Vinyl Street Bar, Hongdae, Seoul

As you might've read from previous posts on this blog, I have a love affair with Hongdae in Seoul, South Korea. I immediately fell for its youthful vibe and artsy feel the first time I visited the place a few years back, and have been back in Hongdae a couple of times since. Last year I went on a solo trip to Seoul and spent a couple of days walking around the city, and I of course made Hongdae my home base.

It was in one of my walks around Hongdae that I finally chanced upon Vinyl, a tiny, quirky street bar near Hongik University that sold cheap cocktails in ziplock bags. I had heard about it a couple of times before and had seen blogs rave about the place, but had never gotten the chance to look for it until my solo trip last year. It took a while for me to find Vinyl, but all the walking around in the cold while looking at Google Maps was worth it!   

If you plan on looking for Vinyl Bar when you visit Hongdae, keep an eye out for the quirky robot in its storefront:

...and their iconic ziplock cocktails:

Order your drink at the bar and have a chat with the nice bartender.

The interior kind of looks like a hippy's den from the 70's. Very groovy.

Check out the ziplock cocktails!

I ordered a cocktail to go and bought spicy chicken from a street food vendor near my hostel. Awesome way to cap off the night!


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mike said...

Night at Hongdae, Seoul

Nights in Seoul are vibrant and welcoming. Lit up by neon signs that buzz late into the night, evenings in Seoul have a creative energy that sucks people in crowds. night, evenings in Seoul have a creative energy that sucks people in crowds. For those who have been suffering at home from the sweltering summer, you will be happy to hear that September is when it really starts to get better—especially at night. Whether you’re still hanging on to the last days of summer or impatiently waiting for fall, September offers the best of both seasons, making it far and away the best month for evening excursions in the city.

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