Crossroads is approximately 35.5421 meters from Soultrane in
PNU. (see the wonderfully precise directions for Soul Trane)
Review: The gentle cousin of Soul Trane. It's owned by the
same guy--which means the staff here is also very cool and English-speaking,
and you can walk in with the beer you bought at Soul Trane with
no worries.More a sit-down and drink and chill kind of place. The
owner is a HUGE fan of classic rock and folk, and he's got a great
collection of CDs that the staff will spin on request....or bring
your own, they'll play those too. At this writing, there is a live
acoustic act on Tuesdays by the talented Angela Crebbin and a rotating
cast of supporting musicians. (Check the Music section for the most
current info).A cool place to get fired up for the Trane, or a great
place to duck out of the Trane for air later on. The bar usually
draws a good mix of sociable types who don't like shouting in bars.
Usually. Worth a look-see.
Location: Near PNU,
around the corner from Soul Trane and across the
street from The Moo Monk.
Review: A large, ambient space with a wall
size screen and good acoustics. The music is mainly jazz with blues,
rock and folk rock mixed in. Many
of the local musical acts appear here, from Sir Roger Blazemore (Remco)
to the house band Cold Shot with some of the top Korean funk bands
in between. If you bring in your own
CD, the owner will spin it for you. There is the usual selection of
Korean beers and also Heineken, Heineken Dark, Becks, Becks Dark,
Leffe, Grolsch, bottled Guinness, Corona and Budweiser. There is no
draft beer at the moment, but there will be in the near future.French
fries, grilled cheese sandwiches and the usual assortment of finger
foods are available.
It is located around the corner from Soul Trane and across the street
from Monk. It is an alternative from the hustle and bustle of the
PNU area. The owner also owns Pictures at an Exhibition Coffee Shop.
Location: PNU area--see
directions for Soul Trane. Moo Monk is around the corner on the main
Review: Moo Monk used to be one of the main expat hangouts, but
in recent years has fallen on quieter times. Except...at this writing,
they have a regular band (Mojo) on Fridays, which is by far the busiest
night--standing-room only sometimes. They have other bands from time
to time, but they don't seem to be regular. On nights with no bands,
it's pretty quiet.Good atmosphere (especially on Fridays), a lot of
tables, and a small bar. Prices are reasonable, and the music is usually
good (Rock, blues, jazz...). The staff is cool--they'll play requests
if they've got it, and they also have a fair amount of DVDs of live
concerts (I"ve seen videos of the Sex Pistols, Jeff Buckley, Zeppelin...)
which they often play on the bar monitors. Big stage and good sound
for the live acts as well. On Fridays, there's usually some dancing
to the band.
Pusan National University. From the main gate: walk out and make
the first left. Walk straight about three blocks or so and turn
right when you see Crossroads Bar on the left. Soul Trane is down
on the right next to a chicken joint.
Review: Soul Trane has been one of the main expat hangouts
for a while now--mainly English teachers, but a fair few soldiers
and the occasional suits straggle in. Also a lot of Koreans, many
from the university and often willing and able to speak English.It's
not that big and it gets pretty packed on weekends. On Friday and
Saturday nights there are regular live bands, with the occasional
impromptu jam session on Thursdays or other nights. When the bands
are off, the tables are cleared and the serious dancing kicks off.
There have been a few DJs come and gone who are among the best in
Pusan at keeping the crowd on the floor, and they play a pretty
good mix. The staff is very cool and they all speak English.Nothing
crazy on the menu--there is anju, but very few come here to eat.
Stays open late (about sunrise) on weekends, and rocks into the
early morning. Great place to get in touch with the expat community
and your baser instincts.
Location: It's in DaeYeon
Dong, next to Pukyoung University. Take the
subway to Pukyoung_Kyungsung Dae and walk from the
main corner towards Pukyoung. Take a left
at the second street and follow it down to the next
street. Turn right and its on your right.
It's located where the old MONK was a long
time ago. It just up the street from Vinyl,
above the OZZY bar.
Review: The decor is very comfortable and the place is really nice
and quaint. The staff is very friendly and
can speak some English as well. The owner
is the also the entertainment, which is really good.
He plays requests to a kind of Karaoke machine
backing him up, as he plays the sax. This
guy has played for presidents ( even Bill Clinton
) and is really very professional. It's a
great place to bring a group and have some beers
early in the evening and enjoy some music before
heading to the dance club. Tell the owner
or staff that Jeffery sent you from PusanWeb and
I swear he'll give you a deal on your drinks. Enjoy!
Near Bukyoung University. Take the subway (Line 2) to the Bukyoung/Kyoungsoung
station. With your back to Kyoungsoung at the T-junction, walk toward Bukyoung
University on the left side of the main road. Turn left at the "TTL"
shop (the next-to-last street before you reach the Bukyoung campus). Monk will
be about 100 meters up on the left.
Any bar named after Thelonius Sphere Monk had better play a lot of jazz. They
do, as well as a fair amount of blues, rock, and soul. They have regular jazz
bands (local) on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There is a jam on Mondays at 10:30, and
other live jazz (and occasional rock/blues) bands on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Monk also hosts the popular "Poetry
Plus"about once every five weeks. Check the Events
calendar for current info and dates.
place to check out bands. There's lots of seating and a bar, and an "upper
deck" seating area with a nice view of the ample stage. Monk attracts a lot
of music lovers, and gets a fairly mixed crowd. Prices aren't bad: bottles of
domestic for 4,000 won, and some other interesting labels (Erdinger Dunkel, Murphy's
Stout, Flensberger Pilsener...) from 5,000-14,000 won. Be there, or be square.
Location: Near Bukyoung University. Take the subway (Line 2) to the Bukyoung/Kyoungsoung station. With your back to Kyoungsoung at the T-junction, walk toward Bukyoung University on the left side of the main road. Turn left at the "TTL" shop (the next-to-last street before you reach the Bukyoung campus). Walk past Monk bar on your left ( about 100 meters up the street ) and make a left, its right there on your left hand side. Look for the banana.
Review: What can be said about the Underground? It has really been "the" place to party on a Saturday night for a couple since it opened. There's an awesome line up of live DJ's spinning music of various styles on Saturday nights. DJ's come from Seoul and beyond to play for the typically jammed dance floor.
There's lots of live music on the weekends as well. Mojo plays here, as well as bands from Seoul like Heady, and the occasional relatively big named (Korean) punk band. The stage is large and set apart from the rest of the bar a little bit, and there's plenty of room to stand, sit, lounge, talk, check your email, dance, or sleep ( only in Korea ). Great drink prices, considering the alcohol content, the standard 'DongHa' pour, and they have draft beer as well as an assortment of bottled beer. The staff is super friendly and English speaking.......the place to be in Pusan.