Korean Nightlife: TAP

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I want to introduce everyone to a place that I enjoy going to on the weekends. I live in Anyang, which is about a 30-45min subway ride into Seoul, depending on where I go. I love Seoul, and I hope to live there one day. I could easily spend an entire day there, but it’s hard dedicating an entire night. The subway closes around 11:30 and it doesn’t open until 5:30. Now, I love to dance, but I can’t be bothered to dance from midnight until sunrise. Sure, you could get a hostel, go to a jimjilbang, or bite the bullet and pay for a taxi all the way home. For me, I love to go out and dance, but at the end of the night, I want to be in the comfort of my own bed.

Luckily, there’s this lounge/club located in Beomgye called TAP.

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This bar is owned by one of the coolest Korean women I’ve met, Isabell. It opened in July 2011 and moved to its new location in 2016. Although it’s not on the main strip of Beomgye anymore, the new venue is a lot nicer than its predecessor.

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During the weekdays, TAP serves as a lounge. It’s music has a chill vibe and the venue is not as crowded. You can use it as good opportunity to get a drink after work or play a game of pool or darts.

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Fridays and Saturdays are a lot livelier. The DJs play a wide range of music, from hip hop to house. It’s good to have a bit of everything, because I need some time to dance, as well as people watch or get a drink. Everyone people watches. Get off me.

Speaking of drinks, they’re nice! The bartenders, who are MIGHTY fine, serve the drinks quickly and they are properly mixed. There’s also an enormous menu with classic cocktails and shooters, as well as TAP’s own speciality drinks. I ordered a mojito, pictured below.

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Hookah is also available, but not for the entire night. I’ve seen a lot of groups come early to grab a table, located in the center, to smoke hookah before it gets too crowded. Now, there is reserved seating at TAP and, unlike clubs in Seoul, you don’t have to pay for reserving a table. However, you are required to buy one or two bottles, depending on the side you are sitting on. The smaller tables on the right are one bottle, and the tables to the left are two. If you have enough people, it’s more cost efficient and the tables are an even greater place to people watch.

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Since a lot of people go on the weekends, I recommend grabbing a locker. There are about 90 lockers available that only cost 1,000₩. Most clubs that I’ve been to in Seoul have a 3,000₩ fee. I personally like my belongings locked away and I have the key. That way, I don’t have to rely on some stranger to keep my belongings safe.

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Since TAP isn’t located in Seoul, there isn’t a strong foreigner presence. That may or may not be a turnoff for people. But that shouldn’t stop you, because it’s a good opportunity to meet people! I’ve made a lot of new friends and acquaintances at TAP. Because its people, music and convenience, I’ll always enjoy a night out at TAP.

I’ve linked their Facebook page below and attached the map from their website.

https://ko-kr.facebook.com/bumgyeclubtap/

 

 

SEPTEMBER TOP 5

Music

This month, I’ve been trying to get a lot of work done with studying, blogging, and not to mention trying to plan out my future. Nobody likes having that “five year plan” talk with their parents. I still sometimes forget that I’m not a kid. Instead I’m an adult that has to worry about bills and where I want to end up in the next five years. Thinking about the future can be a little stressful, and one of the best outlets for me to relieve some stress is through music.  This month I’ve been listening to songs with a chill or nostalgic feel. It was nice to rediscover some genres that I loved as a child and to find new artists that have paid homage to them. It’s almost poetic to see these styles growing up with me, right?

Tuxedo: Do It

Tuxedo is a funk duo comprised of Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One. Based in Los Angeles, their music aims to bring disco back to the main stage. “Do It” is their most successful song, and was released in 2013. I’m loving their vibe and their strive for individuality in the music industry.

Neil Frances: Music Sounds Better With You

This song might sound familiar because it’s a remix to Stardust’s one and only single. Fun fact, one of the members of Stardust moved on to be one-half of Daft Punk. Neil Frances is another duo (honestly, I should have called this is the September’s Top 5 Duo/Collabs) who wanted to pay homage to a great house track. Nothing can beat the original, but this song is tastefully done and released on the 19th anniversary of its predecessor. I wish they waited one more year, because…even numbers.

Lido: Not Enough (Feat. THEY.)

Lido collaborates with THEY. in “Not Enough” and I’m absolutely in love it. Who doesn’t like a song that pays homage to New Jack Music? Seriously, Bobby Brown and Boys II Men are my favorites and I wish the genre caught on more. THEY. seems like a great artist to work with. With singles like “Working For It” and “Say When”, they show that they are willing to step out of their boundaries and play around with other genres.

eery: Her

I roamed around on soundcloud and came across eery. I looked up his instragram, twitter, bandcamp, etc., and all I could find was that this artist is from Norway. I’ve really been into chill music lately. It’s great for studying and writing, and I’m trying to get back to the grind. I’ll leave a link to his soundcloud, because I think his music is dope AF.

SIK-K: Ring Ring (Feat. Gaeko)

SIK-K was first active as an underground artist. Now he’s signed under the hip-hop label H1GHR Music, which is co-owned by Jay Park and Cha Cha Malone. Working closely with Jay Park, he released his first EP called H.A.L.F. (Have A Little Fun).  He’s collaborated with a few other artists, including Crush, Simon Dominic, and DPR Live. Also, he’s been dropping a ton of M/Vs this week. Go check his fine ass out.

August 2017 Style Board

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I have summer vibes! That means incorporating brighter colors to my wardrobe. Yes, that’s extremely hard for me. In Korea, I’ve been seeing a lot of Hawaiian print shirts, colored lens sunglasses, and floral everything.

But this month, I fell in love with accessories! Earring cuffs, sunglasses, and hats are my new favorite things to hunt for. I’m currently looking for a bucket hat. Don’t look at me with that tone of voice. I look good in them.

 

Styles from:

Missguided

Esther Loves Chuu

Stylenanda

Pretty Little Thing

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Intro to Music

Music

I’ll be using this blog to publish music that I fall in love with or rediscover. I want to use this opportunity to be more open to everyone. Music is important to me, because I see it as a universal language. It’s a form of expression that allows us to make a connection with other people and cultures.

That being said, the goal is to introduce music that I’ve heard while in Korea. That doesn’t mean it will explicitly be Korean music. The playlists that I make won’t always feature brand new songs. Some will pay homage to past artists and bands. Some may even feature generic pop or alternative music. It all depends on what I’m vibing to. Creating a monthly (or bi-monthly) playlist will almost serve as a window to look into my personality and feelings.  With this, I hope to introduce a part of me to the internet, which I’m a little scared to do. The internet can be a scary place.

That being said, here’s the first playlist:

Since this is my first and I am in Korea, I decided to primarily focus on Korean artists. You may have already heard of some of the songs listed. (DEAN is my favorite R&B singer, hands down.) I wanted to keep to the themes of hip hop and synthesized music. I usually associate synth-pop with 80’s music, but it extended from electro into different genres, including hip hop and trap. It’s alway nice finding a song that blends past music trends with new ones. Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” is a perfect example.

I’ve also picked my top 5 songs that spoke to me the most this month, which I will post later. I had so much fun making this playlist! I look forward to making another one for the fall season.

August Top 5

Music

1. KASPER: Lean on Me

Most songs by Serine, aka KASPER, are rap songs. I was surprised to hear her sing! “Lean on Me” heavily concentrates on her vocals and is more minimalistic, showcasing her talent. I’m excited to see what’s in store for KASPER.

2. DPR Live: Right Here Right Now

DPR is short for “Dream Perfect Regime” and is a music and video group. These guys are extremely talented and creative artists. I really appreciate the visuals, and for a first album, they have so many big artists featured.

3. DEAN: Pour Up

DEAN is an R&B singer-songwriter currently based in Los Angeles. He collaborates with Korean and American singers, and has written songs for big K-POP groups like EXO, Block B, and VIXX. He experiments with his sound, setting him apart from most Korean artists. He’s also been featured in TIME as a Korean artist breaking into American market. I have to give credit where credit is due. 👏🏽

 

4. MINO: BODY

Body is one of those songs, that when I hear it, something takes over my body. It doesn’t matter where I am. Club, cafe, classroom? It don’t care, I’ll be dancing. MINO is rapping about a former lover that he can’t get over.  This song has also helped me to learn body parts in Korean, too.

 

5. Jessi: Gucci

Jessi, slay me! Her song can make anyone feel like a bad bitch and helps you to remember, you’re no knockoff. You’re an original and nobody can tell you what to do. I’m blasting this song during my daily affirmation. I’ve found my new queen.