The Real Seoul
Bar, Club & Pub Tours • Night Tours • Private Tours • Food Tours
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Tuesday
7:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
7:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Friday
7:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
7:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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***NOW ACCEPTING GUESTS AGAIN! Triple vaxxed as of Jan 2022. Guests must follow local masking laws and social distancing restrictions. As of July 2022, masks must be worn on public transit and inside at all times except when actively eating, drinking, or smoking. There are currently no group size restrictions or curfews for nightlife/businesses.*** The Real Seoul offers custom, private, food and nightlife experiences for solo visitors and small groups (friends/couples). This keeps the atmosphere small and flexible (easy to move around to restaurants as we wish). We can eat as little as you want, drink as much as you want, it's totally up to you! The Real Seoul is a local friend VOLUNTEER, not a big tour machine. Please drink responsibly.
Seoul, South Korea

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Jasmine K
1 contribution
Sep 2022 • Solo
This trip was my first time solo traveling, my first time to Korea, and this was the first food tour I experienced. Michael was amazing! With his intimate knowledge of Seoul he was able to provide such a unique experience. I had the best food out of my entire trip while on his tour. The food selection is decided by you. Michael will provide an array of suggestions and will help you decide if you are unsure, or if you know exactly what you want then he knows the best place for it. Michael takes his guests to places that they would not otherwise be able to go on their own, aka places that only operate in Korean. The places we went were truly authentic!

Beyond the amazing food, Michael provides friendly company. Since he’s lived in Korea for over a decade, he is well equipped with suggestions if asked for them. He is such a positive and fun-loving person! He has insights that only a local can provide, and for me that was extremely valuable.

He truly cares about his guests and he makes sure you know how to get to the place you agree to meet and he will put you on a bus or train to get back to your accommodations at the end of the night. For someone who comes from a city with very limited public transport (so I’m not super familiar with taking busses), having Michael accompany me to my specific bus and tell me the specific stop to get off at was so helpful.

Overall, this food tour was one of the best highlights of my trip. I could not have asked for a better guide. For anyone who wants to experience the local culture and food, this is one of the best tours you can book!
Written September 29, 2022
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Nicholas Z
Traverse City, MI1 contribution
May 2022
This trip was my first in Korean and my first being completely solo. I was super excited to try all the different foods (especially Korean bbq) but also a little nervous to go into many of the restaurants. The host Michael was especially awesome and super helpful. He knew a lot about the Gangnam area and the nightlife in general and arranged for a super fun night out. Michael was also super helpful in helping me find the meeting location and even helped me get on the right bus home. Overall a 10/10 experience, I highly recommend it!
Written May 24, 2022
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Dan R
London, UK10 contributions
This was an absolutely brilliant tour and a great way to experience the real Seoul from the perspective of those that live there. Michael really is a fantastic guide. He is so personable, informative and fun that I would say this tour is a must for anyone visiting - even if just for one night!
Written July 17, 2019
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Thanks for writing this so quickly Dan! Tell Jon hello and of course if I ever head your way, I'll be in touch! Good luck fighting that jet lag!
Written July 17, 2019
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Christy
London, UK74 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
Michael is an outstanding host who introduced us to fun and tasty food and drink. He felt more like a friend than a guide and he deserves his perfect reviews on Tripadvisor. Well worth doing this tour - it was lots of fun.
Written April 15, 2019
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Christy thanks for writing this so quickly! I'm glad you enjoyed! Thanks for the kind words.
Written April 16, 2019
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Darcypride
27 contributions
Jun 2018 • Solo
Due to the great reviews on TripAdvisor I decided to reach out to Michael for my trip. I am so glad I did. Spending time with Michael was a highlight of my trip. Words can’t do justice to the support Michael provided. He contacted me daily to see if I needed any advice and provided great tips. Michael was always available and helped me in times of need going above and beyond to help me and care for me. Of course we went out and tried some amazing food and had a great time going to places I would never find on my own, but Michael is so much more than an amazing man and amazing guide he is a true friend. I highly recommend that you contact him.
Written June 12, 2018
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Oh Corrrrrrrinnna always soooooo sweet thank you!!! Minsu says you’re his favorite visitor ever by the way :-)! Keep in touch and I hope I can hop Down Under soon!
Written June 13, 2018
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joe z
Florham Park, NJ75 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
I only had one night in Seoul and was looking for things to do. While I didn't book a tour w Michael, he did answer questions for me. (He was out of town). Since I was short on time, Michael directed me to the craft brew selections in town. Saved me some time
Written May 21, 2018
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Joe, Sorry we couldn't meet up, but I hope I could help some! Thanks for taking the time to review.
Written May 22, 2018
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xlzhang
Chicago, IL8 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
When I first arranged our night out with Michael I was a bit nervous because my husband and I typically don't stay out late, and we also don't drink. However spending a night out in Gangnam with Michael was awesome! He was completely flexible and adapted the experience to suit us, all the food was had was exceptional, and he was a really easygoing and fun person to hang out with.

Throughout our stay in Seoul he proactively asked us how our trip was going, and volunteered great suggestions on where to go and things to do. All of his advice was tailored to suit our tastes and time constraints, and I felt very comfortable messaging him for advice about any subject, every day. We had already done extensive research on where to eat, but we changed our plans and took his suggestions instead and have absolutely no regrets, all of his recommendations were great.
Written April 22, 2018
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Lulu yessss thanks for writing so quickly! I really appreciate it :-) . I’m glad you guys enjoyed. Thanks for the kind words and it makes me so happy to hear! If you guys ever head back this way, you know where to find me!
Written April 26, 2018
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theonet2017
Charlotte, NC14 contributions
Feb 2017 • Solo
I had been thinking about a solo trip to South Korea after getting hooked on K-Pop in late 2015. I used Trip Advisor and their forums to assist me with assembling an itinerary for my trip. Prior to posting my own questions to the forums, I could not help but notice how responsive Mike was to other users' questions. I was honestly hoping it would be Mike who responded to my first question and sure enough, he did. After his responses to my questions, I decided to take him up on the offer mentioned in his profile:

“I enjoy showing off my city. I'm always happy to show others around as I can speak Korean and spend most of my free time eating and drinking the night away.”

I let Mike know my travel plans and contacted him once I arrived in Korea in early February.

We met for dinner on a Wednesday night in Gangnam and after asking me what I was in the mood for Mike suggested a great restaurant that served grilled lamb. After an excellent meal we headed out for some drinks and sushi. Mike nailed it again with a great bar/restaurant that was just slightly off the beaten path. I definitely felt like I was experiencing more of the local flavor than I would have otherwise if I hadn't taken him up on his offer. The sushi was great and the company even better. I was eager to hear about his experiences living in Seoul and he was more than happy to share them with me.

We ended the night on the patio in front of a GS-25 (a bit like 7-11; although they have those as well). We had a few more beers and a couple of bags of Korean snacks (as recommended by Mike). After finishing the beers and snacks, I realized it was almost 2:00am and that the public transportation system was no longer running. Mike was kind enough to arrange for a taxi back to my guesthouse in Myeong-dong.

I met up again with Mike the following week and another traveler from Singapore who shall forever be known to me as the “Singaporean Gentleman”. Much like the first time the food, drink, and company were excellent.

I cannot say enough good things about Mike. If you are travelling to Seoul I would highly recommend reaching out to Mike not only for the excellent advice he provides, but more importantly to arrange a get together.
Written October 26, 2017
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Thanks, Tony! Keep in touch when you head back next year!
Written October 26, 2017
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Caroline O
Atlanta, GA32 contributions
Aug 2019
I am not one for organized tours, but as I was traveling to Seoul alone and only there for 36 hours, I wanted someone who knew the city who could show me the non-touristy Seoul. Michael was great and it felt like I was going out with a friend as opposed to a tour. There was great communication leading up to the tour and when we met up, he made sure to customize the experience to what I wanted and gave me multiple options of what we could do. As I'd already had BBQ, we started with chicken and beer, then went to a seafood restaurant and finally ended the night with Karaoke. In all places, there were only locals and as the menu in most places was all in Korean, even if I had found these places on my own, the experience would not have been the same without Michael. He's also a very skilled, experienced karaoke singer!! :) I would highly recommend this experience to anyone who wants to see what a night in Seoul is like for locals!
Written August 12, 2019
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Thanks Caroline for the kind review! You know I’ll be in touch back in Atlanta and I’ll send those Tokyo recs soon!!
Written August 13, 2019
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5280HI_Traveler
Denver, CO10 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
First thing first, Michael @ The Real Seoul is the man!!

My wife and I came across The Real Seoul while planning our trip to South Korea and decided to do something out of the normal for us…take a tour. We are so happy and thrilled we decided to do something new this trip!

Personally I would not think of this so much as a tour; it’s more like a food and cultural experience. Meeting up with Michael in his hood was like meeting up with an old friend you haven’t seen in a while. He took us to some “off the beaten path” places to eat and have some drinks, all the while giving us great insight to Korea and its culture that we would not have received otherwise. Michael was also extremely helpful in assisting us with directions, things to do, etc. all in the days and weeks before we ever met up with him. He even helped us while we were in Busan, a totally different city than he lives, but has traveled to as well. Now that’s service!

If you are going to be in Seoul and want to have a great night out on the town with a local, don’t hesitate and reach out to Michael ASAP you will not be disappointed ! Our only regret is we didn’t have enough time on our trip to meet up with him for second night on the town. No worries, we will see him again on our next trip to the ROK.

Thanks again for everything Michael!
Written September 16, 2018
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Brian! Thanks so much for the fast review. Please do come back and send anyone my way :-) !
Written September 19, 2018
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