A Key West Tradition: Sloppy Joe’s
A Key West staple, Sloppy Joe’s bar has occupied the corner of Duval and Greene since 1937 and has continued the tradition of offering entertainment, food and drinks to locals and tourists alike from morning to night. The bar’s roots began in 1933, when it was known as the Blind Pig, a rough and tumble saloon opened by a former speakeasy operator following the repeal of Prohibition. The name was soon thereafter changed to the Silver Slipper, an acknowledgement of the addition of a dance floor, but the weathered look of the bar and crowd remained unchanged. It is said that it was Hemingway who suggested the name Sloppy Joe’s, as the owner Joe Russell kept such a sloppy establishment. Today, the bar remains as popular as it was in Key West’s heydey and continues to honor the area and the bar’s Hemingway tradition through its annual Papa Look-Alike contest.
201 Duval Street, Key West, FL