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Seoul's self-service beer bars have disruptive tech on tap

Tap Public hopes to conquer Asia's drinking scene with wristband billing

Tap Public in Seoul offers 60 beers that customers can pour themselves.

SEOUL -- An upstart bar chain in South Korea's capital is attracting crowds of after-work drinkers with a splash of variety, a twist of technology and a chance to be their own bartenders.

At Tap Public, patrons can choose from 60 kinds of beer, procured from small domestic breweries as well as Europe, the U.S., Southeast Asia and elsewhere. The customers are handed wristbands with embedded chips that automatically record the brand and amount they dispense from taps that line the walls.

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