Perfect bodies, diamante-trimmed thongs, contortionist-like moves… This was the initial visual picture that my mind generated when I heard about the 7 Club in Korea — a Russian strip club. The room salons where men can go to drink soju, sing and have sex , the Russian bars, love motels, barber shops offering more than a shave, coffee girls which have the reputation for delivering more than just coffee …. It is an industry however, that unlike Amsterdam, tries to hide itself. Instead, we did what we could, without removing any articles of clothing! We paid a visit to the renowned Russian 7 Club. On entering, we immediately felt welcome and sat at the bar.
A Complete Guide to Nightlife in Seoul, South Korea
Unlike in the Western world, where reveling is reserved for the weekend, heavy drinking sessions are had just about every night of the week in South Korea. And, rather than downing a few brews in a single bar or restaurant, Koreans prefer to party in cha , or rounds, eating and carousing at multiple locations well into the early hours of the morning. Usually, a night out on the town involves two or three cha , but a special occasion such as a birthday or holiday can take merry-makers all the way into a fifth. Each round generally takes place at a specific kind of establishment; the following are the most common. Gogi jib: To start the evening, Koreans tend to go out for a meal together, usually at a gogi jib , or barbecue restaurant. Fatty slabs of samgyeopsal pork belly make for an ideal meal to prepare the body for binge-drinking, and also pair beautifully with somaek , a widely-consumed cocktail of soju and maekju beer. Bars: Drinks are usually the focus of the next round, which is usually at a bar.