Charles H

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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 Jr, author of essential cocktail book, The Gentleman's Companion. Helmed by the ever-dapper Keith Motsi, the bar improves year on year under his talented bar-stewardship and this year marks the highest position it has ever achieved at No.13, picking up The Best Bar in Korea, sponsored by Tia Maria, in the process. Taking a cue from the Victorian 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 7m tapestry modelled after braided hairstyles from Korea’s Imperial family. The current menu draws on Baker Jr’s experiences all over the globe, though pays special attention to drinks from Rome, Miami and London, with five libations each from these cocktail cultural capitals.