The name of this little bar comes from the original title of director Wong Kar-wei’s 1997 film, Happy Together. From the images projected on a wall and a pair of gold fish inside a bowl placed on the counter, to a little pink room hidden inside the bar, its space itself, too, gives off the luscious and sentimental vibes that are apparent in the film. Chungwangsaseol’s colorful melancholy suits a mellow night out, alone or with a friend or a stranger who’d lend you a good ear. A few seats at the bar counter, which are the only available seatings here, offer a quite intimate space for a group of two or three. Taiwanese mango and pineapple flavored beers are often paired with little dishes including the tomato ramen and fried rice, while in terms of liquors, gin is the only available type. Tanqueray 10, Beefeater, Hendrick's and Boodles are the selections that go into the gin and tonics. Boodles Gin which has a subtle note of juniper berries and cilantro is, interestingly, garnished with fresh cilantro. Quite unusual, perhaps, but it certainly makes for a refreshing combination. The Tanqueray 10 gin and tonic with thyme leaves and blueberries is simple yet flavorful. All of the gin and tonics are quite small in size, but have the perfect balance (and also reasonably priced). Situated in the quiet residential area above the “108 stairs” in Human-dong, Chungwangsaseol is not the easiest place to spot. Yet, its uniquely Hong Kongese vibe seems to continually attract equally uniqu
Brewed for centuries in Belgium and trending in the past few years in North America, sours are relatively new in the Korean market. And there’s no better place to start experimenting with your taste buds than at Sour Pongdang, the first bar in Asia to specialize in sours. Recommended by none other than Lee Inho, owner of Pyrus Taproom & Bistro, Sour Pongdang exudes a distinct personality in Seoul’s craft beer scene. Headed by BJCP- certified manager Jo Ye-lim, Sour Pongdang guides you through the infinite world of sour beer. Serving as ‘comfort food’ of a sort for some and a new experience for others, the sour beer is not only diverse but also has a longer shelf life. While IPA’s with fragrant hops either lose their characters or change in a negative sense over a period of time, the sour beer can, in fact, develop a richer flavor and aroma over time. Sour Pongdang currently offers 10 different kinds of drafts and over 80 bottles of imports. While the taps change quite regularly, the usual line-ups showcase both domestic and imported selections (such as Boon and Brooklyn Brewery). And while some beers are sold out within a week, the bar tries to order enough supply to last at least one to two months—so you’ll be guaranteed a broader range of choices the more frequently you visit. One sour beer to check out is the ‘Jeju Island Tangerine Gose,’ which is created by exporting dried tangerines from Jeju to Oregon’s Upright Brewing, brewing such transnational, tangy batches there
PP Seoul have a gorgeous night view of Seoul where you can take in the soft breezes on its beautifully designed rooftop. They use real mangos and guavas in their tropical cocktails and their signature Southeast Asian finger foods are incredibly delicious.
While it seems that there are new venues popping up in Itaewon all the time, most of them are too… predictable: fancy lights, hipster furniture and whatever sound that's "in." But this one, let me tell you, is different. With its rough, warehouse-like atmosphere and dim lighting, Beton Brut brings coziness and, most importantly, good music. It's surely a place you can "hang," unlike many of the clubs in the area that are just too much while lacking character. Perhaps that's why you can occasionally spot older crowds here, but of course, that certainly doesn't mean this place isn't hot. With 2 dance floors inside, you can go for drum n base, dub step and trap, or choose to roll with techno and house at any point of your night. If these options still don't satisfy your diverse taste, visit Beton Brut before 10pm for some jazz, acoustic or music critic Lee Dae-hwa's talks. Wait, I have an idea: if there's that special someone that you're into, head here after the dinner. You'll have a chill couple of hours to get into the night, then once the floor turns into a club you'll realize how natural and easy it can feel to be clubbing with a date.