Name: I Am Makgeolli (아이엠 막걸리)
Reviewed by: Mama Julia & Papa Chris on May 15th, 2013
Thoughts: This tiny little makgeolli bar away from the bustle of central hongdae is a delightful stop for a quiet bottle. The interior is cozy and home-style, and the outdoor deck is perfect for the warmer weather. The service was great and it was a relaxing place to enjoy a mid-week makgeolli.
Overall: ***1/2 (3.5 stars)
We did not get around to trying any of the food when we were there, as we were had already hit our food capacity. However the menu had a decent selection and it is all made from scratch. The menu states that as the food is all homemade to allow for some waiting time.
Hankgyenyeong Nurungji (한계령 누룽지 막걸리)***** (5 Stars)
(Fresh, strong, balanced, tart, hits the back of the palate)
What We liked: The Nurungji Makgeolli. Nurungji is burnt rice, and the flavor of this makgeolli was unique and just simply delicious. It had a nice balance to it and we both agreed that we could drink many jugs and still want more. We also really liked the quiet location and outdoor deck option.
What We didn’t like: No bell. Whilst the service is very good, if you sit outside you basically have to get up and go inside to get the attention of the staff. It’s not a major inconvenience, but it would be better if there were a way to get their attention without having to go get them.
Recommendation: If you are in the mood for a casual yet intimate chat with one or two friends, this is the place. It’s in a very quiet part of hongdae, so you can unwind and relax without feeling the bustle of the nightlife area. Not suitable for big groups, but great for close friends for an after work jug.
How to get there: Come out of Hongdae Station (Line 2) Exit 3 and turn left. Walk down this street until you see I Am Makgeolli on your left.
Address: Mapo-gu, Dongyeodong 153-30 (서울특별시 마포구 동교동 153-30)
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