December 31, 2015 NEW YEARS EVE — Sloppy Joe’s 23rd Annual Dropping of the Conch Shell
Sloppy Joe’s will host its 23rd 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.
Inside LIVE music on stage New Year’s Eve: Noon-4:45pm; 5:30pm-9:30pm; and 10pm-2:00am. Balloon drop and party favors at midnight.
No reservations taken. No tickets sold. Door charge
PAT DAILEY 2016
Pat Dailey, will start his 33rd season of entertaining at Sloppy Joe’s on Thursday, February 4, 2016. Pat Dailey will perform Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night through February 27th, shows from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. No door charge. No tickets needed and no reservations will be made for tables. www.patdailey.com
February 11-13, 2016 — Sloppy Joe’s 12th Annual Put-In-Bay Music Festival
Details and music schedule to come. Featuring Pat Dailey, Bob Gatewood, Ray Fogg and Pete & Wayne.
May 5, 2016 — 79 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 221 years old in 2016.
Sloppy Joe’s 36th Annual Papa Look-Alike Contest July 21-24, 2016.