THOUGH it’s not common knowledge for many outsiders, South Korea has a pretty serious drinking culture. There are three main types of alcohol available for under $2 per bottle: makju (beer), soju, and makgeolli. Here are the best ways to enjoy them in South Korea.
Unlike karaoke in Japan, where nearly every venue is family friendly save the excess drinking, noraebang in Korea is a coin toss. Seemingly normal establishments in big cities still have the option to use X-rated videos as you sing and to hire “helpers” if you want — help. However, it’s easy to still have an authentic Korean night with songs and booze: just refuse any extras.