Attached to an annex of Itaewon’s famous Hamilton Hotel is where you’ll find Club Mute, one of the better clubs in Itaewon and also probably the club where most foreigners are likely to be found on a Friday or Saturday night in Seoul. At times the club feels like a place in LA rather than Korea’s capital, and the crowd is very heavily non-Korean – so if you’re visiting from overseas and want to meet a lot of Koreans, you’d definitely be better off heading to somewhere like Ellui or Octagon.
On the other hand, if dancing with a lot of Americans and Europeans doesn’t sound like a bad idea then you could definitely due a lot worse than Mute. The club’s main musical style is Techno and a few of its varieties, including Detroit Techno and Tech House. I find this music pretty difficult to dance to, although every now and again the DJ decides to drop some more familiar beats and I hit the dance floor in style. I’ve been to Mute on several occasions, most recently in July 2015 when I was visiting Seoul as part of a UN delegation on North Korea. We failed to get the folks from Pyongyang to sign our nuclear procreation treaty but we still decided to rent a table at Mute and get shitfaced anyway. Fun times!
Even if you’re not commiserating a failed negotiation with the commies up North there’s still plenty of fun to be had at Mute. Don’t let the name fool you, the sound system is cranked up to the max, so be sure not to stand too close to the amplifier or it might send a powerful shock wave through your family jewels, rendering your child-making abilities somewhat of a challenge.
Hamilton Hotel Annex, 116-1, Itaewondong, Yongsangu, Seoul Korea, Seoul, Korea 116-1
Club Mute is open on Friday & Saturday nights until 6am.