If there is one thing my neighbourhood Gyeongridan is desperately in need of it’s more craft beer. Despite the hood being riddled with bars and breweries it was clearly not enough so Namsan Chemistry opened their doors not a mere week ago.
The brewery collective is actually pretty cool and in a super large space. I watched it being built over the weeks, and wondered what on earth it was going to be, though it’s location should have been a big hint it was 50/50 as to whether it was going to be beer or pizza. The basic premise is 7 small breweries all under one roof .There’s one counter in the middle where you pay for your beer and food then you take your ticket to the requisite bar to get your drink.
The bar currently offers over 32 different beers from the seven breweries – Pyrus, On Tap, Skim45, Funky, 4 Seasons, Band of Brewers and Pong Dang. There’s a great mix of beers from IPA’s, Lagers, Stouts, and wheat beers so there is something for everyone. All the beers are priced between 5,000 – 7,000 but most fall into the 5,000 range making it a very cheap place to drink.
As well as the beers they are also serving bar food, we were off to dinner so didn’t partake but they have sandwiches, fries, wings, and chicken fingers. Again everything is priced between 5,000 -7,000. One small gripe, actually it’s a large gripe they are charging 4,000 for a sprite or coke, which is a bit of a joke. Sure, encourage your patrons to drink beer but don’t rip off the ones who can’t or don’t want to, pregnant women, recovering alcoholics, children……
For a summer hangout it’s pretty cool spot with plenty of outdoor seating, if you can call cinder blocks and crates seating. Honestly is there a bar in this neighbourhood that can provide you with chairs? Namsan Chemistry is a pop up event and is open until October 31st, so be sure to check it out while you can.
Namsan Chemistry is located at 225-5 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Noksapyeong Station (line 6) and come out of exit 2. Walk straight until you reach the underpass, go through and exit using the left hand stairs. Follow the road around and walk straight through Gyeongridan until you start walking up the hill. Namsan Chemistry is about half way up on the left hand side opposite Meatballism. For more information you can call them on 02-797-2279.