Craft Cocktails in K-Town
Lock & Key
Koreatown: a gritty, off-the-red-carpet neighbourhood commonly associated with smokey BBQ tables, neon-lit karaoke joints, many a late-night eatery frequented by university students and hungry locals alike… and now, one of the city’s coolest new bars? Indeed humble K-Town is home to Lock & Key, a new speakeasy that quite literally requests patrons to correctly identify the one doorknob – after first locating the unsigned building entrance, which reveals a room with walls painted black and covered from floor-to-ceiling with vintage locks and knobs – that leads into the lounge within.
Once you’re inside the darkened space, illuminated by candlelight reflecting off the mirrored ceilings, you’ll be seated either at the long marble bar or at one of the tufted banquettes and left to sort through a craft cocktail menu. Expect the unexpected with concoctions like the surprisingly balanced signature Torpedo, made with peach vodka, pear, lemon, ginger and topped with sesame oil, but note that a fair amount of elbow grease is required for each drink and that as such, it will take longer than a standard shake-and-stir. Luckily the bar has a kitchen (monikered Stall 239) dishing up global street food, so you can nibble on snacks like butter garlic fries, lollipop chicken wings, and kalbi sandwiches while you wait. Now, what’s behind door number three…?