Herb Makgeolli in Hapjeong, Seoul

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What does this look like to you? It’s Korean rice wine fermented with herbs and colorful flowers. The owner said that it takes ten days to make this drink. One of my facebook friends updated some photos and I immediately felt the urge to see and drink it myself.


The restaurant bar’s name is Seul Gaeguri, which means “alcohol frog.” The entrance and interior is decorated with pictures of frogs.

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Their menu has over 80 different types of makgeolli, the Korean rice wine, and they also have other types of alcohol as well. My friends and I decided to order the 바 세트 (ba set) makgeolli. In a set, one can taste 5~6 different types of alcohol served in a small cup.  The sets are under 10,000 KRW.

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The Ba Set had san-e, hallabong, corn, blueberry, and mulberry makgeolli. The san-e was missing that day so we had a different makgeolli. IMG_2075We didn’t really enjoy their flavors… maybe it is best to stick to the classics! But it definitely was good for a game punishment drink 😉

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What tasted better was the classic Deoksan makgeolli, which my friend recommended. Makgeolli bottles are usually under 10,000 KRW.

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They also offer a wide variety of food. We got the Seafood Jjampong and half-and-half Korean pancake set for 30,000 KRW.

IMG_2079Delicious on a cold day! Not too spicy. IMG_2081

 It was our first time having bacon with our Korean pancakes (jeon), but it was delicious! IMG_2080

When we ordered our second round of food and drinks, I asked the owner about the makgeolli with flowers in it, and he told me that is the “Herb Makgeolli.” (9,000KRW) I attempted to take pictures of it but the bottle is too cloudy to take clear shots.

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Beautiful colors 🙂 IMG_2086

This makgeolli had a strong herb flavor. I liked it better than the Ba Set makgeolli flavors, but the Deoksan makgeolli was still the best drink of that night. If you like both herbal tea and alcohol, you may enjoy the herb makgeolli more.

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How to get to Seul-gaeguri 

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They are located it right in the middle between Hapjeong Station and Sangsu Station.

From Hapjeong Station exit 5, make a right at the first street and continue going down until you see the restaurant on the left side. It will be on the second floor.

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From Sangsu Station exit 1, walk straight, make a right on the big street with many cars, and make a left on the first street. Continue walking until you see a CU convenient store on the left, and a red, white, and blue sign on the right. 스크린샷 2016-04-03 오후 4.28.07

Hours: 5 pm to 2 am (closed Sundays)

Occupancy: about 25

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