Jeonju’s Must-Visit Music Venues
Located in the Junghwasandong area of the city, Radio Star is as popular among expats as it is among musicians and locals. Don’t be put off by nicknames such as “the dungeon” – there are worse places to be held captive.
The atmosphere inside makes it a top choice for many Jeonjuites. The musician-cum-owner, Park In-yeol is friendly and welcoming to even the strangest of strangers. A lot happens here. If there is not already a concert or band practice going on, he will pull down the big screen and show a film or sporting event.
Drinks are not too expensive and more often than not there is some kind of new and unusual cocktail to try.
Tell the taxi driver “Junghwasandong ECC Yongah hagwon.” Radio Star is on the opposite side of the street under the 7-eleven.
A small, smokey “dive” in the downtown district, Deepin is Jeonju’s original expat bar and has been helping expats unwind for years. Recently under new management, the bar hosts small concerts and acoustic performances, in addition to poker nights, shows sporting events and keeps you drunk-and-out until the wee hours.
Tell the taxi driver “Wedding gori.” Deepin is on a small side street off the main stretch of wedding shops.
Opened by the original Deepin owners, Dee and Min, Deepinto is the posh man’s Deepin. About a 5-minute walk or 10-minute stumble away, Deepinto is bigger and cleaner. It is a quieter venue compared to Deepin and Radio Star, yet it does host some concerts (even the Rock Tigers last year), trivia nights and wine tastings thanks to their in house sommelier, Euna.
They also serve some expat friendly food, which includes a cheap and edible brunch, fish and chips and poutine.
Tell the taxi driver “Preemos yonghwakwan app.” Deepinto is opposite the old Primus cinema above Debawing chicken restaurant.