The Best Places For Chicken And Beer (ChiMaek) In Seoul

There are times when a day just calls for an all-fun, no-fuss binge eating. After a long day of shopping and touring around Seoul, don’t we all just want something easy yet filling to eat? If you want to try something new and go past the usual Korean barbecue, chimaek’s got you.

Chimaek, a combination of the words “chicken” and “maekju” or beer in Korean, is one of the food trends you should try in Korea. This iconic duo is popularized by Korean dramas which have chimaek scenes in their episodes.

Chimaek joints have sprouted all over Seoul, making it a go-to place for comfort food cravings. Luckily for you, there’s no need to check each stall as we’ve listed down some of the best chicken joints in the city whether you love it baked, roasted, or fried, or if you like craft beers or just regular booze to pair it with. Chimaek cheers!



BHC Chicken

via BHC’s Facebook

A favorite among Korean mukbang vloggers, BHC chicken is a must-try chicken joint with over 1,000 stores in Korea. It got its popularity from Korean actress Jun Ji Hyun and it has come a long way since. BHC serves crunchy fried chicken made with unique flavors you’ll never find elsewhere, such as the Chicken fondant in shrimp and garlic flakes. If you like your chicken boneless, try the Curry Queen Boneless seasoned with Indian curry powder and roasted garlic. 

Address: 21 Myeongdong 7-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea




Oppa Dak

via Oppa Dak’s website

Health-conscious foodies will be delighted to know that there’s a restaurant that takes customers’ health into consideration with the food they serve. Award-winning restaurant Oppa Dak takes their chicken dishes quite seriously, as they serve only oven-baked chicken that’s crispy on the outside and chewy inside, without using oil. 

Must-tries on their menu include Hyangra chicken, a baked chicken made with savory spices topped with crispy garlic flakes and dried red peppers. If you want the best of both worlds, try their Half and Half Seasoned Chicken, that’s half-baked and half-roasted served with a side of greens.

Address: 6, Hakdong-ro 11-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea





via Goobne’s Facebook

If you’re not a fan of fried chicken, don’t worry because you can still experience chimaek in the form of Goobne. The restaurant serves oven-roasted chicken that’s crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. They also take pride in serving their chicken H.O.T.– healthy, original, and trendy. 

Want your chicken spicy? Check out their Crispy Chili Chicken. For sides, they have potato wedges, glutinous cheese balls, and shrimp rings. 

Address: 224-11, Sadang-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul South Korea




Han Chu

via Visit Seoul

When you enter Han Chu, you’ll know they’re serious about their chicken business. It’s not your usual fancy chicken restaurant with the Instagrammable decorations, as it feels more like your old-school eatery that you go to after a long day at work or when hanging out with friends. Open for more than two decades now, Han Chu is a local favorite that serves double-fried chicken. Their menu is pretty straightforward too! Order their original version if it’s your first time here. Aside from chicken, they also serve free radish on the side. They also have a deep-fried squid, vegetables, and chili pepper to add flavors to every bite. Of course, get yourself booze– choose from makgeolli (rice wine), plum wine, raspberry wine, or flavored traditional wines among others.

Address: 68 Nonhyeon-ro 175-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea



Two Two Chicken

via 22 Chicken’s website

Two Two Chicken or more commonly known as Dul Dul Chicken is one of the most popular chicken chains in Korea. Though they don’t have many flavors to choose from compared to other chicken joints, you’ll love their generous serving. Their chicken platters are good for sharing too. If you want to be experimental, try their boneless seasoned chicken oozing with sweet and spicy sauce, or their boneless soy skin flavored with soy sauce. Don’t forget to pair your chicken with draft beer!

Address: 7, Sincheon-dong, Songpa-gu #202, Jangmi B Sangga, Seoul South Korea





via Pelicana’s website

This premium chicken brand that opened in 1982 is another crowd favorite. They have a variety of chicken flavors on their menu, from original, spicy, seasoned, garlic, soy sauce, or hot chili. They have boneless chicken and wings too. Try their best-selling seasoned chicken made with over 20 different spices to taste a feast of flavors in your mouth. Pelicana Chicken has gone global too, with branches in the United States, Malaysia, and China. 

Address: 7, Sincheon-dong, Songpa-gu #202, Jangmi B Sangga, Seoul South Korea




Oksang Dalbit

via Korea Tourism Organization

If you’re staying around Hongdae, there’s no need to look further than Oksang Dalbit for your chicken cravings. It’s always among the top chimaek restaurants in Seoul because of its homestyle chicken that’s very flavorful and juicy. But the highlight of the menu is their chicken that’s literally in flames! It’s actually a garlic and pepper fried chicken sprinkled with vodka and set on fire for a few seconds. What people love in Oksang Dalbit, aside from their chicken, is the place. It’s hip and friendly, perfect for casual night-outs with friends over chicken and beer. 


Enjoy a night of chimaek whether you want to devour a plateful of chicken all by yourself, or share it with friends! See more of what Seoul’s got to offer by browsing different restaurants, attractions, and workshops to enjoy via KKDay!



Featured image via Pelicana’s website