Jan 092012
Blue Monkey Club - Kyungsung

I don’t really think ‘club’ when I think of Busan. I don’t necessarily think of ‘high-end’ either. But that’s the impression I got when I strolled into Blue Monkey, a joint with a fancy, clubby feel. The music is always blasting here, so go on down and cut a rug.     Directions: Kyungsung metro […]

Dec 072011
Eva's - KSU

Eva’s is a popular, comfortable expat bar with a local feel. Prices are fairly comparable to other expat bars – beers are about 3k, and there are other drink specials.    Directions: Kyungsung metro exit 3. Walk straight out and take your first right. Go down one-and-a-half blocks. Eva’s is on your left, on the […]

Jul 092011
Beached - Gwangalli

Beached has quickly become my new favorite expat bar in Busan. It’s got a lot going for it. The first thing that sets it apart is obviously the view. The handful of times I’ve been there over the past few weeks have all been clear days when the large windows were open, over-looking Gwangalli beach […]

May 182011
Crossroads - PNU

Part of the Busan Music Scene When I showed up at Crossroads, I had just eaten a second dinner, and was no longer feeling all the beers that I had been drinking before. I guess I could have been drunk, but it was that kind of lethargic drunk; not a happy-go-lucky kind. I just wasn’t […]

May 172011
Soul Trane - PNU

It’s early and the bar isn’t crowded yet. There are only a couple other people sitting at the bar, most likely the bartender’s friends, based on their interaction. I think we all look as a girl walks in, book in hand, and sits at a table two down from us. She sets down her book […]

Apr 262011
Starface Dalmaji Hill

  Article by Melissa Tait StarFace Dalmaji hill is a little bit of London in Busan. It’s a WaegukBar, menu and drinks in English and Korean, and comfy lounge chairs scattered around the room. At some point during your first beer youwill probably meet Charles, the English co-manager of the bar. Helikes to have a chat […]

Apr 042011
The Basement - PNU

Part of the Busan Music Scene The Basement is one of those places that everybody in Busan is supposed to know about. Mentions of it are often prefaced with phrases like legendary and the most popular expat bar in Busan. For months now, when it’s been brought up, I’ve been pretending that I’ve been there. […]

Mar 242011
CLOSED: Rock N' Roll House Haeundae

It’s Saturday and he’s in the mood for an epic night. He and his friends start the night with a couple beers at JK Factory, then get a Family Mart beer and walk down the beach. They decide to walk inland to hit up some bars. Everyone’s excited and feeling good. They start out in […]

Mar 212011
Wolfhound Pub

Despite having only been in business for a few months, the Busan Wolfhound seems to have quickly become the go-to place for foreigners in Haeundae.  Having visited the Itaewon, Seoul location on a few occasions during a previous stint in Korea, I wasn’t really looking forward to the Busan location.  The one in Itaewon kind […]