The Blind Pig
May 11, 2018
Be still, oh beating heart. While the tentacles of culinary octopus and Gordon Ramsay escapee Jason Atherton stretch a long, loooong way across Asia (not to mention beyond), they have yet to extend to Seoul, and this Blind Pig is no relation whatsoever to Atherton’s multi-awardwinning London drinkery, also called The Blind Pig. Back in the glory days of Prohibition, you see, a Blind Pig was a term for a speakeasy and, although this particular Blind Pig comes fully equipped with a rather charming engraved sign, there’s bags of speakeasy style in evidence here. The main bootleg substance on offer here, however, is nicotine. For on 1 January 2015, Korea banned smoking in all public spaces, leaving the nation’s puffers entirely bereft, not to mention quivering in Seoul’s, ahem, bracing winters. The Blind Pig, as Korea’s first official smoking bar, aims to address this, with a stunning selection of cigars, paired with fine whisky and classy classic cocktails in a discreetly stylish basement set-up that brings to mind the golden age of booze. Pair a classic Cuban with a vintage rum, an old-school Old-Fashioned with a humble Corona, or spark up a Balkan Sobranie to accompany your favourite Dry Martini. This den of vice, with its muted yet oh-so-classy interior, stays open until a corking 5am. Expect to find anyone from the business elite to off-duty bartenders enjoying fine beverages amid a cloud of pungent smoke. Unleash an ecig at your peril.