ALMAZ is the answer for those in search of a cozy gay drinking hole in Itaewon. The venue was carved out from a large private residence, so it remains spacious even at its busiest. The vodka and whiskey are affordable, so you can get your money’s worth of alcohol. ALMAZ opened its doors in 2001, and has been the go-to spot for many gay regulars, who are now in their 30s and 40s. There is no denying that ALMAZ is the heart of the gay bar scene. The friendly staff and owner are all in the know of the scene’s history and tradition, so feel free to ask away if you’re a first-timer.