Review | Word of Mouth Grows Kings Tap
Location: Sinchon Station | Line 2 | Across the street from Choi’s Taco 5F
Type: Pub | sports bar
Menu: Fish & chips, bangers & mash, buffalo wings
When: Best from 10pm – 12am
For a restaurant and bar reviewer, The King’s Tap is a fun review.
The new bar, located in the heart of Sinchon, offers a lively British-styled pub replete with Guinness, an increasing list of imported beers, widescreen TV, games, and cheap tasty pub grub.
The house specialties include fish and chips, bangers and mash (sausage and sauerkraut), buffalo wings, and a meatball plate.
The atmosphere on Fridays and Saturdays is loud but hardly raucous, and the wait staff and manager are friendly. The crowds are getting larger each weekend as word of mouth spreads on facebook, and you can see a fairly typical expat crowd of 20-ish English teachers in collegiate threads, relaxed, smiling, intermingled with the occasional Korean company outing.
The fish & chips is their signature dish and it tastes fairly authentic, with maybe the exception that it arrives on a plate instead of a basket. Expect two chunks of whitefish battered and deep-fried to the color of malt served alongside a handful of fries. This is the kind of fried grub that begs for malt vinegar and cold beer to wash it all down. On busy nights the quality drops a bit and the wait increases, but this is hardly a deal-breaker.
There are plenty of games to pass the time, including a shuffleboard. Rumor has it that instead of importing a table at great cost, the table was built from designs off the internet by a Korean carpenter. How fast can you say, charming and entrepreneurial?
Other games include: 3 dart boards, a pool table, Golden Tee (a golf game), and a top of the line foosball table. This is the perfect place to reminisce suburban life in the basement den. From the looks of it the management is eager to grow both its food selection and entertainment options in the coming months. A welcome addition to the Sinchon scene.
Reasons to go: You want fish & chips, love dark beers, and know what a game of footie means
Who to bring: Your frat bros, your coworkers, friends
photo credit: torchcrooner on flickr