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Fired up about the Key West Firehouse Museum

By Florida Weekly Staff | September 13, 2018

They say it takes a village, but here in Key West it took one especially dogged firefighter 20-some years, half a million dollars in funding and a community of supporters to open the Key West Firehouse Museum. Decommissioned in 1998 after almost a century of active service, the historic stone building that for decades served as Key West’s Fire Station […]

Its namesake never saw it, but Audubon House still worth a look

By Florida Weekly Staff | September 13, 2018

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 […]

STAND UP & SCREAM

By Florida Weekly Staff | September 13, 2018

IN CASE YOU HAVE SOMEHOW missed re-branding Margaritaville, USA, allow us here at the Florida Weekly to enlighten you: Jimmy Buffet our bald eagle stand-in. “Margaritaville” is the “Conch Spangled Banner.” And we now pledge allegiance to a Hawaiian shirt suspended from a bamboo flagpole. OK, maybe that’s a bit dramatic. But if you didn’t know any better, all the […]

BARTENDER OF THE WEEK

By Florida Weekly Staff | September 13, 2018

What is it that keeps a bartender being a bartender? “I like meeting interesting people,” Sandra Gunther says. “I have no problem talking to anyone and everyone.” The blue-eyed, blonde, upbeat Sandra is a bartender at Conch Republic Seafood Company, a dockside restaurant and bar with the atmosphere of a carefree getaway even for those who live here. The open-aired […]

MAP IT OUT

By Florida Weekly Staff | September 13, 2018

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

Little White House holds wealth of history

By Florida Weekly Staff | September 13, 2018

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.” […]

KEY WEST HAPPY HOUR GUIDE

By Florida Weekly Staff | September 13, 2018

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 […]

KEY WEST CALENDAR OF EVENTS

By Florida Weekly Staff | September 13, 2018

SPECIAL EVENTS Live Music with Dave Bootle Sept. 14, 9 p.m.Mangoes700 Duval St.www.mangoeskeywest.com Songwriter Speakeasy Series Shastina Chiles, KMAC, Raven Cooper Sept. 16, 7 p.m.The Key West Theater512 Eaton St.www.thekeywesttheater.com Summerish Fun Movie Series: “Wall-E” Sept. 16, noonThe Key West Theater512 Eaton St.www.thekeywesttheater.com Happy Hour with the Historian: The industries of Key West Sept. 18, 4:30 p.m.Waterfront Brewery201 William St. […]

OFF OFF DUVAL

By Florida Weekly Staff | September 13, 2018

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 […]

DRAG LIFE

By Florida Weekly Staff | September 13, 2018

Make no mistake about it — whether in drag or not, Maya Montana is the most adorable drag queen on Duval Street. When I strolled into the empty Aqua Nightclub at one o’clock on a Monday afternoon, Maya was there to greet me with a million-watt smile, a huge hug and a giggle so cute you’d swear it came from […]