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Unique Vacation Ideas in Florida: Road Trip!

Nov 7, 2019 1:37:50 PM / by Key West Express posted in Museums, Water Activities, Attractions, Waterfront, Restaurants, Casual, Old-Town, Outdoor, Seafood, Night Life, Information, Beach, Snorkeling

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Do you need to take a break from your rigorous daily routine? Are you longing to experience a unique vacation in The Sunshine State? A Florida road trip is a great way to clear your head and make memories that will last a lifetime.

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Annual St. Patrick's Day Key West Pub Crawl

Feb 18, 2018 11:01:06 AM / by Key West Express posted in Bar, Walking Distance, Casual, Old-Town, Tours, Bar & Grill, Holiday, Events

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Previously known as....

Key West Suds Run

Key West  celebrates this annual St. Patrick's Day Event  every March 17th.

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Top 5 Things to do in Key West

Jan 11, 2018 3:42:10 PM / by Scott Schofield posted in Museums, Attractions, Activities, Walking Distance, Old-Town, Tours

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With all the different options that  you have for a Key West Vacation, what should you do and see on your trip to paradise?

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On Tap at the Key West BrewFest

Jul 14, 2017 5:46:36 PM / by Key West Express posted in Water Activities, Activities, Waterfront, Walking Distance, Beaches, Casual, Old-Town, Outdoor, Bar & Grill, Events

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10th Annual Key West BrewFest

August 29 - September 2, 2020


The last 8 Key West BrewFest events have been so much fun and an amazing success for the local charities, the committee is teaming up to bring it to you again! Between 150 and 200 beers and micro-brews are on tap at this "tasty" annual event that benefits the charitable efforts of the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club of the Conch Republic.

The festival is to feature nearly 200 beers and ales including unique microbrews. They are showcased at beer dinners, brunches, happy hours, pool parties, late-night after parties, and of course, the oceanfront  Signature Tasting Event.

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There's GOLD in the Waters off Key West

Jun 7, 2017 11:56:29 AM / by Key West Express posted in Insider, Museums, Activities, Walking Distance, Old-Town, Tours

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Today's the Day!! That was the famous saying of Mel Fisher, Treasure Hunter Extraordinaire!! 

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Everything You Need To Know About the Key Lime Festival

May 31, 2017 4:28:52 PM / by Key West Express posted in Activities, Walking Distance, Restaurants, Casual, Old-Town

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The tart and tangy key lime are important in the culinary world internationally, but in Florida there are actually festivals where enthusiasts join in celebrating this exotic citrus.

Key Limes best known for being the “key” (pun intended) element in world famous key lime pie are celebrated each year at festivals throughout Florida and Key West's is one of the best!

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You Should Experience Irish Kevin's At Least Once In Your Lifetime!

May 17, 2017 12:37:14 PM / by Key West Express posted in Bar, Walking Distance, Casual, Old-Town, Bar & Grill

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Located on Key West’s famous Duval Street, Irish Kevin’s is one of the most popular bars in all of Key West.

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Sloppy Joe's - A Key West Tradition

May 8, 2017 1:52:57 PM / by Key West Express posted in Walking Distance, Restaurants, Casual, Old-Town, Bar & Grill, American Cuisine

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What is the first bar that comes to mind when you think Key West? Most likely Sloppy Joe’s,  the famous watering hole of Ernest Hemingway is a Key West tradition steeped in history.  Founded on the very day prohibition was repealed, December 5, 1933.  The bar actually went through a of couple name changes before Sloppy Joe’s was chosen with encouragement from the infamous Ernest Hemingway. 


Fearless rum runner/bootlegger & speakeasy operator Joe “Josey” Russell and his friend, customer and fishing companion Hemingway formed a special bond during the writer’s residency on the island. After the inevitable failure of “Operation Dry America” Russell found himself on the up & up as a genuine saloon keeper and business owner of a dump called the “Blind Pig” which cost him a whopping three dollars a week to lease the building. The pig was located around the corner where Capt. Tony’s Saloon still stands. (Fascinating history there too!) http://www.capttonyssaloon.com/ Built in 1852 the building served 2 important purposes. It was an ice house (very important due to the heat in Key West) and the city morgue (also very important due to the heat in Key West).

Thought to be haunted, the bar now houses the “hanging tree” where 16 pirates and a woman who took a knife to her husband and 2 children met their maker. Known as The Lady in Blue, (nicknamed for the color of her dress during the hideous killing spree and the color she turned during the ….)

In 1898 a telegraph was housed in the same building. Famous for informing the world during the Spanish–American War that the battleship Maine was destroyed, when the news came from Havana to Key West.

Over the following decades it housed speakeasies, a bordello, a cigar factory and an early gay bar. The Navy forbade their men from patronizing the establishment which was ultimately forced to close and remain empty for quite some time until Anthony Tarracino opened its doors in 1958 as Captain Tony’s.

Not long after Joe Russell attained the Blind Pig in 1931, the ratty ramshackle establishment added a dance floor and changed its name to the "Silver Slipper" where in addition to gambling, gossip and ten cent shots patrons could now kick up their wobbly heels.

 An Old Havana bar and fish market where Joe “Josie” Russell and Hemingway spent considerable time while in Cuba was owned by another friend, Jose Garcia Rio. Joe’s Cuban bar was ridiculed as being  sloppy due to constantly melting ice that made a big mess of the floors….. Hence Havana’s aptly monikered “Sloppy Joe's”.  One thing led to another….. and one drink led to another…. and the Silver Slipper became the now famous Sloppy Joe’s at the urging of Hemingway!

 

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Key West's Free (mostly) Songwriters Festival

Apr 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by Key West Express posted in Attractions, Activities, Casual, Old-Town, Outdoor, Night Life

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 The Key West Songwriters festival is the world’s LARGEST event of its kind. The five day music mania begins in early to mid May, with free shows daily as well as some performances requiring reservations.  This is THE must do for music junkies! Some of Nashville’s greatest talents made their debuts in Key West, at the song writers festival! 

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Let Your Pride Show in Key West

Apr 7, 2017 4:13:53 PM / by Scott Schofield posted in Insider, Old-Town, Outdoor, Night Life

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Summers in Key West get really HOT!!

3 of the best parties for those looking to spice things up!

Sail down to Key West and celebrate your PRIDE for 5 fantastic days and nights.  Bask in Key West's famous laid back style and flair.  Party with friends, family or make new acquaintances and discover Key West's unique philosophy of One Human Family!  

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