May 11, 2018
A sleek cocktail haven in upscale Gangam, Pavox eschews the recent speakeasy-inspired trend of secretive bar entrances and dark decor by openly presenting its crafted libations alongside a colorful and strikingly artistic decor. Upon entering Pavox, your eyes immediately gaze upon a massive brushed-metal fixture hanging behind the bar, artistically punctured and back-lit with radiant light. This piece is emblazoned with Pavox’s logo, a rounded cross, and it truly looks like something straight from a modern art museum. The surrounding walls at Pavox are made of faded concrete – except for the spot where the daily menu is digitally transposed for all to see – and the floor is of chiseled tile, all adding a minimalist feel to things. These are your first clues that Pavox is in a class of its own. Their signature drink, the “Angel’s sour”, will confirm things for you as it is a creative mix of premium whisky from Scotland, French elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, egg white, and just a touch of granulated sugar. Another favorite is the Sicilian Garden – gin, blueberry, basil, lavender, and fresh lemon juice. Pavox puts no limits on their bartenders’ creativity, and has even recently dipped their toes into the world of tiki cocktails. As the night transpires, the glow of the light behind the bar changes color from white to purple to blue to red, further reinforcing that this is a cocktail bar that thinks of itself differently.