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Can anyone recommend a bar or lounge to get a pre-dinner cocktail in koreatown?

cdenes Jan 10, 2009 10:36 AM

It's our anniversary, and we are going to have dinner at Hangawi but it would be great to find a good place to linger over a drink before dinner, and Hangawi doesn't have a bar. Can anyone recommend a bar near Koreatown, if not in K-town, that has a pleasant atmosphere?

we're in our mid-thirties and are not korean so aren't really in search of the most popular hangout or karaoke.

thanks in advance!

  1. coleyas Jan 10, 2009 10:45 AM

    The Ginger Man might work. I have only been to there for after-work drinks, but they have a nice lounge-y atmosphere, and serve up good cocktails.

    I think there is a bar (maybe Morgans Bar??) in the Morgans Hotel.

    Both of those are a couple of street blocks north of K-town.

    The only one that I can think of in K-town is Red Bar & Lounge, which I haven't been to, but you might want to look into.

    Enjoy Hangawi! I have been dying to go.

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      stephaniec25 Jan 10, 2009 11:26 AM

      I agree with the Ginger Man if you like beer, they have a huge selection. Also nearby is Katwalk which is more of a trendy lounge. You can also get a drink at the bar at Keens, a steakhouse that has great bourbon and whiskey drinks.

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      1. re: stephaniec25
        squirrel1.1 Jan 12, 2009 09:12 AM

        Yeah, I'll second Katwalk. If you're looking for "loungey" it will suit you.

        1. re: stephaniec25
          ExFlexitarian Jan 12, 2009 10:01 AM

          I will politely disagree. Katwalk and 'trendy' don't belong in the same sentence.

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          ExFlexitarian Jan 12, 2009 07:49 AM

          3rd Floor is nice (if you can find the entrance). Red Bar also has really great HH specials - $6 premium vodka martini's from 5-8pm on the weekends.

          1. thew Jan 12, 2009 09:18 AM

            me' bar is cool, but i've never been in cold weather, and it is a rooftop bar.... i assume the have heaters, or something going on...... but i like the space, and i was impressed with the bartender

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              mch Jan 12, 2009 10:17 AM

              Ayza is on 31st btwn 5th & broadway. it is a cute wine bar.

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