This establishment has closed. This page remains for historical records.
Java Joe’s began in Poway in 1991, moving to Ocean Beach in 1994 (where it reopened at a different location in 2000, hosting Jason Mraz for two live album recordings). The acoustic music mecca has also been based in Hillcrest, Mission Valley, at Sunset Temple in North Park, in the Ideal Hotel downtown, and there was a shortlived Java Joe's Pub on El Cajon Boulevard circa 2004-2005 (previously Kelly's Pub, later the State House). In 2016, Java Joe's moved to its newest location at 2611 Congress Street, in a historic Old Town building.
This locale was closed and a new venue named the Backdrop opened in its place in Autumn 2018.
- "Say goodbye to Java Joe's" · Oct. 18, 2018
- "Java 'the Magnet' Joe at 26 years old" · Dec. 7, 2017
- Jewel, Jason Mraz, Steve Poltz started at Java Joe’s · Oct. 4, 2017