WHY HERE: If you’re looking to fall down a tippling rabbit hole in South Korea, look no further than Alice, where quasi-British touches meet Seoul’s fashionable sensibilities. After something of a labyrinthine hunt for the entrance—it’s through a flower shop—the bar reveals itself as a lounge-like place where peculiar reigns in the best possible way. If a poof of smoke with your cocktail is your thing, rest assured there’s plenty of liquid nitrogen involved in drink construction, and theme-specific presentation is paramount. One cocktail is even served up in a copper Mad Hatter’s hat.
WHY NOW: Seoul’s bar scene remains an up-and-comer in Asia compared to cities like Tokyo and Hong Kong, but Alice gives the impression that the cocktail community here is more than ready to come into its own. Plus, the bar commits to its storybook theme in a way that’s both adult-friendly and beyond impressive.