On May 25th the Conrad Hotel in Seoul opened its anticipated outdoor bar/restaurant called VVertigo (yes, with two V’s, if you follow the SNS adverts). If you all have read my Lux Staycation entries then you know that I adore this hotel. So for my friend Star’s birthday, we decided to take a trip to VVertigo and see if this newcomer lived up to the hype.
VVertigo is located on the ninth floor, its entrance halfway hidden by the spa’s reception desk. We arrived around 5:30 which, combined with the threat of rain, was the perfect time to get there, so it was relatively easy to get a table together for seven people.
VVertigo, like the hotel itself, is very spacious and clean (in the decorative sense).
There’s no gaudiness here: only simple wooden tables, nice canopied sofas (you know, for the it people), and plenty of greenery. It’s a nice oasis in the business-driven Yeouido district.
When we arrived there was a happy hour going on, but I wasn’t feeling the options that were available (local beers for 8,000 won…super dry wines
which are not my favorite for 11,000 won) so I just went for one of the regular priced cocktails. I got their Olmeca Tiempo, which arrived in a visually interesting and weird angled glass. I liked the taste of it, but I admit that I liked Star’s Golden Age better with its honey ginger and vodka.
The service was a little cold compared to what I usually encounter at the Conrad, but I just chalked that up to the newness of the place. But — and maybe this is just because the Four Seasons has come correct in every way — VVertigo only has a one-up on the Four Seasons’s bars on the outdoor front…but not with everything else. Considering my soft spot for the Conrad, I hope I get the chance to go back and get proven wrong. Still, we had a pretty good time there!