Monday, November 19, 2012
J.J. Mahoney's - Grand Hyatt Seoul
322 Sowol-ro Yongsan-gu, Seoul
+82 2 799 8601
The Grand Hyatt Seoul is the place to be. Aside from the breathtaking views of Seoul from all around the hotel, there is a lounge called J.J. Mahoney’s with 9 sections to provide a room and a drink for every mood. There’s a dance floor in one room with a DJ playing house music, a tropical bar with island drinks, a bar for those who want to have fresh sushi, sake and soju, and a room to shoot pool with a beer. But my calling is for the room with the live music. Each night at J.J.’s there is a live band performing on the stage behind the bar top. Being that I travel often on weeknights, this place is a guarantee wild night even on a Monday. There are people visiting this bar from all over the world, whether they come for business, holiday, or just locals that want to get dressed up and dance.
It was a Monday night, and we arrived at 8:30 to find out the band comes on at 9:30. By this time we are feeling the full effects of jet lag, being that it is our first full day in Seoul. We worked up the nerve to keep our eyelids open for another hour as our chins rested on the rim of our beer glasses. I don’t think either of us expected to make it to 9:30, and we almost called it a night. But slowly the bar picked up, it got crowded and the band was introduced.
It was a group of middle-aged men performing oldies like “brown eyed girl” and several Bon Jovi hits. I felt like I was back on Long Island at a dive bar, and that’s not a bad thing! After the band took a short break, they came back with a new band member. She was a hot-pants-wearing Korean-American singer. She got the crowd dancing while performing Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Black Eyed Peas. Although the drinks were very expensive, and the singing was off key at times, I would go back without hesitation. While J.J.’s is full of options for any kind of night you plan on having, you can find me in the room with the band.