Big screens, big drinks, big action: Scrooge (Itaewon)

by Liam Ring
Groove Korea (

Re-located to the more convenient main Itaewon street (above the ABC shoe store on the same side as the Hamilton Hotel) two years ago, Scrooge has been a mainstay of the sporting community in Seoul for a decade now. The bar focuses not only on local events – it sponsors darts and pool teams in their respective leagues – but also focuses on bringing international events to Itaewon, with everything from rugby and cricket to American football and Formula 1. Recent major events included the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight with a full Scrooge breakfast menu and the Super Bowl (the last few minutes of which are likely to be remembered for some time to come).

With five large flat-screen TVs and a 100-inch HD projector screen, you will be hard-pressed NOT to have a clear view of the action. The bar has even set up one screen so that smokers can still keep an eye on the action while having a puff. With so many screens, almost any sports event can be shown live and staff take requests where possible. The bar fits 80 people comfortably, with the pool table sacrificed when busy to allow for more spectators, and with opening times from 4pm ‘til late on weekdays and 2pm ‘til late on weekends, there is plenty of opportunity to watch Rugby World Cup games either live or on replay. And fans of any team will be able to get a slice of the action; as owner Mark Jones points out, “We are an equal opportunity rugby supporter.”

Sport can only offer so much sustenance without the right kind of food and beverage, meaning that Western-style pub grub including pizzas, burgers, chicken wings (which take on an “insane” element on a Tuesday night), ribs, and chili cheese fries are among the favorites. Featured drinks such as Friday’s Four Horsemen shots special go hand in hand with the bar’s other famous concoctions and, with over ten beers on tap including Guinness, Erdinger, Ark, and Kilkenny and special shots planned for the Rugby World Cup, there is sure to be plenty of life in whichever game you head to Scrooge for.

Photo courtesy of Scrooge Pub

Groove Korea website

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