Sunday, December 23, 2007
I love getting dressed up for a night out, and last night I did just that. A few of us went to Once in a Blue Moon - a really classy jazz venue in Apgujeong. There is a pretty strict dresscode - they won't allow you in with your torn jeans and runners. From the moment you enter the door, you leave the hustle and bustle of traffic and Apgujeong brand name shoppers outside.
Once in a Blue Moon is dark and lit by blue neon lights. (camera flashes are not permitted) The walls are black and display photos of jazz musicians and other art pieces. The tables are covered with white linen tablecloths with blue candles as the centerpiece.
If you're looking for beer and soju, you'd better go elsewhere, because Once in a Blue Moon is exclusively a wine, cocktail and champagne kind of place. They also serve gourmet European-style dinners, but be warned - while the portions are dainty, the price tags are quite enormous! (expect to pay 14,000 Won for a sip of Baileys on the rocks) Cocktails are named after famous jazz musicians - the Louis Armstrong is particularly good!
I'm told that this venue is a popular celeb hangout and is often used as a location for films and Korean soapies...usually the choice of venue for romantic dates.
Once in a Blue Moon features live jazz sets every night from two different bands. Music starts around 7pm till 10 or 11pm.