This taxi experience that occurred in spring of last year turned out to be one of my worst memories in Korea. It all started during a night out with the boys while Korea was practicing social distancing. At the time, we were allowed to gather in groups of four and so we decided to go out and celebrate my friend finishing his mandatory military service.
Rodeo Street in Incheon
My Korean friend, Jun, suggested we go to this location called Rodeo Street. Rodeo Street is a popular hangout spot in Incheon for teenagers and adults who want to spend the night drinking and having fun. It is also a popular spot for couples who want to go on dates and cherish their time together.
The location is near the Incheon city bus station. It’s roughly a 3-to-5-minute walk from the station. Rodeo Street is easy to find because the area is always lively and congested at night – even during the pandemic. It’s a great area to have some fun with family or friends outside of Seoul.
Furthermore, if you prefer drinking Korean beer or soju and want to immerse yourself in full-fledged youthful Korean drinking rituals, places like this are ideal. There are numerous Korean restaurants and bars with vintage themes. They have bars with themes from different decades, from the 20s all the way to the 90s.
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We picked a restaurant that had a Korean traditional style bar. It had delicious food and drinks. I wish my I hadn’t been so drunk because I forgot the name of the restaurant. It was something like the 1978 bar. The place had green outline around the logo. It is easy to find as it is located in a famous wide space of Rodeo Street where you can stand and do a 360 degree turn to see everything around you.
When we went into the bar and they asked us how many people were in our party and to see our identification. They will not serve you if you are under the legal drinking age. For Covid-19 safety, they additionally performed a QR check.
The interior was not like that of a conventional restaurant, but still had a typical Korean pub vibe.
However, the music they played at the place was full of throwbacks. They played old songs from back in the day such as Big Bang, Girls Generation, and other Korean singers that I am sure any millennial would recognize.
The food was delicious. We got fish cake soup, fried chicken, and seven bottles of lemon soju. I’ve got to say, Korean fried chicken is out of this world every time I’ve eaten it. There is no other country’s chicken that can compete with Korean fried chicken. I’ll never get tired of it. The fishcake soup was also tasty, and I would recommend it to any international visitors who wish to give it a try.
We drank a lot and danced to the music alongside all the Koreans at the bar. It is enjoyable and memorable. However, these happy memories would not be the ones forever seared into my mind.
What happened on that day?
The happiness overtook me. I drank without thinking about what may happen when soju hit.
At first I thought I was a little tipsy, I could still walk straight. I told my friend that I would be fine getting back home on my own. One friend advised me to wait and go with him, but I didn’t listen.
However, I did have the sense to decide that I couldn’t possibly travel on the subway in this state, so I chose to take a taxi. I hopped into the nearest taxi and took of on the ride back home.
During the ride I was nodding off and nearly falling asleep. But then suddenly, the urge to puke overcame me. The, I vomited onto the floor mat. Fortunately, the taxi driver was kind enough not to curse me, and did drive me home. But he also fined me 150,000 won for vomiting in the taxi. I still regret it to this day.
Next time when you go out drinking, make sure that you stay with the people you came with. Then if your friends say you are drunk, don’t ever take a taxi. You might end up paying dearly for your misjudgment like me. Just take it easy and pace yourself.
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