Hidden Alley 숨은 골목

A small place tucked away in hipster Yeonnam-dong. A great, ahem, hidden find.

Lak Hee Oak 락희옥

High end modern space where businesspeople like to indulge. Though most of the clientele are drinking bottles of wine, their specialty is traditional sool paired with seasonal refined Korean anju dishes.

Sanullim 1992 산울림

Cozy jumak on the edges of Hongdae with a wide selection of sool and great anju

New Makgeolli Bar Opening in Washington, DC

Rendering by Natalie Park Studio, taken from Washington City Paper A promising sign of the growing discovery of joyous makgeolli outside the Korea-sphere is the opening of Anju. This is the new project from Danny Lee and his mother Yesoon Lee, after a fire destroyed...

What Is Sool?

If you ever find yourself in a bar in Korea, you'd hear it all around you. Sool this, sool that, how much sool can you drink? The question is, what is sool? Why are you now hearing it with increasing frequency around the four corners of the internet. So, What Is...

What is Nuruk?

People often ask, what makes soju different from other rice distillations? How would you distinguish it from, say, Japanese shochu? Depending on who’s answering, the explanation could take up the rest of your afternoon with all its complexities. However, there is...

Soju, Makgeolli, Takju, Cheongu–What are the differences?

If you are a first timer to the world of Korean alcohol (we call it "sool"), a simple bar menu could send you into a head spin.  Contrary to popular belief, there is a whole world beyond just the green bottles at a barbecue restaurant. A matter of process One of the...

Side Note Club

A secluded rooftop high up over Hongdae

Pungjeong Sagye Spring

Score: 90% | Category: Yakju | ABV: 15%

Grungy Bar in Euljiro

Asia Times has profiled Suldabang, a small charming bar in northern Seoul. It features a wide selection of liquors, including the good soju. Better yet, it has good prices. Read here

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New Makgeolli Bar Opening in Washington, DC

New Makgeolli Bar Opening in Washington, DC

Rendering by Natalie Park Studio, taken from Washington City Paper A promising sign of the growing discovery of joyous makgeolli outside the Korea-sphere is the opening of Anju. This is the new project from Danny Lee and his mother Yesoon Lee, after a fire destroyed...

What Is Sool?

What Is Sool?

If you ever find yourself in a bar in Korea, you'd hear it all around you. Sool this, sool that, how much sool can you drink? The question is, what is sool? Why are you now hearing it with increasing frequency around the four corners of the internet. So, What Is Sool?...

What is Nuruk?

What is Nuruk?

People often ask, what makes soju different from other rice distillations? How would you distinguish it from, say, Japanese shochu? Depending on who’s answering, the explanation could take up the rest of your afternoon with all its complexities. However, there is one...

Soju, Makgeolli, Takju, Cheongu–What are the differences?

Soju, Makgeolli, Takju, Cheongu–What are the differences?

If you are a first timer to the world of Korean alcohol (we call it "sool"), a simple bar menu could send you into a head spin.  Contrary to popular belief, there is a whole world beyond just the green bottles at a barbecue restaurant. A matter of process One of the...

Grungy Bar in Euljiro

Grungy Bar in Euljiro

Asia Times has profiled Suldabang, a small charming bar in northern Seoul. It features a wide selection of liquors, including the good soju. Better yet, it has good prices. Read here

Soju vs. Shōchū

Soju vs. Shōchū

There has been much buzz about Shōchū slipping into your nicer bars and cocktails. Immediately many drinkers here the word and think, "Soju?" It's easy to get confused. No, Shōchū is not the cheap(er) Korean booze in the little green bottles. It's a distilled spirit...

What Is the Alcohol Content of Soju?

What Is the Alcohol Content of Soju?

The alcohol content of soju varies depending on the brand and type. Traditionally, soju was around 40% ABV. You can still get this soju from craft and high end soju suppliers. You will only find these bottles in better Korean pubs, supermarkets, and specialty...

How to Pronounce Makgeolli

How to Pronounce Makgeolli

Blame it on the South Korean government.  A while back, the government set up a standard of rules for translating Hangeul (the Korean alphabet) into Roman characters. It was a one-size-fits-all approach with a sledgehammer. A lot of spellings with the Roman...

Korean Drinking Etiquette: A Guide

Korean Drinking Etiquette: A Guide

Korea has millennia of history in the art of drinking. With that, a sophisticated set of rules have developed when partaking of the sool. Here are a few pointers about Korean drinking etiquette. Don't drink alone Drinking is a social ritual. We drink a good bit in...

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Lak Hee Oak 락희옥

Lak Hee Oak 락희옥

High end modern space where businesspeople like to indulge. Though most of the clientele are drinking bottles of wine, their specialty is traditional sool paired with seasonal refined Korean anju dishes.



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