Behind the Bar: Joie de Lima-Jones

Joie serves the ever-requested “Perfect Lemon Drop” made with fresh squeezed lemon juice and a spiral twist!

Joie serves the ever-requested “Perfect Lemon Drop” made with fresh squeezed lemon juice and a spiral twist!

Joie de Lima-Jones
McCormick & Schmick
145 National Plaza
National Harbor, MD

How did you get started in the bartending business?
I was working part time at a restaurant while in college when two bartenders called out and my boss said ” Hey Joie, here’s the Rolodex with the recipes… I need you to bartend right now…” and the rest is history.

What is your biggest bartender pet peeve?
Separate checks…particularly when there’s a group of 10+ and one person is doing the ordering and delivering of all the drinks, then says “oh, we need separate checks.” Really?

What is the cleverest line anyone has ever used to get you to give them a free drink?
A group of gents (bar crawl bachelor party kinda guys) stopped through my bar and one of the groomsmen asks me for a round of drinks and says to me “So, have I told you that I think you should buy me a drink because you’re going to end up with all the money in alimony I have to pay when you become my ex-wife”? Funny because we started dating a couple of weeks later and…..almost twenty years later, we’re still married!

What is the best/worst pickup line you have overheard at the bar?
The worst, or at least the most corny, “Excuse me Miss, is your name Angel? I say that because heaven must’ve sent you from above”! Seriously.

Tell us about an interesting encounter you have had with a customer(s).
Same answer as question 3!

If you could sit down and have a drink with anyone in the world, past or present, who would that be?
My Grandparents! They passed away before I could meet any of them!

Joie is behind the bar Tues, Wed, Fri, and Sat from 4 pm to close.

Written by: Lani Gering
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