Joe’s Bierhaus, which first opened its doors in 1975, was a pub that also hosted live concerts. It was situated at the corner of Theodor-Heuss-Platz 12 and Heerstraße. Today, the spot is occupied by a branch of the “Block House” steakhouse chain.
When Bowie moved from Los Angeles to Berlin in late 1976, he’d been on the edge of physical and mental collapse. At first, he fell back on old habits, cruising around the divided city with flatmate Iggy Pop, drinking KöPi [König Pilsener beer] at Joe’s Beer House, stumbling into gutters and transvestite bars, clubbing at the Dschungel and the Unlimited.– Rory McLean, 2016