Discover Seoul: Nightlife and Music Culture in Itaewon’s Cakeshop
In every city, there are many hot spots and fun places to be entertained on your night out. Seoul, of course, has its own fair share of great clubs in all the major districts.
Of all the places in Seoul, Itaewon is by far the most international area. In fact, you may find yourself wondering if you are still in Korea after glancing around. For most people who enjoy spending their nights out at Itaewon, there are always a few places that will automatically come to mind. And it is highly probable that one of the hottest clubs in Seoul, Cakeshop, is a place that comes to mind for most of them.
The club’s early days began as one of the few underground clubs in Seoul. Disco, techno, future r&b, and bass house were the predominant genres of music that were played in the club. It actually used to be an illegal strip club during the shadier days of Itaewon. What Cakeshop used to be and what it is now is a debatable issue but there is no denying that whatever transformation it has gone through, it’s name value hasn’t lessened in any way. And you most definitely can’t judge the place by its somewhat surprisingly small size. The club may barely be able to hold 200 people, but respected underground musicians and producers such as the likes of FKJ, Cherokee, Kartell, Darius, STWO, and so on have dropped by and performed. This means that the club has no trouble attracting party-goers and customers. In fact, to see a long line of people waiting to get in is not an uncommon sight around Cakeshop.
The club has, of course, had some changes made as well over the years. Next to the club on the right used to be a store called ‘Han’s Engraving’, but is no longer in business in that location. Instead, Cakeshop has expanded and now there is a lounge bar called ‘Contra’ connected with the club. An entrance pass to Cakeshop can get you into Contra as well.
The club usually opens from 10 pm up until around 5:00 am. There is a 20,000 won entrance fee and it also comes with a one free drink coin voucher.
It is located at the very end of Itaewon, thus making it easy to find. The crowd that usually hang at the club are generally people who like underground electronic music and you sometimes may run into some of the most down to earth people in Korea. But of course, it all depends on the night as well.
While Cakeshop still maintains a somewhat underground vibe, a portion of that has changed after celebs and idols began making surprise appearances, leading to more mainstream culture conscious people to attend out of curiosity. Notably, G-Dragon‘s surprise appearance at the club became an issue at one point.
YG Entertainment K-Pop queen CL has also attended the club before as well to help promote her DJ artist friend.
For more additional information including DJ set dates, location, and reservations, you can visit Cakeshop’s Facebook.