If you really want to get intimate with Seoul, spend the night on its brazen streets. Koreans work hard, but it’s no secret that they can party even harder. The energy goes nowhere but up as the night stretches on, and strangers to the culture could only do so much to try and keep up.
Mr. Bulbul introduced us to the nightlife of Seoul and shows how it’s done. Who better than the man who can chug shot after shot of soju with nothing but a serene look on his face?
This is how you spend a night in Seoul:
Pregaming before the night starts
Where to eat: Jongno Seolleongtang 110-1 Jong-ro, Jongno 3(sam)-ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
We filled our empty stomachs with heavy soup to prepare us for the night ahead. Try their gomtang, a beef bone soup made with various parts from the brisket to the ox tail. But before that, we took our very first shot of soju for the night. As Mr. Bulbul puts it, it’s best to take the first shot on an empty stomach to really get the taste and feel of the soju.
Soju + Beer = The Formula for a Great Night in Seoul
Where to eat: Street Pocha (Eulji-ro Clam street) Eulji-ro 13-gil, Euljiro-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Somaek comes from the words soju and maekju (beer). Somaek is really the way to go if you wanna have a great night in Seoul. It’s a beer cocktail made with soju and beer (maekju). Just drink this and it’ll hit you hard in no time.
The Greasy Solution for the Raging Hangover
Where to eat: Meat Buffet Restaurant 14-6 Gwancheol-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
The best way to fight the imminent hangover is to load up on the grease. For our final food stop, we headed over to a restaurant in Gwancheol-dong and ordered a mound of grilled beef innards. The platter comes with lungs, heart, intestines, and a lot more. It was enough to soothe the effects of all the soju we’ve taken in the whole night.