5 Places To Grab Drinks Near AK Plaza

We suddenly started getting quite a few requests asking where to go for a drink near AK Plaza. We took that as a prompt to add a few more of the places that we go, as well as one we haven’t been to but we know the party animals love. You can find all of these in the Pyeongtaek – Pyeongtaek City Directory or by searching “Bars”.

Hawaii Night Market

If you are looking for cocktails, you have come to the right place. This Hawaiian themed bar serves up fun, fruity classic cocktails that are easy to drink. These aren’t fancy or snobby, they are silly, sugary fun and some even come served in an inflatable flamingo (sadly, not for taking home).

The bar itself is located on two floors and in the Korean style, offers both drinks and food. The food menu is filled with Korean takes on popular American dishes like nachos, fries, and pizza. Don’t expect it to taste like home, instead settle in for the adventure. 

B-Turn

This is one of Pyeongtaek’s favorite bottle bars for foreigners. It’s an easy walk from Pyeongtaek Plaza. A bottle bar is a place where there is a room of tables with coolers along the wall. The coolers are usually labeled by price. You help yourself to what you want and then take your empties to the cashier at the end. It’s super low maintenance and an easy way to go out if you are scared of ordering. Just remember, if you grab the bottle of vodka you have to pay for the WHOLE bottle and not just the shots you drink.

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The owners are very welcoming to foreigners and it can fit larger groups.

Beer King

This is another nice bottle bar. A bit more grungy and darker than B Turn, but it has some great windows for people watching. We like the grubbiness of it. It can be a bit of a party joint on certain nights and holds larger groups.

64 Ally

This little, hidden craft beer joint was the first of it’s kind in Pyeongtaek. It’s also VERY tiny so don’t show up here with lots of people. Come with some close friends and chat late into the night. They have both a very limited selection of both beer and food, but what they are lacking in variety they make up for in vibe. A great spot for a date night.

Yolo

If you are looking for more of a club / western vibe with things like a pool table, shots, and beer pong – Yolo is your choice. This is the only western inspired club near AK Plaza and it’s only a club on Friday and Saturday, the rest of the time it’s more of a bar. They also stay open until 6am.

In all honestly, this is the one place we haven’t been yet. It’s a little too lit for us on Instagram. lol. We are more then tell drinks in dark corners people. Give it a try though, you will have an adventure.

To be honest, we don’t know what time any of these places close. All we can say is that we have been at most of them until we wandered home at 3 am or 4 am. 64 Ally might close earlier than the rest, we haven’t gone there for the all-nighters. 

Culture Notes For Korean Bars:

Order Food with Your Drinks – In Korea, it is the social custom and expectation that you will order food with your drinks. Some bars will even require it. Don’t freak out, instead come prepared for this and order a little something with your booze. The worst thing that happens is that it helps with your hangover. Truthfully, if you have just arrived don’t expect to love-love the bar food. Although many of us get addicted to the odd offerings after a few years, don’t expect to like it right off. Just try it anyway. It’s a fun story.

Food Portions The dishes sold at bars are usually sold to be shared. You don’t have to order something per person. Instead, menu items usually cost between 15,000 – 35,000 and are meant to be split between a group of 3 or more. Expect to pay between 5,000 – 10,000 per person for food depending on what you order. Korea is all about sharing and it’s kind of awesome once you get used to it.

Buying by the Bottle – At most truly Korean bars you must buy your hard alcohol by the bottle. This seems like a lot up front, but if you and your buddies are planning on doing shots this actually works out to be MUCH cheaper than buying rounds. Hey, you are going to finish the entire bottle between you anyway, why not buy in bulk? Let’s say you and your three buddies are buying shots and paying between 6,000-8,000 each. That means a fifth is 4 shots each for between 96,000 – 128,000won. Since a fifth can be less than that at a Korean bar, you can potentially save a bit of cash if you plan to go crazy for the evening. Just remember they will also ask you/require you to buy food. Oh, and always double check the price before you start knocking them back.

Cocktails Aren’t Common – Cocktails and craft beer are two VERY new things in Korea and cocktails still haven’t really caught on. That means they aren’t going to be cheap or common or very good. Don’t buy them with high expectations. Know they are going to be a big, beautiful glass of candy. Often they are just mixed drinks and not cocktails. Have fun with it.

Parents Take Their Kids to Bars – Keep the judgment private. Kids being in drinking establishments is a global thing that is not unique to Korea. Nobody needs to call child services. We understand that this is shocking from a US standpoint, but it’s not from a global standpoint. Don’t panic. It’s fine. If you are uncomfortable with this we recommend politely moving to a different place to drink.

Be Careful About “Picking Up” Someone at a Bar – Korean dating culture is quite different than Western dating culture. People go to the bar with their friends to hang out, not meet new people. Approaching a person to ask them out needs to be less forward and more social. If you are too forward it can cause issues for the other person or yourself. We are not saying don’t talk to people you want to meet, we are saying be subtle and go slow. It is true that this is not a hard and fast rule near the military bases since in those areas have become accustomed, but as you move further away you need to be more discrete. 

There are plenty of places open all night – Don’t let the sleepiness of Pyeongtaek fool you. It’s so easy to go out for a quick drink near AK Plaza at 6pm with a local friend and not get home until 6am. There will be an endless parade of food, drinks, games, walks, and laughs. It’s a blast.

The most popular bar is a GS25 (or any other quickie Mart) – One reason there aren’t more bars in the area is that there aren’t any laws about drinking on the street in Korea. We can just grab some bottles, some friends, and hang out on the corner for the night having some laughs. The only reason to blow your money in a bar is that you are trying to impress someone or it’s too cold, too hot, or too rainy.  If you want to “live like a local” you drink your soju at a table outside your corner mart like a normal person.

Very little chance anything is in English – It’s Korea and it’s not near a US Military base. Don’t expect any English. Also, expect to only be able to use Korean won. It’s odd we have to say this but met people surprised that different countries speak different languages and require people to pay in their countries currency.