Key West- a place which, surprisingly, we have never visited in spite of Dave having worked at The Sandbar for nearly 14 years now.
On the wedding cruise last week, the Imagination docked in Key West early one morning. Even though it was early, we were determined to not miss a minute on this island. A group of us rented scooters as soon as we debarked and proceeded to run around town checking things out- Margaritaville, Sloppy Joe’s, the Southernmost Point of the U.S.A.
Our favorite place was the Schooner Wharf Bar. Our friends Pat and Mandy were married there several years ago; in fact, they are very possibly there right now, celebrating their four year anniversary. This place is a dive- an open air bar located at the end of William Street on the historic Harbor Walk. Live music, fresh seafood, and ice cold drinks. Rustic picnic tables and barstools. A second story deck overlooking the harbor full of yachts. Yes, this was our favorite spot on the island.
A Key West local, Michael McCloud, plays live music nearly every day at Schooner Wharf. Some cover songs, some originals. Some of the songs were pretty darn funny. We left the bar with all four of his CD’s. They might make it onto the Sandbar jukebox one of these days. There were several dogs lying around in the hot sun; apparently every day when they hear the music start they wander over to the stage, lay down, and listen.
If you get lucky enough to travel to Key West, make sure you check out the Schooner Wharf. You won’t want to leave. Oh, and make sure you put money in the parking meters.