Party Hearty, Key West
Key West is a party town. And as such, public drinking isn't frowned up to any great degree. In fact, there are little beer and daiquiri stands all up and down Duval Street and near Mallory Square. So, one need only step off the sidewalk for a second to wet one's whistle at any time.
There only appear to be two rules regarding the taking of a drink on the streets of Key West.
(1) The drink purchaser needs to look somewhere close to 21 years of age. I'd guess than any clever 17 year old could score as many Red Stripe beers as he or she could drink. And if it's she, I'd guess that 16 years old would be close enough.
(2) The drink has to be consumed from a plastic cup. Can't have any dangerous glass laying around in case some drunk stumbles over it.
Not complaining in any way, actually...just making the tip known. Had a few Coronas on Duval Street myself while we were in town, as did Bonnie.
OK, it isn't quite Haight-Ashbury 1967, but there are quite a few drugs about in Key West. And as I've mentioned in some of my other tips, there are many shops featuring paraphenalia of "questionable use and legality" for sale in KW. And as that old Lynyrd Skynyrd song used to say, "ohhhhhhh that smell". I sniffed a little weed here or there during our visit to KW. Didn't run into anyone openly selling and didn't find any folks acting in a threatening or out of control manner due to drug use...other than the ubiquitous drunks.
And, if you ARE into drugs, I do have a little warning. It's not all "everything's cool" in Key West. I did see the local mounties nailing a couple of hippies down near Mallory Square for what appeared to be a bag of "oregano". So, amidst the party, you are being watched, folks. If I can't talk you into just saying no, I'd suggest that you seriously consider taking your stash back into the privacy of your abode. The streets of Key West aren't nirvana, mon.
All the rowdie folks keep these guys busy! The police are all over from the streets to the beach. Just behave and they leave you alone. You can drink walking down Duval and other streets just don't get Crazy or you get a free nights stay in Key West!
I did not have any problems when I was in Kay west. Like every place, lock your car, lock your door, lock up your bike, don’t leave your purse lying around, if you are a female don’t go out alone to the bars, and play it safe.
At night people are drinking and it can get rowdy and loud, sometimes people get out of hand, keep a watchful eye. Steer clear of the people that are belligerent when you walk home, just let them do their thing and if you need to call the police, do so.
The house that we stayed in was upstairs. During the night, I just happened to look out of the window at the sky and noticed a drunk man standing by the fence of the house across the street yelling and cussing at people that passed by. The windows were boarded up and there was a notice on the door. The man stood there for a while and then hopped the fence. He disappeared in the grass for a while, I thought he was going to sleep on the grass, but he started to crawl to the door. He tried to open the door and we called the police. While the man tried to pull the boards off the windows just as the police showed up and we had front row seats to a sobriety test, which the man failed.
The low rider jeans are in, and usually I have no problem with this fashion trend. I like women’s curves, and this accentuates their features, but there are some people who just aren’t made for certain cloths. This is case in point… Now I am the first to admit, I do not have a Greek-godlike body, and probably will never have… but you will not see me walking down the street with my shirt off relieving people of their hunger for food either… I had no choice but to drink another beer…
Fantasy Fest at the end of October . . . If you don't like huge crowds of people and a non-stop party, you should not come around Halloween . . . If that is your cup of tea, you will not have a better time anywhere else for long time, if ever
For those of you that enjoy imbibments other than beer and tequila or other legal options, be forwarned, drugs are not tolerated by the police here and I have heard that the fines are quite stiff and can easily include jail time if you are anywhere near a residential area.
Key West during Fantasy Fest is not a family attraction. I've seen many children there during this time and unless parents are extremely open minded, there are things going on best left to those 18 and older. While I've never seen anything X-rated going on, there are extremes in the R-rated category... everything in the name of fun and partying, NOT purposely lewd to be offensive.
While out and about at the clubs, dont leave your friends. Stick together. Use good sense. Dont drink to much either. Watch your drinks, and dont trust just anyone. Just watch out for each other and be safe. oh, have your own condoms..so if you, or your friends do hook up with someone..be sure to PROTECT YOURSELF! Also, if you have never had shellfish, this might not be the best time to try it. A friend of mine went down once and found out he was allergic, and didnt really enjoy the rest of his trip. The hives kinda itched.
Though the Rum Runner has become synonymous with the Keys, beware it's deceptive strength. Consisting of four different alcohols and being frozen, it's easy to fall prey to intoxication. Notice also the test tube like glass jutting from the icy nectar. Known as a floater, it is pure rum which can be added to the drink as it empties.
fellow seniors, be careful in jimmy buffet Margaretville, because if you are too noisy they will ask you to leave. that what happen to me. let me tell you the whole story. you can agree or not, this is what happen to me. I am on here because I do not want this to happen to anyone else. I went on another travel site which say the are advising travelers says this story is inappropriate and had it removed. what I did not know at that time is they remove all negatives from their forums. a group of 3 senior citizens, 2 disability and I have a 50% hearing loss. for those who wonder why some senior talk so loud its because they can't hear, we wanted to have fun in key west, we went to the area around mallloy square, the trolley, stores and bars, sloppy's joes, ricks, if the English guy is there I found him so funny. but its for adults only. and everyone treated us great. we laugh so hard, I cried at times. 3 years ago we went to margaretaville and had a blast, not this time. place 3/4 empty, I been to funerals with more noise. their web site say get the party started and keep it going. dive bar, not in key west. went we got there that's when the problem starts
the bartender throws the menu at my friends, to be fair, we did buy a conch shell, at the shell warehouse, it was the cheapest place we found, near where the trolley starts since it was the conch rebellion celebration, and was told it was the national instrument. my friend tried to get the party started by blowing the conch shell, the second time he blew it, the bartender told him to stop, hey at that point he stopped cleaning the back bar long enough to do that, my friend never blew it inside again. he went out to the public sidewalk and blew it. 5 new friends heard it and came in to join us. the same bartender serve a alcohol drink to a women and said she should be drink water. if he thought that why give her a drink. my party ordered another round and the ladies including me goes to the ladies room. from what I found out when I got back while we were gone the guys went out on the sidewalk and tried to blow the conch shell, and when they came back in, talked about sports, one of the guys had a Cleveland brown hat on, and the boys gave a go, browns, go, cheer. now, remember all of us had 7 or 8 people had just got a drink, when the ladies found out that the boys tried the conch shell, they went out on the public sidewalk to try their luck. when we returned to the bar, all the drinks were gone and our bills were waiting for us in high ball glasses. when I asked what was going on, where was my drink, he said we were all cut off for being too noisy. when I asked to see the manager he said get out. to add insult to injury my friend with the conch shell went to shake hands and give the bartender a tip and tell him we were just trying to have fun. he said throw it on the bar. if I had known that I would have never let that happen. I would have told that bartender to stick it where the sun does not shine. one of the handicapped guys, he has trouble walking, we took back to our hotel, which was great, dropped him off we went to other bars back down by malloy square and had no problems. if you can you have to see the action around the pier about an hour before sunset, it was great .its was too bad that jimmy buffet's had felt that we were a danger because we were so noisy, be careful it does not happen to you. life is too short for us to have to subject ourselves to that. senior gone wild
This is the true Key West. Bed races and drag queens running down Duval Street. Its all part of the fun of Key West.