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A club mixes dating codes that appeal to vampires

July 17,2007
D.J. Studio Apartment plays at The Spot. By Ines Cho
Social vampires who only come out at night have found a new place to hang out. The Spot, located in the basement of the Sunshine Hotel in Sinsa-dong, was formerly Boss 677, a Korean-style night club infamous for the practice of “booking.”
In booking clubs, patrons “buy” a table, or a karaoke room for a higher rate, and their designated waiter finds hot dates for them from the dance floor.

Despite social changes over the years, the arrangement was popular with some Koreans looking for romance. Even so, the younger generation has developed a taste for Western-style club scenes where patrons buy beer and dance to electronic music. The management developed a clever strategy for the club when it reopened on June 22 as something of a unique hybrid.
The Spot offers two different types of social networking scenes in one, plus an indoor swimming pool.
So if you’re sipping cocktails and dancing to live gigs by a string of international disc jockeys such as Dimitri From Paris, Studio Apartment and Chus & Ceballos, and a smiling waiter grabs your arm, don’t be alarmed ― that means you’re hot and somebody wants you for their table.


By Ines Cho Contributing Writer[inescho@joongang.co.kr]


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