Sharky’s has the most American feel of any of the expat bars in Busan. It’s the only place where I literally forget that I’m in Korea from time to time (although that could be the drinking as much as the atmosphere.) While you’re in that fairly small space, you can’t help but feel back at home for better or worse. There’s usually replays (or live) of whatever seasonal American sports are going on. They’ve got darts, foosball, and shuffleboard which I absolutely love. There’s also a nice selection of board games at both locations, including trivial pursuit. Games are constantly being updated, so check in and check often!
The food is really good too – probably the best western food in the city! There are always specials, and you can check them out on the Sharky’s Gwangalli Facebook Page (or Sharky’s Haeundae). Check out their website too.
Drinks are pretty cheap. Beer is 3,000 won. Mixed drinks are reasonably priced as well. The crowd is hit or miss. I’ve been there on Saturdays when it was empty and I’ve been there on Tuesdays when it was packed. It does seem to be more of a guys hangout, but there are usually a few ladies as well. The location right on Haeundae beach is great. You can get hammered and reenact your favorite scenes from The Karate Kid right out front. Then shoot off some fireworks. Then fall over and pass out. There is a newer location (but still – not THAT new) on Gwangalli Beach right next to the Starbucks.
It’s not a place I get to go to too often, but when you feel the need to briefly escape back to America, watch some sports, eat some great food, and have fun, Sharky’s is the place to go. PS, it’s ranked number 1 on TripAdvisor for restaurants in Busan!
HAEUNDAE Directions: Metro line 2 (green) to Haeundae, exit 3. Walk all the way down to the beach’s ‘boardwalk’ and turn left. Sharky’s is near the end of Haeundae beach, in the Pale de CZ building. It’s on the second floor of the side where Gecko’s is. Look for signs as you go through.
GWANGALLI Directions: Metro line 2 (green) to Geumyeonsan, exit 2. Walk straight down to the beach. Sharky’s is on the right-corner, next to Starbucks.