Secret taverns in Koreatown | A bowl of iced shochu in the summer night is the taste of time

In Los Angeles, if you have not been to Koreatown, it is definitely not a foodie.

Located in the heart of Los Angeles, east and west are bounded by Vermont and Western, north and south are bounded by Olympic and 3rd Street, and Korea Town is just like this. In this world, large and small restaurants and bars are scattered.

When I was in school, this is the late-night canteen every day: drink porridge, drink soup, eat as much as you like. Later, after graduating, I moved here directly. I lived in this row-by-row pavilion, and I just wanted to raise my feet to have delicious food.

However, after a long stay, I discovered that the grilled meat would be greasy, and the porridge was too light. What I really liked was the Korean small bars that did not show up.

If the Japanese-style izakaya is full of exquisiteness and authenticity, then the Korean-style small bar shows a great deal of energy: lively, noisy, grounded, delicious, and affordable. In addition, South Korean shochu has a low degree. Many bars like to mix some fruit shochu and yogurt shochu, which are both refreshing and delicious, but also allow people to inadvertently reach the realm of simmering. , Get off with ease.

Some of the Korean small bars listed below have their own characteristics. Take it out and share it with everyone, just be happy~


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1. Dan Sung Sa

Among friends, this small shop is also known as "Kim Jong-un" and "Red Army Shop", probably because of the unique murals and interior decoration at his door. At first glance, it really looks like the North Korean underground party.

(Picture from yelp)

Since it is a small bar, the portion of the food is not very large, but the fried chicken wings and pork belly are really a big plate. As for the other side dishes, I swear it is absolutely delicious. What must be ordered is the yogurt shochu, filled with a bite, the ice is cold, sour and sweet with a hint of alcohol, and it is very cheerful.

skewers (picture from yelp)

corn cheese (picture from yelp)

Recommended dishes: cream cheese shrimp wonton, various types of skewers (he also has bullfrog, frog leg skewer), yogurt soju, yogurt soju, grapefruit rice wine, blackberry wine (black rasberry wine)

Address: 3317 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

Phone: (213) 487-9100

Business hours: 4:00 pm-2:00 am


2. Toe Bang

When you queue up at Jiang Hudong to be impatient or eat a belly of barbecue and don't know how to get tired, Toe Bang on the opposite side should be the best place to go. If nothing else, let's start with half a watermelon.

(Picture from yelp)

The cheese chicken nuggets with the highest click rate is good at the first bite, but unfortunately it is easy to get tired.The most attractive is the rich flavored shochu.Lychee shochu, yogurt shochu, mango shochu... omnipotent. Toe Bang shochu has a stronger alcoholic taste and a milder fruit taste.There is also a very distinctive Soju Kit (Soju Kit): Soju, fresh oranges and a simple juicer, you can make your own orange soju.

(Picture from yelp)

(Picture from yelp)

Recommended dishes: yogurt soju, lychee soju, spicy boneless chicken with cheese

Address: 465 W 6th St, Ste 110, LA, CA 90020

Phone: (213) 387-4905

Business hours: 10:00 am – 2:00 am


3. HEU

Every time you come to HEU, the most important thing is to get your mobile phone ready and take pictures: pineapple shochu is served with pineapple and watermelon shochu is used with watermelon. This value is definitely one of the best in the Korean small bar industry. Even the container was freezing cold, how could you not feel comfortable with a bite of shochu.

(Picture from yelp)

(Picture from yelp)

In addition, I recommend a spicy seafood with steamed pumpkin: the pumpkin is made into a blooming flower shape, and the middle is filled with roasted seafood. After eating, you will find that the pumpkin and the seafood can be used in this way.

(Picture from yelp)

Recommended dishes: spicy ribs, spicy seafood with steamed sweet, Pumpkin, watermelon soju, pineapple soju

Address: 3959 Wilshire Blvd, Ste B211, LA, CA 90010

Phone: (213) 386-8001

Business hours: 5:00 pm – 2:00 am


4. OB Beer

The first few recommendations are refreshing and refreshing fruit shochu, then come to OB Beer, naturally drink beer. The most famous beer brand in South Korea is Hite, and the beer brand that can compete with Hite is OB beer. The taste is light, the degree is low, and the calorie is low is the most striking place of OB beer. Drinking with green onion cake is also a Korean tradition.

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Wings (picture from yelp)

Pork Hocks and Shanks (picture from yelp)


Recommended dishes: spicy chicken wings, sea food pancake, pork with sauce

Address: 3002 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005

Phone: (213) 480-4910

Business hours: 4:00 pm – 2:00 am


5. Go Pocha

Geographically speaking, Go Pocha is definitely not a high-profile place. An quietly located next to Vermont, if you don't walk in, you can't think of the excitement inside. I want to come, the owner must be an interesting person, just look at the dollar of this tree. And the food here is cost-effective and won't let you down.

surf n turf (picture from yelp)

spicy cheese pork (picture from yelp)


Oh by the way Amway, Dok Dok Chicken in the same plaza as Go Pocha, don't miss it when you pass by.


Recommended dishes: surf n turf, potato pancake, spicy cheese pork

Address: 401 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020

Phone: (213) 381-0088

Business hours: 2: 00 pm – 2: 00 am


6. Thirteen XIII Soju Bar

Unlike other small Korean bars, this American-style bar no longer has kimchi, skewers and pork belly. Instead, it has more “foreign” pizzas and pasta. Undoubtedly, the most popular is of course the master Huadan here: Egg Bomb Fries. A cooked sun egg lay lazily on the French fries, the egg yolk was broken at the touch, the french fries were wrapped in egg liquid, and served with onions, tomato sauce and cheese.

blue lemon soju (picture from yelp)

egg bomb fries (picture from yelp)

There is also a Spoon Pizza. The bottom of the cake is not baked dough, but a layer of mashed potatoes, so you have to dig it with a spoon. In addition, the atmosphere here is quite emotional.

Recommended dishes: blue lemon soju, egg bomb fries, spoon pizza

Address: 4121 W Olympic Blvd, LA, CA 90019

Phone: (323) 272-3432

Business hours: 5:00 pm- 2:00 am


7. Gaam

Gaam is the first choice for many friends to drink fruit shochu. Popularity has always been high. But as far as I am concerned, there is nothing too praiseworthy. I may not like the "sense" atmosphere at first. Although the variety of second-class dishes is rich, it is basically nothing. With the blessing of its own reputation, there is no more to say here. Address phone is here, everyone feels good~


Recommended dishes: pork belly, sweet potato crisps, yogurt soju, and Ddukbokki

Address: 3465 W 6th St, 2nd Fl, Los Angeles, CA 90020

Phone: (213) 388-8850

Business hours: 5:00 pm – 2:00 am


8. DGM DwitGolMok

Some foodie friends quipped that the entire interior of DGM's restaurant was a model of Shanghai or Hong Kong bistros in the movie in the 30s, and people always smoke. Not an exquisite restaurant or bar, but the pomegranate shochu is delicious, and the appetizer is very powerful. There are large pieces of smoked pork belly with garlic and green pepper. There is also a large amount of army hot pot. It can be said that the appetizers to cool down and the appetizers to warm the stomach are all available. It is suitable for chatting with good friends to drink and eat meat.

Address: 3275 Wilshire Blvd, LA, CA 90010

Phone: (213)382-8432

Opening hours: 6:00 pm-2:00 am


9. Tang

This newly opened restaurant is absolutely necessaryweight! point! table! Yang! It is for this reason that it is particularly eye-catching at the end. Unlike other restaurants that look like a "bar" at first glance, it is more like a restaurant with a focus on eating. At the same time, you can drink a little wine and talk about the mountains.

Hot chicken feet

Although the environment may not be so cool, the food here is really delicious.Pig trotters, chicken feet, bo-bo chicken, beer stewed beef intestines...all the delicious Sichuan and Yanbian dishes.You can serve as a signboard with just a few.Especially the pig's trotters, the stew is soft but not lazy, spicy and delicious, and slightly sweet.

Spicy trotters

Braised Beef Stew with Beer

In addition, I strongly promote the chicken, but when ordering, pay attention to saying that it should be "stringed, the kind recommended by the team", otherwise it may be cooked together in one pot. Yes, this restaurant can order food in Chinese.


Recommended dishes: spicy pig's trotters, hot chicken feet, chicken bowl, beef stew with beer

Address: 954 S Norton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019

Phone: (323) 934-5677

Business hours: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm on weekdays, 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm on Sundays



So, it's rare that the night is so deep and the fire is so warm. If you don’t want to drink a glass of wine alone, you can make friends with three or five people, find a Korean-style bar, talk about mountains and lakes, kitchens and love.


PS The above recommended small bars, each has a happy hour, if you want to eat, drink, and cost-effective, you can call for information before going.

Author | Soybean, Chunyu
Edit | Soy

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