This Suljib is One of Hongdae's Best Hip Hop Spots
Oh shit, it’s bul geum!! Fire Friday is the weekly holiday where everyone’s off work and tryna turn up for the weekend, and at Hamburo, we’re all about it. To facilitate your debauchery, we’re featuring a drinking spot each week to fit into one of the rounds of your night. Or, you could just grab some green bottles at a convenience store and get slammed in an alley. That’s on you fam.
Hamburo is a food publication (well, for now), you know? So we write about food and drink, we eat food, we drink, this is obviously our main focus. But we’re also major hip hop fans, and in a lot of ways hip hop influences how we do things and what we’re about. While food and music are different elements of culture, they can overlap a lot; everyone from Biggie, Tribe, Hov, you name em, has rapped about food at one point or another. And drinking? C’mon son. If only they sold 40s in Korea…
Anyway, look. Hip hop is American, unless you’re talking about Korean hip hop, which is a Korean interpretation of an American (specifically black) cultural innovation. Korean food and drink is Korean, unless you’re talking about Korean-American fusion, but we’re not talking about that, so don’t worry about it. Can old school hip hop and old school Korean drinking ever find a place to coexist?
At Hamburo, we like to think we’re doing out part to make that happen. Except this is an online publication, or whatever, so we don’t serve drinks. If you’re looking for a place that does serve drinks, and does fuck with that good good, we got one for you. It’s called Hangover [행오버] (yes), it’s in Hongdae (yup), and surprise, we fuck with it heavy.
The inflatable thing they have outside says, in big white letters, “Hang Over,” and then in smaller letters, “soju” and “hip hop.” Wow.
Inside the dark interior, small underground shows pop off, featuring local Hongdae MCs. The décor, on the other hand, is all old school; portraits of ODB, Lauryn Hill, Bone Thugs n Harmony.
Soju is 4k, which is pretty standard. The fact that it is the only thing on their Naver menu is priceless. Of course, in real life, their offerings include your standard beers, and a full bar. Anju-wise, offerings like chili shrimp [칠리새우] and garlic samgyupsal [갈릭삼겹살] are pretty tasty and make for great drinking snacks. Their dakbokkeumtang [닭볶음탕] is decent, but that’s kinda expecting too much for drinking honestly.
While the anju are solid, nothing Hangover serves is that special. It doesn’t stand out because of the quality of their drinks (a green bottle is a green bottle), or because of their food offerings. The environment and the sense that, if you fuck with hip hop, you’re in likeminded company, is what makes this spot special to drink at. It’s also a dope spot to stay updated on what’s happening with the ever evolving Hongdae underground hip hop scene, and if you make it for one of their cyphers, this may be your move for the night.
Peep their IG for events, menu updates, and videos of Koreans rapping along to Hypnotize. It’s cool, we do it too.
Let us know what you think about this spot or what we said about it. For another article like this, check out last week’s Fire Friday feature about a dope craft beer spot.
Photo credits: @hangover.hongdae (FB), @hangover_hongdae