It’s become somewhat cliche for a business to say we’ve got everything you need in one place, but for 247 Tower in Haeundae, they can back up the claim. Spread upwards through 8 floors, 247 Tower has an an elaborately laid out pub on the first floor, a dance club on the second floor, the so called Rookie Lounge on the third, a barrister training academy on the fourth, and above all that there are three floors of reasonably priced motel rooms.
We decided to go all out and buy the whole building, says 247’s manager, James. That way we could offer something for everyone’s taste, no matter what they are into.
Oh, and we forgot to mention, the basement is set up like a traditional soju bar, with tables spread across the entire area and TV’s showing sports on all the walls.
For our money, the best spot in 247 Tower is the first floor pub lounge. At the center of the spacious and smartly decorated lounge is one of the largest bars in the city. Bartenders race up and down the middle of the wrap-around bar, serving a wide selection of cocktails, including reasonably priced $4 drafts from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. every night.
A series of spacious booths line the perimeter and there is a perfect felt pool table, as well as two dart boards â all of which are placed in close proximity to the floor-to-ceiling windows that open up onto the street.
If you want to get your dance on, then head up to the second floor and check out the DJ. Dress to impress for the 247 Dance Club, as it is very popular and draws large crowds on the weekends. There’s often a waiting line that goes down the street. Or, if Hip Hop is your thing, the Rookie Club will handle that fix nicely.
For all its great offerings, last year was a tough time for 247. Complaints arose amongst some members of the expat community about their being denied entry based on their foreigner status. James says it was due to a communication problem between management and the staff and that it is no longer a worry.
We have invested a lot of money to create a venue that is open to everyone and we regret that those misunderstandings with our door staff took place, James laments. Lately, on some nights, the expat crowd is actually larger than the Korean crowd. We’re very proud of that.
Getting there: Coming from Paradise Hotel, take the crosswalk heading away from the beach towards U2. Go right on the sidewalk until you reach the first street about 20 meters down. Hang a left there and you can’t miss it.