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4 must-try craft beer pubs in Seoul and vicinity, as recommended by experts
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4 must-try craft beer pubs in Seoul and vicinity, as recommended by experts

Seoul’s craft beer scene is quickly burgeoning with many taprooms around the city catching on the global trend—and more importantly, with those who are working hard to bring in skills and expertise. 4 beer experts, who are pub owners, veteran managers, beer magazine publishers and/or certified beer judges themselves, each recommended a spot based on the personality and creativity of the beers and overall concept. Check out these spots to discover the most exciting craft beer offerings around the city right now.

Headed to Busan? Don’t miss visiting these 6 bars and brewpubs
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Headed to Busan? Don’t miss visiting these 6 bars and brewpubs

For those of us living in Seoul, Busan is one of the little seaside getaways that we plan not to miss visiting during warmer and cooler seasons. In addition to all of the outdoor leisure activities and enticing sceneries of cascades and coastal sunrises offered in the port city, what will make your trip even cooler are the bars and brewpubs scattered around the town that make Busan a truly happening place. From the vanguard leading the whisky bar revolution, the secret hiding place of bartenders, to the breweries representing the city worldwide, these are some of the bars you need to have a taste of in Haeundae, Dalmaji Hill, Sujeong-dong and the Kyung-dae area.

Seoul’s 15 Best bars to drink alone in
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Seoul’s 15 Best bars to drink alone in

Sure, almost everything in Seoul seems group-oriented. But at these places, the zen of drinking alone will soon reveal itself. 

Bar hopping with your companion animal
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Bar hopping with your companion animal

What do you do when you want to party and don’t want to leave your companion animal at home? Well, next time you plan on grabbing a few drinks with your buddies, ask them to meet at one of these places in Seoul and take your furry friend with you!

[NEW OPEN] Wild Waves Brewing Co.
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[NEW OPEN] Wild Waves Brewing Co.

As a latecomer to the sour beer trend, Korean breweries and bars hadn’t been the fastest to adopt sour beers even as craft beers themselves became popular. That is until Busan-based Wild Wave Brewing Co. introduced its signature sour beer, ‘Surleim’. A dry-hopped sour ale with a bright yellow appearance, the beer is made with a unique mix of tropical and citrus hops for lighter and refreshing sourness. It’s a must-try for anyone even remotely interested in craft beer—don’t just take it from me, but take it from RateBeer (a resource of consumer-driven beer ratings), on which Surleim was top-ranked among all Korean craft beers in 2016. As its Korean meaning suggests, Surleim will leave you excited and wanting more from Wild Wave Brewing Co. for sure. While Wild Wave used to outsource production, it recently opened its own brewery and brewpub near Songjeong Station, allowing it to craft their beers in-house. When you enter the brewery, you’ll notice a row of about 50 wooden barrels lined up along the wall—making you wonder if you have indeed come to the right place, in a country where barrel-aging of beer is still somewhat of a rarity. These barrels and the unique sour flavors created with them are what separate Wild Wave Brewing Co. from its competitors nationwide. The rest of Wild Wave’s line-up is also worth noting; from Surfing High, made with recipes from Germany’s Cologne region, to pine and tangerine-infused Pineville IPA and omija (magnolia berry)-based Ruby Saison, th

Time Out says
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Makgeolli Madness
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Makgeolli Madness

Traditionally made with rice, barley or wheat and naturally fermented (and sometimes flavored with nuts or fruits), makgeolli is known to be the oldest alcoholic drink in Korea. Fragrant and refreshing, this milky drink which pairs beautifully with many Korean dishes makes for an especially great choice for large gatherings during holidays. And of course, what you get at a convenient store represents only a fraction of the diverse types you can try and explore in Seoul. Whether in a traditional setting or with a modern twist, these makgeolli bars will offer an array of delectable and invigorating sips.

Seoul's liquor stores with great selections (of everything)
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Seoul's liquor stores with great selections (of everything)

Throwing a house party? Staying in for a mellow night? Check out these places for an awesome selection of wine, beer, whiskey, spirits, traditional Korean liquors, sake and more.

Bookstore bars
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Bookstore bars

Books and alcohol. It's a beautiful pairing.

Pojangmacha-style Korean pubs with good bar food
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Pojangmacha-style Korean pubs with good bar food

The 6 Pojangmacha-style Korean pubs with good bar food

Where to drink whisky and cocktails in Seoul

Try a Seoul version of "gamaek" and chill
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Try a Seoul version of "gamaek" and chill

“Gamaek” is a portmanteau of "store (ga-gae)" and "beer (maek-ju)". Originated in Jeonju, the gamaek spots scattered throughout the area are known to offer their own side dishes along with cheap beers. In Seoul, too, several "supers" inspired by Jeonju's gamaek joints can be found. Visit Turtle Supermarket located in Ikseon-dong and take a corner window seat to shamelessly enjoy a cheap beer while people watching. A mini-recreation of the Chungcheong region, where the owner's from, this is the place to visit to get that laid-back feeling of being in the countryside. In Yeonnam-dong, there is Yeonnam Super. They sell dried pollack or calamari along with drinks, and the walls covered in messages scribbled by customers give you an idea of how inspirational this place can get.

10 Itaewon rooftops: 10 reasons why we're staying on this side of the river tonight
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10 Itaewon rooftops: 10 reasons why we're staying on this side of the river tonight

As the sun goes down and the street lights go on, rooftop bars come alive. 

Bookstore bars
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Bookstore bars

Books and alcohol, it's such a beautiful pairing!

White spirits, bursting onto the Seoul bar scene
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White spirits, bursting onto the Seoul bar scene

Looking to broaden your horizon, beyond regular gin and tonic or vodka martini? What about adding some homemade jasmine tonic water, the awesome St. George gins, cilantro gin and tonic, hoppy or even bacon-y vodka?

Top 21 outdoor bars in Seoul
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Top 21 outdoor bars in Seoul

There's nothing better than drinking out in the open, on a rooftop or  outdoors. Here are the best spots in Seoul for you to enjoy the summer night breeze under the starry sky.

5 divinely romantic wine bars in Seoul
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5 divinely romantic wine bars in Seoul

A cozy, classic atmosphere with dim glow of lights and a slight touch of quirkiness—these are the perfect spots in Seoul where you can whisper sweet-nothings into that special someone’s ear. 

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Best bars in Gangnam

The inside scoop on Seoul's best beer bars
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The inside scoop on Seoul's best beer bars

Some think that falling in love is all about the beginning, when sparks fly for the first time. We know that the beer scene in Korea has been hot in the presses for a while, but the wise know that true love is the kind that’s being constantly rediscovered.