Le Chamber

Seoul-City-Center

4.3 / 5

May 11, 2018

Cocktail geeks the world over rejoiced when two of Korea's finest bartenders teamed up to open this slick affair in 2014, then brought in Park Sung-min, another of the nation's very best, to manage the place so they could shake up their stormy magic behin

Cocktail geeks the world over rejoiced when two of Korea’s finest bartenders teamed up to open this slick affair in 2014, then brought in Park Sung-min, another of the nation’s very best, to manage the place so they could shake up their stormy magic behind the bar. And Lim Jae-jin and Eom Do-hwan’s Cheongdam hotspot has won bags of accolades since then. Le Chamber is a speakeasy, natch, and a thoroughly classic speakeasy as that. To access the welter of exposed brickwork, high ceilings, floaty drapes, chandeliers and glass you’ll need to proceed through a retro Victorian library room and pick the right book from the shelf on the wall – but don’t be shy, on busy nights you’ll find a doorman ready to help. No Seoul speakeasy would be complete without a brain-aching list of whiskies, and Le Chamber duly offers 200-odd, as well as a bottle storage facility for their most elite patrons. Yet the route to go down here is classic, or, rather, tweaked classic, for the chaps use a restrained hand in adapting and updating classic mixes to the modern world. They make their own ginger beer for Dark ‘n’ Stormies and the Moscow Mule, they barrel-age cocktails in cute little casks behind the bar, and every two months they select a new cocktail to compete over, whipping up their individual takes on a classic and asking guests to select their favourite. Le Chamber draws a cool crowd, with plenty of off-duty bartenders on quiet nights.

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