This location is now CLOSED as at December 2015
Name: Wolhyang (월향)
Reviewed by: Mama Julia & Mama Wangmin on 20th April, 2013
Thoughts: Wolhyang is one of the largest and most reputable chains for makgeolli. They carry an extensive range of makgeolli from all over the peninsula, as well as their own brewed makgeolli. The Hongdae location is the first of three, the others being in Seogyo dong and Itaewon (Scroll to the bottom for links to reviews of other locations). The Hongdae location is always bustling and has a young vibe. It is much smaller than the others, and the tables are closely put together for a cozy and lively atmosphere. This location has a very different ambiance to the other two locations, and is more of a hot-spot for nightlife.
Kimchi Tangsuyuk (묵은지 탕수육): **
Wolhyang Level 1 (월향 1단계): *** (sweet, medium bodied, clean, light)
Wolhyang Wonju 15% (월향 원주)) **** (strong, thick, dusty, alcoholic)
Wolhyang is a popular and busy makgeolli bar with a fast-food-like atmosphere. There are two separate bars for smoking and non-smoking which makes for a more comfortable experience for non-smokers. The makgeolli selection is impressive, and the highlight is being able to try different levels of fermentation.
What We liked : The Wolhyang Makgeolli. Most makgeolli bars serve bottled makgeolli from various breweries, but Wolhyang also brews their own and offer different stages of the fermentation process. The wonju is thick and strong, and has a high alcohol content. Mama Wangmin said “It’s better than drinking soju”.
What we didn’t like: The service. We felt that the service at Wolhyang was a bit abrupt and it gave the bar a rushed atmosphere. We were also not overly impressed by the food, as it was overpriced for what we got. However, we only ordered one dish so there may be more gems on the menu we missed. We were also troubled by the price of the food, as while the makgeolli was reasonable, the food prices were too high to order many dishes.
Recommendation: Wolhyang is a good place to try different kinds of strong makgeolli. It’s not really a place to sit back and relax, but more of a eat, drink, and move on kind of bar. It’s a great place to start off a fun night, or a lively and intimate date.
How to get there: Come out of Hongdae Station (Line 2) exit 8 and walk towards the roundabout. Turn left at the roundabout and follow the road until you pass a number of meat restaurants. Turn right at the corner and follow the street up towards Coffee Prince. Wolhyang is on the second floor on the right hand side of the street.
Address: 서울 마포구 서교동 335-4번지 2층 (02 332 9202)
Read our reviews of the other locations:
Wolhyang – Seogyo dong
Wolhyang – Itaewon
Have you been to Wolhyang Hongdae before? Tried more dishes or have more opinions? More questions? Leave us a comment below and tell us what you think!