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Seoul Spots: Southside Parlor

April 21, 2015

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Hey guise!

So we’ve been living in Korea for almost seven years now and in that time we’ve found a lot of favourite places. Some of those places we’ve shared via our videos but other places we just go to on a Friday night after work or on the weekend to play board games and hang. We’re always torn because we find these great spots and say to each other “OMG we need to make a video about this awesome places” but videos are really high production, require a lot of time, lighting and audio, and preparation, and sometimes we just want to go out on a date to our favourite places without bringing all the gear with us. So we found middle ground. We’d like to share some pictures of the places we go to and let you know about some cool spots to hang out. If you’re visiting Seoul or already living here, hopefully this will help you find some Simon and Martina approved locations!

We’re starting with Southside Parlor 사우사이드 팔러 located in Itaewon but closer to Noksapyeong Station and the HBC (HaebangChon) area. We’ve spent many hours here, and will spend many more in the future. Why? Because it has the best drinks we’ve ever had in Korea. Easily. And we’re really into good drinks. Don’t confuse that with us being into getting drunk. We’re not into cheap tequila shots mixed with some over sweet orange juice for W1,500 leaving you with a sloppy ripping hangover. We’re not into drinking to the point of drunkenness. We’re not sloppy people that get hammered and hit on everyone in sight and barf in hallways. But we can definitely sit down and enjoy a hand crafted cocktail made with care and creativity while playing board games or talking about the Marvel movies with friends.

Southside Parlor has a traditional menu with all the classic old school cocktails on them but they also have seasonal menus with so many creative choices it’s sure to please everyone in your group. When you order a drink from their menu they explicitly let you know that each cocktail will take time to make, they don’t rush these drinks. In fact, while there is a great view overlooking Seoul from their window ledge seats, we love sitting at the giant copper bar and watching the bartenders work their magic. They make homemade bitters, sodas, syrups, and have a selection of import alcohol that you just cannot get in Korea. SQUEEEE!!!! Bar nerd Martina gets so excited looking at their menu! Also, they aren’t snobby arseholes. If you don’t know what that weird word listed as an ingredient in a drink, ask them and they’ll let you know without making you feel like an idiot. If you’re not into drinking alcohol they also have a small section of non-alcoholic beverages that are also unique, such as homemade Lavender Lemonade and Gingerbeer.

Southside also has a small but great Texas style food menu. The Piggy Chips made with homemade sweet potato chips, piles of pulled pork, cilantro and more are glorious, and have more toppings on them than chips, which is a good thing. The Chicken Thigh Tacos are on point. The burgers are crazy good as well, and even though they don’t market themselves as a burger joint they’re better than a lot of burger places in Korea. And, though we’re not from the US or familiar with Southern cooking all too much, Leigh – who is a proud Texan – has eaten there many times and can vouch for its quality. We just like it because it’s delicious.

Lastly, they’ve got a plain old great vibe going on. It’s dim, not dark. They play great music, from Nujabes to Slum Village to 50s doowop, and play it – get this – not loud! You don’t have to shout over your drinks, like you do in other cheap bars that just try to get you to drink more. And, hell, they’ve got two vintage arcades set up: one with Street Fighter 2 Turbo, and another with 1000 games on it. And Marvel posters on the walls, along with a projector playing X-Men The Animated Series. It’s just about everything I’d want in a bar, and so it’s pretty clear why we’ve spent so many hours there.

Here are some pictures from our Saturday night there. We got a new night vision camera to play around with, so we took it out for some pictures so you can get a better look at the place:

Things to Remember:
-they’re located on the 4th floor of the building, so look up!
-by subway leave Noksapyeong Station Exit 2 and you’ll find yourself walking past Southside but on the wrong side of the road. Don’t worry, keep going until you get to the underpass and cross over and walk back to Southside.
-they have an elevator available to get you to the 4th floor if you can’t take the stairs.

Here’s a map:

And you can find them on Facebook as well for more details including phone numbers, hours, and more map stuff.

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    20 comentario

    4 years ago
  2. OHHHHH!!! I definitely want to go here!! I’ll be going to Korea at the end of May and I’m trying to make a list of places to hit up. This is definitely going on my list!! Thank Simon and Martina!!

    4 years ago
  3. I think once you get used to nice cocktails, you can’t go back. I LOVE drinking booze, but I don’t drink much. If I go out for drinks, I’ve been known to get a $15 cocktail and enjoy it. The other day I went to restaurant and saw their cocktails were $6-8! I thought why not for that price. Boy were their drinks crappy. Most people just load it up with sugar and I don’t like that at all. (side note if you guys come to Philadelphia check out VStreet, they have a mustard cocktail which is actually good, Charlie is a Sinner, and The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co., where you can buy a bowl of punch for $100!

    4 years ago
  4. Hey Simon and Martina, I have a question/request for you. I am a type 1 diabetic living in America. This means I have to give myself a shot every time I have carbs, the size of it depending on how many carbs I consume. Where I live, there isn’t a lot of street food and family businesses so you can pretty much find the nutrition facts for food easily on the internet. As I watch your videos though, I notice that there are many different types of food in Asia that I wouldn’t know how many carbs are in it. I was wondering if you could do a video or send me the scoop about nutrition facts in Korea and what would someone with diabetes, like me, eat without going into a coma? Thanks so much! ~Lula

    4 years ago
  5. wow! mint juleps and old fashions in Seoul…love.

    4 years ago
  6. Looks like a great place! We can’t wait to check it out! My wife and I just found EYK and we are loving it. We just spent the last couple of hours Chromecasting (is that a word now?) your videos. Awesome stuff.

    We will be over in Korea in a couple of weeks. We’d love to have a meet and greet with you if you would be up for it. We will be getting our TEFL certification next week and would certainly love to hear your experiences teaching in “The Land of the Morning Calm”. Does anybody refer to it by that anymore?

    Good fun, Gloom. We actually played it for the first time on Halloween. Do you like Cards Against Humanity

    Anyway, let me know if you are down with meeting some new American fans.

    Thanks again for EYK. Looking forward to more!

    4 years ago
    • Crap, I wish I could edit that last post so I could include that missing question mark after “Do you like Cards Against Humanity”. Or did I secretly mean it as a statement?

      4 years ago
      • Hahahahah. I’m Ron Burgundy? Yes, we like Cards Against Humanity too! I’m sure you’ll run into us somewhere in Seoul and when you do, remind me of this comment. ^_~

        4 years ago
  7. Great post guise! I don’t drink, but this looks like a place that I would enjoy hanging out in.

    Something just occurred to me…..in the USA children, or I should say, people under the age of legal alcohol consumption, are not allowed in bars. Is it any different in Korea?

    4 years ago
  8. It looks like it totally checked everything off on the hipster bar checklist (not that that would stop me from going).

    4 years ago
  9. This place looks awesome! I like that they take care making their drinks. I’m not usually a bar person but this looks like a place I’d enjoy the atmosphere in. The food looked great too, especially the queso, yum! I’m not the type who likes to drink and get drunk, if anything I’d prefer not to get a hangover.

    4 years ago
  10. My standard cocktail to go to is an old fashioned. I judge a bar on its old fashioneds.

    Next time you’re in Sydney try looking for Bulletin Place.

    http://bulletinplace.com/

    Like a lot of bars recently opened in Sydney it’s small, and hard to find, but worth it! They do this cool little thing where they serve the cocktail equivalent of an amuse-bouche served in these cute little containers.

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    4 years ago
  11. Coming to visit Seoul & Tokyo this July from Toronto! Will definitely check this place out and drink all the drinks and perhaps some foods too! The atmosphere looks amazing and super laid back :)

    Can’t believe we’ll be trading places and you two will be back in Canada for the summer. Would have loved to stop by the coffee shop to say hi! Any suggestions on best neighbourhoods to stay in?

    4 years ago
  12. Omg, I’m using mason jars as serving glasses for my Flaming BJ drinks.

    S&M (wow the implications), how does South Korea view the B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Booze) aspect to drinking? Is it considered more or less communal? Shunned? A faux pas?

    Thanks!

    4 years ago
  13. Hi Simon & Martina,
    I was wondering since alcohol is a large part of Korean culture, are there alcohol free options as well? Like in the Southside parlor do they offer “virgin cocktails” and how common is it to find these options?
    Thanks a lot!
    (PS: I created an account just to ask this question xD)

    4 years ago
    • I mentioned in this post that Southside does have some awesome alcohol free drinks (as well they’d have no problem making a delicious virgin cocktail if you asked). There are always alcohol free options at every place but most bars in Korea are not cocktail making creators like Southside, so your options would be limited to coke or cider (which is like 7-Up or Sprite) or water.

      4 years ago
  14. My husband and I have the Gloom game!

    4 years ago
    • It’s only our second time playing it! Our friends brought it to our place once, and we loved it, so we got a copy ourselves :D

      4 years ago
  15. This is an awesome looking place! Great photos too – Ooooh the bokehhhhh!

    4 years ago
  16. Whaaa, that mason jar chandelier is awesome.

    4 years ago
  17. If I get the chance to visit Seoul in the future, I’ll definitely make sure to go here. Thanks for posting this guys, it’s much appreciated. :)

    4 years ago
  18. Those piggy chips are probably one of my favourite consumables in the world. :’)

    4 years ago
  19. Thanks for this post! My friend and I are planning to visit Seoul in September so we’ll be sure to stop by here. :)

    4 years ago
  20. Adding this to list of things to do!! AYYEEE EYK CAN I BUY YOU A DRANKKKKK!? <3

    4 years ago
  21. going on my list of places to go :)

    4 years ago
  22. this must have been 5 blocks from where I was staying in Korea! never saw it & obviously missed out…. I’ll just have to come back I guess ;)

    4 years ago
  23. Woow, that looks good!
    Guess I have to stop by there (as soon as I get a date to come with me :p )

    4 years ago