Seoul Neighborhood Guide

  • The artfully battered exterior of Anthracite.

    The artfully battered exterior of Anthracite.

  • Anthracite coffee is a mainstay of the Hongdae neighborhood.

    Anthracite coffee is a mainstay of the Hongdae neighborhood.

  • A bartender serving at Southside Parlor.

    A bartender serving at Southside Parlor.

  • Southside Parlor serves up Dixie-tinged cocktails.

    Southside Parlor serves up Dixie-tinged cocktails.

  • The exterior of Glamourous Penguin bakery.

    The exterior of Glamourous Penguin bakery.

  • The interior of a Wolhyang branch.

    The interior of a Wolhyang branch.

  • Espresso drips from a Coffee Libre press.

    Espresso drips from a Coffee Libre press.

  • Wolhyang's signature makgeolli rice wine with tang suyuuk or sweet and sour pork.

    Wolhyang's signature makgeolli rice wine with tang suyuuk or sweet and sour pork.

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SOUTHSIDE PARLOR 

There’s a new sheriff in the gentrified Itaewon neighborhood, and it goes by the name of Southside Parlor. Previously a long-running pop-up event dubbed “Southern Sons,” the establishment served up Dixie-tinged cocktails throughout the city. Friends Johnny Yu, Robert Nguyen, and Phillip Abowd opened shop in late June and made waves in the regional press, but the spot is still relatively off-the-radar for most Seoul denizens. The bar is a floor below a rooftop, also part of the venue itself, from which you can experience pristine Seoul sunset-watching. Southside Parlor deals out mason-jar cocktails like the Seoul Sour and the Bruce Lee, as well as tangy pulled-pork sliders. The inside is filled with cushy leather couches and a gigantic metal bar whose sheer size is unrivaled in the city. The wood interior gives it a rustic atmosphere in a nod to Texas, where the bar’s owners hail from. They’ve recently begun to offer cocktails on tap, beginning with their vodka-based Blueberry Mule, and in a rebuttal to standard bottle service found at clubs, punch-bowl cocktails serve four to six people. After a booze-filled, gluttonous meal, the elevator is recommended over the stairs for the descent four floors down.

Yongsan-gu, Itaewon-dong 527, 4th Floor; Southside Parlor; starting from US$20

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