In England it is a social faux paux to partake in the drinking of alcohol while sat outside a newsagents. People walk by and give these drinkers dirty looks and move to the other side of the pavement to walk by them. Here in Korea it is a social must. As the sun goes down college students and senior citizens alike convene outside convenience shops like moths to a flame.
Choosing the right plastic garden seating or slanted wooden bench is crucial. You do not want to be bombarded by flies from nearby rubbish or too near the road where a rush parking job may send your table flying. The next and most important step is choosing your poison. The options are fairly limited to beer, beer and soju (소주 Korean liquor not dissimilar to watered down vodka.) Once you have completed your reasonably priced purchase, sit back, watch the world go by and for goodness sake work on your bladder control. There probably isn’t a bathroom anywhere near.