Outdoor Lessons (야외 수업)

Outdoor Classes Glasses

Name: Outdoor Lessons (야외 수업)

Location: Hongdae (홍대)

Reviewed by:  Mamas & Papas July 11th, 2015

Thoughts: If you’ve got a hankering for camping but just can’t seem to get out of iron grip of Seoul, you can head for the bar hell bent on simulating the outdoor camping experience indoors. Camping themed restaurants and bars seem to be lingering trend in across Seoul, but what sets this place apart is the focus on Korean traditional alcohol.  Outdoor Lessons (야외 수업) is an outdoors camping themed bar, but rather than focusing on makgeolli, it is developing a name for itself in soju.

When you hear the words ‘soju bar’, it might conjure images of dozens of green bottles and a very rowdy crowd.  However, Outdoor Lessons has a range of popular, mid-range and hard to find sojus and even cheongjus (약주/청주), without the rough crowd.  The food is delicious, and combined with the relaxed atmosphere it makes for a very different soju experience than the usual hof.

 

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Location

Service: **** 4 Stars

Style: *** 3.5 Stars

Ambience:  **** 4 Stars

Overall: **** 4 Stars

Outdoor Classes Food

Recommended Food:

Seafood Pajeon (해물 파전): *** 3 Stars ~ Crispy, Generous, Satisfying

Wagyu Beef (와규 소고기) : 4 ****  Stars ~ Tender, Succulent, Silky

Raw Beef Sashimi (육회) **** 4 Stars ~ Fresh, Soft, Delicious

Herb Grilled Pork (허브 삼겹살) *** 3 Stars ~ Fragrant, Juicy, Moorish

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Recommended Soju & Cheongju:

Omaegi Sul (오메기술) *** 3.5 Stars ~ Apple, Dusty, Floral, Citrus notes

Najang Bokbunja (내장산 복분자) **** 4 Stars ~ Subtle, Fruity, Peppery Aroma, Warming

Hansan Sogokju (한산 소곡주) *** 3  Stars ~ Charred fruit, Syrupy, Meaty, Woody

Arirang Hongju (아라랑 홍주) ** 2.5 Stars ~ Cherry, Burn, Radish, Strong

Outdoor Classes Bokbunja

Outdoor Classes Sogokju

What we liked: The Concept. Although we tend to primarily visit makgeolli bars, the reason is because there are very few soju bars that offer a variety of quality products at a reasonable price.  That’s not to say there isn’t a whole world of soju beyond the 2,000won bottle at the BBQ restaurant, as there quite a few decent products both established and emerging for the soju lover.  However, most dedicated makgeolli bars either stock the top or the low end, not leaving much wiggle room for the middle range.

The best part about the Outdoor Lessons concept is that it is un-pretentious and relaxed, whilst still offering some interesting liquors. One Mama said ‘I have never been in this kind of environment before ~ I like it!’.  The favorite bottle of the evening was surprisingly the Bokbunja, as most people at the table agreed they were not usually Bokbunja fans.  Another Mama said ‘It’s not like the candy you usually get, I could drink quite a bit of this.’

Outdoor Classes Indoor setting

What we disliked: The Lack of a Good Makgeolli Option. It’s not really the most fair criticism, seeing as Outdoor Lessons primarily stocks soju and cheongju.  However there is makgeolli on the menu, and for those that are not ready to hit the hard stuff, having a good makgeolli on hand would keep everyone happy.  From the bottles we tried, the one that did not win raving reviews from everyone at the meeting was the Arirang Hongju, with one Papa exclaiming ‘I still feel the burn’.

Outdoor Classes Hongju

Recommendation: If you would like to have a relaxed and casual night with the opportunity to try a range of not so common Korean alcohols, Outdoor Lessons is your bet.  It’s very large, has outdoor seating and can accommodate just about any size of group you have.  It has an unpretentious atmosphere for kicking back and trying a lot of interesting booze, without the astronomical price tag.

 

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Outdoor Classes Pouring

Directions:  Come out of Hongdae Station (Line 2) and walk straight.  Cross the road when you see the Tom and Tom’s Cafe on the corner and turn left.  Take your first right up the main clothing store streetand walk about a block, and turn left up a small hill (There used to be a Hello Kitty Cafe up this street).  You should see the bar on the right hand side.

Outdoor Classes Front


Address:
 어울마당로 94-12

Phone: 02-6241-6789

Map: Here

Have you been to Outdoor Lessons before? Tried more dishes or have more opinions? More questions? Leave us a comment below and tell us what you think!

 

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The Manjok (The 만족)

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A happy little group of Mamas & Papas, Feelin’ That Manjok

Name: The Manjok (만족) *translates as ‘The Satisfaction

Location: Near the entrance to Hongik University.

Reviewed by:  Mamas & Papas August 1st

Thoughts: Anyone visiting the area around Hongik university will quickly become aware that there is no shortage of places to choose from for food and drink. Whatever your fancy, there are a dozen places that will provide it for you. Makgeolli is of course no exception. Typically what’s been offer has catered for the predominant student demographic. Places such as Hongdaepo, Hawaiian Makgeolli and countless other nameless places, selling “house makgeolli” for cheap, fun times. Although more recently some more upmarket places have appeared in the area, including the fantastic Olsoo.

Not until the opening of The Manjok in the area, has there been a restaurant that has quality brews at a reasonable price. The owner is one of the brewers for 좋은술 (Joeun Sool), who are one of the most prominent premium makgeolli producers in the country. Their products include 천비향 탁주 (cheonbihyang takju) and 약주. The Manjok serves this brewery’s usual premium fare, as well as a variety of other craft brews that 좋은술 produces… great things….things that we had never seen. We were excited.

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Location

Service: ***** 5 Stars

Style: *** 3 Stars

Ambience:  **** 4 Stars

Overall: **** 4.5 Stars

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Recommended Food:

Baked Pork (보쌈): **** 4 Stars ~ Fatty, Juicy, Plentiful, Pairs well with Ihwaju.

Gorgonzola Pizza: *** 3 Stars ~ Thin, Doughy Base, Sweet Honey Side, Light.

Spicy Cheese Ddeok Bosam (매운치즈떡보쌈) **** 4 Stars ~ Glorious, Huge, Comfort Food, Succulent

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Recommended Makgeolli:

Ihwaju (이화주 5양주) **** 4 Stars ~ Sour aromatics, Warm, Dusky, Sediment.

Ihwaju (이화주 막걸리) **** 4 Stars ~ Sweet, Nuruk heavy, Slight Acidity, Subtle balance.

AhwangJu Cheongju (아황주 청주) *** 3.5 Stars ~ Bitey, Sweet & Sour, Floral, Caramel finish.

GongGam Sweet Cheongju (공감 Sweet 청주) *** 3 Stars ~ Smooth, Tart finish, Boozey, Nutty.

Cheonbi Hyang Takju (천비향 탁주) **** 4 Stars ~ Thick, Robust, Liqueur, Chalky.

Cheonbi Hyang Makgeolli (천비향 막걸리) **** 4 Stars ~ Light, Warm, Balanced, Clean.

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What we liked: The Brews. Usually when we get together with our Mamas & Papas to try things out we start at the cheapest side of the menu, and try to sample our way up towards the really awesome items. However, we were (pleasantly) denied that chance. The owner was so keen for us to try the premium side of menu that he recommended us a large number of things that we hadn’t tried before. The majority of these brews do come from 좋은술, however there are varieties that as far as we know can’t be found in other spots, and they are priced much cheaper than can be found in other bars. If you’re not on your premium makgeolli game however, there are still a large number of regular takjus and makgeolli blends/cocktails to be enjoyed as well. (When we visited, the most prominent drink being consumed by patrons was 장수 (Jangsu)… stick to what you know I guess. #sadface)

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An Ihwaju from 좋은술 that we tried for the first time!

What we disliked: Ice! At the time of our visit, a lot of the 천비향막걸리 was being stored in a refrigerator on the veranda of the restaurant, and although they were (fairly) cool, the manager insisted on blending the brews with crushed ice. Which though making them pleasantly cold, also made it a little difficult to drink. It seems a bit petty to pick on this however as they are still smoothing out the kinks in the newly opened venue. (We visited on their first weekend). We will update this section soon (we will definitely be visiting again)

Recommendation: We were elated to discover that The Manjok opens it’s doors at 11am. Even further elated to hear that they provide a lunch special. Our minds were blown when we told that this lunch only costs 5,900won. This makes it cheaper than most lunches you can find in the area, and with all that excellent makgeolli to pair it with I can imagine many afternoon workers arriving at the office with a spring in their step. This place also works well in the early evening, so feed and drink up before the rest of your Hongdae adventure.

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The fridges were very well stocked.

Directions: Facing Hongik University’s main entrance, turn left and walk a few moments, taking the first left just before the Starbucks. You will see a CU convinience store on the corner. The Manjok is in the building directly across from there on your left, on the second floor.

Address: 서울 마포구 서교동 344-6 칼리오페빌딩  2층 (Seoul Mapo-gu, Seogyo-dong 344-6, Kaliope Building 2F)

Phone: 010-4724-0009

Map: Here

2015 New Year Party @Muldwinda!!

                                                Happy New Year Mamas & Papas!

It’s a brand new year, and we feel like celebrating!  The team here at MMPK have big plans for the makgeolli industry this year, and we thought, what better way to kick it all off than with a party?  We sat down with the team at Muldwinda & Susubori Academy to put together a shindig of deliciousness.

New Year Party Poser

Date:   Saturday, January 24th

Time:  7:30 till late

Cost:  40,000won prepaid  (45,000won at the door)

Drink:  

                Unlimited Makgeolli (Hand Picked by MMPK)

We sat down with our partners at Muldwinda and have selected a range of makgeolli that we personally and other members in our community have enjoyed. In addition, all the brews we have selected are aspartame free 🙂

                A Bottle of Homebrew

Myself and Papa Dan have been beavering away in Susubori Academy, brewing up a special makgeolli to give to each guest.

                Free Premium Tasting

We have invited a range of premium brewers to showcase their Takju, and there will be a free tasting at the event. If you like what you taste, you are also welcome to purchase any of the brew on offer.

                Secret Brew Tasting Competition

We thought it might be a bit of fun to test those taste buds! In addition to the bottle of homebrew, we also brewed up a special taster with three secret ingredients. Upon arrival, you can taste and guess what those three ingredients are for the chance to win a prize.

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Food:     

                  Buffet

No good having a night of makgeolli without delicious food! To that end, there will be a buffet of all sorts delicious goods to pair with the brews.

Events:   

                  Meet The Brewers

For those out there who have always wanted to know the face behind that premium makgeolli, we have invited some members from the brewing community to attend. You will have the opportunity to meet and taste their brews, and ask any burning questions you’ve always had.

                  Prizes

We are cooking up some activities with some pretty cool prizes. We don’t want to give away all our secrets, so come join us to find out 🙂

Muldwinda Kettle

 

Sign Up: 

                     mmpkorea@gmail.com

If you or anyone you know would like to join us in celebrating the start of what we hope will be a very prosperous year in the makgeolli industry, send us an email with the full name and contact number of those attending, and we will give payment details.

 

We look forward to celebrating with you, one and and all, to get an amazing year started with delicious makgeolli and good friends 🙂

 

Community Korea – Makgeolli Party

Got party shoes but nowhere to wear them? Community Korea is a group which tries to get expats, visitors and Koreans connecting and meeting new friends and having a good time. They have regular monthly events, and one of those is a makgeolli party. This weekend they will be having a ‘Korea in the 80’s & 90’s’ throwback theme party with all you can drink makgeolli and pajeon. They promise dancing, prizes and an after party, so if you want to let your hair down a little, why not check it out…and drink plenty of makgeolli of course 🙂
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When: Saturday April 20th

Time: 7pm – 10pm (After party at Club EDEN)

Where: Sin Nonhyeon Station (visit their Facebook page for details)

Price: 20,000 won (includes entrance, food & makgeolli)

Have you been to a Community Korea Makgeolli Party before? Tell us what you think!

Makgeolli Mamas & Papas 1 Year Anniversary Party!!

Set the calendars Mamas & Papas, there’s a big celebration coming!!  The idea for Makgeolli Mamas & Papas began almost a year ago, and we have had a big first year.  We have seen our community grow, met so many fantastic people,  received awesome support…..and of course drunk a lot of delicious makgeolli!

So it’s time to bring together old, new, and yet-to-be-met Mamas & Papas, so that we can kick back and celebrate how far we have come, and how far we are going!  What better place to do that than at the MMPK homebase, Muldwinda.

 

  • When:    Saturday 24th November, 7pm – 11pm
  • Where:  Muldwinda (물띈다), Chungjeongno
  • What’s Happening:     A Homebrew Makgeolli Tasting Contest (brewed by Monica & Julia with secret ingredients), An opportunity to mix/match and make your own pajeon with Muldwinda’s top recipes, A Makgeolli Lucky Door Prize….and more!
  • Price:     15,000won (includes a selection of different kinds of  makgeolli, food and door prize entry)
  • How to Register:  Send an email to mmpkorea@gmail.com with your name, phone number and how many people you would like to attend.  You will receive prepayment details once we receive your registration.
  • Deadline:  SUNDAY 18th NOVEMBER, 10pm. (We will not be accepting any late registrations past this time)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are super excited to hangout, drink and eat top notch traditional Korean cuisine, and celebrate with all you fabulous Mamas & Papas who have helped make MMPKorea become the one-stop-shop for all things makgeolli!!

Get those emails in…..and see you soon Mamas & Papas!!!!! 🙂