The best spots to dine, drink, dance and more — from locals

WE SACRIFICED OUR STREET CRED back in 2016 to bring you the first ever “Party Like a Local” guide to Key West, sharing the best spots to drink, dine, and dance amongst Key West’s lucky permanent residents. Our recommendations still stand — the Hindu is still the best ship in town, 2Cents is still slinging free bacon at Happy Hour, […]

Fisherman’s Café brings historical T-shirts to Key West

Though its official motto is “One Human Family,” the southernmost city often finds itself coupled with another popular slogan, one you can find pasted onto car bumpers, carved into rubber bracelets and uttered by locals who moved here because of the island’s idiosyncrasies, not despite them: “Keep Key West Weird.” Not only is the phrase pleasantly alliterative, but it serves […]

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 Street and you’ll begin to dive deeper into the quieter, more diverse and less readily apparent offerings. Here are eight spots that […]

Getting around Key West

1. Southernmost PointThe corner of South Street andWhitehead 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 West305-294-5161 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.305-294-5717www.sloppyjoes.comThe historic bar has […]


Key West’s Nordic goddess Helena Linder

The adventurous nature of Vikings is renowned. They crossed seas in tiny dragon headed merchant ships designed for long distance trade, exploration and colonization before anyone else dared. They conquered the rough seas fearlessly in their lust for land and treasure. That same nature can be found in the diminutive and gorgeous bartender, Helena Linder, a native of Umea, a […]

Minimal regatta takes lots of creativity

Supplies are limited, but the creativity will be endless at Schooner Wharf Bar on Sunday, May 28, for the Schooner Wharf Minimal Regatta. Each six-member team must build a boat seaworthy enough to stay afloat for the entire race course in the Key West Bight in front of Schooner Wharf. The catch — the boats are made of plywood, fasteners, […]


SPECIAL EVENTSThe Beatle BandMay 25, 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.The Green Parrot601 Whitehead St.www.greenparrot.comForever PlaidMay 25, 26 and 27, 8 p.m.Waterfront Playhouse310 Wall St.Tickets available atwww.waterfrontplayhouse.orgShirley ValentineMay 25, 26 and 27, 7 p.m.Fringe TheaterThe Parish Hall of St. Paul’s Church401 Duval St.Tickets available atwww.fringetheater.orgBig Head Toddand the MonstersMay 27-28, 8 p.m.The Key West Theater512 Eaton St.Tickets available atwww.theykeywesttheater.comCOMEDY Comedy OpenMike […]

Shirley Valentine at Fringe Theater

Fringe Theater presents Vanessa McCaffrey as “Shirley Valentine” at 7 p.m., May 25-27, in the parish hall at St Paul’s Episcopal Church, 401 Duval St. This one-woman show, written by Willy Russell and directed by Carole McCartee, may remind audiences of their own journey to Key West. “It wasn’t that long ago that I met a 72-year-old woman who, only […]


Gordon Ross is always giving

Full disclosure: I have known Gordon Ross for just about half of my nearly 30 years on this planet, and he is one of the most delightful and special individuals I have the pleasure of calling a friend. Gordon “grew up about 15 minutes outside of Cleveland, Ohio, on Lake Erie, in a wonderful town called Rocky River,” he recounts. […]


Towering Inga tops them all

Imagine a living, 6-foot-plus tall Barbie doll with the same relative bust-to-hip ratio and requisite long, flowing blond hair. That’s the Inga whom I have seen perform, admire and got to know almost two decades ago. She is a Swedish bombshell who arrived in Key West on Aug. 5, 1997, looking like a model for haute couture, albeit with more […]

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