By: Erik Weichel
토끼굴, directly translated as “rabbits burrow” is aptly named. A low key and quiet jazz bar in Hongdae, 토끼굴 allows you to separate yourself from the pace and overcrowded tendencies of the area and enjoy some pleasant conversation among friends. As a disclaimer, this review will be somewhat less “formal” than others on the site. I’m usually fancy as fuck, but I bumped into this place due to friends of friends, so I wasn’t as prepared as usual.
How to get there: 토끼굴 is located directly between Hapjeong and Sangsoo Stations. Both are located on Line 6. Scope this map and check it out, you can do it! It is technically located in Hapjeong-dong.
Atmosphere: Located on the second floor, 토끼굴 does not look like much from the outside. Though once you do make it up the steps, you immediately feel a certain sense of comfort. The space itself is pretty small, but it’s not cramped. Maybe 25-30 people would be in here at a time between the bar and the eight or so tables. There are also two couches, and musical equipment available for whoever wants to play. It’s essentially a constant open mic experience. Jazz music is preferable. The room is dimly but appropriately lit, has a nice sized bar in the back, and the staff is extremely friendly. Honestly the only thing I could think of that could be a turn off to some would be that you are permitted to smoke inside, so if that’s an issue, that’s an issue. I was there for the first time in the Fall, and the big windows were open, so that was another positive aspect of the place for me.
Food and Drink: Ok, I didn’t eat, but I do have a picture available of the menu for you to pursue if you will. Mostly just side dishes, but I did see people eating some pasta as well. I think that I would prefer just to drink here, rather than have an entire meal. What struck me most about the menu at 토끼굴 is the extensive whiskey and single malt selection. And not only that, but everything was very fairly priced. If that is your style of drink, you realize it’s not the cheapest thing on earth, but that’s part of the intrigue right? You get what you pay for. 10,000 KRW for a single malt? And bottles available as well? Absolutely. Obviously, they have beer and wine as well!
Who SHOULD go to 토끼굴: Those who can find it despite my rough directions (sorry). Anyone looking for a quiet date night, perhaps over a glass of wine or some high quality scotch, or those who simply need a break from the Hongdae hustle in a more intimate setting.
Who SHOULD NOT go to 토끼굴: Those in AA, non-smokers, and assholes.