Chris Lowder is Head Bartender at the Four Seasons in Seoul, South Korea. As Head Bartender, Chris is responsible for cocktail creation and beverage menu curation for the hotel’s six bars and restaurants, as well as banquets and room service. In its opening year (2016), his flagship bar Charles H was named by Drinks International as the 8th Best Hotel Bar in the World, Best Bar in Korea, 24th Best Bar in Asia, and 52nd Best Bar in the World, and was nominated by Tales of the Cocktail for Best New International Cocktail Bar and World’s Best Bar Menu. In the same year, Chris was also nominated by Tales of the Cocktail as International Bartender of the Year.
Chris joined Four Seasons in 2015 from the Michelin-starred NoMad Hotel where he worked as Bar Manager. During his time at the NoMad, his bar team was awarded a James Beard award for America’s Most Outstanding Bar Program (2014), as well as Spirited Awards for World’s Best Hotel Bar (2013) and America’s Best Restaurant Bar (2014). Under his watch, The NoMad was ranked in Drinks International’s 50 Best in both 2014 and 2015. In 2015, both cocktail bars at the NoMad Hotel were independently ranked in World 50 Best, which is the first time in history that two American bars in the same building have both held that honor simultaneously.
Chris Lowder was named NYC 30 Under 30 by Zagat (2015), New York Rising Star Bartender by StarChefs (2015), one of America’s Best New Mixologists by Food & Wine Magazine (2014), and one of America’s 10 Bartenders to Watch by Beverage Media (2014). Chris has been certified by the Beijing Foreign Language and Culture Institute for having Advanced Proficiency in Mandarin Chinese, and also carries a BA in East Asian Studies from the University of Delaware, from which he graduated Magna Cum Laude. Before entering the world of bartending, Lowder was a professional translator and still uses his fluency in Mandarin and Japanese to wow guests over the bar.