OK, here’s a VolumeOne.org exclusive we’ve been holding onto for a few weeks. Our pal Joel is living in Korea right now, and he came across a bar with an out-of-the-ordinary theme: friggin’ Hitler. At first, he thought “Hitler” might mean something else in Korean, and this was merely an unfortunate/whacky cross-cultural misnomer. But then he went inside...
This just got, like, 200 times better. “Hitler” means Hitler, as in Adolf. I went in there, and (since it was Monday night) it was empty. The bartenders (as expected) didn't speak any English, so I couldn't get any sort of reason or anything as to why on god’s green earth this bar exists. Koreans aren't Anti-Semitic or pro-Third Reich that I know of, but this makes me wonder.
The whole place is black, completely black, and chrome. There is a replica of a war plane on the ceiling. It is a small, normal bar with beer and whiskey. Good-looking bartenders. The official name is 1939 Hitler Bar.
I. Could. Not. Believe what I was looking at... pictures of deiner Fuhrer and swastikas Lots of swastikas. I wish I would've taken a ton more pictures of the place, but here are a few that give you a good idea (here, here, and here). Note the swastika table with black leather chairs. In the background, comfortable Korean pop music played. Also, I paid goddamn 5000 won (5 bucks) for a Heineken (but got peanuts).
Thanks for the investigative reporting/drinking, Joel! Does anyone have any idea why Korea might have a Hitler bar?
Posted by Mike