Hayday with Hayney in Key West
The dude's name is Hayney, he's got a
convertible, a locals knowledge of the Florida Keys and more Jimmy Buffett
music than probably The Man himself.
Add to the fact that Hayney can load up a cooler the way my mother
can pack car, and I was in business for my first visit to Cayo Hueso,
as the Cubans call Key West.
fact, it was Hayney, along with his buddy
Laz that in essence created the very first PubClub trip (though
long before the Internet came along). A couple of friends were headed
down A1A to Key West and Hayney and Laz put together the now-famous
(at least to us) "Killer Key West Itinerary."
It included a stop-by-stop drive down U.S. Highway 1 from the beginning
of the Florida Keys south of Miami all the way to the Conch Republic.
The details were so fine it included the best place for not only the
"Pain in the Ass" drinks but for beer huggies. Once in Key
West, it featured the finest in bars, cuisine and good times.
That Killer Itinerary soon became "the bible" for friends
and friends of friends visiting Key West, and now I was about to experience
My excuse was St. Patrick's Day and Hayney was taking me to a pub crawl.
It was at this event the previous year where he met his girlfriend,
Mary, while both were walking across Duval Street on their hands and
knees in a desperate attempt to get from the Hog's Breath to Sloppy
The drive from Hayney's home in West Palm Beach, took the usual eight
hours as we made all the necessary stops along the way (see the
Florida Keys for a full report on how to get in the proper
Key West mood).
We arrived not by accident but by design at sunset. Key West, for those
of you unfortunate enough not to know, celebrates sunsets the way the
rest of the world celebrates New Year's Eve. It's a festival full of
street performers, bands and thousands of revelers. We watched it from
the deck of our suite at the Ocean Key House, Key West's premier hotel.
From there, Hayney and Mary put a concert ticket in one of my hands
and a rum drink in another and took me outside. We went to see The Radiators,
a New Orleans institution that happened to be playing in a lagoon that
appeared to be straight out of Gilligan's Island. This, I deduced, was
Later that evening, we visited all the local haunts. I somehow wound
up on the other side of the island not to return back until about 6
in the morning. Three hours later, Hayney and Mary awoke me to, you
guessed it, start drinking.
Soon enough, it was full steam ahead at the pub crawl and by the time
we headed for Sloppy Joe's I fully understood how it was that Hayney
and Mary resorted to the hands and knees method of making it to the
Now THAT's what I call a Pub Crawl!
stop on the Party Bus: PubClubbing