I went to a PinStory gathering on a Friday night at the Dugout in Sangsu Station area. The Dugout follows a baseball motif. Along with its name, the entire place has baseball memorabilia on its walls, and the five televisions around the place had different baseball games on. I’m not a baseball fan, but I actually liked the baseball theme! The decorations are very tasteful, and I had fun looking at all the decorations.
The layout of the place is a bit odd, what with a large part of the place being at an angle. The rooftop on the third floor is very nice, though. Unfortunately, it was too chilly for us to stay up there. Instead, we stayed on the second floor. The angle of the room did make for it to feel a bit cramped. Other than that, I found myself enjoying my time there, and the place did have a decent ambience with a pretty good music selection.
The menu sort of follows a baseball theme, where they sell a bunch of different “fancy” hot dogs. There are also pizzas, deep fried food, and side dishes consisting some bizarre Korean selections like soup tteokbokki. As for their drinks, they sell coffee, ade, beer, soju, and liquor. One thing I didn’t like was that the menu they gave us listed the older prices of their items, while the menu at the counter had the updated pricing.
I decided to try their spicy chicken pizza and orange ade. I ended up really liking the ade because it was deliciously tart, and it didn’t taste like most orange ades I’ve had before. If I ever return to this place, I’d definitely get their ade again! In fact, now I’m curious how their green apple ade would taste . . . .
The pizza, on the other hand, was truly one of the strangest pizzas I’d eaten. It was spicy, but not too spicy to the point where I couldn’t tolerate it. The crust had a medium thickness, but it was quite doughy for me. As for the topping? They put a salad in the middle of the pizza — a salad made up of lettuce, baby bean sprout, cherry tomato, almond, and balsamic glaze dressing. They also paired the spicy chicken up with jalapenos and pineapple. All in all, it was a pizza potpourri of randomness. I have to say it was an interesting experience, but I’m not certain it’s one I want to repeat!
The service provided by the workers was decent. They gave us what we needed for the most part, except they didn’t give someone their water, so we had to ask them again for it. But otherwise, there were no issues, and they were polite and courteous.
I’d recommend the Dugout to those who are really into baseball and who are willing to try pizzas that are different from the usual traditional pizzas. I didn’t try their hot dogs, but several of my friends said it tasted good, even if it may not be very traditional. At least its location is very convenient. Plus, during the warmer weather, the rooftop would be a great place to hang out and have a drink or two.
2F, 222-1, 92-15, Dongmak-Ro, Mapo-Gu, Seoul, Korea
서울특별시 마포구 독막로 92-15
Go out from exit three at Sangsu Station. When you come out of that exit, backtrack around to your right, and go down the street. The Dugout is right up the first alley on your left, and it’s on the second floor.
4,000 ~ 20,000+ won budget per person