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Halloween everyday!

Blood cocktails, fried fingers and dead waiters, here are the scariest venues in Seoul

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Chuljunsung Chuljunsung
Noneun Zombie
  • Bars
  • Mapo-gu

While you sip one of their “Zombie shots,” all of the lights go out all of the sudden and a group of zombies appear out of nowhere at a nerve wrecking sound of siren. They grab you, force you a long eye contact, dance to a Big Bang song then pour you a shot while you’re probably shivering with fear. Who doesn’t want that, right? While I consider there’s enough in my life that makes me fearful (which comes for free), if you enjoy horror and don’t mind being grabbed by creepy looking zombies, Noneun Zombie might be an alright place to visit, perhaps once. As the zombies don’t hang around in the bar, you need to sit at a table for a while—they’ll come out when you least expect it. While one downside is the fact that you need to order food with your drinks, the drinks here are pretty cheap, and their Bloody Zombie Chicken is actually not bad as fried chicken. All in all, and perhaps as expected, it’s a place that’s definitely for the gimmicks rather than a quality menu. Accordingly, you’ll go through a thorough I.D. check when you enter, on a level that’s unusual in Seoul. There is usually a pretty long line outside the bar around midnight, so if you want to avoid waiting in line you might want to visit before 10pm or after 1am. Would I go back? I'll just say that I had to get many more drinks (at a different bar) afterwards to learn to laugh again.

  • Restaurants
  • Gangnam-gu

Not feeling pumped up enough for Halloween just yet? One remedy might be the red and blue IV injection available at Witch's Kitchen. With the spider webs on the ceiling, rather eerie looking paintings on the wall and purple lighting, the IV cocktail shot will go well with finger shaped cookies decorating the dishes. Considering the atmosphere and quality, the prices are good: Chicken Thigh Steak is 5,000 won and Pane Cream Pasta is 13,500 won. While Witch's Kitchen is a quite kid-friendly place, it will become a bit more ghostly on Halloween.

  • Bars
  • Pubs
  • Gwangjin-gu

Walking up to the second floor where this bar is located, you’ll encounter creepy looking dolls welcoming you with blank stares. With the name like “Lunatic,” I guess you can’t expect anything less than over-the-top, pure insanity galore. Inside, a Child's Play Chucky doll is sitting in darkness whilst taking the spotlight all alone, and more than a dozen Guy Fawkes mask are hanging on the wall. At one point, you’ll also encounter zombies hanging around the bar. This is actually the least scary part of the game here, as the zombies are here just to chill, really. After a little while, you’ll realize that Lunatic can in fact be a not only eerie but also entertaining place—the staff will come and let you enter the bar’s own lottery, and talk to you as if you’re an old friend. Among the 40 dishes available here, the Fruit and Chocolate Fondue is quite popular.

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