Korea on the Edge - Cool Bars

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thesilkroad.tv Twitter: https://twitter.com/thesilkroadtv WANT MORE?? (www.thesilkroad.tv) Along the central subway system number 2 Green Line, located between Hapjeong and Sinchon, you will find Hongdae -- an area with a college-town atmosphere known for its entertainment and clubs. The name "Hongdae" is an abbreviation of Hongik Daehakgyo, meaning Hongik University. It is a liberal arts school, and it shows in the community around it. Hongdae is always alive with street musicians, food vendors, art exhibits and all sorts of avant-garde activities. In this video, we take you through some of the unique window dressings and watering holes, including the "micro-bar" called Vinyl, where your booze comes in easy-to-carry bags; a margarita bar that looks deceptively like a neon-lit ice-cream parlor; and OI Bar, a hookah club that looks like Super-Man's Fortress of Solitude went disco. Keep in mind that in Korea, businesses come and go like the wind, and sadly, OI Bar no longer exists. But you can bet where it fell, ten more bizarre places will spring up to take its place. A few recommended night-spots not seen in the video: The Park, which is just that: An outdoor venue perfect for warmer weather, where you can mingle with people from all over the world while sipping beverages from the nearby minimart. The Park is located atop the central hill, right across from the main gate of Hongik University. Just down the street from the park, tucked into a little side-street a couple of blocks behind Vinyl, you can find Obek ("500" in Korean), an excellent way-down-lantern-lit-stairs bar that is absolutely cavernous. They often have a very creative live show, and hookah caves for the lounge lizard in you. If you're a Star Wars fan, think Mos Eisley Cantina. Obek may be a bit harder to find, but they make a mean White Russian. Also, in the last shot of the video, if you look over our host's shoulder, you will see Bar Zen: $1.50 tequila shots on the weekend. But also keep in mind that although it is legal to drink while walking down the streets of Korea, Koreans themselves consider it to be low-class behavior. But however you choose to enjoy your time, enjoy it in Hongdae. This video was shot on a Sunday, so the places are very dead; but on any given Friday or Saturday night, this place is teeming with vibrant life, strong drinks, and good music.
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