Sloppy Joes Key West, One Of The Best Duval St Key West Bars
Sloppy Joes Key West, is an iconic landmark that goes back to the days of Ernest Hemingway.
This bar is also one of the more favorite haunts and tourist attractions that line bustling Duval Street Key West.
The original location of this Key West bar was at 428 Greene Street, where Captain Tony's Saloon is now located.
This equally historic bar is only a few buildings west of the intersection of Greene and Duval Streets.
It was at this original location where a younger Ernest Hemingway first hung out with local patrons.
Captain Tony's Saloon, Original Sloppy Joe's Location
It was also Hemingway who dubbed the most famous of Key West bars with it's unusual name. Based upon his drinking days in Cuba, he suggested to his good friend Joe Russell, that the name Sloppy Joe's would be more fitting than the establishments current name "The Silver Slipper".
The bar however is no longer in it's original location. In 1937, after Sloppy Joe Russell got into a dispute with his landlord over a rent increase, he angrily uprooted patrons, equipment, furniture and fixtures across the street to 201 Duval Street, just south of Greene.
Today, this bar in Key West FL
is more than just a Conch Republic tradition. It's an absolute must see in Key West as it's one of the main destinations for Key West party fun.
With non-stop action it's no wonder that Sloppy Joe's is one of the most popular Key West bars.
Exterior View Of Sloppy Joe's
You'll also find that Sloppy Joes Key West offers much more than just standard bar activities. Sloppy Joe's has a history of sponsoring Key West events throughout the year, designed to attract patrons and tourists while often benefitting the community.
One of the more popular annual Key West events is the Ernest Hemingway Look-ALike contest which supports a worthwhile cause. By donating funds raised through the Papa Look-ALikes contest, the Hemingway Look-Alike Society gives back to the community through it's scholarship program.
Coinciding with the July 21st birth date of Ernest Hemingway, this 6 day contest awards a prize to the individual who most looks like Ernest Hemingway.
The "Papa" winner not only receives several prizes, he becomes eligible to judge future Papa Look-ALike contests.
Sloppy Joe'sTribute To Writer Ernest Hemingway
This Key West bar also hosts the famous Sloppy Joe's Toga Party each year during the raunchy and wild Key West Fantasy Fest.
However, there's more to this bar than contests and various Key West parties
held each month. Open from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 a.m. Monday - Saturday, noon - 4:00 a.m. Sundays, patrons are able to relax while ordering from a casual menu that also features a broad selection of wines, beers and specialty drinks.
For those who prefer something more unique, "Joe's Tap Room" serves a variety of specialty beers and craft brews where patrons can relax while watching sporting events on the big screen.
The key to Sloppy Joe's success is a combination of many things. Good food, good drink, and friendly conversation. However, it's the live entertainment and dancing that kicks things up a notch, continually drawing crowds in throughout the day. Starting at noon and rocking until the wee hours of the morning, the bar pulses as conversation and music spill onto the street.
Conversation and Live Music Fill The Air At Sloppy Joes Key West
As one of the more historically important and charming Key West bars, Sloppy Joes Key West also caters to patrons and tourists by carrying a variety of souvenirs and clothing items in their onsite store.
Stepping into this historic Key West attraction on Duval Street
is often like stepping back into time. So much of what was original remains. Worn, a bit more tattered, certainly busier and perhaps louder than in Ernest Hemingway's day, it provides a glimpse of a younger Key West. A peek into an era where famous people gathered, sharing ideas, stories and drinks.
Even though Sloppy Joe Russell died in 1941 at the young age of 53, the tradition of service and revelry he developed, merrily lives on at Sloppy Joes Key West.