May 11, 2018
Why not call a bar Why Not? When there’s already a long-established gay dance bar called Why Not, that’s why not – Why Not folks take heed! Seoulites are hardcore whisky lovers, when you can tear them away from the ubiquitous soju, and the Why Not serves up malts agogo from a densely packed tome of a menu that’s (mercifully for most of us) bilingual. Whisky and cigars are, of course, a classic upscale pairing, and the Why Not boasts a suitably classy attached, enclosed smoking room that means those of us who continue to spurn vaping and can’t shed our killer addiction don’t have to risk frostbite in Seoul’s icy winter to get our nicotine kick – or even go downstairs, for, whisper it!, this eccentric place is actually on the first floor. Dimly lit and classy, with lots of understatedly sleek dark wood, Why Not is a classic Tokyo-style whisky bar transplanted into the heart of Seoul. Regulars rave about their whisky of the week offer, while staff know the menu backwards, so can guide you through it without excessive upselling, but there are more treasures here as well – aged genevers, fine soju, plus obscure and curious liqueurs sit alongside the whiskies on the densely packed shelves behind the bar. If the company of the opposite sex – or, for that matter, the same sex – is part of your agenda, you might want to go elsewhere: house rules, rather randomly, forbid guests talking to strangers. If it’s whisky and cigars you’re after, the Why Not has them in spades.