The 10 Best Bars In Incheon, South Korea

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From Korean-style karaoke lounges to Irish pubs, Incheon is brimming with lively nightlife spots that are sure to keep even the pickiest partier entertained. Here are a few of the best places to check out during a night out on the town.

The Jet Lagged Lizard

Bar, Pub Grub, Korean, Cocktails, Wine, Beer, $$$

If you happen to find yourself on a layover at Incheon International and in need of a drink, this is the place to get it. Located just a stone’s throw from the airport, The Jet Lagged Lizard is a Western-style bar with a colorful interior, friendly staff and plenty of good vibes. Well stocked with cold beer, great cocktails and decent wine – not to mention some good pub grub – it’s sure to have something to revive you after a long flight.

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Vy Bar & Karaoke

Bar, Hotel Restaurant, Restaurant, Pub Grub, Cocktails, Wine, Beer, Coffee

If you’re looking to experience Korea’s nightlife like a local, head to Vy (Vibrations of Youth) Bar & Karaoke. Located in the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Vy allows patrons to drink and sing – at the same time. Drink menus feature a large selection of unique cocktails and martinis, whiskey, beer, and more. Along with the drinks, Vy’s lighting, music, and state-of-the-art karaoke rooms help to create a fun atmosphere perfect for socializing.

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Swell Lounge

Bar, Hotel Restaurant, Restaurant, Pub Grub, Cocktails, Wine, Beer, Coffee

For something more low-key, Swell Lounge (also situated in the Grand Hyatt Hotel) offers a quiet, café-like environment. Its bright interior and sophisticated furniture are just as inviting as the friendly bartenders who whip up creative cocktails. Open early and closing late, the bar makes for a “swell” place to unwind, especially if jet lag has you awake at odd hours of the day.

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The Cinder Bar

Bar, Pub Grub, Cocktails, Wine, Beer, $$$

Owned and operated by a resident New Zealander, The Cinder Bar is a Western-style bar situated in Incheon’s Songdo area. As the city’s classic “Cheers” establishment, Cinder is known for its friendly atmosphere where everyone can feel at home. Select from a wide variety of imported beers and cocktails (try the Moscow Mule!), and enjoy your beverage as local bands set the mood with live performances.

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Thirsty Monk

Bar, Restaurant, American, Pub Grub, German, Wine, Beer

Located in the Orakai Songdo Park Hotel, Thirsty Monk presents a harmonious mix of premier German beer and Western-style dining. Here you can enjoy the perfect pint by selecting from an extensive list of global beers, including the award-winning Bavarian Weihenstephan beer, brewed from the world’s oldest operating brewery, the Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan. Thirsty Monk also provides a range of tasty dishes such as burgers, steaks and pizza – all of which nicely complement the beer on tap.

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O’Malley’s Irish Pub

Bar, Pub Grub, Korean, Wine, Beer, Cocktails

Opened in 2011, O’Malley’s Irish Pub is the first Irish bar in Incheon, and offers a mix of local and imported beers, as well as European pub grub. The bar’s interior immediately conveys a sense of nostalgia, thanks to its wooden floors and furnishings. In addition to hosting a number of live music performances, O’Malley’s is also a great spot to watch sports, as they broadcast live Premier League, NHL, NFL, MLB, or NBA games every night.

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Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
CAVE in Songdo stands out from the other craft beer bars with its simplicity and sheer quality. Its bomb shelter-like interior, complete with worn, industrial furnishings stands in contrast to the luxury apartment building in which it is located. CAVE’s humble aesthetic ensures that the focus here remains on their limited but varied beer offerings that are crafted by the in-house brewer. On any given night, expect to find a pale ale, hefeweizen, IPA and porter on tap.
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5:00 pm - 2:00 am
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12:00 pm - 2:00 am

Little Woodstock

Bar, Pub Grub, Wine, Beer, Cocktails

Whether you’re throwing back some cold drafts with friends or trying your luck on the Drinkers Wheel, you can’t go wrong at Little Woodstock. With spacious outdoor seating for those warm summer evenings and a homey interior reminiscent of a Colorado ski lodge, this friendly bar is a nice place grab a drink or chow down on a burger. Whiskey fans will also be glad to know Little Woodstock has nine varieties in stock.

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Cheap Shots Bar & Grill

Bar, Pub Grub, $$$

Homesick expats head to Cheap Shots Bar & Grill when in need of a taste of the familiar. This Western-style bar serves up a wide range of beers, cocktails, shots, and Korean soju, along with non-alcoholic beverages such as smoothies. In addition, there are always plenty of fun events going on, ranging from holiday dinners to weekly trivia nights with drink specials. The most popular event, however, is the monthly beer pong tournament, which brings together the city’s hardest partiers.

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Restaurant, Bar, North American

From tasty drinks and food to excellent entertainment facilities, Songdo’s Relish has got it all. Grab a table at a window, sit back and enjoy the cityscape, or challenge your friends to a game of darts. Regular live performances also draw a crowd, creating an atmosphere that’s sure to help you let loose. Check out their Facebook page for daily specials and event information.

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