Captain Tony's Saloon
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- 98%History Buffs
- 74%Nightlife Lovers
- 63%Local Culture
- 51%Adventure Travelers
- 51%Business Travelers
- 51%Green Travelers
Member Reviews (6)
- Captain Tony's SaloonMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersGreen Travelers+ 1Nov 13, 2013
One of the best dive bars anywhere in the world! In the spot of the original Sloppy Joe's bar, which was Hemingway's old hang out, the saloon is owned and operated by one of Key West's colorful town mascots - Captain Tony. If you've ever heard the Jimmy Buffett song "Last Mango in Paris", it's about the life of Captain Tony. The place is full of character and a dangerous pit stop for anyone trying to stay sober!
- Captain Tony's SaloonMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11Nov 13, 2013
Nearly every visitor to Key West catches wind of the fact that the Sloppy Joe's Bar once had a famous - and highly loyal - client named Ernest Hemingway. What many don't catch on to is that the author's favorite watering hole was actually a much lower-key dive bar down an adjacent side street, now called Captain Tony's. Even fewer realize that Captain Tony himself was almost as interesting and twice as colorful as Mr Hemingway. With memorable details like the full-size tree growing through the roof, walls decorated with undergarments and business cards of people who don't remember being there, barstools engraved with the names of politicians, Hollywood movie stars, authors and rock stars who have sat there before you make this a serious contender for the best place to sip a cocktail in the Keys. Oh, and for good luck, stand outside with your back to the bar and flip a quarter backwards. If it lands in the grouper's mouth - you're destined for a life of fame and wealth. Or at least another rum and coke...
- Captain Tony's SaloonNov 13, 2013
If you want to get away from the cliché, raucous crowds and soak up some local history while sipping on the bar’s own brew, you have found your spot. You could spend hours reading the walls for all the cards, dollars and bras hanging from every surface. Toss a quarter in the grouper, sit under the tree, play some pool or just kickback. This place was just the refuge from the everyday mundane.