Not the bar it used to be, but who knows, could be primed for a comeback. Big stage with the occassional Korean indie bands.


Live music, Jazz, Korean Indie. Open Mic Thurs. Just around the corner from The Crossroads, right across the street from Monks on the main drag. 011-873-2200

The club has the reputation for having the best sound system in all of Busan.


The Crossroads is the original Expat Bar in Korea. You can check out Busan's original open mic on every Thursday night.

051-515-1181. Right in the heart of the PNU district.

You can read an interview with the owner Kim Dong Ha here and a story about it's 15th anniversary here.


One of the area’s oldest and most well known foreign bars run by the godfather of foreign bars, Kim Dong-ha. In the basement beneath his other cool bar, Crossroads.

Pool table. Darts. 

Home to the Ha-Ha-Hole the first Friday of every month. Comedy open mic at its something or other.

Photo from Busan High Five Awesome!


One of the most popular bars in Busan for the past several years. Great Korean staff. They offer live music, pool and hookahs. Tuesdays feature an open mic; Wednesdays, German-reggae; and DJs blast each Thursday and Friday. Live music usually takes the Saturday slot. For food, try the excellent Nachos Grande.

Check out their Facebook page.

To get there: Head towards the main PNU gate, make the second-to-last right turn before you get there and head upstream on the one-way street. Look for it on the right side about a block down.

Vinyl Underground

One of the longest running bars in Busan. Consistently bringing in great live music on weekends. A Large dance floor high ceilings, nice stage.  Look for Andy Warhol’s big yellow banana. 051-628-0223

Read interview with Expat bar godfather, Dong Ha here.



A music bar with character to spare and a ton of classic vinyl sitting on the shelves behind the DJ booth.

Live music on the weekends from some of Busan’s best musicians. They have the most popular open mic in town on Wednesdays.

HQ Bar


The Overview

HQ Bar is your place in KSU for drunken mistake-making. We have an ever-expanding variety of microbrew bottles and craft beers on tap; an extensive selection of late-night pub grub; rugby, football, and kung fu movies; and a music selection that, according to our customers, isn't awful.

U2 Bar

Lounge/Dance Bar/Live Bands. Darts. U2 has been popular forever. Gre

Great lounge atmosphere with big booths to melt into after stepping off the dance floor.

Great management and friendly staff.


Getting your Gear On: Busan’s Little Known Music Market


The outdoor Bujeon Si-jang (Bujeon Market) is your typical Asian open-air food and produce area: a sprawling collection of fruit carts, meat carcasses, and all manner of colorful characters who pass their days laughing, haggling, and gutting fish. What one might not expect to find, however, is the biggest concentration of music shops in Busan. But there they are, on the outskirts of the market’s Byzantine alleyways, inside a large nondescript white warehouse.

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