Seoul oozes style and swagger. There are no end of fancy cocktail bars and upmarket nightclubs attended by all the stars of the day. Also present is the thriving domestic night scene of Karaoke bars and busy barbecue restaurants where the soju flows freely. Sometimes though, it is nice to feel at home, for that, here are some of the liveliest expat bars in Seoul where a good time…and hangover are almost a certainty.
For a traditional Irish welcome, there is no place quite like the Wolfhound. Located a short walk from Itaewon station, adjacent to the Hamilton Hotel. From double Jameson shots at ₩7000 each and some of the best Guinness this side of the emerald isle, this place is as Irish as it gets. With an Irish breakfast to cure any hangover, live sports on all the venues big screens and even a traditional Irish music gathering weekly, The Wolfhound is the perfect place for a friendly welcome and more than a few drinks.
A small piece of Canada in the heart of Seoul. Located in Haebonchon, a short walk from Noksapyong subway station, there is always something happening at this intimate watering hole. With regular live music in the basement to a menu packed full of delish food offerings on the upper floor, it is an easy place to spend the day. The friendly Canadian staff and loyal gathering of expat locals will also ensure that you leave with some new friends and stories to share.
With the USA representing the highest number of expats in Korea, no review would be complete without including Route 66. This sports bar is the place to go for watching live American sports. Never miss a game, from basketball to college football and NFL everything is catered for and a lively atmosphere is guaranteed. With wing night and other weekly special events including all you can drink Bloody Mary and Mimosa on Sundays for just ₩18,000, Route 66 is the perfect cure for all those weekly headaches.
The Rose and Crown
Located a short distance from the Hamilton Hotel in Itaewon, the Rose and Crown offers the very best of British in Seoul. There is a wide selection of British lagers available on tap and bottled including Tennants and Newcastle Brown Ale. This combined with a fantastic menu featuring some British classics including Sheppard’s Pie and the all-important Fish and Chips ensure that you can also experience a taste of home in Seoul. The décor and music are also traditionally British, making you feel right at home.