The famous and infamous Key West saloon that is our name sake opened December 5, 1933–the day Prohibition was repealed. Key West being a bastion of free thinkers even in the thirties, Prohibition was looked on as an amusing exercise dreamed up by the government–and Joe Russell was just one of the enterprising individuals who operated illegal speakeasies. Even Ernest Hemingway, who made Key West his home at the time, slipped over to Russell’s on occasion to buy illicit bottles of Scotch, and the two struck up an enduring friendship.
At Sloppy Joe’s on the Beach the menu includes American Caribbean entrées with bar favorites such as burgers, seafood, sandwiches and salads. Its offerings are consistently top-quality, consistently satisfying, and just like Key West there are occasional changes, but the tradition of good food and a place to gather with good friends always remains.
“You can’t beat the view…Fun atmosphere…Lots of fun drinks…right along the beach…Nice sunset view is the most lovely part about dining here…You’ll leave highly satisfied…Great view of the Gulf with tremendous service…The sunset view is unbeatable…Really good food and fast bar!”