24 favourite wine bars in Seoul 2023
Phone: +82 02-2088-5844
Address: KR 서울특별시 강남구 도산대로34길 22, B1 빌딩 모노폴
With the theme of "Wine and Art", this unique space is designed around the concept of exploring tastes and introducing customers to new hobbies and delightful inspirations. The experience of selecting wine is made intriguing through a fun system that involves a simple survey on a tablet PC to find the wine to match individual preferences. Offering a variety of snacks and dining options that pair seamlessly with wine. The wine list boasts approximately 450 different labels, with a focus on Burgundy wines. As you enjoy the art on display, curated by private collectors, you can relish the expe...
Phone: +82 02-516-5571
Address: 63-11 B1 Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu
This dynamic space constantly reinvents itself, featuring a weekly rotation of house wines, monthly changing pairing menus, and monthly pop-up events. Notably, their 1 + 1 BYOB policy catches the eye. The tranquil interior exudes a sense of medieval European nobility, akin to an antique mansion, making it an ideal backdrop for wine enthusiasts. This ambience beautifully complements the extensive selection of natural wines on the wine list. Vampire Weekend is a blend of sophistication and antique moods, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking a unique and evolving wine experience...
Phone: +82 02 512 4067
Address: 16-6 Dosan-daero 81-gil, Gangnam-gu
The term 'Bouquet' refers to the bouquet of aromas that bloom from a matured wine. Sommeliers have meticulously chosen wines that are at their prime tasting stage, complemented by vintage glassware and decanters enriched with the touch of artisans and the patina of time. What's impressive is the sommelier's philosophy of not just offering a wine tasting experience, but a comprehensive sensory journey. This wine-focused space offers the opportunity to explore 350 different wines at various stages of maturity, making it a heaven for wine enthusiasts.
Phone: +82 02-515-3369
Address: 91 청담동, Gangnam-gu
Domaine Cheong-Dam, an establishment that encapsulates the charm of France, is a modern reinterpretation of French wine and cuisine. This venue offers a space where you can savour high-quality wines and exquisite dishes prepared by a professional team delivering a unique experience to its guests. The first-floor bar is adorned with natural red marble ‘Rosso Revanto,’ creating an elegant ambience with the intense hues of red wine. The second floor is designed to provide a more private setting, with each table and room tailored to evoke the ambience of wine regions such as Chablis, Burgundy, a...
Phone: +82 02-6985-7214
Address: KR 서울특별시 강남구 테헤란로 231 EAST 2층 E205호
In the centre of Seoul, Allen effortlessly combines a Michelin-starred fine dining experience with the comfort of savouring snacks and wine. Whether you seek friendship, business deals, or simply wish to celebrate life’s joys, Allen caters to all purposes. It offers a diverse array of wine, and dining events too, ensuring a delightful experience for every customer. The wine selection is a treasure trove of wines meticulously curated with profound knowledge. These wines are served to patrons through the expertise of wine director Joon and sommelier Soo Hyun. Notably, their collection has ear...
Phone: +82 02-511-1904
Address: 1층, 17 지하 Dosan-daero 62-gil, Gangnam-gu
Two CMS Advanced Sommeliers and Korea Sommelier of the Year Winners (Donghyuk Shin 2016 / Wooktae Han 2017) with about 20 years of experience are running the service. More than anything else, "Les Copains" is a place where you can explore a diverse range of classic wines. It goes beyond just the region, reflecting the philosophy of the wine producers in the offerings it provides. This wine bar is dedicated to offering professional wine services that express a profound knowledge of the craft. With a focus on the depth of experience, it's a place where you can immerse yourself in the world of...
Phone: +82 1020322982
Address: Hannamdaero 20 gil 61-17 2F
Bar Big Lights is a natural wine bar and Neo-french bistro in Hannam-dong, Seoul. When it opened in 2017, it was the first natural wine bar in Seoul, and quickly became the hub for natural wine lovers. Back then, it was a 6-table and invitation-only bistro bar, located in a back alley in Itaewon. The feeling of being the trusted natural wine bar is still lingering. The bistro menu is a real treat. The Neo-french dishes are changing depending on the seasonal availability of ingredients, and it is difficult not to order all the dishes from the menu. In the summer, Bar Big Light organises Saturd...
Phone: +82 2-3213-1281
Address: 300 롯데월드타워, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu
Bar 81 in Jamsil is the highest Champagne bar in the world. The bar is located on the 81st floor in the Signiel Hotel in Lotte World Tower, a 123-floor and 555.7-meter high skyscraper, currently the tallest building in Korea and the fifth tallest in the world. In 2019, Bar 81 was listed as one of the best hotel sky bars in the world by Forbes. You obviously come here for the view, which is truly stunning: all the neighbourhoods, the river, the mountains. Watching the sunset and then all the city lights from here is spectacular. Alongside with the Champagne, Bar 81 also serves a Parisian men...
Phone: +82 10 3347 1571
Address: 33 Seolleung-ro 152-gil, Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu
Cucciolo Terraza is a natural wine bar in Apgujeong in Seoul, with a hidden courtyard terrace. The wines are accompanied by great Italian dishes - everything from pasta to bread made in house. The Korean leak pasta is especially good. Cucciono Terrazza has no Instagram or website, but since the owner Juwoon Julian Kim has had many earlier successes with Volpino, Cucciolo and Maremma, the place quickly became fully booked when it opened in 2017. The secret behind it all is a research and development team that constantly works creatively with new menus and concepts. The beautiful weather in S...
Phone: +82 2-542-8003
Address: 43 Seolleung-ro 162-gil, Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu
Casa del Vino in Chungdam is the longest-running wine bar in Seoul. It is a hotspot for Burgundy lovers and high-class business people. A lot of business happens here over a bottle of wine. It can seem intimidating, but this is actually a place where people are having fun. Have a seat at the square-shaped bar, order some wine and see where the night takes you.
Phone: +82 2 547-5867
Address: 4층, 로이빌딩, 640-13 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu
Clos de Yong is a wine bar in Sinsadong in Seoul. The owner, Yonghee Kim, is from the first generation of Korean sommeliers, and he has won several competitions. Yonghee is particularly known for how well he handles the wine, and he is also an expert in Burgundy and Champagne. Seating is only available at the bar, and the place is usually quiet, which makes it easy to have a conversation with Yonghee. With a few decades of experience, you can learn about how the industry has developed in Seoul from him. Clos de Yong serves no food, but guests are allowed to order in.
Phone: +82 10-2758-0094
Address: 87-7 Yangjae-dong, Seocho-gu
Dogokokk is a small natural wine bar in Dogokdong, next to Yangjae creek. The bar opened in 2019 and is small and cosy, with only five tables and simple interiors. The owner, Dongwoo Choi, is friendly and super passionate about his wines. His English is good too, so you can easily nerd away about natural wines if it isn’t a busy night. Dongwhoo makes everything by himself: serves the wines and cooks the food. Since it is a wine bar, ordering a bottle is a must. The dishes are made for sharing: pasta, cheeses, and salads.
Phone: +82 2 3447 8005
Address: 65 Naruteo-ro, Seocho-gu
Found Local is a natural wine bar and Korean fusion-bistro located in Chanwondong in Seoul. It is one of those places where atmosphere is everything; every light, every detail is well chosen. The first time I went there I remember studying the beautiful chopsticks for a long time, being amazed not only by how well the seasonal Korean ingredients where tasting, but also how they were presented on Korean ceramics. In the dining space, there are a few tables shattered out, and a large central table, perfect for after-work drinking sessions (typical in Korean work culture). But the place to sit...
Address: 1094 Geumhodong 4(sa)-ga, Seongdong-gu
Geunnam Vin is a natural wine bar and seasonal Hansik (traditional Korean food) restaurant next to the Geumnam market in Seoul. The vibe is casual, echoing a French wine bar and bistro from the owner Mikyung Jo’s time in Paris, where she used to run a similar wine bar. The food menu is short and changes daily, serving Korean dishes such as seafood, pancakes, ribs and soups. This is a great place to go for experiencing Korean food in a new way. Off and on there are pop-ups: Guest chefs, Izakaya evenings and craft installations.
Phone: +82 70-4300-4312
Address: 630-37 Jayang-dong, Gwangjin-gu
Gorae is a natural wine bar in Jayang-dong in Seoul with a very particular concept: You pay a basic price for everything from wine to chopsticks and dishes, and then for the time you spend in the place. You can bring your own wine and food, and the starting price for a bottle is low compared to other places in Seoul. Gorae opened in 2019 and is the most progressive initiative in the wine scene in Seoul right now. It has been controversial within the industry, but it is very popular, especially among younger people and women. The interior is simple, with barely any decoration.
Phone: +82 2 744-3979
Address: Kwonnong-dong 141-5 Seosun ra gil153, 종로구
Ida is a natural wine bar and Korean fusion restaurant located just by Changgyeonggung Palace in Seoul. The location close to several major attractions in Seoul such as Gyeongbukgung palace, Bucheon village, Insadong and Dongdaemun makes it the perfect spot to bring someone who is visiting Seoul for the first time. Do all the sightseeing in the afternoon and end the day here. The owner-chef Hyung Woo Jung focuses on Korean fusion dishes using indigenous ingredients and a natural wine list that is mixed with traditional Korean alcohols. The seating is spacious and well separated, inviting to...
Address: 2,3F 119-8 Cheoung dam, Gang nam, Seoul
Les Clefs de Crystal is a wine bar in Chungdam, run by the importing group Crystal. All employees are sommeliers, making it a very professional bar; they take great care of the details such as glasses, and pride themselves to be serving “wine connoisseurs”. The bar used to be membership-only but then opened up for public and became more casual, keeping a lounge section for its members. People come to Les Clefs de Crystal especially for the side dishes such as sashimi and pasta, making it a great spot for the last round of the night.
Phone: +82 2-2269-1319
Address: 18 Chungmu-ro 5-gil, Jung-gu
You go to the natural wine bar MXL in Euljiro in Seoul for the experience: Located on a remote street in a printing and packing district, you’ll find yourself walking in circles if you have never been there before until you finally find the bar’s neon light sign. Inside, everything is red; it’s cool, it’s Hong Kong-vibe, and the crowd is young and hip. Alongside the all-natural wine list, MXL serves pasta, salads, and Gamja Pajeon – a Korean style potato pancake. This is the kind of place you go to for a pre- or post-dinner bottle of wine.
Phone: +82 2-6409-3373
Address: 35 Banpo-daero 7-gil, Seocho 3(sam)-dong, Seocho-gu
Maison Jo in Banpodong has the best artisanal charcuterie in Seoul. You can grab a plate of the French-style charcuterie platters with pates, sausages and ham, paired with some natural wine at one of the few tables in the shop, or order takeaway. All the charcuterie is made with Korean ingredients and handmade in the shop. Woo Ram Jo, the owner, studied cooking in Italy. When he returned to Korea, he started making salami himself since he was missing it so much. He wasn’t sure he was doing it correctly though, so he decided to go to France to learn more about charcuterie. He ended up staying...
Phone: +82 2 792-5849
Address: 5 Hoenamu-ro 10-gil, Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu
Namsan Winery is a Portuguese wine bar and restaurant located in a two-story townhouse on a back alley of Gyeongridan in Seoul. Taxis will not be able to drop you off in front of the restaurant. Instead, you need to give them the location of Donga Pharmacy on the main road. The space is cosy; wine barrels, corks turned into wall art and empty bottles lined up along the bar. You're always greeted with a smile, usually by the owner Taehyeon Gwon himself. The place is a hub for Portuguese wine in Seoul; post a picture from here, and you’ll get a message from someone in the Portuguese wine industr...
Phone: +82 2-599-6585
Address: 3층, 19 Seorae-ro 7-gil, Seocho-gu
Somm J Wine bar in Sorae Maul in Seoul is run by the sommelier Jung Uk Jang. Jung Uk is a true wine geek, and everything here is really about the wine. He stocks a lot of wines from a wide range, keeping several different vintages of the same wine in his cellar.
Phone: +82 2-545-5130
Address: 665-9 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu
Soi Mao is a Thai restaurant in Apgujeong in Seoul listing natural wines. The restaurant is casual with colourful tablecloths and is open for lunch and dinner. Soi Mao was the first Thai restaurant in Seoul to list natural wines.
Phone: +82 2-518-1611
Address: 1-14, Cheongdam-dong, Seoul
Vin 144 is a wine bar in Cheongdamdong in Seoul. It is one of the longest-running wine bars in Seoul and has a lot of loyal customers that have been with the bar all the way. The bar is run by the owner/sommelier Mingyu Sang, who is one of the first generation sommeliers in town. His long personal involvement and experience as a sommelier draw people to the bar. If you want to get a feeling for where the wine scene in Seoul originates from, and what it used to be, Vin 114 is a great place to go. The bar also serves food.
Phone: +82 10-9964-3357
Address: 44-8 Yongsan 2(i)ga-dong, Yongsan-gu
Wildduck Canteen is a natural wine bar in Haebangcheon in Seoul. The bar was opened by a couple of friends from the fashion industry. The owners are young, and the vibe is young, and the people that come here are in their 20s and 30s. The food is American canteen-inspired and feels homemade. For brunch, you can have a scone, open sandwich and mushroom soup. On the dinner menu, there are salads, roasted cauliflower and lamb. The wine list is complex, and although it can look short at first sight, there are many different wines in the wine cellar. Wildduck Cantine really sets out to be that c...