Best Rooftop Bars in Seoul
Once the summer heat sets in, there’s no better way to enjoy the city than to hit up a rooftop bar and soak in the breathtaking views of Seoul while sipping on a cocktail or two. Venture on up to the top of a skyscraper and you will no doubt by entranced by flickers of the city lights. Whether it’s to party with friends or to take a retreat from the hustle and bustle of this urban jungle, one thing’s for sure-you can never go wrong with a view of the sunset from high above. From glitzy hotel bars to hidden gems near Gyeongnidan-gil, here are our picks for the best rooftop bars in Seoul.
Side Note Bar at the RYSE Hotel
Best Rooftop Bars in Seoul
A romantic rooftop terrace bar that doubles as a chic late-night lounge
One of the city’s ultimate hangouts, this rooftop bar at the newly opened RYSE Hotel is a refreshing escape from the bustling Hongdae area. Step out of the elevator and you’re immediately greeted with a pink neon sign flashing the bar’s name. Within the mysterious yet inviting indoor lounge is a retro-style LP bar with a collection of over 1,000 vinyl records. Fully immerse yourself in all that this bar has to offer and head out to the rooftop terrace – an effortlessly chic space decorated with romantic globe string lights. If you can, we highly recommend you catch the breathtaking view of the Han River and West Seoul at sunset. You won’t be disappointed!
With hip mixologists from Cheongdam-dong’s renowned bar Le Chamber, the Side Note Club offers a huge variety of alcoholic beverage from original cocktails to Korean-inspired concoctions that are creative without being pretentious. Try the stone cold latte – it comes out in a unique tureen specially flown in from Jeju Island, which looks a lot more like a dessert than a drink. The service is top-notch, and the bartenders are happy to give you recommendations according to the spirits of your preference.
Rooftop Bar Floating at the L7 Hotel
A sophiscated cocktail bar with a picturesque view of N Seoul Tower
Overlooking the N Seoul Tower–the highlight of the city’s skyline–and the glimmering lights of Myeongdong is an upscale open-air lounge. Head up to the 21st floor of the Myeongdong L7 Hotel where Floating showcases the city in all its glory. Seeing as it’s the largest rooftop bar in Seoul, it attracts a diverse crowd of city slickers and out-of-town visitors drawn in by the glamorous vibe. Keep cool by sipping on an ice-cold cocktail while receiving a complementary foot massage. Can it get any better than that?
With a scenic view and the highest quality selection of drinks, you’ll certainly get your money’s worth here. As a gin bar, Floating offers a wide range of exquisite GinTonica to choose from with various spices and dried fruit. It also offers champagne, craft beer and other kinds of liquor. With an outdoor terrace and an indoor lounge, Floating is the ideal spot, rain or shine.
Advance reservations are available so make sure to call ahead of time if you want to snag a seat with a view of the N Seoul Tower.
Bast in the summer breeze in this tropical oasis
Thailand meets Seoul at PP Seoul with a rooftop deck filled with comfy cushions, padded seats and dramatic white fabric flowing in the breeze. With its vacay vibes, PP Seoul is currently the hottest place to be. Boasting the highest view out of all the rooftop bars in the Itaewon area, come here to appreciate the panoramic view of the neighborhood’s charming houses tinged with the sunset’s golden dew.
A menu full of Southeast Asian inspired food and drinks, its signature cocktail, the Mango Breeze – a rum-based drink infused with mango sorbet and topped with fresh mangoes–is a must try. For food, we highly recommend going with the grilled pork and papaya salad (Food available after 6 p.m.) Although the cocktails are a bit pricey, this is the perfect spot for a romantic date or a fun night out with the girls.
PP Seoul takes reservations but in case you forget, simply add your name to the waiting list on the 1st floor. Here is a tip for all of you who don’t want to sweat a ton before you get there – since it’s located on a steep slope, walk down from Sowol-gil instead of walking up from the Gyeongnidan side.
A dramatic backdrop for the perfect selfie
Make your way up to the terrace and you’ll immediately be taken aback by the stunning view of the iconic N Seoul Tower. The perfect spot for a night out on the town, Seoul Ludens has a quaint but lively terrace where you can watch the sunset embrace the city’s skyline. A cinematic respite, they almost always have a movie rolling to give it that lovey-dovey atmosphere. A summer night in Seoul can’t get any dreamier than this!
This rooftop bar opens at 12 p.m. and offers coffee and tea, with food available after 4 p.m., in addition to a wide assortment of beer, wine and whisky. No reservations are taken, so arrive early. The seating on the terrace is limited so the lines can get pretty long on the weekends. (Pro tip: in the evenings, you have to order at least one dish per table.) And don’t be disappointed if you can’t get a spot with the N Seoul Tower view right away. If you ask the staff ahead of time, they’ll let you move once a seat opens up.
Garden Terrace at the Four Seasons Hotel
A casual rendezvous over beer and burger
The epitome of classy and chic, the Garden Terrace at the Four Seasons Hotel is ideal for a summer evening to sit back and relax with a burger and beer (seasonal event). Located on the 15th floor, the terrace offers an impeccable view of Seoul’s skyline, where you can also catch a glimpse of the impressive Gyeongbokgung Palace! As Four Seasons is located in Seoul’s financial district, the main crowd is comprised of office workers who are looking to grab post-work drinks. (Pro tip: the sunset is the most beautiful around 8 p.m. so keep that in mind!)
Garden Terrace’s no fuss menu offers an assortment of domestic craft beer from the Amazing Brewery, The Hand and Malt. Chase your beer down with a burger fresh off the sizzling grill.
You’d better hurry! This event is limited to the summer and ends in September. Since it’s monsoon season, you might want to call and check to see if they’re open on the day you plan to go. After its closing at 10 p.m., head on down to the Charles H. bar located on the basement level of the hotel for round 2.