Anyone who’s budget traveled in Southeast Asia will likely dodge any establishment named “Funky,” and yet Funky Taphouse, the latest joint to enter Gangnam’s small craft brew scene, offers a modern, sparse interior leaving the drug rugs and Bob Marley to Rainbow, the nearby hookah haven.
Funky offers 15 beers on tap to be had alone or with its menu’s varied pub grub dishes. The in-house brews, by local brewer Phillip Rankmore, are tart, hop-heavy offerings. IPA lovers will have their needs met with the “Phil” So Good IPA and the tangier Galaxy IPA (each 8,500 won). The Pacific Ale (6,500 won) washes down a bit too easy. Local brews like 7Brau Imperial IPA and Maloney’s Southie Irish Red as well as imports are included in Funky’s generous tap rotation. If you’re there to eat, veer from the limp pizzas and try the toothsome and tasty arancini or the fried chicken with balsamic.
Funky Taphouse, just off the quieter side of Gangnam Station at exit 5, offers a rare escape in an area desperately lacking a subdued place to grab a good beer and a bite.
Address: 1327-23 Seocho-dong, Seocho-gu