Jeongleejuga

House #10 – Jeongleejuga

KOREAN NAME: 정이주가 LOCATION:  Jeollanam-do, Gwangju, Dong-gu (전라남도, 광주,  동구) OVERALL: Jeongleejuga is the signature joomak in Gwangju and, as such, a necessary must visit for anyone interested in the sool scene. They maintain a small but nicely balanced stock of inexpensive aspartame makgeolli with pricier all-natural, premium makgeolli. Everything we ordered from the food menu was…

Makgeolli Hakkyo

HOUSE #09 – Makgeolli Hakkyo

KOREAN NAME: 막걸리 학교 LOCATION:  Seoul, Dongjak-gu, Isu Station (서울, 동작구, 이수역) INTRODUCTION: Makgeolli Hakkyo is, without too much exaggeration, an oasis in the makgeolli-barren wasteland that is south of the river. And even better: it is a heavy when stacked up against its more numerous—and probably better known—competition in the north. This makes sense considering Wooki,…

DooDoo

House #03 – DooDoo (UPDATE)

Takjoo Journals wended its way back to the House of DooDoo, and I am ashamed to say that I haven’t returned since the first time I reviewed it way back in 2014. This is through no fault of its own—It’s not you, DooDoo. It’s me.—Hyehwa is just a bit of trek. Suffice it to say, this house is even…

Aoi Sora

HOUSE #08 – Aoi Sora

KOREAN NAME: 아오이 소라 LOCATION:  Seoul, Itaewon (서울, 이태원) LOOK & ATMOSPHERE: If you take a walk down the street behind Itaewon’s mosque, you’ll see a curious sight. Shabby hardware stores, halal restaurants, ddeokbokki joints, and artists’ tiny studio-shops are all crammed into a weird, mixed up little alley that makes you feel like you’ve entered…

Wang Tak Makgeolli House

HOUSE #07 – Wang Tak

KOREAN NAME: 왕탁 LOCATION:  Gyeongsangbuk-do, Daegu, Nam-gu (경상북도, 대구,  남구) OVERALL: For most people visiting Daegu (or even living in Daegu), Wang Tak is a bit off the beaten path. That being said, this place is well worth the trip. From the city-cabin architecture to the plethora of makgeolli options, this is the type of joomak I…

Makgeolli 31

House #06 – Cafe Mare & Makgeolli 31

KOREAN NAME: 카페 마레 & 막걸리 31 LOCATION:  Seoul, Jung-gu, Euljiro 3-Ga, Pine Avenue Building (서울, 중구, 을지로3가역, 파인에비뉴) OVERALL: Despite the odd location and environs, Café Mare & Makgeolli 31 is definitely worth a visit. Bong-seok, the owner, is a personable guy who is enthusiastic about introducing people to new and different kinds of makgeolli. And…

Pal-do Jeon Seon Saeng Makgeolli House

House #05 – Pal-do Jeon Seon Saeng

KOREAN NAME: 팔도 전선생 LOCATION:  Seoul, Gwangjin-gu, Gunja Station (서울, 광진구, 군자역) OVERALL: On the backstreets of Line 7’s Gunja Station, not too far from the halls of Sejong University, is an unassuming makgeolli house by the name of Pal-do Jeon Seon Saeng (PJSS). The relaxed atmosphere and low prices reflect the fact that it is neither…

Keondae Gol Makgeolli Jib Front

House #04 – Keondae Gol Makgeolli Jib

KOREAN NAME: 건대골 막걸리집 LOCATION: Seoul, Konkuk University Station (서울, 건대입구) OVERALL: Yes, the name is prosaic and uninspired. And yes, there are plenty of makgeolli houses with more noteworthy bottle selections. But Keondae Gol Makgeolli Jib straddles that sweet spot of a party bar that is raucous and fun, and an establishment that has worthwhile makgeolli and…

DooDoo Makgeolli House

House #03 – DooDoo

KOREAN NAME: 두두 LOCATION:  Seoul, Jopngno-gu, Hyehwa Station (서울, 혜화) OVERALL:  Named after the owner’s favorite book of poetry, DooDoo is a quiet, low-key spot to sample a large variety of makgeolli and other types of Korean liquor. Another point in its favor is the friendly and patient staff; everyone we spoke to was enthusiastic about…

Majoong Makgeolli House

House #02 – Majoong

KOREAN NAME: 마중 LOCATION: Seoul, Insadong (서울, 인사동) OVERALL: Majoong is a joomak catering to people with deeper pockets who are looking for a wide selection of makgeolli. Which is not to say it’s snooty. This makgeolli house does a nice job of creating an atmosphere that is both relaxed and civilized. Despite the slightly…