Welcome to the World Famous Sloppy Joe’s Bar here on Duval Street in Key West. It’s here that famed writer Ernest Hemingway came to hangout with the locals after a bout of writers block or day out on the water with his friend and fishing buddy Sloppy Joe’s owner and name sake founder Joe Russell. It’s here once a year that the Ernest Hemingway look-alike contest is also held every July.
Admission is FREE 99% of the year to walk in and peruse taking photos except New Years and other high traffic events and holidays. This is Key West’s #1 hangout and is ALWAYS crowded so come early if you want to listen to a free band or eat at one of its tables or bar. The walls are covered with memorabilia of Hemingway’s days as a patron among other pure Key West decorations. A souvenir shop is also available to purchase a friends trinket in order to rub in the fact of being in Key West Paradise when they were stuck behind an office cubicle working! 🙂