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A few weeks ago it was my lovely boyfriend’s 30th birthday. In celebration of him growing old, I decided to throw him a surprise party. Being in the foodie scene in Seoul I’ve made friends with lots of restaurant owners over the past few years and had a lot of options at my disposal for the location. At first I got a little carried away, and was thinking cocktails, canapes, and sequin gowns. However Niall is more of a pints, pies, and sitting around in his pants kind of a man. So I finally settled upon on the Hidden cellar in Haebangchon as the perfect location.

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The Hidden Cellar is much like it sounds, a hidden bar below a garage in Haebangchon. This self service bar has already proved to be very popular with locals thanks to the great selection of drinks, cheap prices, and lack of queues. They have a handful of of craft beers on tap, and more or less every beer or cider thats available in Korea in bottle form in the fridges. With a huge range of spirits and wines on offer too, they pretty much have the market covered. I was happy drinking citron vodka with lime and soda, and the boys had their beer and whiskey, there were  smiling faces all around, though this could be attributed to the fact that we were all wasted.

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The fact that they have a big screen TV for watching sports made it the perfect venue for The Fat Boyfriends birthday, as we were able to play videos from all his friends and family wishing him a happy birthday. He also got to watch his favourite rugby team play a game too.

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One of the best things about the Hidden Cellar is that you can bring your own food. Since ours was a surprise party, I couldn’t make as much of the food as I usually would. So I asked my favourite sandwich place, Casablanca, to make some for me. They even cut the sandwiches smaller so they could be eaten more easily at the party. I also made wings and dips. If you want to bring your own food you can, or you can just use Y-Not Takeout to get food delivered from any number of restaurants in the local area.

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You can’t have a party without a cake and I made this one especially. I made the the 3 and the 0 by making two double layer round cakes, then filling them with lemon curd and white chocolate frosting and covered it with sparklers and sprinkles. Not the greatest of decorations in the world but it did the job and fed the hordes of people nicely.

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The Hidden Cellar is located at 11 Sinheung ro, Yongsan gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Noksapyeong Station (line 6). Come out of exit 2 and walk straight until you reach the street with the kimchi pots then bear left. Keep walking along this road past Toast Monster and the Chicken Shop. The Hidden Cellar is on the left side underneath the garage.  The door is just around the corner as you can see from the picture below.  For more information you can call them on 010-6715-6530 or check out their facebook page.

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