Yesterday, after work, me and a few people went out to this bar over by where the other foreign teachers live. They called it the "cave bar", and that is a perfectly accurate description of the place. First off, we had to descend into the stairwell that housed its entrance, and from that point on everything was styled to look like the inside of a cave. The design was plastic and had a sheen to it but it created a really nice atmosphere. One of the guys brought along a Korean girl he'd met last weekend, Jane, and she was a total Godsend when it came to the menu.
Most menus in both South Korea and Japan have tons of pictures in them to entice the sutomer to buy things. Imagine if nearly every menu were as colorful as that of an I-Hop or Denny's. However, the bar scene is another story. Neither Japanese izakaya nor Korean pubs have pictures on their menus. This isn't a big problem, for the most part, but it does restrict a person from being able to try anything new.