Navigating through the narrow alleys of Mullae Arts Village, a sudden floral oasis with a large western-ish sign that reads “Old Mullae” grabbed our attention. Approaching the small garden filled with colorful flowers in bloom seemed completely out of place, leaving us irresistibly and suspiciously walking into the venue.
After the short moment of awe, we proceeded into the main hall which impressed us even more. The 1930’s building maintains the original Japanese wooden frameworks but, in the course of history, has added elements of industrialization and, finally, a touch of the Midwest given by the owner, who also works as an architect. The space is filled with works of art, repurposed machineries and a lot of greenery.
Old Mullae is a café during the day, and as soon as the clock hits 6pm, it turns into a bar, as the laid back jazz is replaced by mainstream pop loud enough to cover up the uncontrollable alcohol-filled voices. The owner keeps a strict schedule, refusing to sell any of the café menus during its bar hours. And we’d say that she does so rightfully, as the drink selection including Founders Porter in tap and cider from Hand and Apple is quite awesome.
As for some of their bar foods, the owner suggests their fish and chips as the portion is quite large, perfect for a group of friends. The potatoes are brought in from Pyeongchang, are washed every morning and deep-fried upon order. The batter made with beer is super crispy.