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The craft beer scene is on the rise in Seoul, South Korea. Do some Seoul searching (sorry not sorry) and you’ll be rewarded with some quirky brewery bars and top taproom tastings with all manner of beer styles and types. Korea’s beer scene isn’t just about the bland mass produced beers like Cass or Terra.
From the bright lights of Myeongdong’s brewery bars to Itaewon’s ‘craft beer valley’, there is much craft beer goodness to enjoy in Seoul.
We should say this list of best craft beer bars and breweries in Seoul is not just about the quality and types of beers but also the taproom and bar set-ups.
And remember, always drink sensibly and within moderation, especially if you are planning to visit more than one of Seoul’s best breweries and taprooms in the same evening – cheers!
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Best craft beer bars and breweries in Seoul list
1. Euljiro Brewing
Literally a ‘sick’ logo – is this the best brewery logo EVER?
Hidden down a neon soaked alley in the Euljiro district of Seoul, this is a fun brewery taproom with some awesome interiors and neat design features including a huge window sticker of their character in the window (this is literally the first thing you see of the bar if you are approaching from the Myeongdong neighbourhood).
To mention that Euljiro Brewing has two tap-rooms in the same alley practically across the road from each other so if one taproom is full, you can always try the other.
We most recently visited Euljiro Brewing early one Sunday afternoon on a snowy day in December 2022 – it was mainly quite a young crowd, a good mix of groups and pairs. We didn’t have any food at Euljiro Brewing but pizza seemed to be the most popular dish, but you don’t need to eat food to enjoy a beer here.
Service was brisk and prices were pretty good – a large beer cost around 7,500 Korean Won.
We tried Euljiro Brewing’s Session Seersucker IPA (5.5%) and new for 2022, Euljiro Brewing’s Pink Chambray Saison Farmhouse Ale (5.2%) – both really good and hoppy as – one of the best craft beers in Seoul we tried.
2. The Ranch Brewing Euljiro
Possibly the most quirky brewery in Seoul, your visit to Ranch Brewing Company in the Euljiro district of Seoul starts through a hidden fridge doorway – so far, so very ‘‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (particularly as we visited Ranch Brewing Company taproom on a snowy day in Seoul).
Once you’ve opened the huge, metallic red fridge door, the warmth and chatter that emanates from the taproom is a welcome sight. Upon seating, you are kindly reminded that it is a one drink minimum per customer and you are free to order from the tablet on the table (the first section is in Korean and you can stroll down for the English menu).
Ranch Brewing Company is a Daejeon based brewing company with a good draft craft beer range. Staff at the Euljiro based taproom were also super super friendly and helpful. When we visited Ranch Brewing Company, the taproom quickly filled up (super popular with female groups) – it also had about 14 taps behind the bar; excellent!
Most Ranch Brewing Company beers were between 7,000 to 8,000 Korean Won for a large beer (slightly smaller than a pint). We tried several and their dark stout was incredible. If you want good craft beer at reasonable prices with nice service, then Ranch Brewing Company is for you.
This has to be the fastest beer delivery we’ve ever experienced in Seoul – we were sitting right next to the bar and as soon as we hit ‘order’ on the tablet, we’d hear a ding at the bar and our beers would be with us within 30 seconds – cheers to that.
Ranch Brewery Company has bags of character and not just only the hidden fridge door entrance – there are huge murals and colourful illustrations on the walls.
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3. Magpie Brewing Co, Itaewon
One the craft beer scene pioneers in Seoul and with an upstairs tap-room and downstairs basement set-up in Itaewon, the Magpie Brewing Company has a great reputation and tradition for brewing. You can also visit the Magpie Brewery taproom itself on Jeju Island itself – because craft beer always tastes better at the source!
All of Magpie Brewing Company’s beer is made on Jeju island and it’s craft core range is quite diverse and delicious. It includes Magpie Porter (5.6% ABV) , Magpie Pale Ale (4.8% ABV) , Magpie Kolsch (4.8% ABV) and Magpie Pale Ale (a whopping 6.5% ABV).
As well as the core range, Magpie Brewing Co. also take pride in their seasonal range which often have very cool can and bottle designs – the 9% The Sinner Belgian pale ale style limited launch recently caught our eye!
Magpie Brewing’s Itaewon taproom is a cosy affair and offers tastings most Thursday nights to help you get acquainted with Magpie’s craft beer range. Magpie Brewing also offer one day and three week homebrewing courses.
When we visit Jeju Island, we want to do the Magpie Brewing Co guided tour of their brewery – most Saturdays and Sundays for a 30 min tour costing 20,000 Won (including beer tasting and one free beer at the taproom). Sign us up!
4. Artmonster, Myeongdong
Artmonster in Myeongdong is a craft beer bar, situated above a jewellery shop. Artmonster is a Seoul based brewery known for its retro as, vintage styled craft beer bars and their Myeongdong outpost is no different with neon signs, vintage cupboards and subtle lighting.
Although the Artmonster bar in Myeongdong may look retro, their ordering system is bang up-to-date with ordering tablets located on each table – ordering craft beer in Seoul has never been so simple.
There are three rooms at Artmonster Myeongdong – try sitting in the small snug by the beer taps as it cosy with a good view of the beers being poured – it is also closest to the bar meaning service is snappy as.
We liked our two trips to Artmonster Myeongdong – we had a tasting flight of 5 x 220ml beers from their core craft beer selection (around 19,000 Korean Won) so we could get a taste for Art Monsters craft beers – very good especially the IPAs. We also popped by a second time to try one of their pizzas with more beer (beer good, pizza was OK).
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5. White Rabbit Tap House, Itaewon
Follow the White Rabbit – if that advice is good enough for Alice in Wonderland, it’ll do for us!
Legendary Itaewon watering hole the White Rabbit is one of the neighbourhood’s leading and most popular craft beer spots (although you can drink pretty much anything there such is the choice).
A cosy and compact taproom inside with a nice outdoor terrace for alfresco summer sessions, the White Rabbit Tap House is a mainstay for young and old drinkers alike in Itaewon (popular with tourists too).
With a friendly owner and host, one of the nice features of the White Rabbit is that you may well up being asked to pose for a photo to go on their Instagram feed (always happy to accommodate especially after a few beers or whiskeys).
6. Daily Beer, Myeongdong
‘Life is short – drink more beer!’ is the motto of Daily Beer in Seoul and who are we to disagree.
Daily Beer is a chain of brewery pubs with several locations all around Seoul including Myeongdong and Namyeong Station.
They feature an extensive craft beer selection from breweries all across South Korea and the wider world. Daily Beer is also a popular craft beer chain in Seoul to try the legendary fried chicken and beer combo that is synonymous with South Korea.
Daily Beer brew many of their own beers and often do collaboration craft beers plus seasonal beers like hefeweizen, dry hopped pale ale and Belgian whit. Daily Beers on tap selection rotates regularly so every time you go, you’ll likely find something new to try.
7. Mikkeller Bar Seoul, Gangnam
Mikkeller is a popular Danish brewery that has taprooms located all over the world, including a South Korean outpost in Seoul.
Hidden away in a side-street of the Garuso Street neighbourhood, Mikkeller Bar Seoul is one good looking taproom, an attempt to combine the original brewery aesthetics from Copenhagen with local Seoul touches.
Boasting up to 30 craft beer tap lines at any one time, half of the fun with drinking Mikkeller Beer is the cartoon style can and bottle designs – this quirky look is also carried through onto their pint glasses.
Whilst not the cheapest craft beer place in Seoul, this is a good looking quality taproom – skal, Mikkeler! Which is Danish for cheers (probably).
8. Brew 3.14, Insadong
Local craft Korean beers ahoy! Popular for its pizza (and craft beer, naturally), Brew 3.14 is a small but perfectly formed Seoul brewery bar located in the Insadong neighbourhood (one of our favourite Seoul districts to visit – read more things to do in Insadong here).
Brew 3.14 serves a good variety of local craft beers and has an international feel and following, courtesy of the huge number of foreign banknotes pinned to the wall behind the bar (we wonder how much dosh is pinned to the walls – might be enough to buy a pint or ten)!
There is also a sister pub Brew.3.15 literally next door to Brew 3.14.
9. Craftbros Tap House & Bottle Shop, Banpo
Banpo beer time! Boasting beers galore brewed locally and from around the world (see their wall of beer cans for proof!), Craftbros Tap House & Bottle Shop is one beautiful Seoul bar and bottle shop.
Craftbros are one of the most inventive and innovative beer purveyors in Seoul – for instance, they operate a canning line whereby you can get any of the draft beers canned before your very eyes to take home with you, for when you’ve finished in the bar – take our money now!
Craftbros tap list changes regularly and they have an extensive food menu with diner style classics like mac and cheese or their own take on burritos.
Try Craftbros New England craft IPA range or their renowned Gangnam Pale – moorish as!
10. Garosu Brewing Company, Gangnam
Gangnam style! Hidden away in the back streets of Sinsa-dong, Garosu is a brewery taproom and beer garden where the brewing action takes place right next door (smell the hops!).
Specialising in flavourful beers (plus tasty food like pizzas and fried chicken – their bread is a highlight too), Garosu Brewing is a gem of taproom and a popular place to try a good range of craft beers in Seoul. As well as their own range, Garosu stock other craft beers from around the world.
11. Mysterlee Brewing Co
Inspired by a previous visit to US breweries, Mysterlee Brewing Company is a popular Seoul brewery and taproom run by two Korean pals, based near Gongdeok station in Seoul.
The beers made by Mysterlee Brewing Company are divided into four styles according to their personalities, Mr Green (hoppy), Mr Black (stout / dark beer) , Mr Yellow (standard lager) and Mr Purple(yeasty and unfiltered) – it all sounds a bit Reservoir Dogs eh.
Mysterlee’s Brewery taproom is open daily from 1pm until midnight – note that it can be a little harder to locate than some Seoul brewery taprooms as it located on the first floor of an office block complex. They also often do special promotions or pairings; beer tasting flights are also available at Mysterlee. It is no mystery why Mysterlee Brewing is so popular!
12. Artmonster, Gangnam
We’ve already mentioned Artmonster’s Myeongdong bar and they have another equally appealing and aesthetically interesting bar in Gangnam – very hipster with Hong Kong style neon street signs to entice you in. In fact, it wouldn’t be out of place in a music video.
Thankfully it isn’t just style over substance as Art Monster’s beer range delivers, with a veritable treasure trove of beer styles, both their core range and seasonal offerings and collaborations.
As with Artmonster Myeongdong, ordering is a breeze using the automated machines – service is prompt. Artmonster are famous for their fried chicken plus their signature Artmonster pizza. A ‘slice’ of heaven.
We’re back in Seoul in spring 2023 to do more of the best breweries in Seoul and top craft beer taprooms – what did we miss? Which Seoul breweries and brewing companies should we hit next time? Hit us up in the comments section so we can visit them and update our list next time we visit Seoul. 감사해요!
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