Itaewon is home to a lot of clubs, and most of them can be categorized into two categories: commercial or niche. Even the music played at these clubs stay focused on being unabashedly commercial or on delivering the specific genre they're known for. The interiors also play along, being either over-the-top fancy or extremely humble. Although there are new clubs popping up around the neighborhood, it’s really quite difficult to find one with a concept that lies somewhere in between.
This January, however, Itaewon saw the opening of Club Toast. Run by two local DJ’s Jennyfts and Steve, both of whom have well-penetrated the nightlife scene in the area, it fuses a dose of refined and rough for the perfect balance for a wider audience. “We didn’t believe that an underground feel was enough; we wanted to serve quality cocktails, music and comfort on top our underground identity as the foundation," Jennyfts mentione d. The rugged concrete walls, reminiscent of the Berlin Wall, are coated with lacquer giving off a warehouse vibe. The bar, tables, and even the toilets which are all located at one end of the club, in contrast, are rather fancy (and clean).
If you've wondered what the name of the club means, it'd be safe for us to say you're right. Club Toast is where the savviest of the city would go for that celebratory shot in the middle of the night and, at the same time, where they'd hang in the beginning of the night for a warm, homey feel. With 6 sub-woofers and 4 massive speakers installed in the club, it's also where rather diverse crowds can dance and drink to all kinds of different music all night (want to feel how music "gently hugs" your body?). If you think this is the right place for you, look for the door with an ‘X’ sign on the street. Is it really that good? Well, the DJ's are confident that your first visit won’t be your last, as they’ve hung a neon sign inside that reads: "You again?"
BY: MIN SU KIM (Bling Magazine)