Sommelier Joy Richard of Citizen Public House and Oyster Bar - Biography

Boston, MA

February 2012

Joy Richard is an award winning bartender with over 20 years of industry experience. Richard fell in love with the pace and camaraderie of the restaurant business with her very first job at just 15 years old. She moved to Boston in 1997 and began to tend bar full-time, thrilled by the instant gratification of serving well-constructed cocktails to appreciative guests .Richard spent over nine years behind the bar at the city’s hot spots, and built a solid following that earned her accolades as one of “Boston’s Best Bartenders” by The Improper Bostonian, and “Top-Shelf Bartender” by Stuff Boston.

Richard moved into restaurant management in 2004, and continued to create cocktail lists at restaurants around town while pursuing an education in the history of the craft. Richard’s original creations have earned her local and national attention. In 2007, Richard and several friends founded the Boston Chapter of Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails (LUPEC), a classic cocktail society dedicated to the “raising, breeding, and releasing of nearly extinct cocktails into the wild.” In 2008 she won the Hendrick’s Gin Beantown Bartender Battle and flew to Los Angeles to compete in a national mix-off competition. In 2009, her “Glass Eye” Cocktail won the Rain Vodka Bartender MixOff, earning her a spot at the Tales of the Cocktail competition.

It was also in 2009 when Richard became the bar and beverage manager of the Franklin Restaurant Group. Most recently, Richard took her passion for great cocktails, spirits, and especially whiskey, to a new level at the Franklin Restaurant Group’s newest project, The Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar. The Citizen boasts a list of over 90 whiskeys from around the globe at a bar with more than 200 spirits available, and a cocktail list designed to highlight each of the four different types of ice available.