A Korean Odyssey (Hwayugi)
A Korean Odyssey is a perfect match for fans of Mystic Pop-up Bar. It is a romantic supernatural tale that tells of a girl who can see ghosts due to the fact that she is a reincarnation of a super-powerful shaman named Sam-jang.
This drama’s primary feature is the slow build-up of a romance between a mischievous and powerful god, and the human woman he has been forced to protect from all the spirits and monsters around her. The only issue is that he also wants to kill her.
Hotel Del Luna
This drama is another perfect match. Picture Mystic Pop-up Bar, but instead of a bar, it’s a hotel. Hotel del Luna is about a hotel for ghosts to rest before they move on to the afterlife.
This hotel is run by a woman (played by a popular K-pop singer, IU) who cannot die and thus walks the line between humans and ghosts, to atone for killing a number of people. This woman, Man-wol, is just as stubborn and feisty as Wol-joo is, and though she deeply has a good heart, comes off as brash and rude and must let go of her own grudges to be able to move on.
While this drama doesn’t focus on the supernatural, like that of Mystic Pop-up Bar, it still holds a lot of similarities to the drama. This series is all about family, friendship, and romance. This series focuses on five different families that live on the same block. All the parents are friends with each other, and each of their kids are friends with each other.
While many K-Dramas focus solely on romantic relationships, this one covers that a little bit differently. Everything about this series feels completely organic and people help each other through hard times and laugh with each other over good times.
Oh My Ghost!
Oh My Ghost is about a young woman who appears to be pretty shy and quiet. She works at a restaurant and desperately wants to become a chef. Also, she can see ghosts.
After making it obvious that she sees the ghost of another young woman who is running out of time, the ghost possesses her body and tries to hit on the young chef’s boss, making way for some pretty complicated feelings amongst the now three parties involved in the romance.
While Itaewon Class also isn’t a supernatural K-Drama, it does highlight the pursuit of trying to run a successful restaurant. In Mystic Pop-up Bar, the characters often comment on how they aren’t getting any new customers and how they have to go outside to try and market the bar.
Itaewon Class is similar in this regard. After opening it up, the restaurant suffers from getting nearly no customers due to the bad marketing of the place. This series also focuses heavily on the employees of the restaurant and their lives.
Bring It On, Ghost
This drama is about a boy who can see ghosts and works as an exorcist, and a girl who doesn’t remember how she became a ghost becoming roommates.
The two ban together to fight vengeful spirits to help out those in need while attempting to uncover the mystery around why the girl has become a ghost, how she died, and who killed her. Let’s Fight Ghost is funny and romantic and has a lot of moments that are similar to that of Mystic Pop-up Bar.
It’s Okay To Not Be Okay
It’s Okay To Not Be Okay is another Netflix Original K-Drama with a really similar vibe. The leading actress isn’t the best when it comes to people and can be extremely feisty much like Wol-joo again.
This drama also features a romance that began in the two leading characters’ past and deals with one of the two in the main couple not knowing that the other is someone whom they once shared a deeper relationship or moment with much like in Mystic Pop-up Bar. There is also a supernatural element to this story that is slowly revealed.
The Bride Of Habaek
This supernatural K-Drama follows the story of the water god, Habaek, as he travels to Earth in order to complete a task that will name him king of the gods.
Habaek ends up finding the great ancestor of someone who had been punished to become a servant of the gods, and so he continuously makes her help him even though all she wants to do is to continue living her life. This drama has a lot to do with making up for past mistakes, in this case, a mistake the main character didn’t even make and whose ancestor was wrongfully accused.
Scarlet Heart Ryeo
Scarlet Heart Ryeo has a lot of the same themes as Wol-joo’s youthful life before she was punished. She was born as the daughter to a shaman and lived her life 500 years ago where she fell in love with the crown prince. Her life was made complicated because of this, much like the main character’s life in Scarlet Heart.
Hae Soo accidentally goes back in time due to an eclipse and ends up falling in love with the crown prince of the kingdom. Hae Soo goes through a number of trials and problems due to her romance and is ultimately punished. Both Wol-joo and Hae Soo have tragic stories.
Goblin: The Lonely And Great God
Goblin is probably the highest-rated K-Drama there is. This supernatural drama is a story about a man who is wrongfully punished, once again like Wol-joo, to become immortal so that he is forced to watch everyone he loves die around him time and time again.
He becomes what is considered a Goblin and spends his life helping people as best he can with his powers and being generally a kind man. Only one person can stop his immortal life, and that is the Goblin’s bride.