Conch Republic Days

Join the Official Celebration of Key West’s secession from the United States and the birth of the micro nation April 22- May 1

ONCE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE looking for, you start to notice it around town wherever you go — hanging in shop windows, flying from flag poles in front of private homes and businesses, pasted onto car bumpers, even tattooed onto the suntanned, swarthy biceps of a few of the most dedicated drinkers at The Green Parrot Bar: a royal blue […]

These drag races involve heels and hairspray

There are drag races and drag races. But you won’t find the souped up hot rods of mid-20th century fame in this unique Key West event. We decline to comment on the vacationing drunks racing their Corvette and BMW rentals on four-lane portions of U.S.1, but you can be sure that the annual Conch Republic Independence Anniversary Celebration event will […]

An insider’s look at Key West

The most traveled and visible street in Key West is only the beginning, the surface, of what the town has to offer. Ask the locals about their favorite spots, stroll through quiet neighborhoods or down alleyways off Duval and you’ll begin to dive deeper into the quieter, more diverse and less readily apparent offerings. Here are eight spots that you […]

Getting around Key West

Area attractions

1. Southernmost Point The corner of South Street and Whitehead Street The city of Key West erected this now-famous concrete buoy in 1983 to denote the southernmost point in the continental United States. 2. Conch Tour Train 303 Front St. (305) 294-5161 or (888) 916-8687 The Conch Train has been winding its way through the streets of Key […]


Randy Roberts: Uncommon by any definition

Funny thing about being a fan: No matter how well I imagine I know the admired one’s life story, it just isn’t so. Sit down and talk biography and there are always surprises. Such was the case with local icon, the female illusionist/vocalist Randy Roberts. Actually, Roberts doesn’t care what label one affixes to his art. “I am a drag […]



First annual Freshwater Conch Gala and Celebration April 24, 5:30 p.m. Blue Macaw Island Eats and Bar 804 Whitehead Street Earth Day Celebration April 22, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Turtle Museum 200 Margaret Street Comedy Night with the Reverend Junior High April 22 and 23, 7 p.m. Hog’s Breath Saloon 400 Front Street Old Town Pet […]

Red Barn production looks at life on island

Opening Tuesday, April 26, at the Red Barn Theatre is “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” Martin McDonagh’s elevated tragicomedy about life on the desolate and unforgiving island of Inishmaan, off Ireland’s west coast. The story centers on a young man with a disabled leg that earned him the unfortunate moniker “Crippled Billy.” Unlike his cruel co-inhabitants, Billy is a gentle boy […]

Hemingway’s Key West legacy and six-toed cats

The crown jewel of Key West’s rich literary legacy, which has attracted writers such as Tennessee Williams, Ralph Ellison, Robert Frost and Carson McCullers, is Ernest Hemingway’s old home at 907 Whitehead St. The sprawling two-story property is a National Historic Landmark where Mr. Hemingway lived and wrote during most of the 1930s. It is also famously home to about […]


Sushi: The house queen of 801 Cabaret

Spelled out on the wall behind the bar in huge letters lit with orange bulbs are the words DRAG ASYLUM. I’m at 801 Bourbon on Duval Street looking for an interview with Sushi, a drag queen who runs the upstairs Cabaret shows that have made it a Key West landmark. The bartender says Sushi will be here around 8 p.m. […]


Layla will ease your worried mind — Layla Laser Barr

Everyone calls her Layla Laser and watching Layla at work is a treat, even during the busiest of happy hours. She is an exercise in efficiency that perhaps only an octopus with the benefit of its eight arms could emulate. She has worked at the cozy 2 Cents Restaurant and Pub in the quiet alley offshoot of Duval Street, Appelrouth […]

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