Charles H. Bar [포시즌스호텔 찰스H]
Floor B1 [지하1층]
In episode 1 of Dali and Cocky Prince/Dal-ri and Gamja-tang (달리와 감자탕) (KBS2, 2021), Jin Moo-hak (Kim Min-jae) thinks back how his half-brother Jin Ki-cheol (Lee Je-yeon) convinced (actually more pressured) him to invest into Cheong-song Art Museum.
Hwang Min-seong (Kim Sung-cheol) and Vincenzo Cassano/Park Joo-hyung (Song Joong-ki) meet to have a drink at this bar in episode 8 of Vincenzo (빈센조) (tvN/Netflix, 2021), while being watched by Hong Cha-young (Jeon Yeo-bin) and Nam Joo-sung (Yoon Byung-hee). Vincenzo returns here in episode 14 to meet with Han Seung-hyuk (Jo Han-chul) and Jang Han-seo (Kwak Dong-yeon).
Joo Dan-tae (Uhm Ki-joon) meets Oh Yoon-hee (Eugene) here in episode 18 of Penthouse S1/The Penthouse: War in Life Season 1 (펜트하우스) (SBS, 2020-21) and they end up sharing a kiss.
Seo Hyun-joo (Hwang Jung-eum) comes here on a blind date in episode 4 of Men Are Men / To All The Guys That Loved Me / That Guy Is The Guy (그놈이 그놈이다) (KBS2, 2020), but ends up meeting Hwang Ji-woo (Yoon Hyun-min), who had been arranged to meet her instead. Park Do-gyeom (Seo Ji-hoon), who had arranged to ‘save’ Hyun-joo from her date, strides in with a flashy persona — only to do a double take when he finds out who that ‘date’ is.
Barister An Hyo-seok (Lee Jong-won) says his goodbyes to Kim Eun-joo (Choo Ja-hyun) at this bar in episode 12 of My Unfamiliar Family ([아는 건 별로 없지만] 가족입니다) (tvN, 2020). When he has left, she is joined by her husband Yoon Tae-hyeong (Kim Tae-hoon) who breaks down when hearing the news she has to tell.
In Dong-hyuk (Tae In-ho) comes here for drinks with the directors of Eunkang Medical Center in episode 25 (full episode 13) of Soul Mechanic/Fix You/Soul Repairer (영혼수선공) (KBS2, 2020), and Lee Shi-joon’s (Shin Ha-kyun) disciplinary hearing.
Han Jae-hyun (Yoo Ji-tae) has a drink here with his university friend Lee Dong-jin (Min Sung-wook) in episode 1 & 5 of When My Love Blooms/The Most Beautiful Moment in Life (화양연화 – 삶이 꽃이 되는 순간) (tvN, 2020).
Director Choi Hee-sang (Jang Young-nam) makes Yeo Ha-jin (Mun Ka-young) and Lee Jung-hoon (Kim Dong-wook) meet up at this bar in episode 2 of Find Me in Your Memory (그 남자의 기억법) (MBC, 2020) so that they can make up. When Ha-jin effectively wants to get closer to Jung-hoon, he just wants to cut off all contact with her as he tells her once outside the hotel.
While Song So-eun (Lee Yoo-young) comes here with her senior Hong Jung-soo (Heo Sung-tae) and is sexually harassed by him, Han Soo-ho (Yoon Si-yoon) meets up with Oh Dae-yang (Kim Myung-gon) doing shady business in episode 1 of Your Honor/Dear Judge (친애하는 판사님께) (SBS, 2018).
This is Lee Young-joon (Park Seo-joon) and Park Yoo-sik’s (Kang Ki-young) meeting place in Why Secretary Kim/What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim (김비서가 왜 그럴까) (tvN, 2018). They come here for a drink in episode 4 and in episode 8, when Yoo-sik explains Young-joon that one always needs to be honest and transparent in a relationship.
Jeon Seol (Lim Soo-jung) and Baek Tae-min (Kwak Si-yang) come here in episode 9 of Chicago Typewriter (시카고 타자기) (tvN, 2017).
Ko Yoon-jung (Kim Sung-ryoung) and Lee Ro-joon (Kim Beom) meet here often throughout Mrs Cop 2 (미세스 캅 2) (SBS, 2016). For instance in episode 3, they meet up here and she learns that he knows that it is a serial killer she is confronted with and in episode 11 she records him here for evidence.
Also seen in Penthouse 3/The Penthouse: War in Life Season 3 (펜트하우스 3) (SBS, 2021); Untouchable (Eonteocheobeul/언터처블) (JTBC, 2017-18).
Boccalino [보칼리노] (Italian Restaurant)
Han Seung-hyuk (Jo Han-chul) and Choi Myung-hee (Kim Yeo-jin) meet here for a discussion in episode 1 of Vincenzo (빈센조) (tvN/Netflix, 2021).
YU YUAN [유유안] (Chinese Restaurant)
As seen in episode 2 of Vincenzo (빈센조) (tvN/Netflix, 2021).
AKIRA BACK [아키라 백] (Japanese Restaurant)
est. March 2019, formerly Restaurant Kioku [포시즌스호텔 키오쿠]
Han Seung-hyuk (Jo Han-chul) and Choi Myung-hee (Kim Yeo-jin) meet Babel Group chairman Jang Han-seo (Kwak Dong-yeon) here in episode 3 of Vincenzo (빈센조) (tvN/Netflix, 2021), the morning after the news broke of the explosion at his villa.
Han Jae-hyun (Yoo Ji-tae) meets the chairman of Seoul Bank for a meal here in episode 1 of When My Love Blooms/The Most Beautiful Moment in Life (화양연화 – 삶이 꽃이 되는 순간) (tvN, 2020). Subsequent scenes in episodes 7 and 9 were filmed in its private dining room.
This is the restaurant at which Oh Yeon-joo (Han Hyo-joo) is brought to by her boss to set her up with a friend of his in episode 6 of W Two Worlds (더블유) (MBC, 2016). But, more importantly, this is also where she gets soaked into the water in the restaurant’s restroom and suddenly finds herself in the Han River seeing Kang Chul (Lee Jong-suk) floating there.
This is also where Yoon Jung-eun (Lim Ju-eun) and top star and actor Seo Yoon-hoo (Yoon Park) have dinner together in episode 12 of Uncontrollably Fond (함부로 애틋하게) (KBS2, 2016).
Four Seasons Hotel Seoul [포시즌스호텔] is a five star hotel with seven restaurants and a bar, located in Seoul’s neighborhood Dangju [Dangju-dong/당주동] —overseen by the administrative neighborhood of Sajik [Sajik-dong/사직동]— in the center of the Jongno District [Jongno-gu/종로구].
As of 2022, Charles H. is ranked 7th in Asia’s top 50 bars list––its highest ranking to date––and crowned the Best Bar in Korea for the third year running. The bar gets its name from author Charles Henry Baker Jr., who penned The Gentleman’s Companion, a cocktail recipe book.
Formerly known as Restaurant Kioku [포시즌스호텔 키오쿠], the namesake restaurant of Korean-American celebrity chef Akira Back took over the space in March 2019, serving up contemporary Japanese cuisine.
97 Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 종로구 새문안로 97
Geolocation: 37.570650, 126.975399
Gwanghwamun Station [광화문역], Seoul Subway Line 5, Exit 7
(1 min. walk)
— submitted by Marion KDL, updated by Mich KDL