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
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.
Drinks for every occasion
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.
Where to drink whisky and cocktails in Seoul
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.
Best bars by neighborhood
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.