Captain Tony’s is a quaint little spot on the island of Key West. Their website claims they are a landmark and national treasure since 1851. The great American writer Hemingway frequented the bar located at 428 Greene Street, which was known at the time as Sloppy Joe’s. There’s apparently some animosity today between Captain Tony’s Saloon and Sloppy Joe’s Bar over who can actually claim Hemingway- it’s too confusing for me to try to figure out or explain to you here, but you can read about it on their website.
When Pat and Mandy vacationed in Key West to celebrate their fourth anniversary, they had a mini-moment of fame at Captain Tony’s. They were hanging out, listening to a guitar player who asked the audience for requests…but then couldn’t play anything the audience requested. So, folks started heckling him (one guess as to who started it!) and when Mandy started teasing him about not knowing any Grateful Dead songs, he called her out. That’s right, he made her get up on the stage and play his guitar. She entertained the audience with her rendition of "Southern Cross."
When Dave and I visited Key West last month, we didn’t make it to Captain Tony’s. We didn’t have a lot of time there and ended up spending most of it at Schooner Wharf. Thanks to Pat and Mandy for providing some info about another cool Key West spot.