Seoul Gypsy, Gwonnong-dong

Seoul Gypsy is a relaxed taproom, a remodeled hanok in the quiet streets behind Jongmyo Shrine and Changdeokgung Palace, with boutique craft beer and food and a vintage vibe.

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The hanok roof is mostly kept intact.

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Hopster IPA and the house mango sour ale.

 

The narrow and urbanly picturesque streets of Jongno are home to a growing number of artsy shops and cafes, restaurants and pubs, either in brand new buildings or renovated hanoks. Seoul Gypsy is one of the latter, and the traditional Korean house is refitted with a kitchen, slightly bohemian interior and most importantly a row of beer taps.

Both Korean and imported beer is on the menu, a nice mix of common craft styles and more niche brews, including tonight’s winner, the sour beer of the house. Tap nr. 1 is a rich and hoppy sour ale with prominent mango flavor, very successful and unique mix. We also got two Korean IPAs from the tap list, nr. 8 Hopster IPA by Andong and nr. 12 Galmegi IPA, both solid domestic choices. The tap menu is only written in Korean, but some of the English speaking staff will be more than willing to help you out if needed.

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Hexagonal, simple coasters.

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Also Belgian bottle beers for enthusiasts.

After the tap menu, and the Belgian bottled beer menu for enthusiasts, the food menu at Seoul Gypsy is also worth noting. Not your average bar food, but these dishes go well with strong and interesting beer flavors. We got a bowl of Beer Chili and bread as a snack besides our drinks, and the food was just as unique and tasty as the beer.

Being a Saturday evening, the place was of course full of people, work outings, dates and birthday parties, even a couple of groups outside waiting for a free table. Still the music is fitting and the vibe is good and relaxed, a much needed escape from the humid summer night.

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Food menu in Korean and English.

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Beer Chili with garlic bread!

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Tap menu with both Korean and imported beers.

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Nr. 12, the IPA from Galmegi.

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Dimly lit interior with many seating areas.

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The place filled up fast.

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The V-shaped counter extends into the venue.

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Big windows to the Jongmyo Shrine wall.

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