Wednesday, July 25, 2018

10 Awesome Date Nights with a Beer Snob

10 AWESOME Date Nights with a Beer Snob

Beer Snobs get a lot of bad press. I personally think it’s OKAY to have preferences other than simply drinking the most economical beer offered on Tap or in cans. It’s still okay to not. It just happens to be my hubby’s hobby to try different varieties of craft beers whenever he gets the chance. So, when date night rolls around, we sometimes look for places that have more than the typical mass-produced lagers and ales (local or international). I don’t even drink beer! The extra challenge then becomes to find a spot with both UNIQUE beers for him, and TASTY non-beer choices for me (because my sweet tooth might be a little picky too).
Note: There are many Anniversary or Special Occasion restaurants in Daegu where couples can go to celebrate their love with a fine meal $$$, and excellent beverages. The search for craft beer Date Nights though tends to lead to “other” venues.

Here’s the top 10 list after a year of Date Nights in Daegu:
1. Godo Retro – Overall Best spot for all categories of FOOD, DESSERT (S’Mores), BOTTLED 
BEER, non-beer alcohol options & balcony ATMOSPHERE
2. Zione (downtown location) – Best intimate ATMOSPHERE, CALZONE & small SANGRIA; limited BEER selection
3. Relax 053 – Best bar/lounge ATMOSPHERE, BEER on TAP Variety, PIZZA, Upbeat MUSIC & NOVELTY DOOR (It’s a lit-up Pizza & Beer Vending Machine); no non-beer alcohol…but the handmade Grapefruit Ade is EXCELLENT
4. Brewer’s Brothers – Best Pub ATMOSPHERE, FISH N CHIPS (bring your own Malt Vinegar), Jazz MUSIC & Irish Coffee; Good BEER variety
5. Etoh’s – Best English-Speaking Crowd, BOARD GAME selection & customer selected MUSIC; Good BEER variety, PIZZA & cocktail selection
6. The Harbor – Best hole-in-the-wall (literally) ATMOSPHERE, 2nd Best Novelty DOOR (It’s a CONNEX door) & large SANGRIA; MOVIE projected on cement wall; limited BEER selection
7. Monsters – Best Open Space Brewery ATMOSPHERE & BEER brewed on site; no non-beer alcohol
8. Harry Pocha – Best Theme ATMOSPHERE; Good FOOD & white wine; limited BEER selection
9. D First Sports Pub (Daegu Samsung Lions Park location) – Best BEER option while going to BASEBALL (located outside of stadium); Good FOOD; no non-beer alcohol
10. Banana Pub – Best ODD spot & 2nd Best DESSERT (grilled banana brûlée); Good BEER variety & one non-beer alcohol option (Monkey Punch…which is just a massive Gin & Tonic)

1. Godo Retro, 2F, 2-32, Dongseong-ro 2-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu (closed Mondays)/053-282-9500

Caste Iron Skillet S’Mores. That was the only reason I insisted on trying this place out. Mayyybe they would have beer? They did! An impressive variety of bottled beer that immediately woo’d and wow’d my husband. And Great Food! The chef speaks perfect English by the way. What is Poutine? A Canadian way to eat steak fries…with cheese curds and brown gravy on top. Other than the obvious shortage of Graham Crackers, the S’Mores were divine. Note: The bar is hard to spot at street level since it is on 2F. Just look up for the top half of a wine bottle logo.

2. Zione (downtown location), 72-1 Dongseong-ro 5-gil, Samdeong-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu/053-424-9122

The Calzone covers half a large plate (basically a full pizza folded in half and filled with many yummy things), and the Salad fits the other half. My hubby gets the Calzone, and I get the Salad. I do still steal some Calzone crust, but it’s so big – it can be spared! This place is “Lady and The Tramp” cozy & romantic (the Apsan Coffee Row location is better suited for families) whether you sit inside or outside under the stars! Tucked in at the end of a skinny alley downtown, it is worth looking for the free-standing A-board marking the way. The restaurant Godam 2015 also shares space in this alley, so you can look for their sign as well.

3. Relax 053, 210 Gyeongsanggamnyeong-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu/010-4485-0411

The actual DOOR is a lit-up Pizza & Beer Vending Machine. Not a functioning vending machine, but a functioning door. It is basement party fun if you can convince the wait staff to not seat you outside in the back-patio. Inside is where you will catch the full vibe of this place! Pizza is sold by the slice (a big slice cut in half – so sharing is totally possible). The young adult crowd seems to really go gaga over the Potato-topped pizza and the Corn-topped pizza; it goes quick! We got the Pesto and it was delicious! This spot would’ve rated #1 in my husband’s Beer Snob assessment for Beer on Tap, but there were no non-beer alcohol options for me. I will say that the handmade Grapefruit Ade was EXCELLENT and highly recommended as a refreshing non-alcoholic beverage!!

4. Brewer’s Brothers, 29, Jong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu /010-3268-4269

Need a Fish N Chips fix? Don’t go anywhere else! But bring your own Malt Vinegar (not offered at BB). Even after a year, I am still not used to the New Orleans style jazz music that gets played here when everything I see tells me I am in a quaint European Pub. Excellent BEER variety. Yummy Irish Coffee. It does get audibly rowdy in such close quarters when a few locals give the Jameson whisky a go.  The outdoor seating will be perfect for these times!

5. Etoh’s, 12-3 Dongseong-ro 3-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu (closed Tuesdays)/053-211-9385

A favorite among English-speaking circles, we always run in to people we know here. Which is why Date Night at this location can evolve into Hangout with Friends Night if you are not careful! Which is great for playing board games like Apples to Apples, helping to eat an entire PIE of PIZZA, or coming up with enough songs to keep Classic Rock on the customer selected MUSIC playlist through to midnight.

6. The Harbor 247 Daebong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu /053-253-3003

This place was a SECRET…until now. It was not listed anywhere, and we NEVER invited anyone to join us whenever we went. It was “OUR PLACE.” #1 on the Date Night list last year. The door is an actual CONNEX DOOR. So cool!! They project movies onto the cement wall and serve the best Sangria in Daegu. No audio, but with trendy flicks like THE PROFESSIONAL, AMELIE, TITANIC, and THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL – who needs words?!?
But then they got rid of our favorite couch!! Okay, it’s now #6 on the list and we can disclose its existence to the world! You’re welcome…and Enjoy.

7. Monsters Craft Beer, 45-4, Jong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu/010-7793-0422

Another hidden-in-an-alley location, this multi-level Brewery is the closest we’ve seen in Daegu to the traditional open space floorplan typical of USA breweries. For Atmosphere, this is actually my husband’s favorite. There are no non-beer alcohol options though. That means the next Date Night probably won’t be here again until my Husband celebrates his 40th Birthday in September! The Platinum Craft Beer brewed onsite is the cheapest we’ve seen between 4,900 – 5,400 won per pint.

8. Harry Pocha, 209-5 Daebong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu/053-255-3303
Harry Pocha does a GREAT JOB with its theme. A MUST VISIT for fans. I did enjoy a small glass of sweet white wine. The food menu is expanded from last year, but we still couldn’t find anything special on the beverage menu for the hubby. Great for Double Dates (when 2 couples go out at the same time)!

9. D First Sports Pub (Daegu Samsung Lions Park location), 1 Yagujeonseol-ro, Suseong-gu, Daegu/053-793-1414

This place is actually really nice and my hubby enjoyed their beers very much. The food is GREAT. But buying a bottle of wine is not my preference, so it might as well be no non-beer alcohol option. We LOVE going to Samsung Lions’ Baseball Games! Although…watching actual Samsung Lions games on the TV screens while taking refuge in the Air-Conditioned Brewery might become more popular as Daegu summer temperatures continue to climb! Note: This Brewery Pub is attached to the OUTSIDE of the Stadium so get your Beer take-out prior to going in for the game; or visit anytime as this Pub is open daily for business.

10. Banana Pub, 19, Munugwan-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu (closed SUNDAYS)/070-8801-9872

The address listed for Banana Pub online is incorrect – it stops short of where this quirky watering hole is actually hidden. Hopefully, the address listed above gets you there! Banana Pub is a curious little place that offers a surprising variety of unique beers, and a dessert I never had before: grilled banana brûlée. It was SOOO good! The non-beer alcohol option is MONKEY PUNCH (a pint glass of gin & tonic).
Sure, why not?
Our Top 10 might not be your Top 10! Every couple is different - as individuals are different. Have fun trying to find a place that can be “YOUR PLACE” for Date Night. Daegu offers a lot of options and it doesn’t have to center around alcohol. Have an AWESOME Date Night! Never drink and drive, mind your curfew if you have one, and enjoy each other!

Honorable Mentions:
11. Baqus – Good Food; Street view of Lake, 16 Suseongmot-gil, Suseong-gu, Daegu
12. Percent – Street view to people watch, 206, Daebong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu
13. Black Taco – Popular for groups, 5, Gongpyeong-ro 8-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu
14. Ggul Bbang Laundromat Pub – Unique theme, 96, Dongseong-ro 4-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu

15. Shoreditch – Trendy outdoor courtyard, 219-5, Daebong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu


  1. Godo Retro! my favorite beer pub!!!

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