TROPICAL HEAT: HOT HOT HOT



AUGUST IN KEY WEST IS HOT. KNOW WHAT YOU’RE thinking: Key West isn’t special — August just about everywhere in the country is hot. Yes, Death Valley may be setting records for three-digit digit temps, but Key West’s humidity is positively brutal. We’re talking walking through molasses, stopping at every other bar just for water (an act so blasphemous you know we […]

Explore the Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson



Peruse any guidebook that chronicles the top attractions in the Florida Keys and it’s a guarantee that the Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson will make an appearance near the top of the list of must-see sites. A mere 68 miles west of Key West in the Gulf of Mexico, the Dry Tortugas is one of the most spectacular (in my […]

OFF OFF DUVAL

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 Key […]

BARTENDER OF THE WEEK

Gage Beaulieu, at home in three spots around town


If you walk into the swanky, nook and cranny, Berlin’s Lounge at the A&B Lobster House on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday around 7 p.m., there’s a good chance you’ll find bartender Gage Beaulieu serving up of high-end whiskies to a discerning crowd of cigar smokers and connoisseurs. Berlin’s is a modestly sized bar with leather club chairs and enchanting […]

KEY WEST CALENDAR OF EVENTS

SPECIAL EVENTS Comedy Key West presents  Dustin Diamond  Aug. 16 and 17, 8:30 p.m. The BottleCap 1128 Simonton St. www.bottlecapkeywest.com Havana Nights  Aug. 18, 8 p.m. The Key West Theater 512 Eaton St. www.thekeywesttheater.com Data Recovery Project  Aug. 22, 9 p.m. Sidebar at Aqua 504 Angela St. www.sidebarkeywest.com The Big Lebowski  Aug. 22, 8 p.m. Tropic Cinema 416 Eaton St. […]

Data Recovery Project returns to Key West for fundraiser


Following its Key West debut at Mary Ellen’s Bar in April, the Data Recovery Project returns to Key West on Wednesday, Aug. 22, to perform at Sidebar at Aqua as a benefit for the Sister Season Fund. There is no cover to see the show, and everyone who gives $5 or more to Sister Season at the venue will receive […]

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 […]

KEY WEST HAPPY HOUR GUIDE

          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 SCENE

Michael Festa’s cookin’ up something new


“I’m one of those rare cases. I came to Key West with a job, a place to stay and friends,” Michael Festa said before going on stage at Willie T’s. “I came down originally to be a chef.” At the time, he was working as the general manager for the Finnegan’s Wake in Pittsburgh (where he was born and raised), […]


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