Just one mention of its name is apt to send locals into a tizzy of haute couture: Cheongdam-dong. The now-infamous Gangnam district’s paragon of opulence is truly a fashionista’s playground. Its wide avenues and snug side streets are lined with global luxury brand names and immaculate art galleries—but nighttime is when posh Gangnamites, aspirational or otherwise, truly come out to play. If the hipsters and suits north of the Hangang have left you longing for something a little more luxurious, make your way south to Cheongdam-dong, home to some of Seoul’s swankiest nightlife hotspots. The newly opened Apgujeong Rodeo Station 압구정로데오역 on the Bundang Line—a welcome addition to Line 7’s Cheongdam-dong Station 청담역—has made Cheongdam-dong’s glamour and glitz all the more accessible. Be forewarned, though: Cheongdam-dong’s nightlife is not quite dense enough to support a robust cab scene, so available cabs are far and few between. Rubbing elbows with the charming beauties of Cheongdam-dong also comes at a price: Cover charge into clubs will set you back 20,000–30,000 won, and expect to pay roughly half of that for a drink. Big city fun, big city prices!
If Gangnam’s unabashed affluence has you itching for Hongdae’s artsier shores, pay a visit to one of Cheongdam-dong’s latest destinations, Col.l.age+—you might just find your next favorite place. Col.l.age+ escapes definition. Although it bills itself as a dining lounge, it aims to create a cocktail of experiences: it’s a restaurant, art gallery, performance venue, and interactive space all rolled into one. Open for lunch, dinner, and late-night tapas (and of course, drinks) every day of the week save Sunday.
Sitting underneath the Ellui Hotel, this club’s location is nearly as exclusive as its clientele—it’s nestled in the northeast corner of Cheongdam-dong near the Hangang River’s Yeongdong Bridge. With its confetti-littered dancefl oors, impressive light system, and world-class DJs, Ellui is Cheongdam-dong’s go-to club. Call ahead to reserve bottle service amidst their dizzying array of VIP table and room options, otherwise you’ll want to get there early if you want to snag a locker to stash your coat in.
T. 02-1577-9669, www.ellui.net
(129 Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul | 서울시 강남구 청담동 129)
The latest addition to the Cheongdam-dong’s legion of lounges is LISTEN Super Lounge, an amber- and lavender-tinted haven of hipness that oozes cool. Check out their bimonthly Coup de Etat party, a veritable global gathering of beautiful people. Dress to impress—and keep an eye out for local celebrities in their VIP section. Open weekends til late (or rather, til morning).