Charles Joly

Charles Joly

Beverage Expert

Charles Joly is a Chicago-native and lifelong food and beverage professional. His career has been quickly rising in the national and international mixology scene with a long list of competition wins and industry awards. In 2014, Charles was named Global Bartending Champion in Diageo’s World Class Competition – one of the industry’s most prestigious awards….

Charles Joly is a Chicago-native and lifelong food and beverage professional. His career has been quickly rising in the national and international mixology scene with a long list of competition wins and industry awards. In 2014, Charles was named Global Bartending Champion in Diageo’s World Class Competition – one of the industry’s most prestigious awards. His other accolades include a 2013 James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program at The Aviary, James Beard Award nominations in 2015 – 2018 for Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional, and he was named American Bartender of the Year in 2013 at the annual Tales of the Cocktail.

Additionally, Charles has received much industry praise, being named one of Bon Appétit ‘s 10 Most Influential Bartenders, one of Wine Enthusiast’s Top Spirit and Wine Professionals and Crain’s 40 Under 40. He has also contributed his talents to a number of high-profile events including Oprah’s 25th Anniversary Party, the 2015 Grammy’s, 2016 & 17 Emmys, the 2016, 17 & 18 Academy Awards, celebrity weddings and The Kentucky Derby.

A certified mixologist, Charles focuses on a balance between the classics and his own seasonal original cocktails. With a strong emphasis on knowing the roots of the craft along with a progressive vision for the future, the menus he’s created are a glimpse at mixology in the second golden age of the cocktail.  Charles’ cocktails are distinguished by his emphasis on seasonal, fresh ingredients. When not working in Chicago, Charles travels the globe studying spirits and cocktails at their roots, educates bartenders and spreads his passion for spirits and cocktails.

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