Sloppy Joe's

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This article is about the restaurants in Florida. For the similarly named bar in Havana, Cuba, see Sloppy Joe's Bar, Havana. For the sandwich, see Sloppy joe.
Sloppy Joe's Bar
Sloppy Joe's Bar
Location Key West, Florida, United States
Coordinates 24°33′32″N 81°48′18″W / 24.55889°N 81.80500°W / 24.55889; -81.80500Coordinates: 24°33′32″N 81°48′18″W / 24.55889°N 81.80500°W / 24.55889; -81.80500
Built 1933
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 06000957
Added to NRHP November 1, 2006
The Silver Slipper dance hall adjacent to Sloppy Joe's, painted in the 1930s by Waldo Peirce

Sloppy Joe's Bar is a historic American bar in Key West, Florida. It is now located on the north side of Duval Street at the corner of Greene Street, (201 Duval Street).

Sloppy Joe's also has a location in Treasure Island, Florida and a third location in Daytona Beach, Florida opened in February 2010.[1]

History and present day[edit]

Founded on December 5, 1933, the bar's most famous patrons were Ernest Hemingway and the infamous rum runner Habana Joe.[citation needed] The original location at the time Hemingway frequented Sloppy Joe's is a few doors down to the west, just off Duval Street, at 428 Greene Street, and is now called "Captain Tony's Saloon".

The bar, circa 1986.

The bar went through two name changes before settling on Sloppy Joe's with the encouragement of Hemingway. The name was coined from the original Sloppy Joe's bar in Old Havana,[citation needed] that sold both liquor and iced seafood. In the Cuban heat, the ice melted and patrons taunted the owner José (Joe) García Río that he ran a "sloppy" place.

The bar is the site of the Ernest Hemingway look-alike contest, started in 1981. It is well known as a tourist attraction, with live bands and slushy drinks. On November 1, 2006, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The bar is also referenced to in the famous film Citizen Kane, as the reporter Thompson interviews Kane's old friend and dramatic critic:


  1. ^ Key West iconic bar comes to Daytona Beach Orlando Sentinel, February 1, 2010

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