Drinks With A View: The Best Rooftop Bars In Seoul

Nothing beats bars with fantastic views. In Seoul, hanging out at rooftop bars is a great way to cap off the night, especially during summer. It’s a refreshing escape after dark, where people gather to chill and chug for end-of-day rituals. So if you’re looking for one, swing by these rooftop bars with a view when you’re in Seoul!



Rooftop Bar Floating

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Rooftop Bar Floating occupies the whole 21st floor of L7 Myeongdong Hotel by LOTTE, making it the largest rooftop bar in Seoul. It offers views of the Namsan Mountain and the Myeongdong skyline–the perfect backdrop for a romantic evening. Choose to be seated outdoors to savor the summer breeze, or indoors if you want to be cozy. 

Address: 21/F, 137 Toegye-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Operating Hours: 5 pm to 1:30 am




Playground Rooftop Cafe and Bar

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Playground Rooftop Cafe & Bar is where adults come to play. Situated across the Hongdae playground, this two-story bar is a friendly neighborhood bar that caters to the younger crowds of Seoul. The rooftop bar hosts parties for the fun-loving crowd, too. Playground Rooftop is very foreigner-friendly perfect if you’re looking to meet new friends over booze!

Address: 14 Wausan-ro 21-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Operating Hours: 6 pm to 12 am (Monday to Thursday); 12 am to 1 pm; 6 pm to 12 am (Friday); 12 am to 1 pm, 6 pm to 2 am (Saturday)




Rooftop Kloud

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This upscale nightspot called Rooftop Kloud is the first fine rooftop bar in South Korea. It’s a rooftop bar that lets you travel back to a 1920s prohibition-era speakeasy while serving artisan cocktails and exclusive champagnes and wines. Sit by the window for a lovely dinner or choose the outdoor terrace for private events–either way, you get the best views.  

Address: 21/F, 25 Gil 10, Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Operating Hours: 6 pm to 1 am (Sunday to Thursday); 6 pm to 2 am (Friday and Saturday)




Avant Garde Rooftop

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Avant Garde is not your ordinary rooftop bar– it doubles as an art gallery, where you can see works of international artists such as Kim Myung Jin, Brito, and Jam Kim, among others. The bar serves a selection of cocktails, mojitos, and margaritas, to pair with bar bites. Locals say it’s got the best spot to see the Namsan Tower so don’t miss this vista and bring your artsy friends to drink in this bar-slash-cafe. 

Address: Noksapyeong-daero 46-gil, Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Operating Hours: 4 pm to 12 am (Tuesday to Saturday); Closed on Sunday and Monday 


Roof Top Urban Beach

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What if we tell you that you can find a beach in the middle of Seoul? Roof Top Urban Beach, a one-of-a-kind rooftop bar in Seoul, gives you the beach experience you’ve been longing for. Decorated with palm trees, fine white sand, surfboards, and cabanas for seating, this bar is a tropical refuge on summer nights. In the afternoon, it functions as a beach cafe and when the sun sets, expect it to turn into an urban jungle.

Address: 38 Dongmak-ro 9-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Operating Hours: 4 pm to 12:30 am (Monday to Thursday); 4 pm to 1:30 am (Friday to Sunday)




Side Note Club

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World-class beats and bartenders welcome you to Side Note Club, an energetic lounge bar perched on the 15th floor of Ryse Hotel. It’s Hongdae’s hippest and trendiest spot, influenced by Brooklyn nightlife. Have a sip of concoctions made by top bartenders from Le Chambers while dancing to electrifying beats by the resident DJs for a night of revelry. 

Address: 30 Hongik-ro 5-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Operating Hours: 6 pm to 2 am (Wednesday to Friday); 4 pm to 2 am (Saturday); Closed from Sunday to Tuesday 




Rooftop Bar Gintoneria 

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Gin and tonic is the main duo of Rooftop Bar Gintoneria. It’s a late-night haven for many cocktail enthusiasts, who also want to savor premium and rare gins. The place is laidback and sophisticated, great for those who prefer to enjoy their drink solo. If you get hungry, just visit their neighbor rooftop restaurant Hot Eatsue for the eats.  

Address: 155, Bongeunsa-ro, Gangnam-gu, Gangnam-Gu, 06122 Seoul

Operating Hours: 6 pm to 12 am (Monday to Sunday)


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