With a tag line of “A last little piece of Old Key West”, one might believe that the Schooner Wharf Bar has been around for a long time. Well, it hasn’t been in the historic seaport neighborhood of Key West forever, but has been providing a comfortable, rustic, mariners atmosphere since the seaport went “tourist” several years ago. Read More »

Some may remember “Awful Arthur’s” on Angela Street, just off of Duval. Well, after several tries over the past several years, the now defunct “Arthurs” has become just a faint memory. We’ve heard said, “all things happen for a reason”. So I have to assume Cowboy Bill’s was the reason here; a different, but refreshing, new saloon for the ever diverse Key West drinking crowd.
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With a circa 1890 to it’s name, the Green Parrot claims to be the oldest bar in Key West. And when you stroll into the establishment at 601 Whitehead Street, you can easily discern that this place has been around a long time. With it’s crooked roof eaves, concrete floors with sporadic broken green vinyl tiles and smoke dinged wall mounted memorabilia, you get the feeling that you’ve walked into an old Key West saloon that contains many fascinating stories.
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A favorite Key West spot for a great casual meal was Old Town’s “The Meteor Smoke House” on Southard Street, right next door to the Green Parrot Bar. The smoked ribs, pork and brisket were the best in town and the daily specials Monday through Friday were the only reason I even tried to remember what day it was. So did you notice this is written in past tense?
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There are only a few bars in Key West that are recognized as “world renown”. Sloppy Joe’s is at the top of that list. Being one of the rock’s oldest bars and having the distinction of being Ernest Hemingway’s favorite pub, more tourists flock to the Duval Street watering hole than anywhere else on the island.
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