Save Money and Get Wasted! – Free Alcohol Refill Joints in Seoul


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If you’re traveling to Korea and looking for some bars in Seoul, there’s plenty to choose from. But we’re all trying to save a bit of cash, right? Find out where to go in Seoul for free refills on alcohol so you can get wasted the cheapest way possible!

(This post was originally posted at seoulistic.com)

Ssada! Maekju! in Hongdae

I’m Sexy Cheap and I Know it

The title doesn’t leave much to the imagination (ssada maekju = “It’s cheap! Beer!”). So if having a few beers at a cheap price is your idea of a good time, head over to Hongdae to find this college town watering hole. Hopefully, you’ll be surprised by the better-than-expected interior along with the inexpensive anju (안주). But who are you kidding. The only reason you’re reading this is because you want to find a cheap place to go drinking in Seoul. And this place has got what you want: free refills for draft beers (8,000 won/person) and soju (5,000won/person).

Tip: The owner knows this is a real bargain, so he asks on the bar blog that you order some sort of anju (side dish). Help the guy out. The guy’s gotta make a living somehow!

Location is hard to find. Here’s the owner’s directions (in Korean), and a blogger pinpoints it on naver map here. (Check the blogger pictures below to see signs to look for.)
Closest Subway Stations: 홍대입구역 (Hongdae Station – Line 2) & 상수역 (Sangsu Station – Line 6)
See pics from Korean Blogger 1 and Korean Blogger 2.
Bar’s blog/website.

 

Makkeolli Salon in Hongdae 

Happy Juice Refills

If you’re not a fan of beer or soju, lots of people tend to gravitate to makkeolli for a nice little buzz to get them feeling happy. This milky white happy juice has been making Korean farmers sing and dance since olden times. And although this aiin’t the Korean country side, you can drink at this Seoul makkeolli bar till you feel like dancing at a few clubs in Hongdae just down the block! Get your groove on for 5,600 won a person.

Address: 서울시 마포구 서교동 358-92
(Seoul, Mapo-gu, Seogyo-dong 358-92)
Maps: Wingspoon (Click here for the Shinchon branch)
Closest Subway Stations: 홍대입구역 (Hongdae Station – Line 2) & 상수역 (Sangsu Station – Line 6)
See pics from Korean Blogger 1 and Korean Blogger 2.

 

200 Brau Haus at Gangnam Station

BYOB – Brew Your Own Beer

You’re probably expecting all of these listings to be Seoul’s versions of dive bars–cheap and dirty. If you are then you’ll be pleasantly surprised by 200 Brau Haus’ European inspired interior. The anju (안주) looks fancy enough, and the beer they offer is better than your typical Korean bar offerings. They brew their own beers, so you’ll have your choice of fruity, hoppy, or dark beers–all at the can’t-beat-that-deal price of 9,900 won for free refills! Yay for not having to drink Cass!

Tip: Free refills are not available on Saturday or Sunday.

Address: 서울시 서초구 서초4동 1307-23 보성빌딩
(Seoul Seocho-gu Seocho4-dong 1307-23 Boseong Building)
Maps: Naver Maps
Closest Subway Stations: 강남역 (Gangnam Station – Line 2)
See pics from Korean Blogger 1 and Korean Blogger 2.

 

O’Hara Culture Club at Seolleung Station

Drink Like a Rich Old White Guy

With a name like “O’Hara Culture Club,” this bar in Gangnam is exactly what you imagine it to be: a bunch of rich old white dudes smoking cigars and getting tipsy off of scotch whiskey. Just kidding. There’s not too many old white dudes. And you don’t have to be rich either! For 25,000 won, you can chill like Hugh Hefner for a night at this trendy Seoul bar and sip on your choice of wine, sparkling wine, cocktails, and beer to your hearts content. Bring your own cigars to be cooler.

Tip: Look for Scarlett (restaurant name). The bar is located inside the restaurant.

Address: 서울시 강남구 대치동 891 B1F (대치타워 지하 1층)
[Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Daechi-dong 891 B1F (1st Fl. basement of Dachi Tower)]
Maps: Wingspoon
Closest Subway Stations: 선릉역 (Seolleung Station – Line 2)
See pics from Korean Blogger 1 and Korean Blogger 2.

 

Star Flair at Gangnam Station 

No Frills, Just Drinks

For Star Flair

Star Flair keeps it real. Unlike other bars in Korea, you don’t have to order any side dishes (anju) to help offFoset the price of drinks. It’s simply a straight dive bar that relies on cheap booze for you to have a good time. Most nights there probably aren’t going to be any Coyote Ugly type antics, but for 15,000 won you can grab a cocktail or seven with locals and foreigners alike and just have a good ol’ fashion time getting wasted!

Tip: If you want something to nibble on, Star Flair allows food to be brought in. McNuggets and tteokbokki combo anyone?

(Note: Has been edited with the help of seoulfoodyo.com. Thanks!)

Address: 서울시 강남구 역삼동 818-7 3층
(Seoul, Gangnam-gu Yeoksam-dong 818-7, 3rd Floor)
Maps: Naver Maps
Closest Subway Stations: 강남역 (Gangnam Station – Line 2)
See pics from Korean Blogger 1 and Korean Blogger 2.

 

Tell me Your Wish in Bucheon

For the Broke and Hungry

Are you currently broke and on a kimbab diet cause you spent all your money on clubbing and drinking? Alcoholics deserve better. That’s why this bar in Bucheon makes our list of Seoul bars to get free refills: you not only get unlimited alcohol refills, you also get access to a surprisingly wide array of food to go along with your drinks! Buffets in Korea are typically high-end deals that can cost upwards of 50,000 won a person. This 9,900 won buffet does one up on all those hotel buffets and offers unlimited alcoholic drinks. Screw the Sheraton, let’s go to Bucheon!

Address: 경기도 부천시 원미구 심곡동 180-14번지 5층
(Gyeonggi-do Bucheon-shi, Wonmi-gu, Shimgok-dong 180-14, 5th floor.)
Maps: Naver Map
Closest Subway Stations: 부천역 (Bucheon Station – Line 1 of Gyeongin Line)
See pics from Korean Blogger 1 and Korean Blogger 2.

Know any other bars in Korea where you can get free refills? Share with us in the comments!


Language Tip:

- 맥주 (maekju) – beer
- 안주 (anju) – side dishes to eat while drinking alcohol
- 무한리필 (muhanripil) – unlimited refills

(This post was originally posted at seoulistic.com)

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2 Comments

  1. Posted May 25, 2012 at 6:35 am | Permalink

    Nicely done – I’ll probably have to check out a few of these places in short order… For, um, research, of course…

    A quick note: Facebook warned that the link was unsafe, courtesy of a McAfee scan. Not sure if you’ve done something to annoy the internet gods, but something you might want to look into.

  2. Posted May 25, 2012 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    Enjoy Chris!

    BTW, what link were you referring to?

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  • By Bars in Seoul, South Korea, offer free refills on beer! on February 11, 2013 at 10:53 am

    [...] Hopefully, you’ll be surprised by the better-than-expected interior along with the inexpensive anju (안주). But who are you kidding. The only reason you’re reading this is because you want to find a cheap place to go drinking in Seoul. And this place has got what you want: free refills for draft beers (8,000 won/person) and soju (5,000won/person). – SeoulEats [...]

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