the beautiful bar

I'm about to reveal this hidden treasure in Apkujung...

Good friend Tina and I have discovered this bar this past summer, making a pact that it would be our 'secret' bar. Sahm. Needless to say, it's THE perfect spot for us!  There is simply no other bar like this in Seoul! They opened their doors late spring of 2010, mainly attracting folks in the bar/entertainment industry.  It's tucked away in the alleys near the famous Rodeo drive in Apkujung, so it's hard to spot stragglers just dropping a visit.

The owner and former model Jonghwan Shin, has been working in the industry for over a decade, and brings his honed skills to create 'his sanctuary'.  Not to mention the 2 other bartenders are currently models as well...uh hum. Well, this isn't the sole reason why Tina and I make this our second home, as everyone teases us about.  To me, Sahm is where 'The Green Mill meets The Violet Hour'. Two Chicago bars that are truly dear to me, and absolutely miss!

The lure: making your perfect drink.

I was a bit disappointed when I didn't find makers mark on their list on my first visit, but after having a deep discussion with Jonghwan about how it's a must to make manhattans, it was on the shelf on my next visit! This is when I knew, that this place was something else...

On New Years Eve, Tina and I decided to share this home with some of our friends.  Their response? They couldn't believe we held back for all these months, AND they might see us more often there now.  We hope to see you guys there as well:)

Happy New Years!!!


Gangnam-gu, Sinsa-dong 660-17/rodeo star a-104


*address is sinsa-dong, but it's across from galleria shopping center in apkujung, near rodeo to mick jones pizza

guinness on draft

my perfect makers manhattan-jonghwan knows how to make mine just the way i like it :)

sitting in 'VIP' section at sahm on new years!

jonathan and bobby

'hotty toddy' the perfect drink for a cold winter day

preparing a hotty toddy-equal parts whisky, hot water, honey, and cinnamon stick!

bobby choy making 'hotty toddy's' for everyone...he got all of us hooked on this!

waiting for the countdown

watching the countdown

the owner and the boys cycle to work...that's pretty awesome!

the boys behind the scene-young joo on the left, jonghwan in the center, parker on the right