Most Korean-like Style Bars and Pubs in Seoul

As a solo traveler and food enthusiast, I’ve always been drawn to the hidden gems of any city, those places that locals go to for an authentic experience. And when it comes to Korea, traditional-style bars and pubs are where you’ll find the heart and soul of the country’s drinking culture. From the humble makgeolli bars that dot the back alleys of Seoul to the more refined establishments that serve up artisanal Korean liquors, these places offer a glimpse into the rich history and culture of Korean drinking.

For the first edition of IK-Gourmet, I’d like to introduce some bars and pubs which are the most Korean-style. For those who want to exprience the lastest trend of harmony of Korean traditional and modern, we’ll take you on a journey through the tastes and moods of Korean drinking culture.

Myeongdong Sukhee(명동 숙희)

Myeongdong Sukhee, a cocktail bar tailored for hipsters, offers an ambiance that instantly transports you to a Korean traditional palace simply by stepping inside.

At Myeongdong Sukhee, you’ll discover a diverse array of cocktails meticulously crafted using seasonal fruits sourced from Korea. The concoctions presented here exhibit exceptional creativity and flawless execution, captivating both the mind and the palate.

However, it’s worth noting that the only challenge one might encounter is the sheer number of enticing cocktails that spark curiosity. The abundance of options can tempt you into indulging beyond your intended limits, leading to an unintended, excessive drinking experience.

Bar ‘Gonggan'(공간)

Gonggan, a cocktail bar nestled near Insa-dong street, seamlessly blends the traditional hanok structure with contemporary elements in its interior design.

Beyond its captivating ambiance, Gonggan sets itself apart with its exceptional cocktail quality and the unique approach to the menu. Rather than relying solely on written descriptions, they have taken the creative route of illustrating each cocktail, making the menu a work of art in itself.
It’s fun to drink, but it’s even more fun to look at the menu.


Chakyung (借景), a Korean term meaning ‘to borrow the landscape from outside,’ perfectly captures the essence of this unique bar.

Nestled high in the HBC (Haebangchon) village, this bar skillfully borrows the breathtaking scenery of Namsan mountain.

As you unwind and indulge in the delightful offerings, you can relish the harmonious blend of Korean traditional liquors or wines paired with delectable Korean-based dishes.

For an even more enchanting experience, make sure to visit Chakyung at sunset. The setting sun casts a romantic glow, heightening the already captivating atmosphere.

Rockher / Food influencer, Wine Reviewer

Rockher is a respected voice in the Korean wine community with a sharp taste and unbiased evaluations. Interesting Korea and Rockher publish IK.Gourmet for the foreigners who wants to explore various delicacies in Korea.