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“A Schooner Full of History in Long Beach”
Review of Joe Jost's

Joe Jost's
Ranked #66 of 1,135 Restaurants in Long Beach
Cuisines: Delicatessen
Good for: Bar scene
Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Reviewed June 21, 2013

YES-GOOD-GO TO JOE'S. When you recover, go again! And again!
Back in '87, I was in Jr. high algebra seated behind a fellow student wearing a Joe Jost's t-shirt. I drew the logo, and the kid wearing the t-shirt, and the entire classroom as the teacher droned on about exponents & integers. Then one day I saw the storefront out of the car window and put the two together. "What a great place!" I thought, "They have a t-shirt, and EVERYTHING!" The minute I was old enough, I finally got to go in with some friends and experience what everyone seemed to be raving about. Huh. Smaller, darker, dirtier than I thought. And then someone handed me a "schooner" of pure gold. A huge, frosty dripping attitude adjuster in a modern day goblet. It's easy to walk around, and hang out with your friends, acting like a clown and strutting like you own the place. There aren't many things on the menu, and everything on it will give you breath that will peel paint off the walls. But those few things, in particular, the pickled eggs, Joe's special sandwich, the liverworst, the salami, egg salad, cheese, hot dog... If you've eaten your way through the sidewalks & delis of New york, Joe's menu will bring you back there for a few brief, and wonderful moments. Time stops, several more rounds of schooners, a few games of pool or shuffleboard, and great music who's volume allows you to laugh really loud at your friends' jokes and not have every head turn to see who the loud, laughing lush is. You'll all go home talking for years about what a good time you had, and return over and over.

Notes: It's a beer bar. No hard liquor, no vino, no kids, no pretty curtains. Just awesomeness in it's purest form for those who need to cut loose after a long work week.

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Reviewed June 20, 2013

Josts is an LBC tradition. Schooners of beer to wash down a pickled egg or two and you are set. Fun place with the look of a dive bar. Not fine dining but fun dining

Thank Otto K
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

Every time I'm in the LA area I make it to Joe's for a few beers, some peanuts and regular local faces. Great place to catch up, relax, catch a game and enjoy the "cold" beer. But remember, bring cash or use the ATM - as no credit cards accepted here.

Thank LibyAH
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Reviewed May 17, 2013

Old and unchanged, great atmosphere. A classic that should never be renovated or changed. It has been around since the 30s or 40s and has had students use it for movies, to play pool, to eat and drink.

Thank 75barry
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Reviewed May 16, 2013

it was great , and you have to try there pickled eggs they r to dye for!! and i have gone at least 2 a year for the last 30 years

Thank nascarter
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