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. If you’re a cash conscious traveler, though, you might want to check out these bars with free refills. Have a fun night out without breaking the bank!

 

Ssada! Maekju! (싸다!맥주!) in Hongdae (홍대)

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 the main reason you should go here is 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 asks on the bar blog that you order some sort of anju (side dish).

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 (막걸리싸롱) in Hongdae (홍대)

Happy Juice Refills

If you’re not a fan of beer or soju, lots of people tend to gravitate to makkeolli to get them feeling loose. This milky white happy juice has been making Korean farmers sing and dance since olden times. And although this isn’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 the part started 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 (200브로이하우스) at Gangnam Station (강남역)

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 (오하라컬쳐클럽) at Seolleung Station (선릉역)

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 (스타플레어) at Gangnam Station (강남역)

No Frills, Just Drinks

Star Flair keeps it real. Unlike other bars in Korea, you don’t have to order any side dishes (anju) to help offset 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 (소원을 말해봐) in Bucheon (부천)

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

Keith
Keith
Keith Kim is a Korean-American who has been living in Korea for almost a decade. Being in a unique position as both a Korean and a non-Korean, he's put all his experience and knowledge for surviving in Korea in Survival Korean . Read it to learn how you can survive in Korea. Follow him on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.

15 Comments

  1. seoulfoodyo says:

    Star Flair does have anju on the menu. Simple stuff like nachos, sausage platters, etc.

  2. Keith says:

    Thanks! Edited and credited 🙂

  3. Jason says:

    Over at Onda in Nowon there is unlimited draft beer for 10,000 won and you don’t have to buy any side dish. 🙂

  4. Xen says:

    What’s Coyote Ugly? I’ve seen some videos like this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ue9NbDoJK9I but haven’t figured out what it’s about 🙂

  5. Keith Kim says:

    @Xen – Coyote Ugly is a famous bar in America where sexy bartenders get up on the bar and party and dance. There was a movie based on this bar: http://youtu.be/F_hBAcOsIQg 🙂

  6. Theresa says:

    Your comment…Went to 200 Brau Haus. fyi the deal is not good on Fridays anymore. I think its Friday and Sat not Sat and Sun

  7. Dan says:

    Yup regarding the comment above about Brau Haus it’s not valid for Friday. Saturday, and Sunday.

  8. Reinaud says:

    There is also a bar near Wangsimni station, called 37th bar! 15.000 won, you can drink unlimited cocktails ánd draft beer. There’s also some anju available, hope this helps.

  9. Michael says:

    I’m planning for a friend’s upcoming visit and thought I should share….

    Star Flair changed names and look to Pandora some time ago (not sure when). Same price, but the bar just looks a liiittle different. They don’t allow standing in there anymore BECAUSE they opened up a new bar across the street, Pandora Noble.

    You actually see Pandora Noble first as you come up the street from the GS. Noble is more club style (aka louder music) and have nice tables around the room for large groups. They also have lockers for your stuff. Same price as Pandora (Original) and you can bring in your own food and snacks.

  10. natalie says:

    Im wondering for the 싸다!맥주 place. How do you order?

  11. Stephanie says:

    싸다!맥주! in Hongdae ~~ was so proud of myself for being able to find it. Then was instantly saddened upon realizing it has closed 🙁

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