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Raise a glass (or eight) to Drinking Solo’s drink enthusiasts

Well, the conceit is straightforward and simple: Drinking Solo is about a bunch of people who drink alone, and based on the teaser videos, that’s the way they like it. With the PD of Let’s Eat at the helm, I expect similarly lighthearted and heart-warming tales of bonding through the characters’ love of drink, with themes of finding an adopted family in your lonely neighbors.

This time, the setting is in the district of Noryangjin in Seoul, filled with academies, teachers, and students studying for civil servant examinations. It’s an area with lots of gosiwons, or the dormitory-style housing often occupied by students living in cramped quarters for relatively low rents, and I can easily see how this setting would be conducive to a theme of finding both solace and a community through drinking.

Ha Suk-jin will be pulling triple-duty with this drama, which still defies my understanding: He’s currently appearing in the tvN reality-drama series After the Show Ends, while also filming the upcoming remake drama 1% of Anything, and now Drinking Solo is set to premiere in a month. He’s either cloned himself or doesn’t sleep, and I’m going with cloning because he looks gorgeous and bright-eyed in After the Show Ends, with nary a dark circle in sight. (Then again, that was the first to shoot, so maybe by the end of the last show he’ll be delirious with exhaustion and rocking the panda eyes.)

In any case, he’s playing Jin Jung-seok, a star lecturer in Noryangjin who enjoys a “luxurious solo drinking” style, as evidenced by his crystal highball glass and expensive-looking liquor. That’s in contrast to Park Ha-sun (Temptation), who’s a rookie lecturer named Park Hana who’s described as “Noryangjin’s Jang Geu-rae” (aka our wide-eyed Misaeng rookie) with a cheerful, positive personality. Her drink of choice is beer, and her character proclaims, “Cheers to tomorrow’s star lecturer Park Hana!”

The character posters employ some wordplay that I’m not sure translates well into English, but let’s give it a go anyway: Hwang Woo-seul-hye (Feel-Good Day), drinking red wine, is a sexy instructor whose appearance makes her a favorite among her students, and her poster reads, “Now, rather than sexy, I’ll be a saek-shi [wife]!” Gong Myung (Entertainer), on the other hand, is a rookie to the scene and is preparing to take the civil service exam. His poster puns, “He only knows one [hana] but not two, Teacher Hana’s lover boy.”

Then there’s soju-drinking Min Jin-woong (The Priests), playing an instructor who uses vocal impressions to gain popularity; his poster asks, “What’s so important about the lecture content?” Kim Won-hae (Signal) holds a cup of ginseng liquor and, as the guy addicted to work drinking parties, asks, “Gotta have a drink today, don’t we?”

SHINee’s Key, meanwhile, holds up a colorful cocktail in a martini glass and looks unconcerned with his continuing status as student, now in his third year of preparing for the exam. He comes from a rich background, and his poster reads, “The civil service exam is a marathon. I won’t lose energy from the start!” That’s a sharp contrast to Kim Dong-young (A Hard Day), who sips soju with a straw as a student from a poor background who lives a meager existence.

The super-short teasers all feature the same tagline: “Today, I drink alone again.” Not for long, I bet. I’m not sure if drinking lends itself to as much glorious slow-motion food porn as eating did in the Let’s Eat series, but I do expect this show to pull out all the stops making the beverages look as mouth-watering as possible. (Drink responsibly, everyone!) I’m getting thirsty just thinking about it.

Drinking Solo will be a Monday-Tuesday drama on tvN that follows the currently airing horror-comedy-romance Bring It On, Ghost. It premieres on September 5.

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haha this one looks like it'd be a fun drama. I'm excited for this but at the same time don't want Let's Fight Ghost to end.

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Yey so excited!

Looking forward to watching Key—whose drink is actually of the same color as of SHINee's fan club!

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Omo, it totally is. I wonder if the shoutout was on purpose.

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Funny that the Let's Eat PDs have their dramas air back to back. And yes, I'll go with cloning as well coz how do you manage to be the lead in 2 full hour non pre-produced dramas at the same time? YSH's Imaginary Cat last year was at least only a short drama with one 30min.episode/week. There must be some sorcery going on. :-D

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Korea must love drink very much lol. Well, lets see how it's going.

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This sounds interesting! And since I can't drink alcohol (triggers my migraines so I get hung over before I feel happy/"high"- yes pathetic right, I know), I can watch and live vivaciously through them. Let's see what I've been missing!

I've been slightly fascinated at the Korean obsession with alcohol, more so after that scene in Doctors where puppy number 2 Kang Soo got so drunk he "stopped breathing" and had to be intubated- And no one bat an eyelid. ?

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What kind of magical powers do they possess to drink so much every night and stay skinny?

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The food looks gorgeous. But all I can visualise is liver cirrhosis patients when I think about alcohol. And am totally turned off by the soju bottles littering a Kdrama scene during a yet another drinking session. The KoreN alcohol consumption is too scarey.

So giving this a miss.

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I agree. The anju in their posters looked way more appealing to me than the alcohol. (This must be how I can end up with an empty fridge overnight, but the left-over liquor can last for YEARS!).

Well, except for the last guy who's planning to pair his soju with paper. How tragic :(

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The lead actress looks like a combination of Han Hyo-joo and Seo Hyun-Jin!!!

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omg TY that's exactly waht she looks like. cuz i was like SHE LOOKS SO FAMILIAR BUT I AM P SURE I HAVE NEVER SEEN HER IN ANYTHING?? she's a perfect mix of the two lol.

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This premise actually reminds me a bit of Kazoku no Katachi, and this makes me even more excited to watch this drama. I hope it turns to be a good one!

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No. No. It's bad enough that regular Kdrama characters consume ridiculous amounts of alcohol to qualify them for the AA. Good thing Ha suk-jin is in a dozen dramas tho!

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Ha suk-jin

After the Show Ends has finished its filming in june.

1% of the anything has finished its filming last month.

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Where you get the information that "1% of the anything has finished its filming last month"?

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offical homepage of 1% of anything.
HSJ's fanclub homepape

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Wasn't sure about this one. I have yet to see the Let's Eat series. I know I don't have to see them first but I would like to try.

But with Key and Gong Myung, I have to. Good thing I have a month to watch LE.

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I definitely recommend the Let's Eat series. Light, funny, and food porn.

I really like the casting. Ha Suk Jin is actually already known for being a alcohol lover, especially beer. On Live Alone, his house was shown beer cans all over the place. He even has a framed picture about beer on his wall. I have my doubts on how interesting a show about a drinking though. Maybe the show will focus on delicious anju at times.

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I feel so concerned for him now XD. I dont drink, none of my relatives drink. so KR drinking culture is an alien world to me. still i might watch this cuz it looks cute n light.

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The LE series is worth a watch.

LE2 has the better romance/bickering btwn the leads, but the LE1 had the better supporting cast/characters.

Shim Hyung-tak and Lee Do-yeon are hilarious and Yoon So-hee is adorable.

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Then the next will be a drama about smoking cigars.

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I want one that is purely about dessert. then again I might not survive such a show...

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Think of all the pretty pastries! *heart eyes*

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Ha! The soju with the "bendy" straw!

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"Drinking Solo" is what we're going to do when W is preempted by the Zikalympics.

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Good news pal, so far all info points to the schedule staying the same. So unless MBC changes their minds last minute (alas that is possible) we should get both ep 7 and 8 of W this week! WAHOO.

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Is that so? That would be awesome!

I sort of lost hope after seeing DB schedule for this week mentioning this: W–Two Worlds 7 (MBC)

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This is a very large cast to keep track of XD I hope they ultimately choose to focus on just 3-4 like in the LE series. with others more as fun supporting characters.

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Maybe they have to get lots of main characters to spread out the drinking a little bit...

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I'm the only think Ha Seok Jin so sexy in his teaser?
I don't think Key so handsome. Why people keep talk about that?
I love Let's Eat, but don't like Let's Fight Ghost, hope Drinking Solo will better.

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