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Best Bars in Seoul

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Southside Parlor

The brainchild of three American expats from Texas, Southside Parlor opened its doors in 2013 and is one of the best places in town for superb cocktails. Tucked away on the fourth floor of a building, this friendly spot though unmarked is a welcoming abode once inside. Antique leather sofas and cartoon posters set the tone of this bar. Board games, arcade games, live music and hookah are for added entertainment. Tipple on artisan cocktails that keeps on rotating. What sets them apart is that they make their own syrups, juices, tonic water and sodas. Even their food menu is innovative and tasty. Check out the vista from their terrace if weather permits.

Seoul, South Korea
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Speakeasy Mortar

Opened in 2012, Speakeasy Mortar is a hidden gem worth the find. It would be best to take along who is in the know. Once you are allowed through an unsigned door by a staff, this speakeasy bar's cozy confines is a cocktail and whiskey enthusiast's den. With an impressive list of single malt whiskeys and made-to-order cocktails by experienced bartenders, this place sure knows how to tipple their patrons well. Since WiFi and clicking photos is prohibited, a conversation over some fabulous drinks is highly encouraged at Speakeasy Mortar.

Seoul, South Korea
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The Griffin

Perched on the 11th floor of the JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square, The Griffin is a great place to unwind for the sophisticated traveler or elite local. This elegant bar has a cozy elegance to it with its wood panels and dim lighting. The heated terrace with fairy lights is one of the best spots in town to enjoy a drink and take in the vistas. The Griffin is known for its fabulous handcrafted cocktails such as Griffin Cinema, French Kiss, Bees Needs and Romantic Holiday. Besides this, the bar also has an extensive list of whiskeys and wines. Teetotalers can tipple on their non-alcoholic cocktails as well. Nosh on tasty bites. Listen to live piano music held nightly.

Seoul, South Korea
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Mikkeller Seoul

The Dutch craft beer brewery Mikkeller has set up yet another bar, this time located in Seoul. The Mikkeller Seoul is a cozy and stylish bar that has walls adorned with quirky illustrations and bright blue decor and has comfortable wooden furnishing. If you are looking to enjoy a craft beer, this is the place to go. With a variety of over 30 beers on tap, this bar is certain to impress beer connoisseurs. The causal hipster ambiance here makes this a fun place to enjoy a drink with a friend.

Seoul, South Korea
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Alice Cheongdam

Inspired by Alice in Wonderland, Alice Cheongdam is an exquisite bar waiting to be found. Set in the affluent neighborhood of Cheongdam which is known for its brand luxury stores, you will miss the bunny sign if you aren't looking for it. Follow the vintage iron wrought entrance to a charming flower shop of the same name which leads you to an antique wooden door. Once you are past this doorway, you will enter the actual bar which is elegantly done up with chic British aesthetics and is dimly lit. You will find the rabbit impression on almost everything and an edition of the novel. Mysterious alleys and crannies lead to the bathrooms and private rooms. But it is not only its dramatic settings that has caught the fancy its visitors. Its exploratory cocktails are an ode to its decor. Get set to be dazzled by the theatrical presentation of their drinks and snacks.

Seoul, South Korea
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Korea Beer Exchange

Set in the commercial district of Yeongdeungpo, Korea Beer Exchange might not be in the tourist radar much, but if you are a beer lover, then this place should not be missed. Inspired by the dynamics of the stock exchange, the prices and availability depends upon the demand of the beverage. Order a craft beer through an iPad. Boasting of a good selection of tap as well as bottled varieties, including Korean craft beers, you may also find rare brews in their list. Munch on pizzas to go along with your preferred beer.

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