The Thirsty KoreanKorean
The name is a reference to the fact that South Koreans are statistically one of the biggest consumers of spirits in the world – ahead of Russia, the US and even us reprobates in the UK. The Thirsty Korean brings this distinct drinking culture to Chorlton – but it’s a lot less boozy than you might imagine from those stats.
There are two reasons for that: soju and anju. Soju is the rice-based Korean spirit that bumps up those ‘biggest drinkers’ figures. Only thing is, it’s more like sherry than vodka in terms of alcohol volume at around 17% abv so you won’t be throwing shapes to K-pop after a couple of sips.
The Thirsty Korean serves bottles of soju for around the £12 mark, making it some of the cheapest in Manchester. It also does an excellent line in Korean beers such as Cass, and has seven ales on tap.
Anju roughly translates as drinking food. The Thirsty Korean does all the favourites including chimaek (spicy Korean-style fried chicken) and kimchi jeon (kimchi pancake). If you match your soju with a steady supply of anju, you’ll find your night out lasts a lot longer.
The Thirsty Korean is largely a one-woman-operation. Eun Ji launched it as owner, chef, and front of house – this bar is truly a labour of love. She’s keen to make it as authentic as possible so ingredients, soju, and beers are imported directly from South Korea whenever circumstances allow.
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