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Charles H

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Four Seasons Hotel, 97 Saemunan-Ro, Jongno-Gu, Seoul, Korea

The outstanding Charles H, on the lower level of Seoul’s Four Seasons hotel, pays tribute to early 20th century writer and bon vivant Charles H Baker, author of essential cocktail book, The Gentleman's Companion. Taking a cue from the same era, Charles H weaves together the dark, subterranean feel of New York Prohibition-era speakeasies with a sense of luxury and glamour via etched brass tabletops and an expansive seven-meter tapestry modeled after braided hairstyles from Korea’s Imperial family. Here, the cocktail list is divided into sections dedicated to cities Baker visited throughout his travels, with libations inspired by place and time.

Charles H is The Best Bar in Korea 2019, sponsored by Cointreau.