Where to drink, dine and dance when you want to get off Duval Street

FOR LEGAL REASONS, WE CAN’T TELL you its original name. But today, it’s referred to among locals as the Key West Adult Kickball League. Friday nights, at a patch of grass straddling the border of Old Town and New Town, a ragtag bunch of Key West residents and their out-of-town friends gather, ranging from barely-legal-to-drink to barely-able-to-stand. The game is […]

Key West’s young new power couple: Nick and Kelly Norman

Key West is one of the most receptive areas in the United States, or even the world, for creative people to find a niche to do whatever it is they really want to do. Musicians, artists, writers, actors, street entertainers … There’s always a place for them here. Perhaps because there’s a continuous daily audience of thousands, better known as […]

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

1. Southernmost Point The corner of South Street and White head 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., Key West (305) 294-5161 or (888) 916-8687 The Conch Train has been winding its way through the […]


All for fun and fun for all: Survivors Party welcomes everyone

What started off 40 years ago as a gay community effort to support drag entertainers through the long, slow season by throwing a luxe and lively adult benefit on Memorial Day has grown into a community-wide, year-round charity, the 501(c)(3) Sister Season Fund. With the motto “Locals Helping Locals,” SSF was officially formed in 2005 and was gifted with the […]


SPECIAL EVENTS Southernmost Seminoles 5K run 7:30-9:30 p.m. May 28 White Street Pier White Street and Atlantic Boulevard For information, call (305) 923-1484. Rotary Unity Bike Ride 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 28 Bayview Park Truman Avenue and Jose Marti Drive Sunday Ramble Anniversary Show 8 p.m. May 29 Key West Theater 512 Eaton St. Sister Season […]

The last burlesque of the season at 801 is a not-to-miss show

Set aside anything you have planned for the last Monday in May, and climb the stairs at the 801 Bar to the upstairs cabaret stage for the Burlesque at 801 performance. If you don’t, you’ll be hearing about it from everyone who attended. It’s always a night of fun, raucous stage acts that will keep a smile strapped to the […]


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. […]


Sparkly, spunky Spectrelles remain true to themselves, fans

This is a story about glamour and glitter and rock ’n’ roll. This is a story about the Divas of Doo Wop, the Sisters Spectrelle: Ellie, Baby Tracy and Raquelle, the Official Girl Group of the Conch Republic. What began here 33 years ago, and is still based in Key West, the Fabulous Spectrelles (after famed rock producer Phil Spector), […]


For a comprehensive guide and map to Key West’s finest art galleries visit SPECIAL EVENTS THIS WEEK The Historic Armory Studios 600 White St.  (704) 819-2487  Paintings by Michael J. Phillips Ongoing SALT Gallery SALT Island Provisions 830 Fleming St. SALT Island on Facebook Ongoing Featured artist A.D. Tinkham Key West Art and Historical Society Custom House 281 […]

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