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To check out the creative talents in the fields of art and music in Key West, then head to this magnificent and longstanding cultural center known as The Studios of Key West. The bright yellow colored structure, which once served as the armory building, stands out from the rest of the structures on White Street. Walk in here to watch live music events by prominent artists/ bands or admire the artworks on display.
Built in 1848, the Key West Theater changed several hands and has been a church, a concert venue and even a nightclub over the years. Now one of the most important cultural centers, the theater is a must-visit for anyone who wants a glimpse of the local theater scene. Plays, live musical events, dance performances and even standup comedy nights take place here often. While enjoying the show, spectators can also call for cocktails to be brought to their seats. If you want to immerse yourself in the local culture, do so by checking out the schedule of Key West Theater and heading there for a show.
Opera star Enrico Caruso sang here. Cuban patriot Jose Marti delivered speeches from the balcony. Blessed with a stirring past, this handsome building has a new role as home to a research library and museum chronicling the island's Cuban ties. You'll find exhibits that detail the history of Key West and the contributions of 19th and 20th century Cuban exiles. San Carlos Institute is an affiliate to the Smithsonian Institution and was founded in 1871 to preserve Cuban culture and promote the freedom of Cuba.
Wild groups gather at this open-air bar nightly, to party 'til they drop. If you are up for a pretty rambunctious scene, you will enjoy this antique saloon built in 1890 and generally agreed upon as the oldest bar in Key West. The co-owned smokehouse next door called "Meteor," serves pork, chicken, beef and seafood until 2am. Play pool, darts, or pinball while trying a "spine-tingling" cocktail. On weekends, there is live music, and the jukebox pounds out blues, zydeco and reggae all week. Don't miss this spot, listed as one of the "World's 50 Greatest Bars."
Irish Kevin's is all about having fun. Featuring live entertainment and friendly staff, it's a cool place top hangout grab a beer and some food. The owner Kevin (we should have guessed!) arrived in the US in 1992 and previously performed on Duvall street, finally with his dream intact(dream of opening a watering hole) he is the regular attraction at the bar, with sing-a-long numbers and comedy skits. Also performing every night is singer/entertainer Jared Michael Hobgood.
Founded in 1933 on the day Prohibition was repealed, this famous bar became one of author Ernest Hemingway's favorite drinking spots. In fact, it is rumored that Hemingway even came up with the name "Sloppy Joe's." Nowadays, the bar has a very casual atmosphere, hosts live bands, and serves good meals, including the original Sloppy Joe sandwich. With live entertainment and a lively crowd, this is one of the best parties in town. It is also the home of a Hemingway look-alike contest.
At Hog's Breath, the motto is "better than no breath at all," and who can argue with that simple logic. You can even buy hats and shirts with that adroit slogan. While the restaurant and raw bar are a draw, they are not the main lure here—the sunset view is. Hog's Breath is right across the street from the Mallory Dock sunset festivities. Live entertainment goes on daily, as does the partying. Try Hog's Breath beer, raw oysters and a fish nugget sandwich with tartar sauce.