In the summer months, the only place I want to be is on a rooftop drinking a cocktail, there or in an air conditioned room preferably lying down. Last year I had an ample supply of rooftops to sit upon but this year all my favourites seemed to have been renovated or closed down! So I was desperately in need of another place to sit and enjoy the seasonable weather.
Brick Yard is is a cool and contemporary bar specializing in elevated cocktails (that’s fancy to you and me). The bar has somewhat of a skate park theme, with it’s wire fences and skate board seats it’s a bit too cool for school. However the rooftop has a more of a relaxed garden type feel with it’s faux grass and and wooden pallets, the bar strikes a nice balance with the two different floors.
Owned by celebrity comedian Sam Hammington and his partners, the bar is run by Ray Swayy Oh, one of my favourite bar tenders in Seoul. He has designed the bar menus at some of my favourite places in the city including The Beastro, Left Coast, Manimal, and Lobster Bar to just name but just a few.
The menu has a lot of classic cocktails but some cooler ones too. The bars signature drink is the Elevated Jack and Coke (10,000) which is quite a sight to see. Ray takes you through each step and tells you exactly whats he’s doing while he is doing it. Cherries are soaked in his top secret formula before being sprinkled with sugar and caramelized with a blow torch. They are then muddled and added to the Jack Daniels and topped up with coke, more liquor, and finished with a fresh cherry garnish and a spritz of vanilla. An awesome take on a classic drink.
Another of the bar’s specials is The White Lady (12,000). The classic drink of gin, Cointreau, and egg whites is taken up a notch with fresh thyme. Despite the high alcohol content this smooth and silky drink is insatiably easy on the palate and you’ll soon find your glass in need of refilling.
As well as the more inventive offerings, the bar serves up expertly made classic cocktails. The Vodka Lemonade (8,000) is always a favourite go to drink for me. Made with Absolute Vodka, fresh lemons, and simple syrup it’s a real step up from what you would get served at most bars in town and it’s at a great price too. Like the lemonade, all of the standard bar favourites like the margarita, martini, and cosmopolitan are made with premium liquor and run between 8,000 – 12,000.
If you are feeling peckish there is bar food available like these delicious Bacon and Jalapeno Fries (8,000). They also have pepperoni fries and chicken wings, just the snacks you need while you are drinking too much.
Brick Yard is located at 3F 118-5, Itaewon dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. (이태원동 118-5 2층, Seoul, Korea). To get there take a train to Itaewon station (line 6) and come out of exit 1. walk straight until you reach the third alleyway on the right. Walk straight past the CU and Belgrade up the hill until you reach a black and grey new building on the left just opposite the car park. You will see a sigh outside, follow the path around then take the lift or stairs to the third floor. For more information you can call them on 010-4043-0711 or check out their facebook page.