Geumbok Pub brings traditional Korean pub food to the modern age. You can find all of your favorite Korean bar foods such as jeon, jjimdalk, and bossam with all of the comforts of modern life.
Geumbok Bar (금복주류) is a typical place where university students gather on Friday nights. I live in Nonsan, which is a place known for having an older population. So, when I found this hip place, I was pleasantly surprised. Lots of young people hang out here for its edgy modern-traditional vibes!
It’s no wonder, the place is located close to the big university in town. Not only the people, but the place itself is really nice. It has a very chill vibe, which makes it perfect for hanging out with friends or even for a casual date.
If you study or live close by, it is very convenient to go as it is located among many other restaurants and bars in Nonsan.
On the menu, you can find something for everybody. They have jeon (Korean pancakes), stew, steamed meat wraps, fried & street foods, sides, and a special menu. Most of the food is under 20,000 Won and can be shared.
For alcohol, the menu is much larger than normal. They have soju, beer, plum wine, multiple flavors and kinds of rice wine, highball, and so much more! They also have a fun assortment of mixers!
As for the fried food, they have a really nice selection of Korean pancakes, jeon (전). I tried the regular potato pancake (감자전). However, while I was writing this article, I found out that they have a pepperoni pancake that I instantly put in my head that I will try next weekend.
Also, the price is not bad considering that the portion is for around 3 people. For the pancakes, you can expect 13,000 Won per unit.
Now for the highlight of the place: the alcohol. Geumbok Bar offers typical Korean alcohol, like soju and makgeolli. My personal favorite and must-try of the bar is their makgeolli.
If you tried the bottled makgeolli from the stores and did not like it, do not worry, this is nothing like that. At Geumbok they make it taste like a smoothie! It is delicious and made with fresh ingredients!
You have many flavors to choose from: regular, cream, rice powder, honey, bokbunja (Korean blackberry), banana and strawberry, and green grape.
I personally tried the regular, grape, banana and strawberry, and honey. If you really want it to taste like a smoothie, go for the fruit ones. But, in case you want a more traditional taste, try the regular or honey.
They also have a pretty good price for the makgeolli, either 5,000 Won for a regular-sized bottle or 7,000 Won for a large one.
The full menu can be checked here.
The Geumbok Bar was a nice place to find among many “old” establishments in Nonsan. Having a nice place like this in which I can enjoy myself with my friends makes living in the countryside way easier and more fun. I will often go back there for a night out and try out their new inventions with makgeolli.
Luckily, there are lots Geumbok pubs located in rural areas all over Korea. So, be sure to search ‘금복주류‘ in Naver or Kakao Maps to find a location nearest to you!
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