Sunsets, Bars & Explaining Keys Disease
Travel is a lot about dreaming – dreaming about going to a destination, about returning to a favorite place, about fantasizing about being at a place.
And while we can’t go anywhere right now, PubClub.com is providing a look at the fun elements of spots around the world, and this week’s virtual destination of the week is Key West, Florida.
About The Conch Republic
For decades, locals have referred to Key West as the Conch Republic. They even created their own flag. People here definitely march to the beat of their own drum.
Conch shells are big there and conch fritters are a local food speciality. As well as Key Lime Pie, tho there are no longer any key limes in Key West.
Mallory Square Sunsets
If there is any single “must do” thing in Key West, it’s to watch the ritual of sunsets at Mallory Square. It’s like seeing the Hollywood sign in L.A., the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco or the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Street entertainers juggle fire while riding a unicycle and perform other acts as the sun slips into the ocean.
The Key West Bars & Nightlife
The nightlife in Key West starts in the daytime when you duck into Captain Tony’s Saloon to “get out from the heat” as Jimmy Buffett sings about in “Last Mango In Paris,” and then onto the landmark watering hole of Sloppy Joe’s bar. From there, it’s an adventure up and down Duval Street, which is kind of like a mini Bourbon Street in New Orleans. A PubClub favorite spots is the “tree bar,” a courtyard across from Sloppy Joe’s that makes drinks from fresh fruits.
PubClub also likes Schooner Wharf, which provides a nice view of the charter fishing boats and is one of the many bars long-time Key West musicians.
What Is Keys Disease?
Don’t worry – it’s not anything that affects your health. Instead, it’s one that affects your lifestyle, for Keys Disease is a locals’ term for those who catch the Key West “fever,” meaning they go there for a week on vacation and wind up staying a lifetime.