Most people in Korea, whether residents or travelers, are familiar with soju. And although I am fond of soju, I would like to introduce a place to drink one of my other friends, who is named makgeolli. Also known as Korean rice wine, makgeolli is drank by the old and young, and where they come together to drink is at MoonJar located in Sinsa.
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When you construct a building made of shipping containers in the heart of “Korea’s Beverly Hills”, one would guess you are trying to make a statement. Platoon Kunsthalle succeeds by acting as both a physical and philosophical beacon to tell Korea that there is a place where creativity, art, and free thought will be cherished and promoted.
Until now, I perceived Garosu-gil as a place only to find decent foreign food ranging from Indian to French. I thought only options for Korean food were available on samgyupsal (pork belly) shops or soju bars located on side streets or streets branching from the main street. But I ran into Modern Bab-Sahng (모던밥상), which roughly translates to modern meals. English name for the place is titled “Homemade Korean Dishes”.
Conspicuous with a magenta display sign, the place is located right opposite of Tom N Toms or next to Kuai19 (a Chinese dumpling place).
Finding one of those ‘Stand-out’ restaurants in Garosu Gil must be a challenge to pretty much everyone even if you come across the street often. Sometimes having too many choices could be more bothersome than not having any!
Well, if you are lost as to where to go or what to eat in Garosu-gil, you might want to try the European restaurant, ‘the pretty house’, Casa Bonita, located right across Tom N Toms Coffee in the middle of the main Garosu street.
Come celebrate with us at Sir Raymond English pub! (Yes, we are celebrating Saint Patty’s day at an English pub haha).
I will be there from 9pm onwards along with a reasonably sized crowd. Put something green on and let’s celebrate with a pint of Guiness! Say hello if you see a guy wearing a ridiculously neon green polo shirt.
Sir Raymond pub is located in Garosu-gil, Sinsa. See directions after the jump for more details
If you are up-to-date with ‘it’ scene in Seoul, you will know that Garosu-gil over the last few years developed into the have-it-all street. Whether you’re looking for authentic & exotic restaurants, small or large cafes, wine bars, private lounges, the street which connects Apgujeong and Sinsa has it all.
In one of my latest expedition to Garosu-gil, I checked out this restaurant called Spain Club.
Unfortunately, one of my favorite venues at Garosu-gil, Sinsa, has closed down a few weeks ago. I will miss their food and drinks served at the basement floor. I only hope another venue just as nice as Tutti Matti pops up soon in its place.
Seoul is one of the largest cities by land mass in the world. Because it’s so large, there are so many regions to visit for different kinds of people, looking for their ways of fun at night. In coming series of SeoulGrid, we will cover various regions of Seoul and what each place has to offer.
Each area will be reviewed for 1.) Relative Location in Seoul, 2.) Types of venues 3.) Prices 4.) Accessibility via subway 5.) Demographic of the area, and 6.) Restaurants, Bars, Clubs or Lounges around the area.
SeoulGrid will divide Seoul up into 7 parts, as far as night life is concerned.
- Itaewon (이태원)
- Apgujeong-dong (압구정 동)
- Cheongdam-dong (청담 동)
- Hongdae (Hongik University, 홍대)
- Garosu-gil, Sinsa-dong (신사동 가로수길)
- Gangnam station (강남역)
- Samcheong-dong (삼청동)
So next time you are looking for a nice hot spot or a new ‘it place’ in Seoul to hang out with your friends for drinking, clubbing, partying or chilling out in Seoul, you will know where to look!
Articles describing each coming soon, so stay tuned!
[Update: April 5, 2010] Unfortunately, I just confirmed last weekend that Serein is now closed indefinitely. We will miss all those mojito selection as well as that overly joyous yellow cat. We have yet to figure out what that cat exactly is.
Question: How does one test for another’s familiarity of Garosu-gil, Sinsa?
Serein is a cozy bar specializing in mojitos, located off the main street of Garosu-gil, Sinsa. First floor is a bar and second floor a restaurant. Retro-styled light bulbs with clearly visible filament emanating warm light extends all the way down to just above your head from the ceiling, with yellow visual warmth bouncing off from the walls tiled with white bricks in differently-patterned spacing. Hints of artsiness is quite evident, with colorful cushions and chairs, in addition to signs of a yellow cat character that I recognized from other places… (Does anyone know what this character is about??? I think I saw this at Mix Lounge at Garosu-gil as well as in other venues @ Samcheong-dong as well).
More review, photographs of interior and menu after the jump!