Our Story

It all started as a discovery of a new world—German-born Joachim Gross, or Joe as he was known amongst friends, was a master chef who’d worked and travelled around the world. In 1986 he arrived in Namibia and upon his arrival, this nomad finally felt at home. A passion for travel, stories and food fused together when Joe’s Beerhouse opened its doors in October 1991. Joe’s started as a quaint little beer garden, but soon, due to its popularity and maybe also because Joe ran out of space to put all his treasures from the road, the restaurant moved to its current location at 160 Nelson Mandela Avenue.

The Story of Joe

If you’ve never been to Joe’s Beerhouse, “treasures from the road” might be a vague concept—but, from the very beginning, Joe decorated his Beerhouse with stories. As he travelled through the country, he collected items, items with history and character and every one of these items found a home in the Beerhouse. There’s the intertwined kudu horns, the mini on the roof, Joe’s Twak Truck, the largest ox horns you’ll (probably) ever see, enough Jägermeister bottles to hold a lake (this is yet to be proven), old rusty milk pails, petrol pumps, toilet seats as bar stools, lanterns, bottle caps, rusty anchors… we could go on, but you have to see it for yourself.

Joes Details toilet
wine bottle in old saurkraut bucket

Where We Are Today

Joe has since retired and the new owners, Thomas and Carol-Jean Rechter stepped in in 2012 and elevated Joe’s to the wonderfully, slightly crazy place it is today. The Rechters have been in the restaurant industry for over three decades. Thomas Rechter is a Hamburg-trained chef—making him the architect behind Joe’s Beerhouse’s current legendary menu, while Carol-Jean ensures the business-side is taken care of.

Joe's Beerhouse

Why we have the best gees

  • The food was delicious ( I had the Namibian trio , kudu, springbok and zebra) and the water still runs in my mouth when I think of it. The atmosphere... read more

    thumb Erik van der Kruk
    15 November 2022
  • A Must stop in Windhoek. A place of character and where memories are made. Here you catch up with old friends and make new friends. Service is... read more

    thumb Charl Jurgens Naude
    8 November 2022
  • Very well Meat cooked wonderfully and top prices

    thumb Giovanni Valentini
    16 August 2022
  • Richtig urig, super Essen und die Bedienung war toll.

    thumb Sonja Schmieder
    16 August 2022
  • Nice place to have some beers with friends and family

    thumb Sebastian M, Juju
    16 August 2022
  • Awesome, authentic feel to a great place,good food and service

    thumb Dan Berglund
    15 August 2022
  • Joe's Beerhouse was hands down the highlite of our Namibia trip. Drumming class, whilst eating the best steak and meeting new people with table share.

    thumb GWB GamerWithBeard
    12 August 2022
  • Tolle Dekoration und leckeres Essen

    thumb Marly Landsmeer
    11 August 2022
  • Tolles Bar-Restaurant, mit großer Auswahl an speziellen Speisen und Getränken. Kudu, Zebra und Krokodil kann man hier verzehren, oder eben auch "normale" Dinge. Die Örtlichkeit ist hübsch gestaltet und zu... read more

    thumb Daniel Weimar
    10 August 2022
  • Décoration ébouriffante! Grand choix de bières. Excellente carte, viandes, gibier, crocodile, portions généreuses

    thumb Thierry B.
    10 August 2022
kudu antelope with tiny birds back
beer glass

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