Hongdae, is one of my favourite places in Seoul it’s cool, edgy and has a fantastic bohemian atmosphere. This area is a hub for South Korean students and cool kids to shop, be seen and party! A night out here can very easily turn into the mother of all hangovers so be warned! Hongdae, has some of the hippest bars and there is no where I like to get my boogie on than “Suzie. Q’s.” Perfectly hidden in the madness of Hongdae, this place is a welcome change from the Techno-laser fueled Ho Bars or boring Expat Sports Bars; unlike a lot of places Suzie Q’s has SOUL !
Looking at the door leading to the basement stairs you are unsure what to expect. However, when you walk down and spy the vinyl clad walls leading to the main entrance you know you in for a good night!
This place is all about the music and it plays some of the best tunes around, if you are into 1960’s “rock&roll,” and “Motown & Soul,” there is nowhere better to shake them hips than here! Playing The Rolling Stones, The Small Faces, and The Supremes along with modern bands such as Kasabian and The Arctic Monkeys; this place is an indie-retro music lovers dream! No K-pop to worry about in this vicinity that’s for sure!( and my goodness aren’t we glad!) The bar has a laid back atmosphere and has a “dancing in your living room sort of vibe,” with its low key decor, big sofas and vintage band posters.
Unlike many bars around Seoul this place has a personal touch and is ran by “Kyu Nam Jo,” a well- known record collector in South Korea, who even plays each song from his own personal collection! Kyu Nam Jo, himself has become a bit of an underground celebrity among the record collectors of South Korea and coming to this bar you can see why his collection is MASSIVE and utterly flawless!!!Not only does he put the needle on the record (literally) but he also is the king of multi-tasking and serves drinks too, while his wife is busy handing out FREE POPCORN to all their customers.
Suzie Q’s, feels less like a bar but more like a cool house party hosted by South Korea’s very own” Quentin,”( Bill Neigh in the boat that rocked, if you don’t know the reference watch the film asap!) As you bop to “The Beatles,” with your free popcorn and your reasonably priced beer, you can’t help but love it here!!
What is even more impressive is unlike a lot of places he is more than happy to play requests under a strictly no K-pop rule of course, in fact he was very impressed when we asked for, “Runaway- By Del Shannon,” My other half has a very distinctive Beatles hair-do no dissimilar to Kyu Nam Jo’s, own and he was loving it!
With his thick framed glasses 1960’s hair and vintage style this guy is very much a person you want to party with if given the chance!!We spent most of the evening here and I can honestly say it was fantastic and one of the best bars I have visited in Asia. It was not relatively busy when we visited which meant we were able to get on our dancing shoes and we even managed to get a boogie in with the man of the moment.
For anyone taking a trip to Seoul, Hongdae is a must see attraction and Suzie.Q’s should be put top billing of places to visit if you are wanting to have an old fashion wiggle to some fantastic music!
As mentioned its pretty hidden and I have tried my best to find directions and this is the best I could come across:
From Hongik Univeristy Main Gate towards Sangsu Station( near Exit 1.) pass Club Evans on the right and Suzie.Qs, is on a nearby side street( best advice would be to ask around or try and google map it)