Wolhyang – Itaewon (월향 3호점)

Name: Wolhyang (월향)

Location: Itaewon

Reviewed by: Mama Julia

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 Itaewon location is the last of three, the others being in Seogyo dong and Hongdae (Scroll to the bottom for links to reviews of other locations). The Itaewon location carries a similar feel to the Seogyo-dong location, though it is even more hidden in the back alleys of Itaewon.  In addition to carrying an extensive makgeolli range, it is also open from midday for those who are looking for a makgeolli lunchtime option.

Wolhyang Itaewon Inside

Photo Source

LOCATION

Service: ****

Style: **

Ambience: ***

OVERALL: ***

Food

Stuffed Peppers (고추튀김): ****

Recommended Makgeolli

Wolhyang Level 1 (월향 1단계): *** (sweet, medium bodied, clean, light)

Wolhyang Wonju 15% (월향 원주)) **** (strong, thick, dusty, alcoholic)

 

Wolhyang Itaewon Stuffed Peppers

 

Photo Source

The Itaewon location of Wolhyang is the most recent of the three bars, the first being Hongdae followed by Seogyo dong.  This bar is situated far from the busy end of Itaewon and down a winding alley, ensuring that you feel far enough from the Itaewon hype.  Inside is the signature sparse Wolhyang decor with open tables and big windows, though it is a little darker than the Seogyo dong location.  It is consistent with the other locations in terms of menu and food, and you can always guarantee you will eat and drink well.

What We liked : The Service. Wolhyang Itaewon Jar  All three Wolhyang locations offer just about the same food and makgeolli, but the staff at the Itaewon location are just that little bit more attentive and personable.  If you come here more than once, the staff will be sure to remember you and recommend new things to try.  We also love their daytime drinking policies, as this location in particular is popular for some afternoon makgeolli specials.

What we didn’t like: The price. As with the other Wolhyang reviews, we still struggle with the high prices.  Even though Wolhyang has some excellent makgeolli from a range of reasonable to expensive prices, it’s the food costs that will hurt the wallet.  If you are frequently ordering to replenish the food, the final bill can definitely get out of hand.

Recommendation: Wolhyang Itaewon is a great place for an afternoon hangout with friends.  The distance from the main drag of Itaewon means it is quieter and more comfortable for a longer visit without, getting too over crowded.

Wolhyang Itaewon OutsideHow to get there: Come out of Hangangjin Station (Line 6) exit 3 and walk straight.  Take your third left and walk all the way down the hill until you see a bar on the corner called Moonshine (this is the wine bar connected to Wolhyang), the front entrance to Wolhyang will be just around the corner.

Address:서울 용산구 한남동 682-13  Ph: 02 794 9202

Map:  Here

Read our reviews of the other locations:

Wolhyang – Hongdae

Wolhyang – Seogyo-dong

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

Wolhyang – Seogyo dong (월향 2호점) CLOSED DOWN

NOTE:  This location is now CLOSED as at December 2015

Name: Wolhyang (월향)

Location: Seogyo-dong

Reviewed by: Mama Julia &  Papa Dan

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 Seogyo dong location is the second of three, the others being in Hongdae and Itaewon (Scroll to the bottom for links to reviews of other locations). The Seogyo-dong location is in a large white house with two floors and a balcony, and the sparse decor makes it feel light and roomy.   It is probably the brightest and most upbeat of the three, and it lends itself to some cheerful dining and makgeolli tasting.

Wolhyang Seogyo inside

Photo Source

LOCATION

Service: ***

Style: **

Ambience: ***

OVERALL: ***

Food

Modum Jeon (모듬전): ***

Fried Eggplant (가지 튀김): ****

Recommended Makgeolli

Wolhyang Level 1 (월향 1단계): *** (sweet, medium bodied, clean, light)

Wolhyang Wonju 15% (월향 원주)) **** (strong, thick, dusty, alcoholic)

Wolhyang Seogyo Eggplant

Photo Source

The Seogyo-dong location of Wolhyang has a very different atmosphere to the Hongdae location.  As it is nestled in the backpacker side-streets of the neighborhood across from Hongdae, it has a slower and more relaxed feel.  However, as with all Wolhyang bars, you can expect the same standard of menu and makgeolli on offer.  It has large rooms for bigger groups which are not so easily accommodated  in Hongdae, and there is no rush to leave to make room for other customers.

What We liked : The Selection. Wolhyang Seogyo Jars
The biggest draw for Wolhyang is the sheer selection and choice on the menu.
You can choose from the usual suspects which are common in many bars, or you can sample from a range of premium makgeolli, cheongju, and their very own wonju.   The food is also of very good quality, though the serving portions can leave a hungry group wanting more.

What we didn’t like: The price. Even though Wolhyang has some excellent makgeolli from a range of reasonable to expensive prices, it’s the food costs that will hurt the wallet.  If you are frequently ordering to replenish the food, the final bill can definitely get out of hand.  The decor is also quite sparse, so it can feel like it is lacking in a bit of character.

Recommendation: Wolhyang Seogyo-dong is a great place for groups who are looking for a quality makgeolli and dining experience.  If you have people visiting or would like to experience a wide range of traditional Korean liquors in a bright, open atmosphere, this is the place.


Wolhyang Seogyo outside

Photo Source

How to get there: Come out of Hongdae Station (Line 2) exit 1 and walk straight for two blocks.  Turn at your second right and then right again.  Take your first left and you will see a big white building which will be Wolhyang Seogyo-dong.

Address:서울 마포구 서교동 352-23  (02 336 9202)

Map:  Here

Read our reviews of the other locations:

Wolhyang – Hongdae

Wolhyang – Itaewon

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

Wolhyang – Hongdae (월향 1호점) CLOSED DOWN

This location is now CLOSED as at December 2015

Name: Wolhyang (월향)

Location: Hongdae

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.
Wolhyang Interior

LOCATION

Service: **

Style: ***

Ambience: ***

OVERALL: ***

FOOD

Kimchi Tangsuyuk (묵은지 탕수육): **

MAKGEOLLI

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. Wolhyang wonju 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.Wolhyang Tangsuyuk 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.

Wolhyang OoutsideHow 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)

Map Here

 

 

 

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!