Manri199 Taproom, Jung-gu

Manri199 Taproom, Jung-gu

Manri199 Taproom must be one of the most centrally located craft beer pubs in the city, mere minutes away from Seoul Station. Don’t let the location fool you, this is not a generic tourist trap, but a genuine and cozy pub well stocked with local and imported craft beers.

Craft Beer Pub Manri 199 Seoul, Jongro
Manri 199
Craft Beer Pub Manri199 Taproom Seoul, Jongro
Facade
Craft Beer Pub Manri 199 Seoul, Jongro
Counter and taps

Location

Located just east of Seoul Station, also easily accessible from the Seoullo bridge, lies a surprisingly calm little street with some boutique shops and cafes. Here is also Manri199 Taproom, really a gem this close to the main station, and effectively shielded from the heavy traffic. If you are up for a little walk, it is possible to walk directly to The Table from here!

In the spring and late fall when the temperature is livable, the outside serving is great, with some huge barrels used as tables. For the rest of the year, the inside is shielded from the cold or heat, and easily seats a couple of groups and couples. It does fill up often, so if you go on the weekend be prepared to wait a bit.

Craft Beer Pub Manri 199 Seoul, Jongro
Their menu changes regularly
Craft Beer Pub Manri 199 Seoul, Jongro
Fresh from the tap

Beer selection at Manri199 Taproom

Here the menu changes often, but is never dull! There’s usually a mix of Korean and foreign beers from small and big companies. Ranging from the usual IPAs and stouts to sours and krieks, we rarely have problems finding a good standard or something new we’d like to try. Naturally, there is also a beer fridge stocked with bottles and cans from around the world. We can usually find some bottles that we rarely or never see anywhere else in Seoul.

The menu is in both English and Korean, making it an easy stop for tourists and expats as well as locals. We also enjoy talking to the staff, who always seem eager to discuss beer and the beer market in Korea. On the wall we can see coasters and stickers from plenty of breweries, Korean and foreign, that have been stocked here at some point.

Craft Beer Pub Manri 199 Seoul, Jongro
Gen-1 unfiltered IPA
Craft Beer Pub Manri 199 Seoul, Jongro
Lindemans lambic
Craft Beer Pub Manri 199 Seoul, Jongro
Croseille rouge Tilquin
Craft Beer Pub Manri 199 Seoul, Jongro
Finger food menu

Staff and environment

We’re always happy to see original interiors, and Manri199 Taproom is no exception. Rough and industrial, but not kitschy and generic. The colorful chalk drawings add a nice personal touch, as well as a few whimsical signs and lamps. The music is also fitting and at a comfortable volume, making it easy for each group to chat and have a good time.

The staff is friendly and interested, and will help you choose a beer or just talk about your day. In addition to beer, there is also a small food menu with some pizza, fries and other finger food.

Craft Beer Pub Manri 199 Seoul, Jongro
Bottles!
Craft Beer Pub Manri 199 Seoul, Jongro
Craft Beer Pub Manri 199 Seoul, Jongro
Special stuff in the fridge
Craft Beer Pub Manri 199 Seoul, Jongro
The small pub is often busy
Craft Beer Pub Manri 199 Seoul, Jongro
Taps
Craft Beer Pub Manri 199 Seoul, Jongro
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Craft Beer Pub Manri 199 Seoul, Jongro
Save water drink beer!
Craft Beer Pub Manri199 Taproom Seoul, Jongro
Some other cute shops and bakeries on the same alley.