Drinking Solo

Drinking Solo (2016)

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The story depicts people drinking alcohol alone for different reasons and the romance between Jin Jeong Seok and Park Ha Na. They both work at a private institute for people preparing for their civil service examinations in Noryangjin, Seoul. He is an arrogant, but popular instructor and she is a rookie instructor who struggles to survive in the private institute world.

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    Honsoolnamnyeo; Honsul Couple; Drinking Alone; Let’s Drink;

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Oct 27, 2016
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 5.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
This is a really outstanding drama. Down to earth, very realistic, warm and comforting. Some of the biggest problems and taboos of contemporary Korean society are discussed in a sensitive manner but in a gentle way with a hint of humor. The balance between comedy and drama is good. The flow is good but some of the episodes feel stretched and I think that this drama would have been perfect if it read more had less episodes. Also, the last plot twist between Ha Na and Jin Suk was too forced and obvious, and didn't go too well with the otherwise innovative and original plot.

The characters are consistent. I like how they are classified into certain types with certain typical character traits. The acting is really superb but the only one who disappointed me was Jung Chae Yeon. I understand her character was special but her acting was way too stiff.

I know that I will miss the characters of this drama the most. The show was not turbulent or dramatic and I will miss that calm atmosphere a lot. It was still interesting enough to watch episode by episode and I didn't really feel bored while watching.
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Oct 27, 2016
  • Overall 7.5
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
Overall entertaining, and gave me great laughs.

I went in for the theme. The idea of having time for your own, to do things alone and enjoy that time fully. It is something that is important to me, and here they exploit it perfectly. The way prof Jin enjoyed his *drinking solo* felt like he was my kindred spirit.

I think the best thing about this drama is that screen presence was read more evened out among the cast. It isn't just the main love story and those that surrounds it. We have a setting, and we explore the different lives and experiences of those involved there. The setting is an institution that gives classes for people who want to pass the civil exam and be employed by the government. The drama tells us two different stories in that setting, that of the teachers there (pretty similar to typical romcoms) and that of the students and the things they do cause by the pressure.

I won't rehash what everyone is saying, but I agree the trio were hilarious. First time I watch Key in a drama, but really he was effortlessly the heart of it. My favourite was Kim Dong Yeong, I could relate to him the most. He felt the most realistic person there, naturally down to earth, and a total sweetheart. I gotta add I totally enjoyed all the scenes of the impersonator, he was pure fun. As for the other teacher, she wasn't bad, but too petty for an extended period of time. The director was hilarious as well. I actually wished for him to divorce since he seems so miserable with his current life.

For me it lost points on

-Inefficiency: Not only were the episodes long, but there were many dragged out scenes or events that are there to fill the time with no purpose of advancing the story. I think the drama would've benefitted being cut to 12 episodes

-The last 2 episodes: I do hate Noble Idiocy, but the was it was done here was the most nonsensical, to the point I didn't want the couple back together. And I actually was very forgiving of the lead, and maybe one of the few that found him cute while dating. Also the secondary couple were left out too last minutes. In the end they were cute, but it would've been better to explore the relationship better.

Despite my remarks on the pacing and the ending, I'd say it's still worth checking out for the laughs, as well as the heartfelt moments here.

p.s. I do wonder though is it normal for women to be this irresponsible when drinking outside this often?
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    tridentJin May 19, 2017

    This is one of those dramas where I went in with zero expectations and was rewarded with a 9/10. I had so much fun with all the characters. The 3 idiots cracked me up and their story was more interesting than the lead towards the end. The only irony is that I am against drinking and this show promotes it vehemently. Inspite of this, I am very glad that I saw this show. Definitely will watch the season 2.

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    Nancy May 11, 2017

    Second lead syndrome

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    XiaoYan May 9, 2017 - edited

    If I hear the word "quality" one more time, I might crack and go crazy.
    But the characters are hilarious, over-the-top weirdos. I like that.

    Also - one love confession sounds like Mr. Darcy (Pride & Prejudice). I about fell out of my chair.

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    claudya87 Apr 24, 2017

    I was close to drop it many times..

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    elizabeth Apr 20, 2017

    i dont think i have ever heard the word quality used so much in anything....i felt like using a high quality skillet to hit his head so he blacks out and stop saying QUALITY....

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    joannesmith Apr 6, 2017 - edited

    As of Ep 2: wow, the casting in this is AWFUL. the guy with the pock-marked complexion -- why??? And he needs a good eyebrow grooming. These 2 reasons alone are enough for his girlfriend to leave him. The lead actress, why is she wearing a skort in this show when her legs are so thin they look like chicken legs. The coworkers of hers...the girl that got her hired...she has a huge protruding forehead. If there was ever a reason for bangs, this would be it. I was recommended to watch this show but the first 2 eps are almost unbearably boring. Finally, what is up with the guy who loves sweatsuits - that haircut is frightening. Worst bowl cut i've ever seen. This show is so hard to watch, will give it one more ep b4 dropping.

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      Irusu 27 days ago

      It seems like you are just criticising the cast based on their appearances.

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    tora_pl Mar 24, 2017 - edited

    Where to watch with eng subs?

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    Tae Mar 2, 2017

    A really good show regardless of all the drinking. I mostly FF'd the drinking parts but the humour and the three friends were really great! It also had a few cute couples. The best and funniest characters were Ki Bum<3 and Teacher Min Jin Woong. So funny. I can't wait for season 2.

    Hope they keep the trio!

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    rationalbeings Feb 25, 2017

    My fav has to be the three friends. They were so cute everytime they were on screen together and really loved each other so much esp Key's character. I have never seen him act before but he definitely stole the show for me (and I'm not even a Shinee fan)! Also loved all the impersonations in every episode I looked forward to each episode for that. I preferred this to much more than the Let's Eat series.

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    sickofme Feb 16, 2017 - edited

    This drama is so amazing, I can't top watching this... Also Gong Myung is super cute, I'm suffering from second lead syndrome... AGAIN.

    Edit: I've just finished it and wow, that ending was little unexpected, but I like it tho

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    Parknara Jan 25, 2017 - edited

    is it a worth watch? i hesitated with this drama
    please give me a respon for you who completed this drama :)

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      cityhunter83 Feb 1, 2017

      the male lead is an inexplicably awful human being through out and will make you like everyone else a little less because they tolerate and/or like him. i liked the female lead at first, but the time it was over i had zero respect for her b/c she put up with his BS.

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      egg-mont Feb 1, 2017 - edited

      @cityhunter83 hahah, you are right :D. he is one of the biggest douchebags i have seen in a drama. but lets be honest here, most of us finished this drama for the Noryangjin gang

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      Parknara Feb 4, 2017

      Ok thankyou everyone ;)
      i will give it a try!

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      Tae Mar 2, 2017

      Yes, it's a great slice of life, comedy drama with some romance and crazy characters. :)

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    suu_ Jan 11, 2017 - edited

    What kind of dialect does Key use? It's hilarious xD

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    BaekInHa Dec 11, 2016
    Reveal Spoiler »
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    sadhana Nov 28, 2016 - edited

    Is the ending so much disappointing?should i start this drama or not?suggestions plz

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      underwater_bubble Dec 2, 2016

      It's good and really funny!!! Only episodes 14 and 15 are not as funny as the other ones. The ending is nice! ^^

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    rumtumcat Nov 27, 2016 - edited

    came here for Ha Suk Jin haha

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      netuno Jan 20, 2017

      eu também assisti a esse por causa do Ha Suk Jin, já que tinha terminado de ver 1% of something. =D


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    South Korea
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    Sep 5, 2016 to Oct 25, 2016
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    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 4 min.


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    7.9 (scored by 2,544 users)
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