Olsoo (얼쑤)

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Place Category: Sool Bar

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      A great place for a nice meal and a chat with a few friends who either are makgeolli lovers, or who want to get into the world of premium makgeolli. If you have the budget, you will be able to sample and compare most of the higher end makgeolli that is available in Seoul; paired with some very tasty dishes as well. Olsoo is certainly a good place to start your night in the most happening place in the city.

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    • Olsoo Bar in Hongdae

      In the heart of the district known for its vibrant nightlife and wild party scene is Olsoo. With its attention to quality and careful selection of Korean traditional alcohol, the bar feels somewhat out of place among the cheap barbeque restaurants, soju bars, and rowdy old fashioned makgeolli bars that fill the neighboring area right next to the Hongdae subway station.

      The word Olsoo (얼쑤) is one of the calls of encouragement and emphasis commonly given by the percussionist to a solo singer during Korea’s ancient Pansori musicals and translates, perhaps somewhat crudely as “Yah Hoo”. Olsoo is owned and managed by the bar’s chef, whose passion is not only in modern reflections of Korea’s cuisine, but also in its wide offerings in the field of traditional liquor. His staff also share his enthusiasm for makgeolli, cheongju and well crafted soju and are more than happy to offer recommendations and suggestions on what you may like to drink.



    • Food Recommendation:

      Fried Oysters (굴전 )
      Steamed Pork (오겹살찜)
      Seafood Pajeon (해물 파전)

    • Drinks Recommendation:

      Haechang 해창 막걸리 (Makgeolli – Aspartame free/light/balanced dryness)
      Samyangchun 삼양춘 (Takju – Aspartame free/creamy/medium sweetness)
      Awhangju 아황주 (Cheongju – Aspartame free/silky/complex aromas)

    • The Food:  As Olsoo is chef owned, the food is always guaranteed to be meticulously prepared with the freshest of ingredients.  He is well respected in both the food and sool industries for his attention to detail and all round good fare. The cuisine is Korean but with a certain finesse that is uniquely Olsoo.

      The Sool:  The chef also brews and distils himself, so don’t be surprised to see the odd fermenting booze vessel here and there.  And of course as he brews, he also carries an excellent selection of commercially available brews. There are a few representatives from each Sool category (makgeolli, takju, cheongju, and soju) but it could be said there is a wider selection of high proof soju regularly on offer here.

      The Feel:  It’s not your typical Hongdae bar, and to be honest that’s what is great about it.  The dark and severe interior with a second floor view gives Olsoo a somewhat oasis like feel from the hustle of hongdae streets. It feels more like a restaurant than a bar, but don’t let that stop you from popping in for a casual brew or two

      The Price: Being that Olsoo is a place for excellent food and quality booze, the price tag is not one for the student wallet.  However, it is by no means overpriced for what is on offer.  The sool is appropriately priced and the food portions are generous and satisfying.

      Olsoo – 얼쑤

      Directions: Come out exit 8 of Hongdae Station and walk straight.  You will reach a roundabout, and Olsoo is on the opposite side of the street, on the second floor.  Look for a staircase and a white sign with black writing that says 얼쑤.

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