The university nightlife area of Hongdae and nearby Sinchon is arguably the hipest area in Seoul and rates just under the Itaewon/KRD/HBC area for craft beer port-of-entry.
This Magpie location is a lot like Kyungridan’s Basement location. Full Magpie beer selection and menu of delicious Magpie pizza.
Platinum is a real Korean original. Some years back they moved their brewery to China but are opening a brewery here in Korea soon. This Hongdae location is a kind of flagship taproom.
Directions: Hongdae station (line 2) exit 9. Turn left on Hongik-ro and carry straight on past the New Balance shop (you can’t miss it, it has a giant shoe on it). When you get to a KB Bank, turn left onto Hongik-ro 2gil. Stay to the left when the road forks and then turn left down the next alleyway. Platinum will be at the end of the alleyway on your left
Neighborhood is the only pub in Seoul that carries the full line of Galmegi beer. Galmegi, our of Busan, has some of the best beer in Korea and if you can’t make it down there, visiting Neighborhood is a must!