2017 NYE


OUR APOLOGIES TO TIMES SQUARE, BUT IN terms of New Year’s Eve celebrations, Key West makes NYC look like a quiet night at home with grandma.  You want a ball drop? We’ll be dropping a giant key lime wedge; a busty pirate wench; a glittering disco unicorn; a queen conch shell; and a drag queen perched inside an enormous red […]

‘Throw Me on the Burnpile’ Ignites Key West Theater’s play season

“Momma says that daddy’s burnpile is a huge liability — it’s big and dry, the field is long and dry, and our house is wood and dry.” — Lucy Alibar, “Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up” The curtain opens and lights flood the stage. As your eyes adjust, you can’t help but stare dumbfounded at the collection […]

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 PointThe corner of South Street and Whitehead Streetwww.southernmostpointwebcam.comThe city of Key West erected this now-famous concrete buoy in 1983 to denotethe southernmost point in the continental United States. 2. Conch Tour Train303 Front St., Key West(305) 294-5161 or (888) 916-8687www.conchtourtrain.comThe Conch Train has been windingits way through the streets of Key Westsince 1958. 3. Sloppy Joe’s201 Duval St.(305) […]

Its namesake never saw it, but Audubon House still worth a look

It’s midway through the tour of Key West’s stunningly pretty Audubon House and Tropical Gardens that the truth comes out: John James Audubon — famed naturalist painter, whose lifelike paintings of bird portraits line the walls of the museum — never actually lived in the Audubon House. But don’t let this spoiler keep you from visiting; indeed, a visit to […]


Jeff Kucin, karaoke king of Bobby’s and 801 Bourbon

Walk into Bobby’s Monkey Bar most nights of the week and chances are you’ll hear a beautiful tenor vibrato emanating from the speakers. Peer at the stage through the smoky haze, and a shining pair of gorgeous white teeth will flash brightly across the room. Those dulcet tones and radiant smile belong to host Jeff Kucin, one of the most […]


SPECIAL EVENTS “Throw Me on the Burnpile andLight Me Up”Dec. 29-30; Jan. 3-4, 8 p.m.The Key West Theater512 Eaton St.www.thekeywesttheater.comTickets available at www.ticketfly.com “Picasso at the Lapin Agile”Dec. 29-31; Jan, 3-4, 8 p.m.The Red Barn Theatre319 Duval St., RearTickets available at www.readbarntheatre.com “It’s Only a Play”Dec. 29-31; Jan, 3-4, 8 p.m.Waterfront Playhouse310 Wall St.Tickets available at www.waterfrontplayhouse.org Pilar Rum Happy […]

Annual Key West Dachshund Walk coming up Dec. 31

It will be a “wiener wonderland” as Dachshunds, Dachshund impersonators and their humans parade through Key West’s downtown streets. The annual Key West Dachshund Walk, set to start at noon on Saturday, Dec. 31, is open to pets and their people, and is one of the final events of the December-long, island-wide Key West Holiday Fest. Dachshund Walk participants meet […]


Ian Shaw: A British invasion

What would bring Ian Shaw, an award-winning producer and engineer from London, where he had been living and successfully working for 50 years, to Key West? “My wife wanted to live somewhere warmer,” Mr. Shaw said, as if he had been asked the question many times before. He has an aunt who lives here, too. “I had heard of Dan […]


Erica McBride – Oodles of Noodles

Erica McBride was born and raised in Barrington, N.J., and lived there for 30 years before packing up and moving to Key West in 2000. “I came to visit my sister,” Ms. McBride said. “She had a bed and breakfast: The Frances Street Bottle Inn. I fell in love with the people here. Not much later, I packed everything I […]

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