Pistil, bar in Itaewon

Seoul’s nightlife is as dynamic as they are portrayed in K-dramas, perhaps even more vibrant. A good example of this is Pistil a lively and popular bar in Itaewon that both locals and expats flock to to hang out and party until the sun rises.

Popular with the international crowd

Pistil crowd
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Because Pistil is especially popular with expats, you’ll find that it’s a great place to socialise with people from various cultures. Open from 8pm, the bar fills up quickly, so try to get there early! You don’t want to miss out on the best seats in the house, which are by the DJ booth.

Pistil photo spots
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Take some pictures with your newfound friends by the sign above the DJ, or by the wall of posters right next to the bar – both popular photo spots in the bar. 

Pistil entrance
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Make sure to snap a photo at the entrance for an iconic shot for the gram.

Good variety of DJ lineups

Pistil DJ lineup
Image credit: @pistilseoul

Pistil’s lineup of DJs rotates frequently and you can find their roster for the night posted on their Instagram. The visiting DJs mostly specialise in electronic music, so you can expect genres such as deep house or techno. 

Pistil DJs
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Each night usually features 3-4 DJs, so there’s sure to be a good variety of music throughout the evening. They also hold themed parties on special occasions such as Halloween.

Pistil DJ spinning
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If you’re in the mood for dancing, Pistil has a small dancefloor right in front of the DJ booth. The floor is never empty and always brimming with energetic people. Seats are also available around the space, in case you need to take a breather.

Tasty finger food 

Pistil ambience
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If you’re feeling peckish, Pistil sells a small variety of finger foods such as fries and kimchi fried rice balls. Their most popular dishes are their baos (steamed bread with filling) that are made in-house and their crispy pork belly salad. Finger food prices start from KRW4,500 (~USD3.51).

Pistil customers
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Hit up the bar to loosen up. Pistil has a wide assortment of alcoholic beverages. From bottled beers to specialty cocktails, there is something for everyone. Drink prices start from KRW8,000 (~USD6.23).

Getting to Pistil

Pistil interior
Image credit: Pistil

Pistil is located at the heart of Itaewon and just a short distance away from the namesake train station. 

How to get there:

  • Take Line 6 to Itaewon Station and leave by Exit 4.
  • Walk for 4 minutes and you’ll arrive at Pistil.

Address: 130-5 Itaewon-dong, Seoul
Opening hours: Fri & Sat 8pm-4am (Closed Sundays to Thursdays)
Contact: 02-797-6139 | Pistil Instagram

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Cover image adapted from: @yeonminpark_, @djjongho, @wavecord_seoul

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