You Must Visit Ernest Hemingway's Favorite Florida Bar
After you're done touring the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum in Key West — Hemingway lived in the Florida town for more than a decade — it's time for a tipple.
While there are many fine local restaurants that will dole out a stiff drink, our vote is to head to the author's go-to watering hole: Sloppy Joe's. As Architectural Digest writes of the bar, "Hemingway wrote around two-thirds of his published works in Key West, which is no small feat given that his local [bar] was Sloppy Joe’s. The famed watering hole opened on December 5, 1933—the day Prohibition was repealed—offering 15-cent shots of whiskey," shares Ryan Smith in a piece entitled Ernest Hemingway's 8 Favorite Bars Around the World. "The bar's owner, Joe Russell, operated a speakeasy during Prohibition, supplying Hemingway with Scotch at the time. The bar maintains that frenzied bootleg vibe today, with guests arriving in the early hours of the morning to drink."
Today, the bar tips its hat to the legendary figure by hosting an annual Hemingway look-alike contest and an end of prohibition party, and serving out a Hemingway Mojito for thirsty patrons eager to get some of their muse's divine inspiration.
Next time we travel to Key West, we know we'll be toting along around dog-eared copy of The Old Man and the Sea and grabbing a stool at Monsieur Joe's.
Sloppy Joe's, 201 Duval St., Key West, 305-294-5717
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