If you are looking for unique place to hang out with friends, then there are plenty small bars and restaurants at Hongdae. Hongdea an area that is always crowded with people and excitement thanks to he cultural events, street performances, and festivals. The special streets with interesting names such as ateliers’ street, Picasso’s Street and Club Street are a fascinating place to walk around.
How to get to Hongdae
The most direct subway station is Hongik University Station ( Seoul Subway Line 2, Gyeongui-Jungang, AREX), Exit 8 or 9.
However, since Hongdae is located in Mapo-gu district there are other subway stops that are short walk away from Hongdae. They are Hapjeong Station (Seoul Subway Line 2 and 6), Sangsu Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Mangwon Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), and Sinchon Station (Seoul Subway Line 2).
During my almost 3 years of living in Seoul, all the seasons were good to visit Hongdae. Even it was a raining summer season. During the day it is a best place for shopping, meeting with friend and enjoying delicious food of restaurants there.
At night Hongdae can dramatically changes, the streets start filling up with party lovers and nightlife seekers. This is when many of the street performers come out and dance. This is the best time to hit different exciting clubs.
Seoul is very popular with nightlife and Hongdae is the best place to have fun party night. There you will see Koreans, expats, friends, couples, students and business people partying it up. Whether you like clubs, lounges or bars Hongdae’s little streets can offer them all. At the very center of Hongdae beats the heart of the club culture. Young people from all over the city congregate at the clubs and bars on weekends and weekdays to drink, dance, and listen to a variety of music ranging from techno to R&B, hip hop and acid jazz.
Hongdae is clearly one of the 3 biggest nightlife party areas along with Itaewon and Gangnam. It is also a neighborhood known for its romantic ambiance, underground cultures, and freedom of self-expression.
Hongdae Wine Bar
As for me, I always prefer small bars with romantic atmosphere and found a good one at Hongdae. It called 또 다른 자아 or in English Another Ego. This wine bar is located underground of the building located at Hongdae’s bar street. Inside you will notice that instead of electricity they use beautiful candles. It may little dark but there are also little lamps on every table. The atmosphere of the bar gives quite good impression of the gothic style. The big screen always plays romantic music videos or some moments of Disney characters.
How to find it
서울 마포구 연남동 387-19 반지하
Subway is the most comfortable, quick and easiest way. You will get there by taking the subway to the Hongdae Station (Seoul Subway Line 2). Take exit 3 and head straight. After about 200 meters turn right and you will see many bars, among them there is underground 또 다른 자아 or Another Ego wine bar.
Menu is mostly contains of delicious pasta ( cream pasta, ragu pasta, basill pasta) pizzas, cheese plate or melon prosciutto, Jason mushroom.
Wine menu is very impressive. It has red premium wine, red dry wine, red sweet wine, white wine and sparkling wine. Most wines from Italia, France,Chile, Argentina,Spain, Australia, Germany.
It is better to go early evening at around 8 or 9. Because after 9 as I noticed there will be no available tables. This place will be perfect for spending little girls’s night or romantic date with boyfriend.