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Great Live Music Venues In Busan

The independent music scene in Busan is flourishing. If you know where to look, there are plenty of live music evenings in the city since there are creative individuals everywhere. Here is our guide to Busan‘s top venues.


15-1 Yongso-ro 7beon-gil, Daeyeon 3(sam)-dong

A little-known treasure near Kyungsung University (KSU). On the weekends, they frequently host open stage events and live performances. For those seeking a more laid-back vibe, weekdays are quieter. Best bar personnel I’ve ever encountered.

A little difficult to find, but well worth getting lost for! The best directions to this location are: Take exit 3 from the Kyungsangdae subway station, then go straight ahead, taking the first right after you. After 50 metres, you will notice a red 1-liter coffee shop. Ovantgarde is on the left, in the basement, if you turn right down that alley.


Busan Yongsoro 19 St #26

One of the best ‘dive bars’ and music venues in Busan currently. Known for its impressive sound system and browsable vinyl collection. Mid-size Cavern Club style atmosphere with a stage, amps, mics, instruments, and an X-32 digital mixing console. Open mic night is every Wednesday. Good drinks selection and fresh food (pizza, wings) made to order.

HQ Gwangan

179-25 Millak-dong, Suyeong-gu, Busan

With the greatest view of the Diamond Bridge in the city, HQ Gwangan is one of Busan’s most well-liked expat pubs and is situated along the Gwangan beach strip.  provide some of the greatest pub cuisine in town, including handcrafted burgers, Philly Cheese Steaks, Chicken Parmesan, Mac & Cheese, and more. 

Their weekly activities include live music, sports, pub quizzes, and more.

Hard And Heavy Metal Pub

168-456 Bujeon 2(i)-dong, Busanjin-gu, Busan

There aren’t many places in all of South Korea like this!

Great selection of craft beer, top music playing (and option for requests!) and the owner is an absolute hero among regular customers.

There are a lot of beers that you can’t taste at regular bars. The atmosphere feels like you’re in a Western underground pub, You can listen to a variety of rock music from black metal to modern rock to indie rock!!!

Definitely recommended by many when in Busan.

Do you know any music venues I’ve missed? Let me know.

James Yeong
James Yeong

Once a quaint dweller of the English countryside, James is now a vibrant voice narrating his adventures in the bustling heart of South Korea. Since relocating to Seoul in 2019, James has immersed himself in the dynamic tapestry of Korean culture, from the serene temples tucked away in mountainous terrains to the neon-lit streets of modern cities.

This blog has become a haven for those seeking an outsider's yet intimate perspective on South Korea, often shedding light on hidden gems and local favourites rather than just the typical tourist hotspots. With a keen eye for detail and a writing style dripping with wit and warmth, James has managed to amass a devoted readership from all corners of the globe.

Whether you're planning a trip to the Seoul, the surrounding cities or just vicariously traveling from the comfort of your couch, Jame's tales of exploration and discovery are sure to ignite a passion for the Land of the Morning Calm.

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