A Typical Night Out In Seoul With Soju D Lee Humor, Nightlife Saying that Koreans fully understand the old saying “work hard, play harder,” would be an understatement. The combination of a pervasive drinking culture and strong economic growth in the past 25 years has ushered in an amazing party scene in Seoul. With the drink of choice being soju, a clear beverage that is usually made up of grain (such as rice or wheat) or starches (such as tapioca or potatoes). Take into account that drinking in Korea has no time limit, meaning there is no last call and alcohol can be consumed at any time of the day. So, let’s look at a brief timeline of a typical night out in Seoul with soju. 6:00 P.M. – Waiting It’s that time to wait for the workday to come to an end. The clock just seems to tick just a little slower as we inch towards freedom. 8:00 P.M. – What To Do? Your phone starts to blow up as everyone ends their day. Everyone is asking the same question, “What are you doing tonight?” 10:00 P.M. – Getting Ready The Ladies The Gents As the ladies get ready the boys sit around and do, you know, men stuff. 10:30 P.M. – Pre-Gaming, with Soju First Time With Soju A Few Shots Later Soju is one of those drinks that taste horrible when you first drink it, but after a few shots tastes like nothing. Chug-a-lug! 12:00 A.M. – At the Club The Awkward First Dance A Couple More Drinks Later Not yet inebriated, the dancing starts clean and tame. A little later and a few more drinks and everything is crazy. 2:00 A.M. – Fresh Air and Soju at 7-Eleven All that dancing and it’s time to go outside for a moment to relax and gets some soju at the convenient store. After all, soju is cheaper than bottled water! 2:30 A.M. – Back in the Club All “Dancing” Starts to Look Like This And Your Head Might Just Be Thinking All inhibitions are lost and you go crazy on the dance floor. And everyone of the opposite sex is starting to look like a ten at this point. So what the hell, right? 3:00 A.M. – Munchies Okay, so you struck out for the night. Who cares when you’ve got all those food stands ready to feed you greasy goodness! 4:00 A.M. – What’s Left? Few Are Left Standing, What To Do? More Soju! It’s 4 A.M. and half of the people you arrived with are gone, what to do with those left standing? Make sure that buzz stays up and keep on drinking from that beautiful green bottle. 5:00 A.M. – Cab Ride Home It’s getting late and it’s time to get back home, why not split the cab ride and save some money. 5:30 A.M. – Walk of Shame As you walk back towards your apartment you get a glimpse of the rising sun. And you start to wonder if all that drinking was a good idea. 6:00 A.M. – Bed Yeah, totally worth it. How do your nights out in Seoul or anywhere else in the world go? Let us know! Image Source: Giphy.com | Tumblr.com | Flickr.com/jaako Tired of soju? Check out some of soju’s lesser known counterparts in our article, Beyond Soju: The Wonderful World of Korean Alcohol!