K-Drama Review : Mystic Pop-Up Bar

Smriti Lakra, Guna, Madhya Pradesh

Being a huge fan of actress Hwang Jung-eum, Mystic Pop-up bar was on my must-watch list and it didn’t disappoint me. The immersive storyline is worth watching. This series based on a popular Webtoon gives Hotel Del Luna’s vibes, but it stands out uniquely with its touching subplot and a mysterious storyline. Each episode holds a relatable issue and teaches a life-changing lesson. Mystic Pop-up Bar (쌍갑포차) is a South Korean fantasy series premiered by JTBC from 20th May to 25th June 2020 and is also available on Netflix. It has 12 episodes each of 70 minutes.

Picture Credits: Wikipedia

Cast

The main cast includes Hwang Jung-eum popularly known for her romantic comedy roles and her characters in High Kick Through the Roof (2009) & Kill me Heal me (2015); BTOB member Yook Sung-jae known for his notable acting in Who Are You: School 2015 and Choi Won-young is known for his acting in While You Were Sleeping (2011). The supporting cast includes Lee Jun-hyeok from Love in the Moonlight (2016) and Jung Da-eun from The Witch: Part 1The Subversion (2018). This drama marks the last project of BTOB member Yook Sung-jae before he enlists in the military. It is also Hwang Jung-eum’s first drama since 2018’s The Undateables. Yook Sung-jae also sang an Ost Love Resembles Memories for this series.

Plot

As the story is adapted from a popular Webtoon, Twin Tops Bar by Bae Hye-soo, the plot revolves around a mysterious outdoor bar opened only at night called the Ssanggab Cart Bar that is capable of travelling to the dream world. The pop-up bar is visited by both living and dead beings. The hot-headed bar owner Wol-joo, who can travel different worlds, is tasked to help 100,000 troubled souls by entering their dreams and healing them. The manager Gwi of the pop-up bar cares a lot about Wol-joo. He helps her in running the bar and accomplishing her tasks. They have an innocent part-time employee named Han Kang-bae who has an ability to make people pour out their heart with a simple touch, that is why he avoids situations like taking subways.

Picture Credits: Daum Webtoon

Why You Should Watch?

It was amusing to watch the growth of Han Kang-bae throughout the drama. Although his extraordinary ability makes him suffer a lot, his innocence adds bundles of undeniable humour to the story and not to forget the struggles of his lovelady. The amazing chemistry between the main leads and their funny fights are lovable in every aspect, including the OSTs of the drama. The past story of each character is intriguing. The mysterious part of the story connecting all characters is worth waiting for. The drama is light-hearted but also addresses societal issues like depression and loneliness. You can watch the trailer here:

Video Credits: The Swoon

I would highly recommend this drama, especially if you hold a keen interest in fantasy series. The outstanding visual effects (VFX) are truly remarkable. The drama is a perfect blend of excellent plot, amazing cast and charismatic chemistry between the characters under the genre of romantic comedy.

Have you seen this drama yet? What are your thoughts? Tell us in the comments.

96 Comments Add yours

  1. I really loved this kdrama🤩 I wish they could increase the episodes🥺❤️ anyways it’s worth watching!

    1. Smriti. L says:

      Thanks for reading♥ I also felt the same ^-^

      1. Hrishita says:

        Nice article!:)💫

      2. Smriti. L says:

        Thank you for reading💫

    2. Sakshi says:

      Amazing review. Will watch this drama for sure great work👌

      1. Smriti. L says:

        Thank you for reading ❤️

  2. anishanath says:

    I have heard one of the OST from this drama and after reading this article I think this drama will not disappoint me. So this drama is now in my dramalist.

    1. Smriti. L says:

      You should definitely watch 。◕‿◕。

      1. Shubham says:

        Great work,keep it up✌️best wishes for your hardwork.

      2. Smriti. L says:

        Thank you 🙂

      3. Muskan says:

        The article is well written and captures the main things about the drama 🤩 would recommend everyone to watch this drama. It’s such a good drama. The only problem with this drama is that it makes you leave all your work and binge watch this 😂😂 this is exactly what I did.

      4. Smriti. L says:

        I can feel you🤝

    2. rupalikujur says:

      I was in a huge dilemma whether to watch this or not. After going through this article, I think I should
      definitely give it a go ^^~~

      1. Smriti. L says:

        Yes, go for it ^_^

    3. Spandan says:

      Great work! Keep it up girl❤️

      1. Smriti. L says:

        Thank you 💕

  3. This review about the drama is as amazing as the drama is🌸 Great article..

    1. Smriti. L says:

      Thank you for reading 💞

    2. Even the name is fascinating, mystic pop – up bar , 💜

      1. Smriti. L says:

        Yes, it is 💟

  4. This drama is very good mixture of culture, Humanity, comedy, the unknown after life and how it can be. It really runs with imagination. The acting is phenomenal, each play their roles so convincingly! Really liked everything about it!

    1. Smriti. L says:

      Totally agree with you ♡

  5. Sanskriti Saxena says:

    I would really recommend this drama

    1. Smriti. L says:

      Same🤝

  6. tahooracharfare says:

    I have been a fan of Hwang Jung-eum since her role in both Kill me heal and She was pretty. I watched the drama and I can say that I can relate to the views expressed in the article.

    1. Smriti. L says:

      Yee, no one can resist Hwang Jung-eum
      Thank you for reading ❣️

  7. shwets007 says:

    Okay but Hwang Jung-eum and Yook Sung-jae both are so good when it comes to being funny. I’m sure this drama will make people laugh so much!

    1. Smriti. L says:

      You will get to learn lots of life changing lesson with fun!

  8. Anshita says:

    Great work 👍👍👍💜

    1. Smriti. L says:

      Thank you for reading 💜

  9. Anushka Gupta says:

    Added in to watch list

    1. Smriti. L says:

      Great 👍

  10. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for writing this review.❤

    1. Smriti. L says:

      Thank you for reading ❤️

  11. Such an amazing review great work loved it!!! ❤

    1. Smriti. L says:

      Thank you for reading ❤️

  12. Nandni says:

    This article makes me watch this drama 🥰

    1. Smriti. L says:

      You should definitely watch^_^

  13. I have seen this k-drama and it was damn interesting!!💟

    1. Smriti. L says:

      Yes!!💜

  14. Radha kushwaha says:

    Article expresses the Essence of drama very well ♥️

    1. Smriti. L says:

      Thank you for reading ❤️

  15. Anonymous says:

    Interesting one

    1. Smriti. L says:

      Thank you for reading 💕

  16. Surbhi says:

    Wow beautifully written..I really like it ❤️❤️

    1. Smriti. L says:

      Thank you for reading ❤️

  17. Yashaswi says:

    Amazing😍🤩 ❤❤

    1. Smriti. L says:

      Thank you for reading ❤️

  18. Khushi says:

    Mesmerizing🤩😍😊

    1. Smriti. L says:

      Thank you for reading 💕

  19. Alka singh says:

    After reading this article i think of watching this drama . Thanks for giving such a great info.

    1. Smriti. L says:

      You should definitely watch ^_^

  20. Smriti. L says:

    Thank you for reading ^_^

  21. hallyufan135 says:

    I was thinking of watching this drama
    I didn’t have any idea that it’ll be that much good. As it’s a fantasy drama then I’ll watch for sure. Good job. 💜

    1. Smriti. L says:

      Thank you for reading 💕

  22. Anonymous says:

    That’s helpful 😉❤️😳

    1. Smriti. L says:

      Thank you for reading ☺️

  23. Sneha says:

    Well written!

    1. Smriti. L says:

      Thank you for reading!

  24. ayushiiee says:

    Nice article, Keep going ❤️

    1. Smriti. L says:

      Thank you for reading 💕

  25. Akhila Padi says:

    great review !!! really enjoyed watching .

    1. Smriti. L says:

      Thank you for reading ❤️

  26. Pallavi says:

    I love this drama ..the storyline is emotional,funny and keeps you going. Every new story is connecting..and shows that how a single act can make a huge impact on someone ‘s life .

    Should really watch this one!

    1. Smriti. L says:

      Yeah, the subplots were amazing ❤️

  27. Loved the article! This drama has such a unique concept! Loved watching it!😍♥️♥️

    1. Smriti. L says:

      Thanks for reading ❤️

  28. mehaksharma2803 says:

    Started this drama because of sungjae.
    So glad that I gave it a shot.💯

    1. Smriti. L says:

      Sungjae’s character was very funny in the drama 🤣

  29. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for writing review on this drama 💙
    I really loved everything about this drama ❤️
    I wanna see more of Yook Sungjae’s drama’s once he comes back from military 🤩

    1. Smriti. L says:

      Yes! I am missing him a lot too💙

  30. Ritambara patwa says:

    Nice article ❤️❤️

    1. Smriti. L says:

      Thank you for reading ❤️

  31. Angel says:

    Very well written and very well explained… 😍😍😍

    1. Smriti. L says:

      Thank you for reading ❤️

  32. Jasmine says:

    I have already seen this drama! And now have started reading the webtoon too.. it’s truly a unique K-drama in its approach with a touch of fantasy element. All the characters in this drama have their own tale to tell.. must watch ❤️

    1. Smriti. L says:

      Yeah!!❤️

  33. Anonymous says:

    Nice article. This review seem so interesting. I will definitely watch this k-drama show .

    1. Smriti. L says:

      Thank you for reading. You should surely go for this drama!

  34. khiroda06 says:

    Haven’t seen this drama but when I was listening OST Playlists in Spotify ig I heard an OST from this drama and it was so awesome 😭💙 plot ost everything is so fine seems like I need to watch this real soon 💙

  35. Smriti. L says:

    Thank you for reading 😊

  36. One of my fav drama of sungjae and jung eum!! amazing review about an amazing drama!! its a must watch!!

    1. Smriti. L says:

      Thank you for reading ❤️

  37. Anonymous says:

    Nice article ☺️👍

    1. Smriti. L says:

      Thank you for reading 💟

  38. ekta1927 says:

    Very well written article.

    1. Smriti. L says:

      Thank you for reading ❤️

  39. Bimla says:

    I have seen this drama 🙂 The review is nicely written 👍

    1. Smriti. L says:

      Thank you for reading ❣️

  40. Seema says:

    Enjoyed alot reading this article 👌🏻great work👏🏻👍🏻

    1. Smriti. L says:

      Thank you for reading ❤️

  41. T. Lakra says:

    Beautifully written review of an amazing Kdrama👍 keep the up!!

    1. Smriti. L says:

      Thank you so much 🥰

  42. ayushisinghrathore says:

    The review express my experience of watching this drama very well!

    1. Smriti. L says:

      Thank you for reading my review 😊

  43. Yashika says:

    It was really good .
    I liked it.
    Very good article.

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