Once In A Blue Moon [원스인어블루문] (1998—2020)

I Wanna Hear Your Song (2019); Madame Antoine (2016); The Dearest Lady (2015-16); Make A Woman Cry (2015); Family Secrets (2015); Angry Mom (2015); My Heart Twinkle Twinkle (2015); My Secret Hotel (2014); Cunning Single Lady (2014); Triangle (2014); My Lovely Girl (2014); Discovery of Love (2014); Fated to Love You (2014); My Daughter, Seo-young (2012-13); I Need Romance 2 (2012); Miss Ripley (2011); A Thousand Kisses (2011); I Need Romance (2011); My Love, My Family (2011); Golden Fish (2010); King of Baking, Kim Tak Goo (2010); Secret Agent Miss Oh (2010); High Kick Through The Roof! (2009-10); Temptation of an Angel (2009); Brilliant Legacy (2009); Star's Lover (2009); The Golden Bride (2007-08); Which Star Are You From (2006); Be Strong, Geum Soon! (2005); Green Rose (2005); My Name is Kim Sam-Soon (2005); Hello My Teacher (2005); Beautiful Days (2001)

This jazz club (called ‘Round About Midnight’) is a regular meeting place in I Wanna Hear Your Song/Let Me Hear Your Song (너의 노래를 들려줘) (KBS2, 2019). In episode 5 (full episode 3), for instance, Ha Eun-joo (Park Ji-yeon of T-ara) asks Hong Yi-young (Kim Se-jeong of Gugudan) to meet up with her here, on the account that they were once friends. As Eun-joo is asked to join the bar’s pianist for an impromptu violin performance, Jang Yoon (Yeon Woo-jin) shows up at the bar, much to Yi-young’s surprise. When she eventually leaves the bar and hops into a taxi, it suddenly crosses her mind as to how he knew she’d even be there.

One of the most cringe-worthy situations happens here in episode 10 of My Secret Hotel (마이 시크릿 호텔) (tvN, 2014): At a company dinner, Koo Hae-young (Kim Ji-han) gets on stage to declare his love for his ex-wife, Nam Sang-hyo (Yoo In-na), who is already dating her boss, Jo Sung-gyeom (Namgoong Min).

It is also here that Lee Jong-ho (Park Young-gyu) proposes to Oh Hee-sun (Kim Hye-eun) in episode 7 of My Lovely Girl (내겐 너무 사랑스러운 그녀) (SBS, 2014).

Han Yeo-reum (Jung Yu-mi) tends to Nam Ha-jin’s (Sung Joon) wounds here after his fistfight with Kang Tae-ha (Eric) in episode 5 of Discovery of Love/Discovery of Romance (연애의 발견) (KBS2, 2014), while jealous Tae-ha sits by.

In episode 19 of Fated to Love You/You Are My Destiny (운명처럼 널 사랑해) (MBC, 2014), this is where Daniel Pitt (Choi Jin-hyuk) and Kang Mi-young (Jang Na-ra) went out for a drink. Daniel went up on stage, and took the microphone to sing a ballad from the OST of Prince’s First Love for her.

We see a flashback of Joo Yeol-mae (Jung Yu-mi) and Yoon Seok-hyun (Lee Jin-wook) on a date in episode 1 of I Need Romance 2 (로맨스가 필요해 2) (tvN, 2012).

When talking about best kiss techniques with her best friends Sunwoo In-young (Jo Yeo-jeong) and Kang Hyun-joo (Choi Song-hyun), Park Seo-yeon (Choi Yeo-jin) remembers a kiss at this bar in episode 5 of I Need Romance (Romaenseuga Pilyohae/로맨스가 필요해) (tvN, 2011).

Seon Woo-hwan (Lee Seung-gi) and Yu Seung-mi (Moon Chae-won) meet here for a drink in episode 4 of Brilliant Legacy/Shining Inheritance (찬란한 유산) (SBS, 2009), where he tells her that he’d be leaving for the States in two days. Before leaving, Seung-mi gives Woo-hwan a back hug in front of this place and asks him to stay.

For a second try to get closer to his crush, Kim Myung-soo (Kim Hee-cheol) asks Kang Se-mi (Ahn Mi-na) to meet up at this venue in episode 6 of The Golden Bride/Bride From Vietnam (황금신부) (SBS, 2007-08) and she finds him on stage playing the piano and singing thinking that she will certainly fall for this (for him) romantic gesture.

Lee Min-chul (Lee Byung-hun) brings Kim Yun-soo (Choi Ji-woo) to this bar in episode 6 of Beautiful Days (아름다운 날들) (SBS, 2001) to thank her for supporting Lee Min-ji (Shin Min-a) in earning her first salary (through drawing), and he asks her to draw a portrait of himself.

Also seen in Madame Antoine/Madame Antoine: The Love Therapist (마담 앙트완) (tvN, 2016); The Dearest Lady (최고의 연인) (MBC, 2015-16); Make A Woman Cry (여자를 울려) (MBC, 2015); Family Secrets (가족의 비밀) (tvN, 2015); Angry Mom (앵그리맘) (MBC, 2015);  My Heart Twinkle Twinkle (내마음 반짝반짝) (SBS, 2015); Cunning Single Lady/Sly and Single Again (앙큼한 돌싱녀) (MBC, 2014); Triangle (트라이앵글) (MBC, 2014, episode 1); My Daughter, Seo-young/Seoyoung, My Daughter (내 딸 서영이) (KBS2, 2012-13); Miss Ripley (미스 리플리) (MBC, 2011); A Thousand Kisses (천번의 입맞춤 ) (MBC, 2011); My Love, My Family (사랑을믿어요) (KBS2, 2011); Golden Fish (Hwang-geum Mulgogi)/황금물고기) (MBC, 2010); King of Baking, Kim Tak Goo/Gu /Baker King, Kim Tak Goo/ Bread, Love and Dreams (제빵왕 김탁구) (KBS2, 2009-10);  Secret Agent Miss Oh (국가가 부른다) (KBS2, 2010); High Kick Through The Roof (지붕뚫고 하이킥) (MBC, 2009-10); Temptation of an Angel (천사의 유혹) (SBS, 2009); Star’s Lover/Celebrity Sweetheart/Celebrity Lover (스타의 연인) (SBS, 2009); Which Star Are You From (넌어느별에서왔니) (MBC, 2006); Be Strong, Geum Soon! (굳세어라 금순아) (SBS, 2005), Green Rose (그린로즈) (SBS, 2005); in episode 9 of My Name is Kim Sam-Soon/My Lovely Sam Soon (내 이름은 김삼순) (MBC, 2005); Hello My Teacher/Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy (건빵선생과 별사탕) (SBS, 2005).


B1A4 (비원에이포): ‘Sweet Girl‘ (2015)

Movies filmed here

Marrying the Mafia II (가문의위기) (2005)
The Scarlet Letter (주홍글씨) (2004)
Marrying the Mafia (가문의영광) (2002)

Variety Show filmed here

— Infinite Challenge — Drama Special (무한도전 드라마특집 로맨스) (2007)

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—closed down—

Once In A Blue Moon [원스인어블루문] was a jazz bar located in Seoul’s neighborhood Cheongdam [Cheongdam-dong/청담동] in the Gangnam District [Gangnam-gu/강남구], on the same street as TAG Heuer Cheongdam [태그호이어 부티크 청담점] and Karaoke Pasha [가라오케 파샤].

The stalwart jazz bar, which opened in 1998, closed down in November 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There now seems to be something called Jazz Culture [재즈문화] in its place, though the original building still says ‘Once In A Blue Moon’ as of April 2021.

824 Seolleung-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 강남구 선릉로 824
(청담동 85-1)
Geolocation: 37.5253833; 127.0402053

Getting here
Apgujeongrodeo Station [압구정로데오역], Seoul Subway Bundang Line, Exit 4
(1 min. walk)

— submitted by Marion KDL
— Photos taken by © Mich KDL, October 2019
Fated to Love You (2014) added by Chelle

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