Harvest Namsan is perfect for sunset, though their brunch is also equally excellent.
Address: Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Website: Harvest Namsan (in Korean)
T-Bar is situated just above the store called Tailorable for Women. It was originally just a rooftop break area for employees, until they began inviting customers up to enjoy the fantastic views over Seoul. From there, T-Bar was formed. Customers can lounge in one of the many comfortable sofas to enjoy the simple cocktails and tapas that are available. There is also a menu with more substantial foods. A night at T-Bar is an experience you will not forget!
Address: T-bar, 홍대, Seoul, South Korea
7. Southside Parlor
Southside Parlor has a lot going for it. It is in a great location, near public transportation. Staff are all very friendly and most speak good English. It is a great area for groups, or even just solo travelers. There is a wide selection of delicious food, much of it done in southern Texas style. Drinks are excellent and unique, each made with care and creativity. Many customers enjoy sitting at the bar to watch the bartenders at work. And if they choose not to sit at the bar, they sit to admire the views overlooking the city. The atmosphere at Southside Parlor is really nice, with great (quietly played) music and arcade machines.
Address: 218 Noksapyeong-daero, Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Facebook: Southside Parlor
8. 10th Floor of the Express Bus Terminal
The Express Bus Terminal holds a secret on the 10th floor - an unexpected garden like space that wraps around the building. There are two Korean barbecue restaurants that visitors will buy beers from and then relax in the quaint, quiet garden. During the week, you will find many middle aged friends hanging out. On the weekend, the crowd is much younger. By definition it is not a rooftop bar, but all in all, there is beer and there is a roof with amazing views! Elevators operate until midnight, so be sure to take a look!
10th Floor of the Express Bus Terminal
Address: 194, Sinbanpo-ro Seocho-gu Seoul
Soul in Seoul
There is something about a rooftop view that connects with the soul and brings delight. So why not combine these delightful moments with great food and great drinks? Take a chance to try out some of these bars and see what you like best!