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12 Best Busan Craft Beer Bars and Breweries

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Busan’s craft beer and brewery bar scene is bustling with some hoppy hangouts and beautiful beachside pubs.

Busan has some brilliant brewery bars, classic craft beer pubs and top taprooms with all manner of beer styles and types. South Korea’s beer scene isn’t just about the bland mass produced beers like Cass or Terra (although yep, they are still widely available).

From the bright lights of Gwangalli’s and Haeundae’s beachside brewery bars to the inner city delights of Seomyeon, there is a bevy of craft beer goodness to enjoy in Busan.

We should say this list of best craft beer bars and breweries in Busan is not just about the quality and types of craft beers but also the taproom and Busan brewery bar set-ups.

And remember, always drink sensibly and within moderation, especially if you are planning to visit more than one of Busan’s best craft beer breweries and taprooms in the same evening – cheers / ‘geonbae’!

This Busan brewery craft beer bar and brewery list was updated as of October 2023:

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Best craft beer bars and brewery bars in Busan map in 2023

Getting to Busan

Fly to Busan

Ready for some craft beers and brewery bars in Busan? You can fly directly to and from Busan Gimhae International Airport (PUS) from Japan,Thailand, the Philippines, VietnamTaiwanSingapore, China and Malaysia.

There are dozens of domestic daily flights to Busan from Jeju (home of Magpie Brewery) and Seoul (home to Artmonster, Euljiro Brewing and Amazing Brewing Company).

Train to Busan

Eek – not the zombie filled one but a fast and economical way to get to Busan from Seoul.

The KTX train Korea is the fastest train to get to Busan in the south of the country, often taking less than 3 hours and running one or two times an hour. So no excuse for not trying these craft beer brewery bars in Busan.

Alternatively, foreign travellers can benefit from discounted rates with a Korea Rail Pass – this is also better value if you are travelling long distances by train in South Korea for two or more days.

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Busan Best Breweries and Craft Beer Bars 2023

1. Galmegi Brewing (multiple Busan brewery taprooms)

A Busan brewery born and bred, Galmegi Brewing started life almost 10 years ago in 2014 as a small microbrewery pub.

Galmegi Brewing now has several taproom and craft beer bar locations in Busan including Haeundae Beach, Gwangalli Beach, Seomyeon and Nampo – so far, we’ve visited Galmegi Haeundae and Gwangalli.

Our first Galmegi Brewing experience was at Gwangan early one Saturday during the Gwangalli Eobang Festival festival and we really enjoyed what was on offer. The staff were very friendly and the bar area at Galmegi Brewing Gwangan almost has a loft feel.

Galmegi Brewing Craft beer bar in Busan South Korea
Gwangalli Galmegi Brewing

Inside at Galmegi Brewing Gwangalli, there was a small balcony looking out across the road (popular with smokers) and brewing merchandise available like beer glasses for 8,000 Won.

Tasting flights of all the Galmegi Brewing craft beers were available – we opted for the Galmegi Brewing stout and IPA; both were impeccable!

Galmegi Brewing Gwangalli, is open from 4pm to 1am most days (opens at 2pm Friday and Saturdays, closed Sundays). Detroit style pizza is also available to enjoy in most of the Galmegi Brewery bars dotted around Busan.

Galmegi Brewing Craft beer bar in Busan South Korea
Gwangalli Galmegi Brewing
Galmegi Brewing Craft beer bar in Busan South Korea
Gwangalli Galmegi Brewing

Most recently, we visited Galmegi Brewing Haeundae, a second floor tucked away just a few steps from the main beach.

They had seven of their own Galmegi craft beers on tap plus 8 guest brews – quite the selection (here we discovered Railway Porter from nearby Wildwave Brewing – a top drop!).

All of the core Galmegi Brewing core range are usually available to choose from behind the bar. When we visited, Galmegi’s core range included Busan Lager, Amber Lager, Sea Breeze, Galmegi IPA and Hae, plus a seasonal range consisting of Night Sea, Gupo Manse and Hop Goblin.

Prices ranged from 6,500 to 8,000 Won per craft beer, and samplers / flights of various craft beers were also available.

Haeundae Galmegi Brewing
Haeundae Galmegi Brewing

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2. Gorilla Brewing Busan

Gorilla Brewing is a Busan based British craft beer brewery (try saying that after a pint!) with two locations – Haeundae Beach and this Gwangalli Beach taproom.

Gorilla Brewing Co Craft beer bar in Busan South Korea

Gorilla Brewing Gwangalli Beach has a huge brewery taproom with around 20 different craft beers on tap – as well regular craft beer styles like dark lager and IPAs.

Some of the more unusual craft beers at Gorilla Brewing Gwangalli include Popsicle IPA, Imperial Gose tomato and Hop Bomb DIPA.

Gorilla Brewing Co Craft beer bar in Busan South Korea

We also really liked the cool can designs available from the chiller / fridge next to the bar. There are regular events at Gorilla Brewing Gwangalli including a weekly running club that includes a free pint – talk about motivation!

We tried the pulled pork burger and pork ribs and both were delicious. Go monkey nuts at Gorilla Brewing’s Gwangalli and Haeundae brewery craft beer bars in Busan.

Gorilla Brewing Co Craft beer bar in Busan South Korea

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3. Wildcat Brewing Co

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During our search for the best breweries and craft beer bars in Busan, we struggled to find any Busan brewery taprooms open on a Monday night but thankfully, Wildcat Brewing saw us right.

Located on the outer edges of Busan’s hipster district Seomyeon, Wildcat Brewing is one beautiful Busan brewery and craft beer bar – you get to try their craft beer in a taproom that directly overlooks all the brewing vats at Wildcat Brewing.

Wildcat Brewing Co Craft beer bar in Busan South Korea

We also quite like the fact that all five of the Busan Wildcat Brewing vats onsite were named after the four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphel) and their rat master, Splinter – like ‘turtle-ly’ cool man.

And with a name like Wildcat Brewing, we’d hoped for some cat themed beers and merchandise and we were not disappointed.

Some of their core craft beer range includes Chill Cat Cold IPA (6.5%), Perfect Paws IPA and Beer by AI – we also were served our craft beers in Wildcat Brewing Co branded glasses (one cool cat!)

Wildcat Brewing Co Craft beer bar in Busan South Korea

At Wildcat Brewing Co’s Busan beer bar and taproom, you can also try craft beers from other breweries here including Busan based Galmegi and Wildwave breweries.

Craft beer breweries from Seoul included Amazing Brewing from Seongsu-dong and ArtMonster, whose latest branch is now open in Ikseon-Dong Hanok Village. Ranch Brewing craft beer who have an outlet in Euljiro are also represented.

We opted for a tasting tray at Wildcat Brewing which was any three beers (170ml each) from the extensive and ever changing craft beer menu for 10,000 Won – very good value and you also get free prawn crackers. The Wildcat 6.8% Bliss IPA was the standout craft beer here for us. Cheers to that!

Address: Wildcat Brewing, Seomyeon KH Maius, 2 KH마이우스 1층 101호, Sincheon-daero 62beon-gil, Busanjin-gu, Busan

Wildcat Brewing Co Craft beer bar in Busan South Korea

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4. Abnormal Taphouse and Cantina, Haeundae

An ‘Abnormal’ day in Busan – a recent visit to Abnormal Tap House & Cantina is a good way to finish off a day of coastal walks or after some sublime sunset views on the beach.

Abnormal Taphouse and Cantina, Haeundae Beach Craft beer bar in Busan South Korea

Located literally just a few yards away from the beach, Busan’s Abnormal Taproom has 12 taps plus free popcorn. On our first visit, we tried the Magpie Brewing Pale Ale and Hand and Malt Mocha Stout.

More recently, we were in Busan on a Tuesday evening so decided to pop along to Abnormal Taphouse for their Taco Tuesday – man, it was busy!

But their tacos are so damn tasty so we can see understand why – and at only 3,000 per taco (of 3,500 for soft tacos), this has to be one of the top cheap eats in Busan (and perfect to pair with a craft beer or three).

Abnormal Taphouse and Cantina, Haeundae Beach Craft beer bar in Busan South Korea

We got chatting to the owner of Abnormal Taphouse and he told us about his time spent in the UK (or Harry Potter land as he called it) and in the States (hence many American style IPAs on the menu).

All of the craft beers (plus Terra!) are listed on the red brick wall behind the bar on interchangeable black chalk boards. Galmegi, Oskar Blues, Dancing Cider and even Pilsner Urquell were also available when we visited Abnormal Taphouse bar in Busan.

One of the smallest craft beer bars in Busan, there were a handful of tables inside at Abnormal Taphouse or a larger outdoor beer terrace that looks towards the beach.

Address: Abnormal Taphouse and Cantina, 24 Haeundaehaebyeon-ro 298beon-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan

Abnormal Taphouse and Cantina, Haeundae Beach Craft beer bar in Busan South Korea

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5. Naked Ape Taproom at Millac The Market, Gwangalli

Overlooking the harbor at Gwangalli Beach with huge bay windows facing towards the ocean and Millak Port, Millac the Market is a popular Gwangan food market and contemporary cultural space, located on the site of a former fish market.

Naked Ape Taproom at Millac The Market, Gwangalli

Naked Ape is a newly opened brewery bar at Millac The Market from the Gorilla Brewing Team. Ten taps of craft beer are usually available at Naked Ape Busan – during our visit, there were several craft beers exclusive to Millac the Market including Millac Pilsner, Millac IPA and Millac double IPA.

The Busan craft beers at Naked Ape taproom can be enjoyed with fries or popcorn whilst sitting and listening to the musicians and buskers who perform in the auditorium just in front of the bar.

Spend an afternoon at Millac The Market combining South Korean street food delights with other international eats and draft craft beer goodness at Naked Ape.

Address: Naked Ape Busan, Millac The Market, 2층, 56 Millaksubyeon-ro 17beon-gil, Suyeong-gu, Busan

Naked Ape Taproom at Millac The Market, Gwangalli

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6. Beer Shop Jeonpo / Seomyeon, Busan

One of the best craft beer bars in Busan and from one of the brains behind Gorilla Brewing, this British style craft beer shop has one of the biggest selection of craft beers in Busan (both on draft and in the chillers).

Beer Shop Seomyeon, Busan
Beer Shop Seomyeon, Busan

We lasted visited Beer Shop in Seomyeon in October 2023 during their Halloween celebrations (although we opted for Gorilla Brewing beers as opposed to their Zombie IPA or other spooky ‘spirits’) – the place was even bedecked with pumpkins filled full of Haribo sweets – bonus!

We also really like the outdeck deck at Beer Shop Seomyeon, especially on a warm summer’s evening, working our way through the craft beer taps.

Beer Shop Seomyeon, Busan

From Craft Bros to Samuel Smiths, Omnipollo to Toppling Brews, dozens of international breweries are featured at Busan’s Beer Shop. South Korea breweries (particularly Busan craft beer breweries) feature heavily including Wildcat Brewing, Gorilla Brewing, Seoul Brewery and Artmonster.

All can be enjoyed inside or in the concrete terrace area outside plus beer snacks include pastrami / Reuben sandwiches and burgers plus chicken tenders – nom!

Address: Beer Shop Busan, 24-7 Jeonpo-daero 210beon-gil, Busanjin-gu, Seomyeon, Busan

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7. Wild Wave Brew Sour Yeongdo

Busan craft beer bars don’t come with a much better view than Wild Wave Brew’s Sour Yeongdo taproom, Busan’s newest craft beer bar and taproom which officially opened in May 2023. With views of the Busan Port harbour area (cranes and all), this is one top taproom spot.

Specialising in sour beers and founded in 2015, Wild Wave Brew’s flagship beers include their Surleim Dry Hopped Sour (5.3% ABV), Sunset Pale Ale, Yuzu Surleim and Passionade Berliner Weisse.

They also do more traditional non sour drinks like Railroad Stout and Blackhole Porter. Wild Wave Brew in Busan also pride themselves on their seasonal collab craft beers like the recent Godfather Coffee Beer, which is a brown ale flavoured with coffee from Caffe Themselves.

As well as cracking craft beers, Wild Wave Brew Sour Yeongdo serves up super food including Fried Calamari with French Fries, Seaweed Creme Fraiche Beef Tartare and Burrata Cheese with Seaweed and Cured Salmon Salad.

As of July 2023, this newly opened Wild Wave Brew craft beer bar in Busan is open Wednesday to Sunday only, 17:00 – 22:30.

Note the Wild Wave Brewery itself is located in Haeundae but isn’t currently open to the public so visit the new Sour Yeongdo instead.

Address: Wild Wave Brew Busan, SOUR YEONGDO, 8F, Ketti Bongnae, 115 Bongnae-dong 2-ga, Yeongdo-gu, Busan

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8. Bronx Brewery, Gwangalli

We first discovered Busan’s Bronx Brewery at the 2023 Busan Craft Beer Festival – based out of Gwangalli Beach with a bar overlooking the beach, several of their beers reference their incredible setting including their ‘Lager on the Beach’.

Bronx Brewery, Gwangalli Busan

Brewing everything from Golden Ales to Stouts and Wort Lagers, Bronx brewery has an eclectic line-up of craft beers – their taproom serves up pizza plus their specialty is a huge bucket of fried chicken.

It also has one of the longest opening hours of any Busan brewery, churning out craft beer and chicken every day from 11am to 4am.

Address: Bronx Brewery, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu, Busan

Bronx Brewery, Gwangalli Busan

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9. Busan Craft Beer Festival

A special mention to the annual Busan craft beer festival which takes place annually at BEXCO – our most recent visit to Busan coincided with the October 2023 Busan beer festival so we thought it would be rude not to pop along.

Busan Craft Beer Festival BEXCO

This is a great way to check out Busan breweries like Galmegi, Gorilla and Wildcat Breweries as well as experiencing other South Korean craft beer breweries like Whasoo Brewery and Bubble Chemistry. In addition, there are also several highball bars to raise your ‘spirits.

Busan Craft Beer Festival BEXCO

The 2023 Busan Craft Beer Festival at BEXCO was also the first ever brewery fest we’ve been to that had a magician plus an opera singer.

Free to visit and very well organised with loads of Korean street food stalls, this is one of the best beer festivals we’ve ever been to.

Busan Craft Beer Festival at BEXCO, 2024 dates TBC.

Busan Craft Beer Festival BEXCO
Busan Craft Beer Festival BEXCO

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10. Rainbow Beer

A British style craft beer pub chain with several branches across Busan including Seomyeon and Gwangalli Beach.

Rainbow Beer craft beer bars are easy to find in Busan as they all have terraces with big bright rainbow umbrellas as decoration.

Rainbow Beer  Busan craft beer bar

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11. Craft Hans Seomyeon

Focusing more on craft beer bottles than craft draft, Craft Hans is a handy and hoppy hang-out in Seomyeon that also has an extensive bar snack and food menu.

Located on the second floor, there is a soju bar and BBQ place on the ground floor meaning you could have a big night out in Busan here.

Craft Hans Seomyeon Busan bar

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12. Slice of Life (SOL) Taphouse

Part craft beer pub, part pizza place, the Slice of Life Taphouse is located along Gwangalli Beach, with waterside views to accompany your pizza wedges.

There are around 15 different craft beers on tap including local Busan favourites like Gorilla and Galmegi. There is a second SOL in Seomyeon.

For brews with views and American style pizza, enjoy a ‘Slice of Life’ in Busan.

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Akitu Brewing Taproom (closed)

2023 update  – please note Akitu Brewing Taproom in Busan is permanently closed.

Levee Brewing Company Busan

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