By Deirdre Madden
For those unfamiliar with the discography of the Rolling Stones, the name “Sticky Fingers” might sound like a bawdy house, but one glimpse at the trademark tongue logo, and you’ll know you’re in a rock’n’roll bar. And if that doesn’t tip you off, there’s a stage set with a drum kit and guitars, ready for a show at a moment’s notice, in the back corner.
Sticky Fingers is the creation of Cheong Sil Park, drummer for the former Karaoke Dokey band. Sil, as his friends know him, realized that there were very few venues for live music in Ulsan, and none at all in Samsandong, so he decided to open a bar for that very purpose.
The bar is open and airy, with large windows, which will open up onto the Samsan street scene in time for the warmer weather. The walls are decorated with album covers from great bands, and there’s both a foosball table and electronic darts for non-musical entertainment. Two big, comfy booths provide seating for bigger groups by the windows, or you can choose smaller tables or bar stools closer to the band.
While live music is definitely a focus for this pub, it’s not the only reason to go there. Besides Cass, there’s also Red Rock and Paulaner on tap, and the kitchen serves up a tasty homemade burger with a side of fries for 9,000 won. There’s even a veggie burger on offer – also homemade.
Every other Sunday, Sticky Fingers hosts a movie day, starting at 4pm (the other weeks Sil takes a much-deserved day off). There’s also a Pub Quiz night on Mondays, with the 1,000 won cover going to charity, and an open mic night every Wednesday.
Sticky Fingers is open 7 days a week (except every other Sunday). Weekdays 6pm-3am, Weekends 6pm-4am.
And the best part is? No K-Pop allowed! It’s a strictly Gangnam-Style-free zone!
Sticky Fingers is on the second floor, next door to Gorilla Bar and near the Holiday Nightclub (Holiday Night for taxis).