“Great place with history. I have been going there ever since I got out of the Navy in 1959.

I proposed to Rosemary in 1968 at Joe Josts when she told me that she “liked this place.”

When ever we are in the area we come in to renew our vows.”


“For many years I worked at L B Community Hospital and after a difficult day my coworkers and I would go to “Joe’s” to unwind. Sometime in the early ’70’s I had a patient named Joe Jost. When I mentioned the good times we had at his bar, he perked up and smiled a thank you. He was a very gentle, soft spoken man and obviously, very pleased to be recognized. We recently came back to Long Beach and to our delight Joe’s still remains as I remember. Thanks to his family for keeping Joe’s dream alive. Going back there after nearly 50 years brought back fond memories and truly warms my heart.”

Mike McComas

“On a recent visit back to my home town of Sterling, IL, I made a trip up to a tavern my family has been going to for generations. Baumgartner’s Cheese and Tavern in Monroe, WI. I had to wear my Joe Jost’s t-shirt to represent my new favorite old tavern Joe Jost’s out here in California! (I live in San Diego, but no trip up north is complete without a cold schooner, a Joe’s special and a couple pickled eggs.)

Baumgartner’s doesn’t have the same food, but a brick cheese sandwich on rye and a lanyager is their faire…. And a close favorite next to Joe Jost’s!”

Kristine Thom

Spent a lot of time in your establishment while I was going to college at LBCC. Just back from Viet Nam. The world owed me a party and some of my pary was at Joe’s with a Joe’s special. Pickled some eggs today with a friend who shared my Joe Jost’s experience and we laughed and smiled about our time at Joe’s. Live in Prescott, Az. now since 1979. Glad you are still operating. Good Fortune

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Good memories

“Some of the best times I ever spent with my dad, before he passed away, were spent shooting pool, having a special and drinking a schooner at Joe’s Jost.”

James Livingston

“About 10 years my wife and I were in a truck stop in Denver. My wife pointed out to me that a truck driver had just gotten out of his truck and had a t-shirt on with my name on it. I went over to him and asked him where he got that shirt. He told me all about the greatest bar on earth and that he went there every time he got to LA. The next summer we planned our vacation to go to Long Beach and find Joe Jost’s tavern. We had a wonderful vacation but the highlight was the afternoon we spent at Joe Jost’s. I now have about 10 Joe Jost’s t-shirts, They’re great and I wear them proudly, Hope to be back there some day soon.”

Joe Jost

“My brother, Tony Schwieger who passed away 6/24/2001,was a big fan of Joe’s. Loved the special!!! He and his buddies (Mike Crevda, Pat Miles, Charlie Egge and Tony’s long time partner Bill Moore) spent many afternoons there talking about the days events, sports (mostly Nebraska football if Tony was doing all the talking) and politics. I had the chance to experience Joe Jost’s while out there visiting Tony during his battle against cancer. I wish we had a place like yours in Grand Island, NE. So, if you see any of Tony’s buddies, please tell them the little brother said hi. Best wishes and keep up the good work!!!”


“I just thought I’d tell you that through the years Joe Jost’s has been the unchanged, reliable and enjoyable of my favorite places to go. I’ve been in Utah for 20 yrs. and make it to the tavern every time i’m in LA. My last trip was a couple of months ago and I went to what used to be my favorite Mexican restaurant…It’s changed. I also hit the tavern and it was, as always, the best beer, sandwich and pickled egg on earth. Don’t ever change.”

Larry Argenian

“I am 46 years old and I grew up in Long Beach. I lived there until I was 28 years old and the best memories I have of my father are going to Joes on Saturday afternoons for a special and pickled eggs with pretzels and peppers. The first time that I can remember was about the time I was 8 or 9 which was in 1964. I miss my dad and the times we had on those Saturdays… I have had pickled eggs around the world and to this day I cannot remember any that taste as good as yours. I live in Victorville and would love to bring my son down for a special and an egg…(but he probably wouldn’t like the egg part..) I miss your place badly! Sincerely, a long lost customer,”

Richard Arglen

“Joe Jost’s has been a entity in the MacPherson family for three generations Before she died, my grandmother told me that a year after my Grandpa started the family business, MacPherson Plastering, he didn’t want her to pack a lunch some days because he was going to Joe Jost’s for a Special. That was in 1924. When I was a little girl, women didn’t go into Joe Jost’s. My dad would park in front in our 1955 Chevy BelAir, go in and buy 4 Specials and we’d eat in the car. That was in 1958. Then in 1969 when I started Poly and pledged Phi Gam, my big sisters took me into Joe Jost’s one Friday night – my first time. By then it had changed generations and was a hang-out for the Cal State Long Beach crowd. I’ll never forget seeing my 10th grade history teacher, Mr. Radford, playing pool in the back room after the Poly football game! I was shocked. Now my brother, Mark, and I meet there whenever we can. We see “kids” we went through Longfellow, Hughes and Poly with. They bring their children and grand-children. In all our travels, we’ve never found anyplace like it. It’s a “home” to a lot of us native Long Beachers and always will be.”

Pamela MacPherson