Born and raised in Chicago, Tim Williams started working in the hospitality industry as he studied at DePaul University, first as a doorman then a barback and finally a bartender. He eventually worked his way up to design the cocktail program at Province with additional bartending stints at Mr. Brown's Lounge and Japonais.
Around that time, local bars The Drawing Room and The Violet Hour started receiving accolades for their unusual approach to making drinks. Tim finally understood what it meant to be a mixologist. In fact, he says that's one of the few things he had conviction about in his life.
Always striving to be a student himself, Tim started Pour Souls in 2012 to educate people about cocktails and have fun with them. He's taught numerous classes to the public in addition to developing staff training and opening programs for restaurants and bars. He regularly consults with local restaurants and bars on brand relationship management, cost control and menu development.
Tim's mission is to make people feel comfortable making a drink at home or confidently ordering a drink when they're out. He does this via hands-on cocktail classes and private mixology events at The Chopping Block on behalf of Pour Souls.
The Comeback of The Old Fashioned Cocktail
Ten years ago when I started bartending, Old Fashioneds weren’t a “thing”… at least not one that you wanted to drink. This was a time when bitters were scarce, misused and misunderstood, bar spoons ...