A-Club, Kieths Place, Cowboys, XXL: Mingling with the peoples
These bars that I mentioned are a great place to throw back a few. One of the owners Kieth a Korean-American, is a good all around guy. Hes always happy to introduce you to people and intro you to Koreans. Prices are reasonable and the music is always decent. A-Club plays hiphop, while most of the other bars are rock or along in the genre. Quite a few taxis will know where you are talking about. If he doesnt say Valitines which is a popular restaurant in the area.
Dress Code: Casual, nothing special here.
America Town: Watchout drunk GI's!
America Town is a square block of nothing but bars and some restaurants. Mostly GI's come here to blow off steam, and thats what they do. The bars arent for everyone though, they are the typical "juicie" bars that you find around most US ROK bases. Where skimpy dressed Filipina women talk to you for the "great" price of a $10 drink. Most of the bars are extremely loud. Youll find once and awhile Korean men will come here to partake in the chitchat with the women, and sometimes even foreign teachers from Gunsan or elsewhere. If youve never been to a "juicie" bar its really a experience, both good and bad. One thing to learn quickly is the word "NO!" The mommas are very pushy in trying to get you to buy the girls a drink, especially if they dont know you. They have a great memorey so they recognize regulars. Just been very firm in what you want or if you dont want! NO is the key word.
Dress Code: Pretty much everything is ok, I mean you got women running around in mini skirts with hooker boots....
Cowboy Bar: Western Bar?
My favorite pasttime... A night on the town with my buddies. Actually these are some of my students who like to show me the city. In this case, we are at The Cowboy "western bar."
About the only thing western here though is the name and the limited selection of American beer. No pool, no darts, no juke box... In other words, just like any other korean bar, except that you can find foreigners here sometimes.
The Cowboy is on the 3rd floor of a building located downtown. On the weekends you can find some foreigners there, mostly from the air base across town. And around 10 o'clock they do a "cocktail show" just like the Tom Cruise movie.
Most of the staff can speak a little English and have English names. Mini is the head bartender I think, and she is friendly and helpful. Even better, the menu is in English.