Papa’s Pilar and the Hemingway Rum Company

THE HEMINGWAY RUM COMPANY is nostalgic for the good old days. “Rum was once a noble spirit,” it laments, “served aboard warships, rationed to visionary explorers, and used to sustain the Founding Fathers as they plotted revolution.” It was also the choice drink for one Key West writer whose masterfully spare prose and aversion to sobriety made him the inspiration […]

Florida Keys Guitar Summit strums through the islands June 2-4

From June 2-4, three accomplished Florida Keys guitarists will join together for the Florida Keys Guitar Summit, a three-day, mobile music festival with stops in Tavernier, Marathon and Key West. David Feder, Mateo and Rolando Rojas have banded together to present their unique musical offerings in one collaborative, show-stopping tour. Each guitarist is armed with a unique style of play […]

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 […]


Aqua Idol to benefit SPCA begins new season at Aqua Nightclub

Fans of elimination-based singing competitions will be thrilled to hear that Aqua Idol to benefit the Florida Keys SPCA has returned to Aqua Nightclub on Tuesday evenings. As always, a talented group of singers has been assembled to entertain a packed house week in and week out. Each season of Aqua Idol benefits a different charity representing a wide variety […]


Lauren Oed: A free spirit

The newest bar in town, Mary Ellen’s, has just officially opened. Co-owner Chris Schultz describes it simply as a neighborhood bar. Mary Ellen’s offers six different artisan grilled cheese sandwiches, various soups and salads, frozen Irish coffee, draft beer (including Pabst), canned beer (even Old Milwaukee) liquor, wine and what they call “the best French fries in town.” Co-owners Keith […]


SPECIAL EVENTS Key West Pride FolliesJune 3, 8 p.m.The Key West Theater512 Eaton St.Tickets available at Jazz Noir-A Multi-MediaConcertFeaturing Rock SolomonJune 3, 8 p.m.The Studios of Key West533 Eaton St.Tickets available at Florida Keys Guitar FestivalJune 4, 8 p.m.The Key West Theater512 Eaton St.Tickets available Key West Pride Kick Off PartyJune 7, 5 to 9 p.m.Island House […]

The Conch Train

Rambling along the streets and through the history of Key West since 1958

On a blustery, partly cloudy Sunday afternoon The Conch Tour Train, Key West’s old-time sightseeing tour, pulled out of the station on Front Street and rambled and jangled along the sometimes bumpy roads of Key West’s historic district. A ticket for the train, actually a car outfitted like a train with passenger cars in tow, is about $30 (plus tip); […]

Little White House holds wealth of history

Step inside the Harry S. Truman Little White House, and you’ll be forgiven for feeling the sudden urge to solve domestic policy issues while on vacation. It’s here, inside this spectacular circa 1890 home, that some of the nation’s most influential leaders have retreated from the public eye to rest, recuperate and bring new meaning to the term “working vacation.” […]


For a comprehensive guide and map to Key West’s finest art galleries, visit connections/ gallery_ guide.pdf SPECIAL EVENTS THIS WEEK The Studios of Key West533 Eaton St.Fifth annual Mango MadnessMembers ShowJune 1 to July Key West Art and HistoricalSocietyCustom House Museum281 Front St.Stanley Papio-Junkyard RebelOngoingThe Navy in Key WestOngoing Tennessee Williams,The Playwright and The Historic Armory Studios600 […]

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