Lobster mini-season

48 hours of veritable hysteria on the reefs

ATTENTION, LOBSTER LOVERS EVERYWHERE: Christmas designed by the Hallmark Channel to recycle its cloying made-for-TV holiday movies. Replace the Christmas tree with the glassy surface of the and, here in the Florida Keys at least, the gifts” underneath take the form of those scrumptious creatures born to satisfy all your crustacean cravings: succulent, juicy, spiny lobster. The last Wednesday and […]

Relaxing in Key West

Key West’s reputation as a hard-partying island town brings in hundreds of thousands of tourists each year who hope to capitalize on the abundance of bars, festivals and … more bars. Party-seekers make their way up and down Duval Street to the tune of a seemingly endless number of bars’ bumping bass lines or live musicians’ twangs, each spilling out […]


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 you might […]

MAP IT OUT Getting around Key West

1. Southernmost Point  The corner of South Street and Whitehead Street www.southernmostpointwebcam.com 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 www.conchtourtrain.com The Conch Train has been winding its way through the streets of […]

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 […]


SPECIAL EVENTS Comedy Key West presents  Devin Siebold  July 26, 8:30 p.m. The BottleCap 1128 Simonton St. www.bottlecapkeywest.com Sunday Music with DJ Mira  July 29, 9 p.m. Sidebar at Aqua 504 Angela St. www.sidebarkeywest.com Movies on Sunset Green-  Grease  July 27, 8:30 p.m. Sunset Green Event Lawn at the Keys Collection 3820 North Roosevelt Blvd. Summerish Fun Movie Series-  Casablanca  […]


Nice guy George Chapman

After playing two gigs one day in July 2016, George Chapman was driving home to Summerland Key when he closed his eyes for a second. The next thing he knew, he had rolled his car. “I had a shattered cheekbone and crushed two of my vertebrae. Thank God I wasn’t drinking,” he said, knocking on our wooden table. Flash forward […]


Alonzo’s  700 Front St. 4-6:30 p.m. Half-price appetizers www.alonzoysterbar.com Aqua  711 Duval St. 2-6 p.m. $5 well drinks, $3.75 domestic beers www.aquakeywest.com Bagatelle  115 Duval St. 4-6 p.m. Half-price drinks $5 appetizers www.Bagatellekeywest.com Blackfin  918 Duval St. 4:30-6:30 p.m. $7 menu www.blackfinbistro.com Blue Macaw Island Eats and Bar  804 Whitehead St. Every day with live music 4-7 p.m. $3 well […]

Schooner Wharf Entertainment

Michael McCloud July 26, noon-5 p.m. Cool Duo (Sam Ramos and friend) July 26, 7-11 p.m. Motown, Detroit funk, classic rock and reggae. Michael McCloud & Friends July 27-29, noon-5 p.m. Stalwart Key West troubadour Michael McCloud delivers humorous repartée and original songs that exemplify life at this tropical latitude. Happy Dog Band July 27-28, 7 p.m.-midnight The Grateful Dead, […]

Shanna Key Irish Pub

Here, everyone knows your name. The beers are cold, the booze flows relatively cheaply and the food is the next best thing to Mom’s home cooking. It’s the kind of grub you want to sit down to after a hard day on the job or when you’re looking for a little slice of “elevated comfort.” It feels familiar and unpretentious. […]

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