One of the newer additions to Seoul’s Gangnam nightclub scene, having opened in June 2014, Arena Club has quickly cemented a reputation for having some of the best parties in the city, and is also, along with Syndrome, a club where you’ll find no shortage of women (unlike a lot of other Seoul venues). This makes for an excellent place to drink some soju, particularly as the entry fee is good value (usually just KRW10,000, unless there’s a special event on).
Arena Club has a focus on electro and progressive house, but even if you’re not a big fan of such tunes there’s still plenty of other fun to be had here (just don’t try and sneak into the women’s bathroom, I got banned for six months after that prank!). The club’s design is very swish and luxurious, so as you can expect the dress code is pretty strict. Don’t show up in shorts and thongs (unless you’re a girl, in which case please do!) and you should be fine to get in. There are no problems if you’re a foreigner either, unlike some Korean clubs that are downright racist and prevent foreigners from entering, Arena doesn’t have such a policy, earning it a big thumbs up from me.
The club also often has models and dancers brought in to liven things up, which is always welcomed by the gentlemen in the crowd. I’m hoping that Arena will offer a mid-week ladies night at some point in the future, because I have a feeling that would be a truly special event. In the meantime, though, the Arena Club is a very solid pick for weekend clubbing in Seoul.
Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Nonhyeon Dong. 18-2
Arena Club is open Friday and Saturday nights until 9am, and often on Sunday nights too depending on their event schedule.