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The Conch Connection

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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Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina - Has Your Lost Shaker of Salt

May 12, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by Scott Schofield posted in Luxury, Waterfront, Walking Distance, Restaurants, Casual, Key West Hotels, Pool, Resort, Bar & Grill, Upscale Casual

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Parrotheads of the world unite, it’s time to go Back to the Island!! The Westin Resort and Marina Key West has become the Margaritaville Key West Resort and Marina. This 170+ room resort is the epitome of Key West and now with Jimmy Buffett lending his name to it, only backs up that claim.

This AAA Four Diamond waterfront resort is just steps from Mallory Square, home of the nightly Sunset Celebration. Hundreds come out every night to watch the sun slowly set into to the emerald waters off Key West. Street vendors and performers also gather to hawk their wares and put on a show that only Key West could pull together (you might even see Spiderman or Darth Vader). The resort is also just a block from the famous Duval Street. Lined with some of the best restaurants, waterholes, shopping and art galleries that you’ll find anywhere. The marina is also home to one of three cruise ports on the island, welcoming people from around the world.

For the gourmet in all of us, the resort is home to three fantastic restaurants. Bistro 245 is a casual, indoor dining experience, with gorgeous views of Key West’s One Particular Harbor. Castaways is the classic pool side bar, for all you Beautiful Swimmers, which features a minimalists, no nonsense menu. From appetizers, salads to burgers and other sandwiches, not to mention a cocktails to die for. Lastly, is the Sunset Deck. As the name proclaims, you will have a panoramic view of the harbor and of the Key West sunsets, as you’re sipping on that fresh Boat Drink.

If you want to try something a bit different and get some of that Island Fever, then hop on the island ferry that will take you to Sunset Key, just across the harbor. This private island has all the amenities that you could desire.

So, on your next escape, grab your Brown Eyed Girl or Lost Boy, not forgetting your shaker of salt, while making another Trip Around the Sun and head to the namesake, Margaritaville Key West Resort and Marina.

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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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4 Fantastic Things to do in Key West for New Years Eve

Dec 28, 2016 3:34:55 PM / by Scott Schofield posted in Walking Distance, Beaches, Casual, Outdoor

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The party atmosphere is always present in Key West, the ultimate place to ring in the new year.  Key
 West is one of the few cities that is ALWAYS featured on the live national news feeds. There are certainly many reasons for its allure and popularity.  First off it’s WARM!!! Imagine welcoming in the new year wearing shorts and flip-flops….  You can’t get any better than that!

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