Charles Joly of The Drawing Room - Biography

Chicago, IL

January 2011

Charles Joly is executive general manager of Three Headed Productions, principal of Angel Share Mixology, and Mixologist at The Drawing Room in Chicago. Joly has quickly risen in the national and international mixology scenes in the past two years, noticeable for his rock star appearance but memorable for his refined, sophisticated tastes. At The Drawing Room, where you can find him behind the bar on any given Friday or Saturday night, Joly has designed an innovative cocktail program combining classic, pre-Prohibition era drinks and contemporary creations. An emphasis on seasonal, fresh and house-made ingredients (from bitters, tinctures, and simple syrups to the perfect ice that stays cold longer), and attention to detail distinguish The Drawing Room menu. Joly’s creative recipes extend beyond the cocktail menu; The Drawing Room also features a unique offering of house-made sodas, teas, and nonalcoholic beverages.

Joly completed the highest level of the BAR program in New York, earning a scholarship to its masters program. He is a graduate of the Advanced Mixology Academy in Chicago and successfully passed the first and second tiers of the USBG Master Mixology Certification. Over the course of his career, Joly has been named America’s Top Bartender 2010 (On the Rock, NBC); he tied for first place in the 2010 Del Maguey Mezcal Competition; he was a 2008 Tales of the Cocktail nominee for Best Bartender and Best Cocktail Menu; and in 2011, the Chicago Tribute named him Beverage Professional of the year.