Sloppy Joe's | Events


 May 2017 

May 5, 2017 — 80 Years at the Corner of Duval and Greene

Sloppy Joe s Bar is a historic Key West landmark that has been in its current location since May 5, 1937.

Sloppy Joe s has been owned by the Snelgrove and Mayer families since September, 1978.

The building the main bar resides in was built in 1917, and its adjacent building that houses its kitchen and Joe s Tap Room was built it 1892. The two buildings together will be over 225 years old in 2017.

On Stage: Tim Hollohan at 12:00 pm; The Pete & Wayne Show at 5:30 pm.

There will be Sloppy Joe’s gift card giveaways throughout the day by Tim Hollohan and Pete & Wayne. Customers can drop their name into bucket to win (must be present to win).

Large anniversary cards will be created and placed around the bar so customers may sign.  Afterwards a mural will be created from the greetings.

There will be a cake on stage at 5:00 pm




May 12, 2017 – Songwriters on stage at Sloppy Joe’s

Key West Songwriters 22nd Annual Festival May 10-14, 2017

Schedule at Sloppy Joe’s May 12, 2017:

5:30 pm       Ray Fulcher, Carter Winter, Erin Ashley 

6:30 pm       Andy Velo, Alyssa Micaela, Justin Wilson 

7:30 pm       Langhorne Slim, Wynn Varble, Jason White 

8:30 pm       Earl Bud Lee, Even Stevens


July 2017

Sloppy Joe’s 37th Annual Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest July 20-22, 2017.   For more information visit our Papa Look-Alike page.


5:30 p.m.- -Meet the “Papas.” Get to know the contestants and previous winners of the “Papa” Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest.  AT SLOPPY JOE’S. 


6:00 p.m. – Hemingway Look-Alike Society scholarship presentations. The society is to announce the winners of its annual scholarships for Florida Keys students. On stage at Sloppy Joe’s Bar. 

6:30 p.m. – Sloppy Joe’s 37th Annual Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest – Preliminary Round One on stage at Sloppy Joe’s Bar.


5:30pm – Papa Birthday cake.  On stage at Sloppy Joe’s Bar.

6:30 p.m. – Sloppy Joe’s 37th Annual Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest – Preliminary Round Two on stage at Sloppy Joe’s Bar.


Noon – Photos with “Papas.” “Papa” Hemingway® Look-Alikes provide a photo opportunity for fans. Greene Street outside Sloppy Joe’s. 

 1:00 p.m. – Running of the Bulls. This wacky event is sponsored by Sloppy Joe’s Bar and features past “Papa” Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest winners dressed in their Pamplona best — and a breed of “bull” found only in Key West.  The fun takes place on Greene street outside Sloppy Joe’s. 

HLAS will sell red berets and red bandanas (limited quantities) beginning at 12 Noon on Saturdays.  Those wishing to wear tradition white clothing with red sash need to be prepared and bring their own clothing (these items not sold).

 6:30 p.m. – Sloppy Joe’s 37th Annual Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest – FINALS to name Papa 2017


10:00am – Bloody Mary’s with Papa

Sloppy Joe’s Arm Wrestling Championship.  Prizes await winners in multiple weight categories. Sloppy Joe’s. $5 entry fee; free to watch.  Registration at 10:00am contest at 11:00am  (must register same day before 10:45am).  For info, visit[].

October 2017


October 26, 2017  Sloppy Joe’s Annual Toga Party

Toga! Toga! Toga! Sloppy Joe’s Toga Party is “An Original Fantasy Fest Event.” Get your toga ON and find out why we are “Still The Best Toga Party in Town!”  Transport yourself back in time with a traditional ancient Toga or dare to create your Toga using Fantasy Fest theme “Time Travel Unravels.”  Best Togas will win Sloppy Joe’s gift cards throughout the night. Toga sheets are available for purchase in the Sloppy Joe’s Retail Store for $10 (Proceeds to AIDS Help, Inc.). 201 Duval Street. 8 PM. Door charge.

  • No registration; free to participate.
  • We will be having mini contests at 8:00 pm and 11:30 pm band breaks.  Audience will choose winner. First Place $100 Sloppy Joe’s Gift Card, Second Place $75 Sloppy Joe’s Gift Card and Third Place $50 Sloppy Joe’s Gift Card.
  • At 9:30 pm, we will have groups on stage (a group is 2-8 people). Audience will choose winner. First Place $300 Sloppy Joe’s Gift Card, Second Place $200 Sloppy Joe’s Gift Card and Third Place $100 Sloppy Joe’s Gift Card.
  • Contestants must be dressed in a toga and are encouraged to dress in Ancient Roman theme or be creative using the Fantasy Fest theme “Time Travel Unravels.” for their toga.
  • Body paint is not a toga, but may be used as part of the toga costume.
  • Hosts will gather contestants and introduce them. Audience response will determine three (3) finalists; and audience response will determine three (3) winners.
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November 2017

November 1-5, 2017 Sloppy Joe’s welcome Parrot Heads to Key West

November 5-12, 2017 Sloppy Joe’s welcome Power Boat Race Fans to Key West


December 2017

December 5, 2017 – End of Prohibition Party

Sloppy Joe’s Bar will celebrate eighty four (84) years since the End of Prohibition.

photo by Johnny White 










December 2017

December 31, 2017 NEW YEARS EVE — Sloppy Joe’s 25th Annual Dropping of the Conch Shell

Sloppy Joe’s will host its 25th Annual Dropping of the Conch Shell. Any thing goes New Year’s Eve in Key West on Duval Street. You’ll find people all decked out for the midnight celebration, and folks still in their bathing suits and flip flops when the Conch Shell drops from the roof of Sloppy Joe’s Bar.

The idea and implementation of the New Year’s Eve Dropping of the Conch Shell is that of local artist Tobias McGregor. In 1993, McGregor approach Sloppy Joe’s management about the New Year’s Eve plan. “Before the dropping of the Conch Shell, everyone would just wonder around Duval Street, celebrating the New Year when their watches read midnight. The crowd was just not in sync,” said McGregor.

The initial Conch Shell was rigged on a frame, the shell was lowered manually, and timed by watch, or by looking across the street into a window and watching the countdown in Times Square on someone’s TV. McGregor said, “the Queen Conch has come a long way since the early years, and the crowd at the corner of Duval and Greene expects more each year.”

Outside the crowd starts to gather on the street around 10:00pm as Sloppy Joe’s rooftop host entertains the crowd and everyone dances, catches beads and waits for the countdown clock to begin. As midnight strikes and the Conch Shell is lowered confetti, streamers and lights will fill the sky.

No reservations taken. No tickets sold.


February 2018

Sloppy Joe’s 14th Annual Put-In-Bay Music Festival February 8-10, 2018.

2018 PUT-IN-BAY MUSIC FESTIVAL SCHEDULE – will be posted when available.

(305) 294-5717 • Open Daily 9am – 4am (Noon on Sunday)