by REERA YOO | @reeraboo
Remember when we introduced South Korea’s beer and whipped cream combo last week? Well, it turns out that there are a lot of creative beers you can try at local pubs, according to Rocket News 24 and Korean info-guide Myung-poom Yoo-yong Jungbo (명품 유용 정보). Many of these beers are also incredibly affordable, with the lowest price being around $3.
So, if you’re in a mood for a drink that’s more adventurous, here are seven unique beers you can order in Seoul:
Classic cream beer
Pub: Chir Beer 369, Price: 3,600 won (USD $3.28)
After our previous post, many of you asked where you can buy cream beer in South Korea. While there are a couple small pubs that serve this new classic drink, one bar you can visit is Chir Beer 369, which is located in Sangsu, Seoul. Chir Beer is also renowned for its fried chicken, so it’s a good idea to munch on some Cajun chicken wings to balance out the sweet cream beer.
Cotton candy beer
Pub: Bonggu Beer (봉구비어), Price: 4,000 won (USD $3.64)
Bonggu Beer is a franchise draft beer bar known for its cheese sticks, french fries and high-quality beer. In addition to cream beer, the Bonggu Beer also serves beer topped with cotton candy. However, judging from the picture, it looks like you have to eat half of the hot pink mountain of fluff before you can even take a sip of alcohol.
Pub: Romance Salon (낭만싸롱), Price: 6,000 won (USD $5.47)
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Romance Salon is a cute college bar located near the Seoul National University subway station. The bar serves a wide range of creative beverages, including the cookie beer, mango beer and mojito beer, in mason jars. According to reviews, the bar is pretty popular among young women.
Military Canteen Beer
Pub: Flying Chicken (닭날다), Price: 4,000 won (USD $3.64)
Flying Chicken is a hole-in-the-wall restaurant located in Hongdae. The bar is designed after military barracks and is decorated with U.S. Army-related articles, including a propeller of a transport plane. While the beer isn’t particularly exotic, most customers like to experience drinking from rustic military canteens.
Butter Beer with whipped cream and waffle cookies
Pub: Hello Hello Ssul (헬로헬로쑬), Price: 7,000 won (USD $6.40)
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Hello Hello Ssul is a cozy bar that’s located in a more quiet neighborhood of Hongdae. Decorated with warm orange lights, the bar has a romantic ambiance that’s perfect for dates. If you want to drink like witches and wizards, then Ssul is a good place to visit as it serves butter beer, topped with whipped cream and a thin waffle cookie.
Frozen strawberry beer
Pub: Sugatamori (스가타모리), Price: 9,000 won (USD $8.21)
Sugatamori is a Japanese-style pub located near Hongkik University. It serves its own variation of the Kirin Ichiban Frozen Nama by adding strawberry juice to the frozen beer foam. The pub also sells makgeolli, or rice wine, that’s combined with strawberries.
Beer-flavored ice cream
Location: Molly’s Pops, Price: 3,000 won (USD $2.60)
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There are other ways to enjoy beer aside from chugging it from a pint glass. Molly’s Pops sells handmade popsicles with over 20 unique flavors, including powdered soybean, milk tea and squid ink. One of the shop’s most popular flavors is the beer flavor, which is made from real Erdinger beer. Since the popsicle is alcoholic, only customers who are at least 19 years old can purchase it. The shop also sells two other alcoholic popsicles: the Kahula & Makgeolli and Wine & Strawberry. If you’re not in the mood for ice cream, Molly’s Pops also sells regular beer.
Which beer would you like to try in Seoul? Let us know in the comments below.