Tucked away in one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Seoul, Bar Cham is set in a hanok, or a traditional Korean house, which hints at what is to come. Helmed by Lim “BJ” Byung-jin, Cham offers cocktails based on Korean spirits, melding local flavours with modern techniques. You can expect a deep dive into native alcohols, with products sourced from all over the provinces of South Korea. Case in point, they use a craft soju plus bitters made from local roots for their version of a subtly spiced Negroni. Other cocktails, such as the Wonju, meld Korean drinks traditionalism with new-world vision, pairing mowolin – a distillate made using local organic rice – with mezcal, corn cream, corn silk, black pepper and egg yolk. By the way, ‘Cham’ means ‘oak’ in Korean, which is heavily featured in the decor of this intimate venue.