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08 Daily Bar Buzz
bar & restaurant daily deals
10 Weekly Bar Buzz
island happy hour guide
14 Key West Event Calendar
event guide february - april ‘10
16 Official Guide to Shots of Key West
by mike marrero
22 Valentine’s Day Do’s & Dont’s
by bill hoebee
greg eppy @ paradise tattoo danny van staden @ fight night in the keys mark richmond @ fogarty’s steve panariello @ digital island media
32 Map of Key West 38 Molotov Cocktails
by david sloan
44 Restaurant & Bar Listings 54 Menus & Delivery Guide
lobo’s, mr z’s & caroline’s
58 Laying the Rascal to Rest
PO Box 4951 Key West, FL 33041 info@KeyWestBarTab.com 305.292.6262 Publisher Lawrence Bradley, Jr email@example.com Assistant Editor Liz Love firstname.lastname@example.org Design David Rappe Allan Castillo Words by Bill Hoebee email@example.com Leigh Pujado firstname.lastname@example.org Mike Marrero www.MarreroStudios.com Cecil Witt Contributors Photography Mark ‘Vote for BarTab’
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Live Music w/ Matt Avery 10pm - late
1128 Simonton 305.296.2807
Acoustic Front Porch Music 6 to 10pm
505 Front 305.295.0501
203 Duval 305.292.1903
Happy Hours 4 - 8pm
Happy Hour 5 - 8pm 2-4-1 drink specials
Sundays Country $5 Mojito & live country music
For a KeyWest Taxi call
305.296.6666 Wii bowling League 7 - 11pm
Extended Happy Hour Sunday & Monday 5pm till midnight!
Taco Tuesday 2 tacos & Milagro margarita for $7
Retro Wednesdays w/ 2 for 1 drinks food & dance music 10pm - 2am
WED THURSDAY SATURDAY
Bottle Cap Island Dogs Lazy Gecko Rum Barrel
Happy Hour Happy Hour 4-8pm noon - 7pm 2-4-1 wells discounted drinks $2 draft, $7 pitcher
218 Duval 305.292.0486
Live Music w/ Matt Avery 10pm - late
Karaoke 9pm - 1am
Live DJ Music 10pm - close
Live Music w/ Matt Avery 10pm - late
DJ Dance Music 11pm - 4am
Live DJ Music 10pm - close
Live Music w/ Matt Avery 10pm - late
Latin Night DJ George Lopez 10pm - 3am
Live DJ Music 10pm - close
528 Front 305.292.7862
Happy Hour 2 for 1 4-7pm wells, domestic drafts & bottles Football Specials $5 Cruzan, Sauza, & Jim Beam $2 shots Yo Philly! Monday $3 Yuengling Pints $9 Cheesesteaks Taco Tuesday $8 Tacos $4 Fresh Sangria, $5 Margaritas Jammin’ Wednesday $3 Red Stripe $4 Cruzan Rum Homestyle Thurs $9 Thanksgiving or Meatloaf Sandwich Barrels of Fun $7 Rum Barrels $7 Island Barrels $6 Dirty Hoes Samba Saturday $7 Leblon Mojito, Caipirinha, or Berry Caipirinha
628 Duval 305.292.1887
525 Duval 305.294.7674
Live Music w/ Caffeine Carl 9:30pm
Rolando & Frito @ sunset
Live Salsa Music Poker Tournament w/ El Caribe play FREE 9:30pm poker @ 7pm
Coconut Races! at sunset, come for a chance to win a bar tab! Robert Albury @ sunset Cuda & Fradley after sunset
Live Bands 9:30pm Live Bands 9:30pm
Live Music Jeff Flannery from N.F.I. 7-11pm
Rolando & Frito @ sunset
Trivia Night! 10pm with 2-4-$10 Rumrunners Live Music at 10pm & 2-4-$10 Margaritas Live Music at 10pm & 2-4-$10 Margaritas
Late Night Happy Hour 4-7pm Happy Hour Happy Hour 50% off 4-7pm 2-4-1 drink specials premium well 2-4-1 drinks 9 - 11pm drinks & beers 25% some apps Robert Albury Sunday, Bloody @ sunset Sunday NFL Package Ken & Jose 2 for $10 all day football! late night Bloody Mary’s Robert Albury $5 Martini Monday Late Night Mojito Monday @ sunset Happy Hour all martinis $5 2 for $12 Wii Bowling 11pm-1am 8pm - close Mojitos after sunset 2-4-1 drinks Robert Albury Live Jazz Poker Tournament @ sunset 2-4-$10 Skipper & friends play FREE Wii Tennis Margaritas 9:30pm poker @ 7pm after sunset
Happy Hour 2 for 1 4-7pm wells, domestic drafts & bottles
S.I.N Night w/ DJ Hov-around
LIVE LIVEMUSIC MUSIC DJ DJDANCE DANCELOUNGE LOUNGE
524 Duval 305.296.8118
0 Duval 305.292.7045
Yo Philly! Monday $3 Yuengling Pints $5 Absolut $9 Cheesesteaks S.I.N Night w/ DJ Hov-around Jammin’ Wednesday $3 Red Stripe $4 Cruzan Rum Irish Sessions 8pm-10pm
Barrels of Fun Fri $7 Rum Barrels $7 Island Barrels $6 Dirty Hoes Irish Sessions 8pm-10pm
509 Southard 305.296-5515
951 Caroline 305.293.5123
Fat Tuesday 305 Duval 305.296.9373
A mostly veggie restaurant open 11am-10pm Monday-Saturday w/ brunch on Sunday 9am-3pm.
Happy Hour 4-8pm, all drinks almost half off & great raw bar specials.
Happy Hour 5-8pm 2-4-1 wells, beers & daiquiris. DJ Music Thurs - Saturday nights.
New Happy Hour 11pm-1am, $2 beers, $4 wells & $4 daiquiris.
Happy Hour 4-7pm daily with “sound-checks” at 5:30pm thoughout the week.
2 Happy Hours 3-6pm & 1pm-2am, $3.50 wells & $1 off all beers. Food till 5am! 20 beers on draft.
Happy Hour open till 6:30pm, 2-4-1 margaritas & $2.50 pints of domestic beer. LIVE MUSIC A ALL DAY LONG!
10 High Def Projection TVs & personal speakers to listen. Late night food till 2am or later.
951 Caroline 305.296.4000
610 Greene 305.296.3230
422 Appelrouth 305.294.2498
Steaks, seafood, martinis & fine wines. Open daily at 6pm.
2 Happy Hours Monday-Friday & check out their “Hurricane Party” Tues, Sept 2nd w/ parties every 1st Tues of the month.
Thursdays Amateur Pole Dancing contest! Happy Hour 1/2 price drinks 8-10pm.
601 Whitehead 305.294.6133
917 Duval 305.295.0111
Open daily at 4pm, dinner 5:30-11pm, light menus severed in the lounge. Saturday night various DJ’S 10pm-1am.
425 Greene 305.296.6420
404 Southard 305.294.5602 The best BBQ in the Keys! till 3am every night. Great outdoor bar, happy hour 4-7pm. $3 wells, $1 off domestic beers.
211 Duval 305.292.1262
509.5 Duval 305.294.7955
Kelly’s Caribbean 301 Whitehead 305.293.8484 Happy Hour 4-7pm $3 margaritas, $2 micro brews & 1/2 priced hot, mild or jerk wings.
When You’re Hung Over, Think of us. Our drivers will deliver a Single Coffee, Con Leche or Hang-Over Helper Smoothie.
We also have Egg and Cheese, Cuban Mix, Club Sandwiches and Rice and Beans. So relax and stay in bed. Let us do the work!
305.294.7787 284 Margaret St. (next to Waterfront Market) Open 6:30 am • 7 days a week
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FEB ‘10 - APRIL ‘10
February 25-March20 Waterfront Playhouse, 310 Wall St A Broadway hit, The Full Monty was nominated for 10 Tony Awards @ 8pm
(305) 295-7047 SteelPulse.com
SM Beach Cafe, 1405 Duval St The biggest drinking event of the year! Kicks off at @ noon. Get your tickets in advance at any of the stroll locations. For info, visit: StPatricksDayBarStroll.com
March 3 4th Annual 80’s Prom Rum Barrel, 528 Front St Personally I think this event is thrown so Burton can wear his favorite outﬁts. Either way, come out & listen to great 80’s tunes, get your Prom photo & see who will win King & Queen! @9pm RumBarrel.com
Sunset Pier, 0 Duval One of Britain’s greatest reggae bands who have been entertaining crowds for 35 years! Authentic roots reggae with touches of jazz & Latin music Doors @ 8pm.
13 St. Patrick’s Day Bar Stroll
(305) 294-5015 WaterFrontPlayhouse.org
11 Steel Pulse
20 Fight Night in the Keys Mallory Square Pro-Boxing returns to Mallory Square with 7 bouts in paradise. WBC International title ﬁght plus Key West favorites Danny Van Staden & Damian Frias. GA tickets $35, VIP & ringside available. (305) 292-0486
16-25 28th Conch Republic Independence Celebration
Kick off party 12pm at Ft Taylor with the Raising of the Colors. Parades, bed races & parties to commemorate the founding of the Conch Republic on April 23, 1982. (305) 294-2298
19 Taste of Key West Truman Waterfront A culinary celebration where Key West’s best restaurants present mouth watering samples of their cuisine to beneﬁt from 6-9pm. (305) 296-6196
19-22 the Ragbirds Sunset Pier, 0 Duval Eclectic, restlessly creative, & poetic - delivered with conﬁdence. A fresh take on folk/roots music. 4 free show @ 8pm. (305) 295-7047 theRagBirds.com
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THE INTRUDER 1 Hour in line to have your picture taken in front of the Southernmost Point 2 Cruise Ships blocking the sunset Mix with one form of random powered transportation i.e. an electric car shaped like a mutated jet ski going 1.75mph down an old town street. Add 3 dashes of “I Love to Fart” or “If Assholes Could Fly this Place Would be an Airport” t-shirts. Serve in a Fat Tuesday yard dog and suck until you have a brain freeze, then commence to cross the street without any regard to oncoming traffic.
FLYING SNOWBIRD 1 Bad Sweater draped around your neck like a douche 23 License Plates from some butt fuck state attached to car going 1.75mph down an old town street… Grrrrr… Fill with one very white table at El Siboney restaurant mispronouncing every Goddamn thing on the menu in a misguided attempt to sound ‘authentic’. Pour into a pretentious and very expensive glass. Serve on the front porch of your new over priced Key West home. Sprinkle with a bunch of pissed off white people because a rooster is crowing outside their house at 5am.
by Mike Marrero
SLOAN’S INFERNO [named for the infamous David Sloan] 7 Nights of no sleep 32 Bottles of Miller Lite 9 Drunken ‘Ghost’ Sightings 1 Food Face made from the remains of a Mr. Z’s slice 3 Dashes of Whatever Random Ass Shit Happens to You that Night – attacked by monkeys, banging an 87 year old grandmother, getting arrested in Cuba etc… Bang shot on table and then toss it over your shoulder Chevy Chase “Caddy Shack” style. Chase it with a shot of rotgut tequila.
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STOCK ON THE ROCKS 3oz of Shrimp Tails 4 Missing Teeth 5 Jigs of Stock Island Gasoline aka ‘Mad Dog 20/20’ 5oz of mullet haired vodka 1 booger
THE BARTAB 5 Embarrassing Bar Shots 3 Increasingly Grumpy Writers that no one reads 47 Inappropriate Remarks from BarTab Larry towards your sister, girlfriend or mother 8 Busted Deadlines [mine not theirs]
Stir ingredients in a falling down trailer somewhere in the middle of 8th Ave while 28 Cubans yell at you for no discernible reason.
Mix in a tall glass and then hurry like mad trying to write your article at the last minute after you just told Larry you emailed your article to him yesterday. Serve chilled and then sit back and relax until your next article is due. Sorry Larry.
A 92 AND 7 1 Tank Top 4376 Justin Timeberlake and/or Rihanna songs in a row 5 Off-Color Remarks from a supposedly straight DJ who likes to refer to Tom Cruise as a ‘steaming pile of man pie’ 1 Healthy Sample of Cheese Fill with a small piece of your soul. Mix in a tumbler and serve piss warm.
BUBBA BUST 8 Gold Chains 4oz of Purified Conch Juice 12 Bud Lights 5 Secret Handshakes
ROOTBEER BARRELL 3oz Root beer Schnapps 1 Green Parrot 5 Good Friends Salute your buddies, drop shot in a glass of ice-cold beer and chug. Loser gladly buys the next round because, while we like to bitch, we are lucky enough to live in paradise. Salute.
Mike Marrero is a photographer, director, artist and writer. You can view his work at www.MarreroStudio.com or find him at the Parrot drinking a barrel.
Fill with Crown and 7. Garnish with a healthy sprinkling of “bubba” and “cuzzy”. Mix well and serve your friends for free but secretly charge the bar $43 per shot. Pocket the money and split with your friends accordingly. 19 KWBT
I just celebrated Valentine’s Day & I couldn’t help but think about how weird of a holiday it is. Legend has it was created by greeting card companies to boost business. You can get a day off to celebrate George Washington’s birthday, but not for a day that’s supposed to celebrate LOVE. If you’re in a great relationship check out now, but if you’re in a blah or crappy relationship, or you were alone this Valentine’s Day, read on, you might learn something [or actually get stupider]. I’ve gotten married on V-Day, dumped on V-Day, stood up and ripped off on V-Day. It is, at best, an awkward “holiday”, although I would imagine Arbor Day is stressful for lovesick lumberjacks. As a young child my mom made me give everyone in class a Valentine’s Day card, most of the other kid’s parents also forced this weirdness upon them. What a great concept of V-Day to develop: Love everybody, or at 22 KWBT
least tell them you do with a small, pink heart-shaped piece of paper with various sized hearts ﬂoating out of Wile E Coyote’s head. Simple, effective, weird. V-Day gets more difﬁcult as we “grow up”. I once stayed home [truant] from school for 3 days after an embarrassing 8th grade incident. When looking for the perfect gift for a girl I liked, I ran across a new bottle of perfume on my mother’s dresser. I thought this gesture would overpower my intended gal because my amateur hypnotism efforts weren’t working. She loved it, mom didn’t. My plan went south when my sister ratted on me, and Mom came to school and yelled at me in front of a bunch of kids. I earned many nicknames from this incident [the most prevalent being “douche”]. That was the ﬁrst of many bad ideas for Valentine’s Day presents. I’ll now share some of the
results from other ones with you. If only one person is helped, my work here is done. I was 17 and had been going with the same girl for several months. Her name was Sue and she was hot! Her mom was always at work so we had the run of the house. She planned a romantic dinner which was ruined during the present opening precursor to dinner. She gave me a teddy bear, silk underpants with our names embroidered on them and a hickie. I gave her a wizard candle and 2 Rolling Rock beers [I drank the other four before my arrival]. Amazingly, the “sin” I committed was not getting a card, instead, I taped a piece of paper to the candle that said, “I hope your mom doesn’t catch us fucking, you rock”. Two smashed beer bottles later [cans would have been a better choice] I was single. Lesson: buy a card and memorize the words the card company supplies. After being quizzed on the content of said card three time, I ﬁnally learned my lesson. At the age of 24, I took my wife to a resort called “Oliver Lover Chalet”. In my defense, it looked good in the brochure. We suffered a two hour drive and a prolonged argument over directions. As it turned out, the only things fucking in this shit hole were rodents and hookers. The eager front desk attendant harkened back to the “Bate’s Motel”. The little lady wouldn’t even go into the room. A long silent ride home resulted in NO sex and the silent treatment for some time. Note: I learned to love the silent
treatment later on in this marriage. Lesson: When planning a romantic trip do more research then pulling a brochure out of the rack at a Turnpike rest stop. The life you save may be your own. The nightmare of the Valentine’s Day wedding would take enough paper to delete a small forest. Sufﬁce it to say, it’s a bad idea. I would have been better off marrying the ice sculpture keeping the shrimp cold. The following a is a partial list of other Valentine’s Day gifts that were also not so well received: Number 5 Taking the 2nd place trophy in the Big John’s Pub [NJ] annual V-Day beer chugging contest before I came home. Number 4 A membership to a gym for her. Number 3 A vacuum and a cookbook. Number 2 Offering to cook dinner for her and totally sucking at it. Number 1 Norwegian death metal CD. So this year, I can only hope you put a little thought into your gift. For example, getting my blow up doll a patch kit. Perhaps if I’d been a little more sensitive in the past I’d still be living in the house I pay for every month. Next year I won’t be shopping for whoever she may be in the appliance section of SEARS. Remember guys, when it comes to Valentine’s continued on pg 25 23 KWBT
http://www.piratesoul.com/rumbarrel/ Day, women are like psychics; they’re the only one’s who know if you’re gonna get laid. So treat your signiﬁcant other to a special night, even if you don’t have much money. You could, for example, wear a shirt that doesn’t smell like a goat raised inside a fart. Let her have full control of the TV remote. Get something you BOTH like for dinner and promise her a 24 hour no ﬂatulence [while you’re awake] vigil.
When it comes to gifts for your special someone, think twice, buy once and keep the receipt. If you ever ﬁnd yourself alone on any V-Day, go to a local strip bar and get yourself a “5 minute girlfriend”. -Bill Hoebee PS My apologies to Larry our publisher for, once again, not writing about his issue “theme” which is drinking shots. I seem to not remember anything when I do.
Bill Hoebee is on weekdays 2-7pm on the Florida Keys #1 radio show, “Hoebee in the Morning” on SUN 99.5 FM & also the host of Keys TV’s Club Hour.
http://www.barefootbillys.com 27 KWBT
BT: Full name, where you from originally? G: Greg Eppy, ‘Woodcock Epstein’ for short. New York – Manhattan. BT: How long have you been in Key West? G: A long time. I think since ’88. BT: What brought you here? G: The weather. The lack of snow. I told myself ‘I want to wear shorts from now on.’ I saw my first Fantasy Fest & said to myself ‘This is good!’
BT: How many tattoos do you have? G: A lot. About 50.
BT: Are there any tattoos that you refuse to do? Like Nazi tattoos or swastikas? G: Personally, I think that people should make their own decisions. I don’t like every idea that someone comes up with, but I’m not going to tell someone that they shouldn’t do something. As far a Nazi symbolism goes, I would rather a guy that’s a Nazi have that symbol plastered on him to identify him than not. There are a few artists here that won’t do them though.
www.keywestbartab.com/interviews/greg_v46.html Click here to read Greg’s entire article.
BT: Where did you start tattooing? G: I got tattooed by a guy I knew in New York. We became friends &I started hanging around his shop. I would help out with things, he started teaching me stuff & like I said, I was a decent artist, so I asked him a lot of questions. I always had an interest in it, but never really the time. After I moved down here, I ended up meeting a couple of other tattooers & things just kinda sprang up from there.
BT: Do you know why until 3 years ago the city of Key West didn’t allow tattoos, but Monroe county did? G: Nobody really knows for sure, but I believe it had to do with the Navy. There were a lot of tattoo shops in Key West back in the day, but the Navy was instrumental in having them shut down back in the 50’s. I actually opened the first tattoo shop in this area since then on Stock Island. No one ever thought about opening a tattoo shop that wasn’t in Key West. I found out that it was legal in the county, just not the city.
by Cecil Witt
BT: You were an artist before you started with the tattoos? What was your medium? G: Yeah, mostly pen & ink.
BT: What’s the funniest tattoo you’ve ever done? G: It’s hard to say. I did have 4 gay guys come in a while back. Three of them got little pigs tattooed on them & the last one got the big, bad wolf tattooed on him. It was pretty funny.
Paradise Tattoo 627 Duval Street
BT: How did you get into the tattoo scene? G: I’ve always been interested in tattoos. I was always a pretty good artist, add some tattooists… & shit happens.
BT: Do you give yourself tattoos? G: A few of them. It’s kinda weird – like collecting art. Just having your own stuff hanging on your walls is kinda weird.
BT: Name, age, originally from? Daniel Van Staden, 32, I was born & raised in South-Africa. BT: How did you end up in Key West? D: My girlfriend’s brother lived here 10 years ago & got into a very serious motorcycle accident. We lived in Minnesota & moved down here to take care of him for 3 months. That was it - I’ve been here for 10 years now.
BT: What is most appealing for you being a fighter in Key West? Most frustrating? D: I love being a fighter in Key West. I have such a big support system. To have a big fan base in a small town is every boxer’s dream. I love my Key West family. You know you have a great support system when people follow you everywhere you fight. Even when I fight out of town, I have people showing up for fights all the time. Most frustrating, I’d have to lie if I say it is frustrating to fight in Key West.
BT: Who’s hotter, ring girls or shot? D: Who is hotter? Have to say ring girls! BT: Any funny bar stories? D: You did not just ask me that. I work with naked girls & drunks! With that combination every day is a funny day at work. BT: Do you have a signature boxing move? D: My straight left is very dangerous, but it is my right upper cut that seems to put my opponents on the canvas. Since I a a south paw [left handed], they do not expect my right hand. BT: Nickname? D: My nickname is ‘White Lion’. BT: Have you played Wii boxing yet? D: I have played Wii boxing once, but sucked at it very bad. Tickets for the March 20th fight are on sale now a BigUns, 218 Duval St or on KeysTix.com
Click here to read Danny’s entire article. www.keywestbartab.com/interviews/danny_v46.html
Danny Van Staden
BT: Tell us about your first KO? D: My first knock out was actually at my pro debut in Chicago back in 2004. I knocked the guy out 22 seconds into the first round.
BT: How long do you train to get ready for it? D: You always stay in shape & ready as a professional boxer, the intensity of workout increases 8 weeks before a fight. I train twice a day; sparing & bag training 4:30-6a & then cardio 2-3p every day. Fight Night in the Keys & BigUns Sports Bar 218 Duval Street
BT: How did you get into boxing? D: I started boxing when I was 9 years-old. I always have loved it. I was South-African champion twice in my amateur career.
BT: When is your next fight? D: My next fight is March 20, 2010, here in Key West at Mallory square. This is our 5th Fight Night in the Keys.
RESTAURANTS & BARS 1 ART BAR 2 BAGATELLE 3 BIG’UNS SPORTS BAR & GRILL 4 BOTTLE CAP 5 CAROLINE’S 6 CUBAN COFFEE QUEEN 7 DANTE’S / PRIME STEAKHOUSE 8 EL ALAMO 9 FINNEGAN’S WAKE 10 GREEN PARROT 11 IRISH KEVIN’S 12 ISLAND DOGS 13 JACK FLATS 14 KELLY’S 15 LAZY GECKO 16 LOBO’S MIXED GRILL 17 MR. Z’S 18 POINT 5 19 PRIME STEAKHOUSE / DANTE’S 20 RUM BARREL 21 SOUTHERNMOST BEACH CAFE 22 SPORTS PAGE 23 SUNSET PIER 24 TAVERN N TOWN 25 VIRGILIOS 26 WILLIE T’S
STORES & SERVICES 1 BAREFOOT BILLY’S 2 CAPRICORN JEWELRY
5 FAST BUCK FREDDIES
3 DIAMOND INTERNATIONAL
6 FURY WATER SPORTS
4 FAIRVILLA MEGASTORE
7 HALF BUCK FREDDIES
http://www.furycat.com/ 8 KW HAMMOCK CO.
11 PIRATE SOUL
9 PARADISE TATTOO
12 SCHWARTZ PROPERTY
10 PEPPERS OF KEY WEST
13 SEACOAST AIRLINES 33 KWBT
BT: Full name, from? Mark Thomas Richmond, Salsbury, Maryland. BT: How long in Key West? M: Since 1981. BT: How long have you been at Fogarty’s? M: About 2 years.
by Cecil Witt
Flying Monkey Bar @ Fogarty’s 223 Duval Street
BT: Single? Married? Divorced? M: I’ve got a girlfriend of 5 years now. Never been married. She’s a keeper – I can’t get rid of her. She puts up with me, so… I gotta keep her! BT: Do you have any advice for the single guys? M: Stay out of the 801! BT: Who is your favorite sports team? M: Miami Dolphins. BT: Wait a sec! You’re from Maryland – how did that happen? M: Well, the Baltimore Colts left in the middle of the night shortly after I moved here, so I had to pick a new team. Then we got Dan Marino in ’83. The first year was great! After that - well… BT: If I gave you $2,000 & the day off – what would you do? M: I would hop on a plane to the Bahamas & hit the casino! BT: If I gave you $2,000 & the week off? M: I would probably stay at the Casa Marina for the week & hit the bar! I love the Casa!
BT: What are some of your likes/dislikes about working at Fogarty’s? M: I love working here! The view is great! I’ve got a lot of respect for them. Anyone that can run 6 restaurants, you gotta hand it to em! BT: What do you suggest to eat at Fogarty’s? M: The Sloppy Grouper Sandwich or the Grouper Karen or the Ribs! We’re not known for the ribs, but they’re awesome! They fall off the bone! And – a Miller Lite – I can make a mean Miller Lite! BT: What frozen drinks would you recommend? M: The Rumrunner is good, the Grainerade is good, & the Pina Colada is good! We use all fresh fruit – only a couple of the drinks come from a mix. BT: If someone wanted to buy you a drink, what should they send your way? M: A Miller Lite & a Jägermeister! BT: Who tips better in this town, strippers or bartenders? M: Bartenders! BT: When you’re not working, what do you like to do? M: Fish! I just bought a new boat! BT: Who puts out more, your boat or the girlfriend? M: [laughs] The boat - definitely!
www.keywestbartab.com/interviews/mark_v46.html Click here to read Mark’s entire article.
BT: Name, age, originally from? Steve Panariello, 43, Long Island, New York.
photo by Mike Marrero
Digital Island Media 955 Carolines Street
BT: How did you end up in Key West? S: In winter ‘99. My Girlfriend at the time’s brother had passed away. A month after I picked Key West as the place to take her to get away. I was so taken by this place that within 10 months I visited twice more. I took the plunge, left a great career, bought a houseboat & started over at 33 years-old. I moved here because of a growing need to figure shit out. BT: First job [paying or non-paying] on the island? S: My first freelance gig in Key West was with Brent from Key West Sound. I helped him wire a house in Cudjoe Key for audio visual. BT: How did you get into video? S: I majored in TV production. I had the perception that TV production jobs were more plentiful & paid well, while filmmakers became starving artists for at least a decade before earning cash. I was right. I also chose it because I knew I wanted a career that was both technically & artistically challenging, never boring & allowed me to travel & meet many different kinds of people. BT: How long have you been doing this? S: My first job in TV was in ‘86. I was vacation relief for network operators at the Viacom headquarters on Long Island. I had to roll tape & take the programs on air.
BT: How did you hook up with Chad Newman [business partner]? S: In 2003 I wanted to get back into filmmaking, so I did a free gig for local screen writer Mark Slater. It was a short pitch film to raise money for the feature length version of the Elena Hoyos story. At the premiere of the pitch film, Chad showed up with a director. He was in town about to do a documentary about the rainbow flag. I was hired to shoot it the next day. We have been working together since. We formed Digital Island Media in 2004, a full service media production company. BT: Have you won any awards? S: I have received several different industry awards over the years, but I just got my first Emmy award in December. It was for coverage of the Vandenberg sinking last May. BT: Any funny stories for a shoot? S: Chad is a former stand-up comic that actually worked the circuit at one time... everyday is funny with him around! BT: Nickname? S: This is a sore subject because I wish I had one of those cool Key West nicknames like Snake or Spider. BT: Favorite cocktail or beer? S: Capt’n Diet with twist of lime. BT: Favorite saying? S: ‘The longest journey in your life is from your head to your heart’, Chief Black Elk 2000.
www.keywestbartab.com/interviews/steve_v46.html Click here to read Steve’s entire article.
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It only takes one shot to get me drunk. I’m not sure if it’s the tenth or eleventh, but one of them does the trick. My appreciation for appetizer-sized portions of liquor developed around the same time as my fascination with ﬁre. Beer didn’t do it for this eight-year-old, so I smuggled a bottle of Southern Comfort from the neighborhood block party, grabbed a can of lighter ﬂuid and headed for my favorite climbing tree. Bottle in hand, I ascended the branches and arrived at my usual perch. The sounds from the block party seemed a world away as I unscrewed the cap, hoisted the bottle to my lips and belted one back like an outlaw in a Spaghetti Western. Water ﬁlled my eyes, my throat burned and my lips pursed as I spit the vile ﬂuid towards a neighboring branch. I imagined John Wayne sitting beside me calling me a pussy as I resisted the urge to throw-up. Not one to disappoint, I regained my composure and went for round two. By the sixth shot I was feeling ﬁne. My legs numbed and my chest was warm. Worries about adding, subtracting and kissing a girl for the ﬁrst time disappeared into the bottle. Time stood still. I was at one with the Universe. The mood seemed right for a small ﬁre, so I nudged the Southern Comfort bottle between two branches, grabbed a can of lighter ﬂuid from my pocket and squirted a reasonable amount on my shoes. From my other pocket I retrieved a pack of matches. The match sparked and I watched in fascination as the blue ﬂame spread across my Pumas, casting an amber glow through the leaves of the old maple tree. The ﬁre seemed like a good idea at the time. It always does. But in less than a minute the ﬂames spread to the nylon tongue 38 KWBT
of the shoe and showed no intention of going out. I smacked the shoe frantically and discovered, for the ﬁrst time, the effects of alcohol on balance and coordination. My unplanned descent from the tree started full force. Everything moved in slow motion as I bounced from one branch to the next. Wood snapped and my body tumbled. As I neared the ground my shoe snagged a broken branch and I dangled upside down with my hands less than a foot from the ground. Gravity-induced sobriety alerted me to the fact that my shoe was still on ﬁre. My attempts to reach up were fruitless and I squirmed like a pig stuck in a snare. The ﬁre continued to burn through the tongue of the shoe until, at last, I was dropped unceremoniously to the solid earth below. A small group of adults from the block party came late to my rescue and asked if I was okay. I looked at them through glazed eyes before speaking. “I need a shot.” Drinking and ﬁre have gone hand in hand ever since. I set the creek on ﬁre while drinking Jack Daniel’s. Our living room fell victim to Peppermint Schnapps. There was an incident involving Jägermeister that resulted in the destruction of the playground at my elementary school and a few other friendly ﬁres I can’t even discuss. My affection for ﬁre and liquor peaked when ﬂaming shots were the rage in nightclubs. I accidentally set a sorority girl’s
hair on ﬁre in Miami. A bouncer in Cancun threw me out of a second story window and into the ocean below when a ﬂaming shot set my Izod on ﬁre. The Volusia County Sheriff asked me not to return to Daytona Beach for Spring Break. My eyebrows were singed for most of the ‘90s and a big part of the reason you don’t see ﬂaming shots in bars anymore is people like me. I needed to learn a lesson. It was delivered in the summer of 2004. I took up temporary residence in Arcadia, Florida. The south-central Florida town produces citrus, sod continued on pg 40 39 KWBT
and beef and is populated by people who have a much closer relationship with the guy on the cross than I do. I purchased a secluded house surrounded by hundreds of acres of orange groves and soon realized that the town folk didn’t like me and I didn’t care so much for them. My main forms of entertainment were shooting guns, burning stuff and drinking, not necessarily in that order. I took to importing friends to ease the boredom and took pride in introducing them to the joys of a Podunk town. My friend Ronit came for a visit and we started on Jägerbombs shortly after the sun came up. By noon we had washed back the Jäger with several Miller Lites. Experience taught me bottles don’t burn as well as the rest of my trash, so I ﬁlled up six of them with premium gasoline and capped them off with strips of an old white T-shirt. My ﬁrst Molotov Cocktails! The Duke would be proud. I chopped down an old orange tree, threw it on top of the trash heap and doused it with the gas that remained. Stepping back a safe distance, I lit the t-shirt fuse and counted to three before hurling it towards the garbage. I hit the target and the pile exploded in ﬂames. I was in heaven. I lit another bottle and handed it to Ronit. She politely declined the ﬁery gift and I launched it away but missed the target. The next four were on point but I saw the missed cocktail had yet to explode. Like any good pyro, I approached the ﬂaming vessel to investigate. What happened next I can only explain as a combination of stupidity, drunkenness and my life-long technique of 40 KWBT
throwing like a girl. I picked the bottle up as if to drink from it and hoisted it behind my shoulder with awkward girly precision. The gasoline ﬂowed from the bottle to my back hitting the fuse on the way. I heard a loud “poof!” I was on ﬁre. If you set yourself on ﬁre, resist the urge to run. The ﬂames were burning my hair when my drill sergeant personality took over and I screamed at myself to stop, drop and roll. I dove into a pile of red ants and squirmed around like someone experiencing a seizure. The ﬂames went out and I looked up to see Ronit staring at me with a look of pity, concern and disbelief. “Are you okay?” she asked. I told her I needed a shot. The incident was a big wake up call for me. It was obvious I had major league problems and I needed to take the necessary steps to make sure this kind of thing wouldn’t happen anymore. I’m proud to say I addressed the problem head on. The ﬁrst call I made was to my father. My voice trembled as I tried to speak, but my voice ﬁnally came through. “Dad,” I said. My Dad could tell something was wrong. My voice quivered again as I asked for the help I was so desperate for. “I need you to teach me to stop throwing like a girl.” My Dad understood. “I know, son. I know.” When I hung up the phone I poured a shot of rum, set it on ﬁre and burned the roof of my mouth. It was the right thing to do. I wouldn’t want John Wayne thinking I was a pussy.
801 Duval, 294 4737
The front bar is the locals’ hangout. Drag shows upstairs at 9 & 11pm, bingo on Sun. In back, Saloon 1 is not for the timid or faint-hearted. 4 TVs [w/ porn]
915 [NINE ONE FIVE] 915 Duval, 296 0669
Med–New American tapas menu with a tuna dome that can’t be missed. One of the ﬁnest wine lists in the Keys with ample indoor & outdoor seating.
ABBONDANZA 1208 Simonton, 292 1199
Warm & comfortable Italian restaurant that’s favored by locals. Enjoy your experience while seated on their comfy couches w/ loads of pillows.
ALONZO’S 700 Front, 294 5880
One of the best views & great 4-6:30p happy hour. Stay after for a top rate menu & seafood selection.
1401 Simonton, 293 0304 BarTab’s favorite sushi dig. Great bar, lounge & restaurant. The new look may be a bit much to some die hard fans, but they are still serving up some of the best sushi in town. 44 KWBT
615 Duval, 294 6565
This amazing Italian restaurant is one of Duval’s ﬁ nest. 100s of wines by the bottle & original Italian menu creations daily. Lunch Mon-Fri 11am-2p & dinner every night at 5p with TK at the bar.
AQUA 711 Duval, 294 0555
Aquanettes perform every night @ 9p, Fri & Sat 9&11p, w/ DJ music after the shows. Dueling bartendrs every Mon 5:30-8:30p, Karaoke at 11p. Texas hold em’ Sat & Sun 3:30 & 5:30p.
901 Caroline, 296 0424
Join them in their ‘Secret Spot’ ~ The BIG BACK DECK, for movies, performance & fun! A unique shopping [& drinking] experience! HH 6-8p.
AZUR 425 Grinnell, 292 2987
Mediterranean specialties is one of Key West’s innovativechef restaurants. Breakfast at 8a Mon-Fri with lunch till 2. Dinner 6-10 Mon-Sat. Brunch on Sundays.
BAGATELLE 115 Duval, 296 6609
Hide from the beer chugging contests of Duval & request your favorite martini for $6 after 10p from Che. Nate or Leah at the bar.
BANANA CAFÉ 1215 Duval, 294 7227
Breakfast or lunch all day. Catch a burger at 9am, or try their crepes until they close at 4p [5p on weekends].
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1029 Truman, 296 3979
The name says it all. Opens at 4p w/ happy hour on pretty much all drinks till 8p. Nightly drink specials after that.
BEACH BAR @ the Pier House 01 Duval 296 4600
Stop by for lunch or just sit Oceanside at the bar & soak in some of their island drinks. Ask about their live music.
700 Front, 294 5880 Feeling swanky? Go upstairs at A&B Lobster for one of the best menus in town. Great view of the harbor. & the only cigar bar in town.
BETTER THAN SEX
411 Petronia, 296 8102 Erotically charge atmosphere, sporting dishes like Jungle Fever & Missionary Crisp. Open Wed-Sun, 6pm-midnight.
BIG’UNS 218 Duval, 292 0486
Food served all day & till 4a. Bar stays open late night. Live music around sunset & DJ rule late night 5 days a week. Back bar with games & 4 pool. 15 TVs & 4 projection TVs.
BLACKFIN BISTRO 918 Duval, 509 7408
Bustling bistro with fantastic outdoor dining. Offers savory bistro cuisine with a true key-west ﬂare. From breakfast inside with a view of Duval to late night on their back deck & Garden Bar, this is the spot!
✆ reservations recommended U upscale F food served G food served late S sports
Cats & chickens living in harmony & an award winning wine list which complements extraordinary food.
BLUE MOJITO 601 Front
At the Hyatt, plenty of waterfront couches to chill on. Get a little sun or hang in the shade. Light food served from daily & offering 20% locals’ discount.
BOBBY’S MONKEY BAR
900 Simonton, 294 2655 One block off Duval, activities provided through the week. Karaoke 9p Mon, & Wed - Fri. Tues 7p pool tourney. HH noon-8p on beer & wells.
BOGART’S 900 Duval, 296 0637
Escape Duval Street in this east-side bar. Kick your feet on one of their couches. Mix w/ the Key’s Irish implants. 2 TVs, 1 pool, juke tunes
BOURBON STREET 724 Duval, 294 9354
The ultimate guys only night out. Porn on TV, dancers on bars, & pool w/ waterfall. Mon is movie night & 2-4-1 Tues. 16 TVs [2 big, 3 w/ porn]
BOTTLE CAP 1128 Simonton, 296 2807
Cool lounge design & a rock n’ roll twist, Raven Cooper Band Thurs @ 10p, DJ Music Fri & Sat., Great Food till midnight. Pool room w/ Aaron & Steve tendin’. Happy hour 4-7 p. Carolyn doing Friday charity happy hour 4-8p.
BULL & WHISTLE 224 Duval, 296 4565
Live music all day, everyday. Get 2-4-1 margaritas [or one large] at the bar or grab a table & ask Lynn or Vicky for Debbie’s award winning Bloody Maria!
THE CAFÉ 509 Southard, 296 5515
Mostly vegetarian entrees, sandwiches & awesome veggie burger. Organic wines & specialty beers & herbal teas. Open daily Mon–Sat & brunch on Sunday 9am-3p. Delivery or take out.
CAFÉ SOLÉ 1029 Southard, 294 0230
A few blocks from Duval & some of the most authentic cuisine this side of Paris. Fine wine, sherry & ports.
CAMILLE’S 1202 Simonton, 296 4811
A locals’ favorite w/ a menu that changes daily. Serving a fantastic breakfast, lunch & dinner. HH 4-7p. Opens 8am-10pm[ish].
CAROLINE’S 310 Duval, 294 7511
This totally outdoors bar/restaurant is awesome. Great for people watching. Marc & the lovely Bethany in command. Delivery available. 2 TVs
CPS SPORTS BAR 908 Kennedy, 294 4818
Hidden in the minimalls of new town, this is an escape from the clubs on Duval. HH 4pm-8pm, 13 TVs, 3 pool
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729 Thomas, 296 8666
1 Duval, 296 4600, ext 477
One of Key West’s oldest. Tucked inside the Pier House, opens at 4p w/ $3 Bacardi. 2 TVs
COLOMBIAN GRACE 223 Petronia, 517-6449
Just a short walk off Duval, serving fresh, unique, homemade Colombian food. With 2-4-1 sangrias & mimosas Tues-Thurs (see ad). CG is open for breakfast & lunch 9a-2p & dinner 6-10p, off on Mondays.
THE COMMODORE 704 Front, 294 9191
On the harbor walk, come to experience their spectacular creations. Stop in the lounge & have a nip on a Frost Bite. Open 5:30p.
CONCH REPUBLIC 631 Greene, 294 4403
This open-air bar offers dozens of rums & then some. Plenty of seats at the bar, w/ live music every night. Be sure to ask about the rum sampler.
CONCH TOWN TAVERN
3040 Roosevelt Previously the Esquire lounge & located next to the CT liquor store, this is a great New Town hang out. Awesome prices, 2 pool tables & Sa slingin’ drinks.
CORK & STOGIE
1218 Duval, 517 6419 Booze & cigars, C&S is open 10a-11p. Daily wine tastings & the only place in town to get Key West Factory cigars. Free Wiﬁ for customers.
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200 sq ft located roadside in front of Waterfront, offering you essential smoothies, coffees & sandwiches to get your day started right. Open 6:30a with delivery.
951 Caroline, 293 5123 Pool side drinking & dining for people of all ages. HH Mon-Fri 4-8p w/ all drinks almost half price & raw bar specials everyday with Jo, Allison & Tiffany. 15 TVs
DONS’ PLACE 1000 Truman, 296 8837
Closed only 3 hours, 6 days a week. Opens 7a & stays open till 4a. 10 TVs, 1 pool, 1 dart, 1 GT, juke tunes.
1007 Simonton, 296 4900 Specializing in Steak & Lobsters. Open for lunch & dinner, this is a great place to bring the family for a night out. Try Duffy’s special coffee rum.
208 Duval Duval’s hidden sports bar encased in the back of the Rick’s complex. At night the TVs become secondary as bands that take the stage. 15 TVs
EL ALAMO 4 Charles, 517 6350
Key West’s newest music venue. Drink specials all day & $1 draft offered. Plenty of drinking friendly games to play. Music Tues-Sunday 9p-2a.
EL MESON DE PEPE’S 410 Wall, 295 2620
Some of the best Cuban in Key West & located on Mallory Square w/ live music daily. Dishing out the strongest Mojito this side of Cuba.
EL SIBONEY 900 Catherine, 296 4184
When your pockets are feeling light, Siboney can at least keep your belly full with great Cuban food at extremely reasonable prices.
FAT TUESDAY 305 Duval, 296 9373
“Home of the World Famous Frozen Drinks” direct from New Orleans placed conveniently on Duval. Ask for your tooter as well. 8 TVs, 1 pool.
FINNEGAN’S WAKE 320 Grinnell, 293 0222
Probably the best draft selection in the lower keys & a sweet outdoor patio. You can get served food here till at least 1a.
FLAMING BOUT FILET CO. 1100 Packer, 295 7970
Fresh dishes & local seafood served daily. The Lobster Mac & Cheese is a must. Dine in or take out with delivery as well. Open 6p Tues-Sunday.
227 Duval, 294 7525 A slew of local & tourist friendly bartenders. The back bar is a haven for locals at night. Lunch & dinner at great prices. 20 TVs [8 in A/C!]
284 Margaret, 294 7787
CUBAN COFFEE QUEEN
314 Duval, 292 4740
Proving to be an outstanding decision for lunch &/or dinner. Serving one of the best menus in town, plus mojitos & the Grand Margarita.
GRAND VIN 1107 Duval, 296 1020
This wine shop & bar is a great place to start or end an evening. Buy a bottle, then head to the porch for a table. Vin pours wine by the glass & a few beers.
GREEN PARROT 601 Whitehead, 294 6133
Probably the biggest anchor in town. The best live acts in the Keys w/ Pat, Beav & Jim who make slinging drinks look as easy as drinkin’em. 4 TVs, 2 pool, 1 dart.
GUY HARVEY 511 Greene, 295 0019
Pouring $1 drafts daily w/ a $5 Mt Gay Rum special. Open at 11a & serving a late night menu after 10p. Stop by to see original Guy Harvey art.
HALF SHELL RAW BAR 231 Margaret, 294 7496
Great raw bar on the harbor walk. Great bar to kick a few back & relax. Local’s favorite every hour. Happy hour 4:30-6:30p.
HARD ROCK CAFÉ 313 Duval, 293 0230
The Key’s very own Rock & Roll museum w/ a multi-level patio bar & restaurant. Plenty of Key West Hard Rock goods available, too. 9 TVs
✆ reservations recommended U upscale F food served G food served late S sports
Housing live music Thurs-Sun while chowin’ on their Hogﬁsh sandwich. Breakfast Sat & Sun at 8a. HH 4-7p Mon-Sat. 4 TVs, 1 pool
HOG’S BREATH 400 Front, 296 4222
Catering to the tourist crowd & also remains a favorite of locals. Hosting some of the best bands in town. 6 TVs
HOT TIN ROOF 0 Duval, 296 7701
Check out the lounge & ask Sheila & Zack about the Hot-Tintini. Sit back & take in the beautiful mahogany bar. Opens at 6p. Sheila & Zack pourin’ martinis.
HURRICANE HOLE 5110 Overseas Hwy, 294 0200
At Hurricane Hole Marina, across the Stock Isl. bridge. A haven for locals to hang out on the water. Sunday brunch w/ full liquor bar. Happy hour 4-7p everyday.
IGUANA CAFE 425 Greene, 296 6420
Rolling out a revamped breakfast menu, serving food 8am2a [or later] steps away from the 200 block of Duval. Home to over 20 drafts & a full liquor bar. Open 7 days a week.
3850 N. Roosevelt, 294 9986
Located at the Holiday Inn, Kahoot serves breakfast all day & has HH from noon-7p. Game room for the kids or you once your buzz is on.
Watch Guinness chugging contests on stage, accompanied by live music all day long. Great new draft system with over 25 ﬂavors! Dave & Heath behind the bar keeping you sloshed.
211 Duval, 292 1262
ISLAND DOGS 505 Front, 295 0501
Serving up $3 Bacardi mojitos everyday, all day. Blue Martini Thurs gets ladies $6 martinis. Food served until 3a or later in a plush bar & lounge setting.
JACK FLATS 509 1/2 Duval, 294 7955
Get your face here on game day or chill with the cool bar staff the rest of the days. Doug & Matt represent late night. Great grub served to 1a or later. 38 TVs [10 huge]
303 Whitehead, 293 8484
Spectacular outdoor dining area to enjoy Key West’s days & nights. HH 4-7p on drinks & wings at the bar. Try one of the micro brewed beers poured by Christopher, Doug, Jenny & Erica.
1114 Duval, 294 8859
Listen to some of Key West’s & NYC’s best performers at this Duval Street piano bar. Opens everyday at 5p.
KWEST 705 1/2 Duval, 292 8500
Shows nightly at 10p. Guys, amateur night is on Sat [w/ $2 Bud & Bud Lts.], think you got it? 2TVs [1 ﬂat w/ nude show]. HH open–8p.
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LA TE DA
6810 Front [Stock Isl.], 293 4041
1125 Duval, 296 6706
Outside full liquor bar. Shows in the Crystal Room & piano bar. HH 12-7p on beer, wells & wine.
524 Duval, 296 1075
Probably the Keys’ best Italian! Classic cuisine & impressive wine list. The street side bar is perfect to sip on libations w/ Erin & Kathy.
LAZY GECKO 203 Duval, 292 1903
Corey, Rey & the chicks throwin’ the best party! Ladies drink free Thurs 12-4a. Redneck Wed w/ $1 beers. HH 5-8p [till midnight Sun & Mon]. 11 TVs [10 ﬂat]
LIGHT 422 Appelrouth
Your escape for late night DJ tunes. Happy hour 10p-1a, beers & drinks 2-4-1. Live DJ playing the best dance music, electronic, techno & house every night.
LOUIE’S BACKYARD 700 Waddell, 294 1061
Hang out ocean side on the After Deck & sip on some of Louie’s passion. Lunch 11:30a & dinner 6p.
MANGIA MANGIA 900 Southard, 294 2469
Fresh seafood homemade pasta everyday & the keys most famous pesto. Great outdoor garden to dine it. Offering over 400 different bottles of wine. Open 5:30p daily, no reservations accepted.
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Located at the corner of Duval & Angela, Mangoes has a very classy & relaxing dining patio complete w/ an outdoors bar. Open 11am-1a.
917 Duval, 295 0111 European style restaurant nicely settled on upper Duval. Saturday night various DJs play lounge tunes 10pm-1a with 1/2 price well drinks from 1011p. Great menu & street-side lounge.
MICHAELS 532 Margaret, 295 1300
Located in the back streets of Old Town, this is a Key West favorite. Owner & Chef Michael Wilson offers a classic menu w/ an island twist.
423 Duval, 305 292 0486 Old Town’s largest selection of beers — both domestic & imports. Cheapee’s offers a wide variety of liquors & wines to suit every taste and every price range.
501 Southard, 305 296 4445
LF Grinders, pizza,
& the best Cheesesteaks in Key West! Open till 4a every night, just a half block off Duval. See their menu on page 51.
OLD TOWN MEXICAN CAFÉ 609 Duval, 296 7500
Passive ethnic décor enhances your Mexican experience. Beer & wine w/ a handful of Mexican beers, but we opt for the pitchers of sangria.
ORIGAMI 1075 Duval, 294 0092
Outdoor sushi restaurant, coupled w/ astounding sushi. Beer & wine as well as a large supply of sake.
PEARL’S 525 United, 292 1450
The Distinctive Resort for Women in Key West. Poolside bar & food served. 2 blocks from the Southernmost Point. HH Mon-Sat 5-7p.
PISCES 1007 Simonton, 294 7100
Pisces has received awards from Zagats & AAA 4 diamond & original Warhols on the wall. Open at 6p & reservations recommended.
Situated atop 915, pouring a variety of beers & wine w/ a light tapas menu. Beautiful petriﬁed wood top bar & a 2nd story balcony makes people watching easy while relaxing on Duval street. Open 6pm-2am nightly.
915 Duval, 296 0669
PRIME STEAKHOUSE 951 Caroline, 296 4000
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This tucked away gem is located upstairs from Dante’s. Serving $5 martinis at the bar all summer long, plus their upscale steak & seafood menu is complemented by a excellent wine list.
407 Front, 295 7447
best seafood in town. Steps away from Mallory Square, great pre & post-sunset destination with $5 margaitas everyday.
700 Duval, 292 4606
208 Duval, 296 4890
Slim pickings on Rick’s dance ﬂoor guys? Go towards Durty Harry’s & duck into the Garter to see all of the beautiful ladies of Rick’s.
208 Duval, 296 4890
Hormone-fueled crowds dance to DJ’s spinning dance melodies at 8p w/ 2 decks above Duval. Downstairs offers laid back live music. Karaoke every night. Fred & Spencer on crowd control.
ROOFTOP CAFE 308 Front, 294 2042
Great deck overlooking Front St. Live music playing regularly with a great martini list. Opens at 10:30a.
528 Front, 292 7862 Here is your Eagles’ & Philly’s Southernmost headquarters. Sweet upper deck with outdoor pool table & live music on weekends. 10 ﬂat HD TVs. More than 100 rums poured by Jodi, Jay & Casey.
RUM RUNNER’S HOUSE
1117 Duval, 296 2680 Open till 1a or later. This rum & cigar bar has a walk-in humidor & plenty of cigar selections. Full liquor bar & HH 4-7p.
708 Duval, 517 6212 Cuban fare in the on Duval. Serving breakfast, lunch & dinner.
✆ reservations recommended U upscale F food served G food served late S sports
Best authentic Mexican food in Key West! Eat chips & salsa till you can’t anymore. Open Tues-Sun 11am10pm, 11p on the weekends.
SALUTE 1000 Atlantic, 292 1117
Get to Higgs Beach for a terriﬁc beach front treat. A casual atmosphere dishing up lunch & dinner. HH 4-7p w/ $1 off drinks. Opens 11:30am
207 Petronia, 296 7691 Enjoy a unique dining experience. With over 30 tapas style dishes & great wine. Escape the crowds at this cozy restaurant in the heart of Bahama Village.
202 William, 292 3302
Spacious marineside bar where the din of local chatter & live music ﬁlls the air. See the only Bar Magician in the Keys. 2 TVs, 1 pool
3101 N. Roosevelt, 294 8600
Steak, chicken & seafood. All you can eat shrimp or Mahi Mahi for $11.95 all day. Opens at 11:30a with covered dock side dining.
623 Olivia, 296 2777
Nestled in Key West‘s the sleepy back streets, 7 Fish has become a favorite for “locals in the know”. Eclectic menu w/ emphasis on local catch.
628 Duval, 292 1865
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Great selection of ales & great Irish food served till 3a. You can always ﬁnd Barry & Peter up for a drink. 7 TVs, 1 GT ‘06, internet juke tunes.
SHOR 601 Front, 809 4000
Savor million dollar bay views and delicious cuisine with the freshest catch from land and sea in this extraordinary new Key West restaurant.
SLOPPY JOE’S 201 Duval, 294 5717
With enough entertainment from people watching alone, but they also complement it w/ live music all day. Check out the their Backroom Saloon.
SOUTHERNMOST CAFÉ 1405 Duval, 295 6550
This beach side restaurant braves the morning to serve breakfast. One of the few bars on Key West w/ a beach. Chair rentals & $3 food & drink happy hour 4–7p. 5 TVs
610 Greene, 296 3230 Enjoy yourself at this local watering hole. Guaranteed 15 min lunch Mon-Fri. Food till 3a & 2 HHs daily. 2-4-1’s 4-8p & half priced drinks 11pm-1a. 6TVs, 3
1075 Duval, 296 4300 In Duval Square plaza, w/ a menu of largely American-style seafood. Try Patrick’s “Monkey Nuts”. B&L served 11am–3pm, Dinner starts at 6p. 50 KWBT
STICK N’ STEIN
1126 N Roosevelt, 296 3352
Housing over 80 TVs, 4 bowlingo lanes, 10 pool tables, 6 Golden Tees, this could be the entertainment capital of Key West.
0 Duval, 296 7701
This could be the beginning or end of your Duval crawl. A great place for sunsets, try the Monkey Love or a Funky Fish cocktail. Stephen Marley Feb 27th.
TAVERN N TOWN
3841 Roosevelt, 296 3676 Rated the best restaurant & bar in the US by Marriot guests.
The T&T has a 2-4-1 happy hour everyday, plus on Tues & Thurs 2-4-1 tapas at the bar.
218 Duval, 292 0486 Now moved slightly, the new Teaser’s has slick lighting & sound system. Plenty of girls hanging out all night
long. Grey Goose VIP room available.
430 Duval, 296 2991
WUOM Seven stories above
the Crown Room, best known for their sunset view. One of, if not the best sights in Key West. Full moon party every month.
231 Margaret, 294 2640 This harbor front restaurant serves a smokehouse fare w/
breakfast 7-11a. Awesome view at the TK tower bar. Great sunset view w/ HH 4-6:30p.
1900 Flagler, 295 8880
524 Duval, 296 8118
The backyard of La Trat becomes the best late night, upscale martini bar. Great patio, this classy bar has live jazz music Wen & Thurs, rotating bands Fri & Sat & DJ’s late night & becomes home of the $5 martini every Mon night!
700 Front, 295 5222
Featuring Key Lime martinis w/ graha cracker rims poured daily. Beer, liquor & wines, available to-go as well.
WILLIE T’S 525 Duval, 294 7674
Late night menu with panini, pizzas & more. Peggy serving 31 ﬂavors of mojitos & happy hour 4-7p with 50% off premium well drinks & beers. Mojitos Monday 2-4-$12. Bands take the stage throughout the week @ 7p & Fri & Sat @ 3p & at 7p.
WINE GALLEY PIANO BAR One Duval, 296 4600
One of Key West’s newest additions, specializing in wine & martinis. Ladies night on Tuesday & happy hour all night, every night. A perfect spot to sneak away with friends or to ﬁnd new ones.
WORLD’S SMALLEST BAR 124 Duval, 294 8507
The world’s smallest bar lives up to its name. Blink & you might miss it. This place stays open late night on Duval.
✆ reservations recommended U upscale F food served G food served late S sports
Appetizers Tex-Mex Rolls 7.95 Egg Rolls w/ spicy Chicken, Corn, Black Beans, Cheese & Onion Redenbacher Shrimp 9.95 Bite sized Shrimp fried golden brown, with Cocktail Sauce Tomato Lovers’ Bruschetta 7.95 Baguette, w/ Tomatoes, Garlic, Mozzarella, & Balsamic Vinegar Quesadillas Chicken or Shrimp 8.95 w/ Jack & Cheddar, Peppers, Onions, Tomatoes & Jalapenos Buffalo Style Chicken Wings 7.95 Mild, Medium, or Hot with Celery & Bleu Cheese Dressing
Fresh Green Salads The Bittersweet 9.95 Endive, Arugula, Gorgonzola Cheese, Candied Pecans, & Spring Lettuce in a light Vinaigrette Caesar Salad 7.95 add Chicken or Shrimp 9.95 Macon & Bacon 9.95 Crispy Fried Chicken, Roasted Corn, Sweet Onions, Crunchy Bacon, & Maple Georgia Pecans, with Romaine Lettuce, & our own Home-style Ranch Dressing Southwestern Chicken Salad 9.95 Grilled Chicken, Roasted Corn, Black Beans, Tomatoes, Tortilla Strips, & Cheddar & Jack Cheeses, in a Spicy Lime Dressing
Sandwiches served with French Fries. Delivered sandwiches served with Potato Chips. Cajun Blackened Chicken Sandwich 7.95 Cajun Chicken w/ Cheddar, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion & Spicy Mayo Caroline’s Famous Fish Sandwich 9.95 Fresh Fried Golden Brown with Lettuce, Tomato & Tartar Front Street Club 7.95 Turkey, Ham, Provolone, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato & Mayo Cuban Mix 8.95 Pork, Ham, Bacon, Pickles, & Mustard on Grilled Cuban Bread Rev. Joe’s Burger 8.95 The BIGGEST, the BEST, served with Lettuce, Tomato, Onion add Bacon or American, Provolone, or Cheddar $1 each
Caroline’s Favorites Chicken Broccolini 13.95 Grilled Chicken Breast, Penne Pasta, & Fresh Broccoli, in a creamy Parmesan/Romano Sauce Kingston Chicken 15.95 Spicy Marinated Jerk Chicken with Rice, Black Beans, & fried Plantains (Breast & Wing with Bones) Spicy Cajun Jambalaya 16.95 sautéed Shrimp, Chicken, & Andouille Sausage, Peppers, Onions, & Tomatoes, over Rice
ROLL-UP SANDWICHES $7.95 MONSTER VEGGIE
RIB EYE ROLL-UP
Jack & Swiss, packed with veggies & Dill Dressing
Sliced & Grilled Marinated Steak, Jack Cheese, Onions, Mushrooms, Lettuce, Tomato, BBQ Mayo
Grilled Portabello Mushrooms, Tabouleh, Jack, Onions, Lettuce, Tomato & Basil Mayo
Smoked Turkey Breast, Jack, Bacon, Avocado, Scallions, Lettuce, Tomato, Honey Mustard
Turkey Breast, Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, Onions, Lettuce, Basil Mayo
Baked Ham, Swiss, Pineapple, Lettuce, Tomato, Onions, Horseradish Sauce
Select Fried Oysters, Cheddar, Bacon, Lettuce, Onion, Tomato, Basil Tartar Sauce
SPICY SHRIMP ROLL
Crispy Fried Shrimp, Jack, Onions, Lettuce, Tomato Avocado, Wasabi Sauce
Roast Pork, Baked Ham, Turkey Breast, Lettuce, Tomato, Onions, Dill Pickle Slices, Mustard & Mayo
Crispy Fried Fish, Cheddar, Tomato , Onions, Baby Greens, Key Lime Tartar
Flour tortillas, filled with cheddar & jack, grilled until golden brown with sour cream & salsa
SPINACH & CHEESE
with Mushrooms & Onions
with Bacon, Avocado & Scallions
DELUXE BURGERS Ground fresh daily, hand molded & formed into half pound patties and then cooked to order. Truly the best burger in Key West!
Blue Cheese Crumbles, Applewood Smoked Bacon Lettuce, Tomato
CHAR-GRILLED BURGER $ 6.95
with Lettuce, Tomato & Pickle
Our homemade tortilla chips smothered with melted cheese & served with sour cream & salsa on the side
JERK CHICKEN NACHOS
The same as above, but add our grilled jerk chicken breast
Jack Cheese, Avocado, Sprouts Lettuce, Tomato, Spicy Chipolte Mayo
CHEFâ€™S, CURRIED CHICKEN, GARDEN, DILL TUNA or BASIL CHICKEN served with your choice of Bleu Cheese, Italian, Honey Mustard, Caesar, Ranch or Vinaigrette
choose American, Cheddar, Jack or Swiss $7.25
MAKE YOUR OWN BURGER Choose any combination or substitute a Morningstar Veggie Burger or Chicken Breast! See our entire menu at:
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Fries $2.50 small $4.50 BIG Onion Rings $5 Cheddar Stuffed Jalapenos $5.75
I have lost sleep this week over whether or not to write this column about the recent passing of long time Key West bartender Frank Carroll. I thought long & hard about what my fellow island drink slinger & buddy would want me to do & I believe I can envision his response. Frank would shrug his shoulders, toss his palms up, shrivel his face into a caricature of himself, snicker & say, “Sure, eulogize me Baby! But make it funny!” So, as difﬁcult as it is to spin a eulogy into something funny for an entertainment magazine, I am going to give it my best shot. Many folks remember Frank as the sometimes surly but always funny bartender with the Boston ball cap & 100 watt smile. From the early days at Gato Gordo to his many years behind the bar at The Hog’s Breath & 58 KWBT
more recently Hurricane Hole, Frank was the consummate witty wise ass. Sometimes frosty to the tourists, always warm & fuzzy to the locals, he was a lovable character, even when you wanted to hit him. Which reminds me, I did hit him once. Quite a few Fantasy Fests ago, as I was passing through the Parrot en route to Kelly’s Kinky Carnival in costume, an intoxicated man ﬂipped my skirt up & smacked me on the ass. Without even looking to see who the ass smacker was, I reacted by turning around & jacking the guy in the face. The smacker turned out to be Frank & he wailed, “Ah, dammit Leigh, it’s just me!” Although I felt badly that he had to tend bar at the Hog all through Fantasy Fest with a black eye, Frank learned a valuable lesson: It’s never alright to ﬂip up skirts &
smack asses, not even those of your friends. Ever since that incident, he always approached me with caution, announced his presence & then ASKED if he could kiss me on the cheek. But Frank was more than just smacks & giggles. He was a talented & creative guy in both carpentry & in the kitchen. Many folks knew he kept a wood shop in Bahama Village, but most people didn’t realize that Frank was also a trained chef. As the lucky recipient of some of his cooking I can attest that the man could cook. Back when I worked late nights at Schooner Wharf, Frank used to bring me weekly Tupperware dinners of his home cooking. To this day I still make his recipe for ham & split pea soup. His goofy antics & his penchant for functioning while severely hung over served many times as fodder in my columns. Once I wrote “Bar Anthropology,” a spoof on Latin genus & phylum of the types of customers one ﬁnds in a bar. Frank served as the inspiration for: “Regularectus-Rumplectus: a very regular customer who drinks lots of Rumplemintz.” [That was long before his Black Russian days, when he still was on the Amstel & Rumple.] He also inspired the Category Three Hangover description from “Rate Your Hangover” circa 2003, when his Hog’s Breath co-workers told on him, “You show up to work 20 minutes late with your shirt on inside-out. Your cognitive capacities have certainly been compromised,
you smell like booze & are functioning on autopilot.” All silly drinking stories aside, sitting at Frank’s bar was truly a pleasure. Always offering a goofy grin & a wise crack or two, he was a treat, even when some rotten tourist had just ordered ﬁve Rum Runners & every other word out of his mouth began with the letter “f.” From the other side of the bar, Frank was also an awesome customer. I miss my Saturdays with him at the Parrot when he would saunter in, plop down atop a stool & start storytelling. The guy could always light up the bar with his humor & his wit. & it should be noted, he was a fat tipper, even when he himself was down on his luck. I sat at the Parrot with Brigg & Ginger the night I got the news he was gone. We were trying to come up with the perfect words to describe our friend. “He was funny!” said Ginger. “He was a rascal!” I said. “He was always horny!” said Brigg. Throw “caring” & “creative” into the mix, & I think we’ve got our epitaph. I’ll miss you, buddy! Leigh Pujado February 2010 firstname.lastname@example.org www.drinkslingershandbook.com 59 KWBT