Go ahead— have just one drink

N MANY WAYS, LIFE IN KEY WEST is like one of those idyllic Corona ads. Frosty drinks, crystal clear water and the sound of palm fronds rustling in the breeze are never more than a few footsteps away. What the ads don’t tell you, however, is that Key West at the beginning of September is borderline unbearably hot. The gentle […]

Celebrating being made here – in Key West

Between the beaches, bars and barely-clad bodies bouncing around town, Key West can sometimes feel a little … artificial. Sure, the sand is real and the palms are homegrown, but the whole rogue escapist “what happens in Key West stays in Key West” mentality can cause us to neglect the elements of our kooky culture that dwell in the alleys […]


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 […]


Getting around Key West

1. Southernmost Point The corner of South and Whitehead streets 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. 305-294-5161 or 888-916-8687 The Conch Train has been winding its way through the streets of Key West since 1958. […]


Dennis Kearney: Pouring the perfect pint

Dennis Kearney tells me he’s shy, but the fact that he had just talked his way into getting behind the bar where we are doing our interview so he can show me how to pour a proper pint of Guinness with a perfect stenciled shamrock says otherwise. The bar, which will remain unnamed so as not to cause anyone any […]


SPECIAL EVENTS Jerrod Isaman and FriendsLive Aug. 30, 10 p.m.Mary Ellen’s420 Appelrouth Happy Hours with KristenMcNamara Wednesdays and Saturdays, 6:30 p.m.Sidebar at Aqua504 Angela Aqua Idol for Fantasy Fest Kingand Queen Sept. 4, 6:30 p.m.Aqua Nightclub711 Duval Summerish Fun Movie Series:Monty Python and the HolyGrail Sept. 5, 7 p.m.The Key West Theater512 Eaton COMEDY Comedy Open […]


Ship a’ Dani Hoy!

It’s hard to believe Dani Hoy has only been on the island for four years and nine months, yet she’s already etched out a notable spot among the island’s most prolific trop rock entertainers, on and off Duval Street, with a little bit of country rock style. Hailing originally from Baltimore, Md., Dani spent half her life in southeastern Pennsylvania. […]


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


Bringing the Big Easy to Key West

If you step into the walk-in refrigerator at Blossoms Cajun Kitchen at the quiet end of Old Town you would be hard pressed to find any store-bought non-perishable ingredients or ready-made sauces and seasonings. Instead almost everything will have been crafted just hours ago and labeled accordingly in its own reusable container. Whenever painstakingly possible, all that is made at […]

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 […]

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