Craving crazy pizza?
Be honest, can you really get enough of pizza and beer? If you answered no, you might still be delusional about that ever-elusive beach body. The jig is up; summer is here, so let’s indulge.
Seoul has a hot new drinking spot – The Booth. The new pub opened its doors on May 11.
Situated in the same alley as Magpie and El Greco’s, The Booth has everything you need for a day or night on the town.
The concept is simple.
“We want to offer great beer and great pizza at a very reasonable price, in a funkily-designed place,” says owner Daniel Tudor.
The Booth makes Monster Pizza on location. Originating in Hongdae, Monster Pizza is a delicious pizza that comes in ample portions. Whole pies are available in house or to go, and slices are readily available for only 3,500 won. Currently the choices are limited to cheese and pepperoni, but this will likely expand with time.
Since the pub is new there is only one beer on tap – Bill’s Pale Ale. But this beer is nothing to scoff at.
“I can drink Cass for 3,500 won, or pay just a little bit more and have something that tastes really good. I think I’ll take the second option,” says Tudor.
So for only 5,000 won, you can grab a glass of one the best pale ales in Seoul.
To test this claim, Greg Kodgis, a self-proclaimed beer snob, traveled from Wonju just for a taste. After his first sip he was convinced.
Aside from the great food and beer, what sets this pub apart is the décor. The walls are splashed with pop art ranging from Lichtenstein to Spiderman, and there is a casual spattering of mismatched tables and chairs, giving the space a refreshing, relaxing atmosphere.
The music is an agreeable assortment of pop music. It’s not the overpowering racket that many Seoul establishments are guilty of. Also, the entire bar front is a foldout window, making this establishment a great summer hangout.
The staff is friendly and Tudor himself can be seen hopping between tables to ensure that his customers are satisfied.
But perhaps what makes The Booth stand out most is its adaptability. In one day this pub can serve as a spot for a quick lunch, a trendy date and a place to whet your appetite. Whatever your prerogative, The Booth has it covered.
Tudor is hopeful for the future and sees great potential for this ever-changing city.
“In the long run, we want to be part of the beer movement in Korea, expanding outwards from Noksapyeong/Itaewon, and spreading all over the country.”
Address: Yongsan-gu, Itaewon-dong 705, Seoul, Korea 서울 용산구 이태원동 705번지
Go to Noksapyeong Station, exit 2, and walk straight for a few hundred meters until you reach an overpass. Cross the street and descend to the right. Take the first left and go straight until you see The Booth on your left.