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Ddong Ggo

528 S Western Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90020

Hidden along Western, Ddong Ggo is a wild indoor/outdoor beer garden that you can stumble into at any point of the night and find yourself in the middle of the biggest party in the neighborhood. Out on the patio, you’ll find groups of chain-smoking friends engaging in private drinking contests, and inside, things get even louder with TVs blasting Korean pop videos and a private karaoke room if it’s that kind of night. And at Ddong Ggo, it usually is.

There are plenty of incredible places to drink in Koreatown, but the outdoor patio at Ddong Ggo might be our favorite. Walking into this massive beer garden at 11pm on a Saturday feels like you’ve stepped into the biggest party in town. Everyone is drinking pitchers of beer and smoking cigarettes (a lot of cigarettes), and the only time they take a break from doing either is when a gigantic kimchi pancake hits the table. This is a great place to start a night of bar-hopping in Ktown.

This beer garden in Koreatown is certainly not where you’d take your HR department for a team dinner, but if you’re looking for a spot that can handle your chaotic and unpredictable group of friends, Ddong Ggo is it. Though it’s known mainly for beer towers, never-ending soju bottles, and chain-smoking college kids, their gigantic food menu is secretly excellent and ideal for sharing with large groups of friends who will probably get up and leave unannounced at some point. Make sure the kimchi pancake, honey butter chicken, and spicy rice cakes all hit the table.

When we close our eyes at night, we dream of the day we can return to Ddong Ggo’s iconic patio, filled with soju bottles and chain-smoking college kids. Until that happens, we’ll happily do takeout and delivery. The large menu is full of excellent Korean bar food, but we tend to go for the kimchi seafood pancake and honey fried chicken.

Thanks to Bravo! reality shows, all your New York friends think you only party at tacky Beverly Hills rooftop bars. Take them to Ddong Ggo to show them another side of LA nightlife. Hidden along Western Ave. in Koreatown, this jam-packed indoor/outdoor beer garden is one of the rowdiest places to drink in the neighborhood, and a non-stop party until the lights come up. Expect cheap beer, excellent bar food (get the kimchi pancake), and large groups of friends chain-smoking on the patio like it’s a competition.

Ddong Ggo might be the smokiest patio in Los Angeles, but that’s also why it’s one of the best. This huge Korean spot serves bar food like kimchi seafood pancakes and honey fried chicken to fired-up crowds in its outdoor dining room. You’ll see those dishes on every table, along with multiple towers of Hite beer and several overflowing ashtrays. You might not spend the whole night here, but it’s a great place to kick off a rowdy, booze-fueled adventure.

Ddong Ggo is a rowdy indoor/outdoor beer garden in Koreatown. Walk into the massive outdoor area any time after 10pm on the weekends, and you’ll find huge groups of friends eating kimchi pancakes, smoking like it’s the 90s, and drinking beer and sake until the wee hours of the morning. Inside, you’ll find an even louder room with tons of TVs and a private karaoke room. The Koreatown drinking scene is vast and a bit overwhelming, but Ddong Ggo is an excellent jumping off point.

Koreatown has the best nightlife in all of Los Angeles, and if you’re looking for an ideal jumping-off point in the neighborhood, head to Ddong Ggo. The giant beer garden on Western Ave. is hidden behind a row of commercial buildings, making the whole thing feel like a bit of a secret. But once you stumble onto the patio chock full of chain-smokers and beer towers, with Korean pop videos blasting on the TVs, you’ll realize you’re in the middle of one of the biggest and best parties in town. Stock your table with a couple of kimchi pancakes and all the soju bottles that’ll fit, and your night is set.

Just because you’re “going out” doesn’t mean that you need to stand on a table at a karaoke bar, or get square-dancing lessons from a Cher impersonator. For a chill night out that’s still more fun than sitting at home drinking LaCroix, head to Koreatown’s Ddong Ggo. It’s a tented-in beer garden where you’ll find people eating kimchi pancakes and chain-smoking while they watch the Lakers game. It’s a bit like if you took a house party and moved it to a parking lot on Western Ave., and that’s why it’s so fun.

Specialities: Honey Fried Chicken

The name of this loud, mostly-outdoor bar/restaurant roughly translates to “butthole,” so you can probably guess that this place is entirely frills-free. On weekend nights, it’s packed with people drinking towers of Hite and eating Korean bar favorites. It’s a great place for a group dinner before a night out, since the kimchi seafood pancakes and honey fried chicken are perfect before a long night of drinking. The patio is definitely smokey (you’re allowed to smoke, and everyone does it), so if you’re cool with that, this is the ideal place to start a night.

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