by Michela Fitten - 0 Reviews - 13 List
So you're thirsty in K-town, are you? And you want to wash down your BBQ and kimchee with a stiff, cheap drink or sip until you're brave enough to sing karaoke in front of a bunch of drunk strangers. No problem. From dive bars to kitschy hangouts, you're sure to find what you're looking for at these Koreatown bars.
Updated: June 28, 2010
This maritime-styled bar will hook you with its dive-bar prices, giant tubes of beer and non-Korean snacks. The wood decor, nets, anchors and pirate-costumed regulars might have you aching to yell "Arrrgh" or at least admire the wackos around you.
Call ahead and get the password to enter the dimly lit saloon of this semi-exclusive pirate's den. It's usually packed with a stylish 20-something crowd bobbing their heads to 80s hits and indie music. K-town singles like to mingle here but be warned there is a cover fee and drinks are on the pricey side.
This British-themed neighborhood bar is a hangout of USC grads (although it's rumored to host A-list celebs and make cameos on shows like "Mad Men"). The menu is hot and greasy and the drinks are stiff and cheap, so conversation flows in this quasi-intellectual lounge.
Monkey around on the microphone at this hidden karaoke hot spot. Drink specials deliver doses of liquid courage throughout the night to a cheery crowd of locals, college students and "American Idol" wannabes. The space is compact but comfortable--a perfect combination for singing with strangers.
Located across the former site of the historic Ambassador Hotel, this legendary K-town watering hole is a local haunt for artsy types and professionals who enjoy strongly poured drinks and the mellow interior that's reminiscent of a ship's galley.