Itaewon’s All that Jazz

All that Jazz in Itaewon is a bit of a legend in Korea. In the beginning there were two major Jazz clubs in Seoul. There was Once in a Blue Moon in Apgujeong and All that Jazz. Once in a Blue Moon had very rustic roots, but it’s popularity and appearance in many dramas, movies, and other media appearances spurred on it’s transformation to become a very upscale Jazz spot. Being expensive doesn’t mean that the Jazz acts are all that great. In my opinion, I prefer Club Evans in Hongdae to Once in a Blue Moon. Club Evans gets great bands and the space has a kinetic flow that is electric blue.

Now All that Jazz has a humble family feel to the place and it seems to have quite a few regulars. The music is down home as well and the acts aren’t pretentious or amatuerish. They’re laid back; they’re just jazz.

I’m calling this guy Grandpa Jazz, because he’s just cool like that. He sings, plays the bongos and the beer bottle, and tells jokes.

This woman had a Joplin-esque voice and a great personality.

We got a bottle of Panul 2007 Cab Reserve for 40,000 + VAT. Nachos were 12,000. There was also a W10,000 cover charge for the music acts.

 

The music acts start at 9pm and the place will completely fill up, so get there early to get a table.
Directions: Go out exit 1 of Itaewon subway station. It is next to Nike shop on the second floor. 795-5701

Daniel Gray

Daniel Gray is a Korean adoptee and entrepreneur that returned to Korean in 2005 because he wanted to try and find his birth mother and to learn about Korean culture. He started a restaurant review blog in 2007, www.seouleats.com, that became a local and international hit. He and his blog has been featured in the New York Times, Monocle Magazine, The Kimchi Chronicles, Bizarre Foods, Rudy Maxa, Olive Magazine, Euronews and much more. He now is a partner at O’ngo Food Communications (www.ongofood.com), which is a culinary tourism and consulting company that offers Korean cooking classes and restaurant tours to travelers. In 2013, he started Brew 3.14 Pizza Pub. His food tours, cooking classes, and restaurant are ranked as some of the top attractions in Seoul according to the website tripadvisor. He lives in Korea with his wife.

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  • Anonymous

    I hope they're just on vacation. I stopped by in mid July 2011 and the place was closed on a Saturday night.

  • Dale

    I think they have a new location, but can't find info about where it is in itaewon.

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