Anyone that has met me knows that I love vodka. I’m a big old lush when it comes to the clear stuff. So when I discovered there was a whole bar dedicated to it, well I had to shuffle on over there as fast as my drunken legs could carry me and give it a try.
The Absolut Lounge is tucked away just off the main Garosugil street in Sinsa.The bar is on the second floor above a Cafe in the Swedish Design house, so they are clearly sticking with the Scandinavian theme! The two room bar is über cool, and styled in a trendy pop art kind of way, think vodka bottle lamp shades and wire chairs. There is also a super sleek long white bar that joins the two rooms.
The cocktail menu is seasonal and includes 8 cocktails using each of the different flavours of Absolut that are available in Korea. My first cocktail was the Absolut Midsummer (15,000). A fruity martini adorned with chunk of Hersheys chocolate and a flower. Made with the Acai Berry Absolute this was rather drinkable but its small size meant that it didn’t last too long and I was soon in need of another. The second drink I tried was the Absolut Swedish Cosmo (15,000). I loved this Swedish take on the cosmopolitan and the addition of lingonberry was genius. If you have been to IKEA you will know what a popular ingredient this is in Swedish cuisine. Long and potent, this was probably my favourite cocktail of the night, though to do a thorough job I think I will have to go back and try the others.
As well as the cocktails they also sell bottles of Absolut for a very reasonable 100,000 each, and a few different nibbly type bits like cheese, meat, chips and guacamole. The spot is a great space to host a party for a private event, a drink before dinner, or a night out with the girls.
The Absolut Lounge is located at 2F Scandinavian Design House, 546-21 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Apgujeong Station (line 3) and come out of exit 5. Walk straight then take the fifth road on the left. Walk down this street for a block or two and you will see the Absolut Bar on your right opposite Sambazon Acai Bowls . For more information you can call them on 02-512-7355 or check out their website.