Last night, I went out to Seoul for another night of drinks/fun. This time, we went to an area called Hongdae. It’s not as dirty and filled with foreigners as Itaewon and I’d say it’s a bit livelier. Hongdae is where young Koreans go to drink and have fun on weekends. It’s a young, fresh area. If you want to go there by subway, get off at Hongik University and you’re right in the middle of it.
We started off at a place called the Con Bar. Prices were reasonable; between 4 and 6ooo won for a bottle of beer and around 8000won for a 100cc pitcher. Pretty good place. Then we went to a place called the Pan Alley (based on the admission stamp on my arm). Cover was 5$, bottles of Budweiser were 4$ and they played all sorts of music. There are two Pan Alleys and you can get in both with your stamp. We started at the Pan Alley 2. It was really packed. I suspect the concept of maximum occupancy is unknown here. Within a few minutes, one of my friends started a conversation with this Korean guy who was drinking Tequila from the bottle. Jason (his English name) was super friendly and gave us some shots. Maybe 30 minutes after talking to him, I bought some beer for him and then left to scope out the dance floor. When I came back he was gone. Apparently, according to my friend, Jason started drinking his beer, said he needed to go to the bathroom, dropped the bottle on the floor and proceeded to pee himself. We didn’t see Jason after that.
I also met a Korean doctor who worked in Halifax for a while. He gave me a shot of Jack Daniels.
After being tired of all the people in Tin Alley 2, we crossed the road (our beers in hand) to check out Tin Alley 1 to discover that it wasn’t nearly as crowded. We stayed there for until 3-ish when we went to a restaurant for a night cap and some food.
In a cool coincidence, while we were hanging out outside the Pan Alley, trying to figure out our next move, I met a bunch of people who live in my neighborhood and with whom had gone for beer with on Friday. It was a neat coincidence.
We emerged from the night victorious on the subway at 5:30am. The subway sits at Hongik University with the doors open until 5:30; when the service begins. The plan for me was to take a subway all the way to Suwon Station, but I fell asleep and missed my transfer station, so I took the bus from a station a few stop down the line instead. Similarly, my friend fell alseep once I left and woke of 30 minutes past his stop. After fun nights like that, I wish I lived in Seoul.