Seoul’s drinking scene is always hot and happening, and bar owners are always taking the guest experience to a whole different level—literally.
As the season changes, and as the last few traces of summer slip into fall, here are some of the city’s best rooftop bars, where you can breathe in the crisp autumn air while enjoying a drink or two with a stunning view.
Casa Corona ticks all the boxes—delicious food and drinks, a picturesque set-up, and a great view of the heart of Seoul. Oh, and did we mention about the glass domes? Of course, the star of their bar menu is Corona Beer, but feel free to try their other offerings (they have set meals good for small groups), while enjoying live music and tunes spun by international DJs helming the decks.
Due to its proximity to Hongik University, this bar in the hip district of Hongdae bustles with youthful energy. Just like what its name suggests, Playground Rooftop Cafe & Bar makes playtime even more fun with their delicious cocktails and social events. Swing by during their language exchange nights to meet people from all over the world and add a few new words to your vocabulary.
Tagging itself as the best rooftop bar in Myeongdong, L7 Hotels’ Floating brings the ultimate rooftop bar experience with breathtaking panoramic views of Namsan outlined by the vibrant neon glow of Myeongdong’s shopping district. This modern-chic bar boasts a wide array of wines, craft beers, and signature cocktails that go well with their sumptuous bites like the quintessential Korean-style fried chicken.
Southern Texas meets Seoul—that’s pretty much the best way to describe this rooftop bar in the ever-busy melting pot that is Itaewon. Their menu boasts a hodgepodge of Texan-Korean fusion bites and their craft cocktails are not just to die for, but Insta-perfect too. When you swing by, grab a seat at the outdoor area if you want a breath of fresh air, or sit by the bar and watch bartenders flexing their skills as they prepare your bespoke drinks.
Another upscale rooftop bar, The Griffin is a great place to relax with the crew. Sitting on the 11th floor of JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square, it treats you to fantastic views of the historic district below. Among the well-loved items on their menu is the “Griffin” crispy chicken, which you can pair with one or a couple of their world-class drinks prepared by award-winning bartenders.
A version of this article first appeared on KKday.