In Key West Bar news Cowboy Bill’s Honky Tonk Saloon will rise from the dead. I was noticing after a few days on my walks around Key West that the “Rum Runners” formerly Cowboy Bill’s has been closed. Today I decided to snoop around a little and I saw Cowboy Bill rummaging around in the bar. I stopped for a brief chat and he told me that he is taking over the bar once more. He plans to make it as close to the original as possible. He said that Nancy of “Salsa Loca” fame will be back with her delicious food on the Angela Street side and he is bringing back the original version of Cowboy Bill’s with all the old favorites. See you there soon!
Kayaking in the Florida Keys is always a great time. It just feels awesome being out on the water with the birds and fish. My favorite places to go are Sugarloaf, Geiger or right here in Key West. Sugarloaf and Geiger both have good kayak rental places. If you want to rent out of Key West, I recommend http://kayakkingskeywest.com they offer guided tours which I recommend if it’s your first time yaking in the area. If you go to Geiger Key, after you work up an appetite paddling get yourself a nice lunch at the marina. My favorite there is the fish tacos.
Well it was a great day out in my happy place. Till next time, Cheers!
Just practicing making some drinks from Beachbum Berry’s Grog Log. This one is an “Outrigger” which is a rum version of the Sidecar. It is delicious!
Not much happening with me right now. I have applied for a job at a place far far away. I will write more about that as it gets closer to time to go.
The Key West SongWriters Fest has come and gone. Another great year, unfortunately I missed a lot of it while preparing for my future. I will know more soon and will tell you all about it.
Until then my friends, Cheers!
It’s coming up on that time of year once again. Love it or hate it Fantasyfest is never a dull party. You will see things that make you go, WOW! and things that make you run screaming.
Some here think it has gotten a little out of hand. I would have to agree. People have gotten the impression that anything goes during this ten day festival. I think most locals would tell you, we want you to have a good time but please use some common sense. Use the rest rooms provided in the bars, no one wants to see your big two inch urinating like a dog in the street. Have respect for our property, and yes some of us do have to work in the morning (well, not me but there are some) so keep the crazyiness in the party zone of Duval Street. No it is not legal to commit sexual acts in the street. We really don’t want to see your private parts. Please do that when you get back to your room.
By all means have fun but have some decency and respect for others.
There are lots of fun and exciting things happening at this years Fantasyfest 2015. Enjoy!
Here is a link to the official Fantasyfest web page:
Slow times can be a good thing. It’s that time of year when everything dies down on Key West. Many businesses and local workers are left struggling to get by, a few businesses flourish despite the down time and some just close up and take vacation. Me? What am I doing you ask, well I am steadily reaching for my goals. I am using the time to learn more and research local bar business opportunities. The slow times can be a refreshing time to relax and do some of the things we locals can’t do when we are busy working in season. Sometimes it is good to slow down relax a bit and remember why we live here.
Tourists, this is a great time for you. Room rates should be lower, there are food and drink specials around town. No big crowds or lines and you too can enjoy the laid back atmosphere. Just remember this is a time when local workers and businesses could really use your business. Please remember it is not cheap to live in paradise and tip your bartender or server well.
I am working on my goals, nothing new to tell you right now. I have some things brewing, will post more when I see what comes of it.
Be reckless and take chances,
Hello Party Animals, been a while since I posted here. This site is currently a holding place for future business website. I post more often on my Facebook page you know where it is. A lot has happened with me, I am constantly learning and updating my skills. I recently obtained BarSmarts mixology certification and will be taking the advanced course in October.
I am currently bartending at the Key West Airport arrivals bar it’s a small bar with not much in the way of cocktails but it’s some income for now. One of the owners recently visited and is considering running specials and a happy hour to attract locals back to the airport bars, that is great news. Years ago the airport was one of the happening bars in town until renovation and high prices knocked it out of the locals scene.
Next month I will be attending Tales of the Cocktail New Orleans to learn more about craft cocktails, meet some new people (cocktail nerds like me). It’s a 5 day convention and learning experience, can’t wait!
Key West is pretty slow right now. Not too much new, Gap store and Starbucks just opened just what we needed. There is a great new bar on Greene Street called “Chicago’s” good food and live music. There is also a craft cocktail bar called “The Other Side” (the only one I know of in KW) it’s located across the hall from “The Porch” craft beer bar. I recently went in there and had a delicious cocktail they call the “Hemingway”. The bartenders in this place are awesome. I would like to work here, could learn a lot.
That’s all I got for now, I am usually either home, working or at one of the above mentioned hangouts or of course Cuban Coffee Queen in the morning.
Cheers Party Animals!
Key West Songwriters 2015 kicks off tomorrow Weds and runs to Sunday. I met a few of the Songwriters from my bartending job at the KW Airport. I will be out and about for the next few days soaking up the good music and fun. Hope to see you there.
I only post on this page once in a while. It is really just a place holder page until I start my next business. I have been learning all I can about the bar business. Attending training seminars, reading books and hands on bartending. I’m having a lot of fun and learning at the same time.
If you want to stay in touch and or follow me, I’m best found on my old business Facebook page www.facebook.com/kokomojoesoffduvalbarcrawl or now I am back on Twitter @kokomojoekw
If you are in Key West this week, don’t miss Songwriters Fest!
Cheers, Party Animals