Big screens, big drinks, big action: Shenanigans Pub (Itaewon)

Big screens, big drinks, big action: Shenanigans Pub (Itaewon)

by Liam Ring
Groove Korea (

Shenanigans Pub prides itself on reminding its regulars of their favorite watering holes from Europe or North America. Well-known for barbeques, going-away parties, and other celebrations, the bar is gearing up for six weeks of frenetic rugby action with a focus on two of the Northern Hemisphere favorites.

The bar started out as Bless You in 2002, but took its more playful moniker three years ago courtesy of owner Willy Watson from Dublin. Only closed two days a year, the bar is open from 4pm until late Monday to Thursday and from 3pm on Friday and weekends so anyone needing a beer and a game of darts or pool won’t have far to travel.  As a bar with two teams in both the darts and pool leagues as well as having regulars in local rugby and soccer teams, it’s a venue well-used to sports action.

For the spectator, the bar plays regular Premier League games, rugby, boxing, and UFC. It also plans to start showing American football this season. For the Rugby World Cup, owner Willy Watson’s native isle will be one of the main features, although the bar promises that England matches will also be a regular fixture during the tournament. That is not to say that other teams will not be featured however, with any game available upon request. The bar comfortably fits 70 people with one large projector screen, one large HD screen and two smaller screens. It offers a traditional western pub menu including burgers, wings, and quesadillas, in addition to new UK pub-style dishes such as chips and curry, chicken tikka masala skewers, and a weekly Indian curry special. Beers on tap include Guinness, Carlsberg at a very respectable KRW 6,000, local brews such as Red Rock and OB and craft beers Be High IPA and Hug Me White Ale. With screens, drinks, food, and even an outside garden patio with BBQ grills, there are plenty of reasons to head to Shenanigans this September.

Photo courtesy of Scrooge Pub

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