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Old u.s. 1 road sign

The beginning of U.S. 1 in March 1951; U.S. 1 has since been extended to the Monroe County Courthouse in downtown Key West.

Photo: National Archives and Records Administration. Office of Presidential Libraries. Harry S. Truman Library.


Car outside sloppy joes, earily 1960's

This photo was sent in by a customer seeking the Coconga Cocktail which used to be featured on the outside of Sloppy Joe’s in the early 60s.

ronrico coconga recipe. rum, coconut powder and sugar over ice.

Sloppy Joe’s at Sun Life Stadium in Miami

August 27, 2015

Sloppy Joe’s is proud to be representing the Florida Keys and Key West at Sun Life Stadium in Miami.

Sloppy Joe’s will have three concession stands throughout the stadium featuring Sloppy Joe Sandwich, Conch Fritters, Shrimp Po’Boy Sandwich, Sloppy Fries and Frozen Drinks.

Sun Life Stadium is home to the Miami Dolphins, University of Miami Football, the Orange Bowl and various concerts and events.

Sun Life Stadium has been going through a total renovation to create unique seating and customer experience at the stadium with the Miami Dolphins and Hospitality Provider Centerplate improving food choices and enhanced concession stands.

sloppy joes food at Sun Life Stadium in Miami



Mariel Hemingway films a reality pilot in Key West and at Sloppy Joe’s.

Mariel Hemingway & Donna Edwards

Pictured (L-R): Donna Edwards/Sloppy Joe’s Brand Manager and Mariel Hemingway.


Mariel Hemingway, granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, recently filmed a reality pilot in Key West and at Sloppy Joe’s.

The show is centered on exploring cities in the US which famous authors, artists and politicians have lived.

Hemingway visited Sloppy Joe’s to ask “who was Sloppy Joe?” and learn about the years her grandfather lived in Key West and frequented Sloppy Joe’s.

Kenny’s Keg Returns to Sloppy Joe’s

Kenny ChesneyKenny Chesney returned to round out his 2009 Keg In the Closet Tour in Key West at Sloppy Joe’s Bar.

Chesney and his band took the stage for over 2 1/2 hours to a packed house that overflowed onto Greene and Duval streets.

Joining Chesney was his Mom and a few friends such as Peyton Manning (who did a priceless version to Johnny Cash “Folsom Prison Blues”), Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jon Gruden, Mac McAnally, Jim Sorgi.

Sloppy Joes, Key West, FL

Around Sloppy Joe's table

Pictured (L-R): Jean Klausing, Heather Mayer,
and Deborah Ann and Sidney Snelgrove.

It was September 8, 1978 when Sidney Snelgrove and the late Jim Mayer became owners of the world-famous watering hole “Sloppy Joe’s Bar.” The Snelgrove and Mayer families have kept the party going at the corner of Duval and Greene since then.

The late Jean Klausing came on board that same day, and spent over twenty three years as General Manager. After retiring Klausing acted as General Manager Emeritus/Historian and remained active in the business until his passing.

The bar began with the end of prohibition in 1933, and was called the Blind Pig, before being renamed Sloppy Joe’s. On May 5, 1937 Sloppy Joe’s moved to its current location at the corner of Duval and Greene.

Satellite TV Now in Joe’s Tap Room

Joe’s Tap Room “featuring a variety of crafted beers on tap” opens daily at noon serving drinks and food. Customers can easily move from Joe’s Tap Room to the main bar and enjoy the Sloppy Joe’s atmosphere. Joe’s Tap Room also has a front porch seating.

Catch the scores, games and races on Satellite HD Big Screen TV in Joe’s Tap Room.

Joe’s Tap Room is also available for private parties.

Please call (305) 296-2388, ext. 121 for more information.

Fishing Team

The Sloppy Joe’s Fishing Team followed Ernest Hemingway’s tradition by going to Cuba and bringing back THE BIG ONE – a Cuban National Record Dolphin at 67.5 pounds!

Sloppy Joe's Fishing in Cuba


It was in the last hour of the last day of the 1998 International Ernest Hemingway Billfish Tournament when the team’s Stewart Finemore landed the whopper. Finemore, B.J. Martin and Sidney Snelgrove (owner of SLOPPY JOE’S) established a precedent for the Sloppy Joe’s Fishing Team, breaking the old record by 15 pounds. The team reported the Cuban people were very gracious to them, “We could not have been better received,” said Snelgrove, “It was one of the best weeks of my life.”

Classic Shots

The late Gregorio Fuentes (left), was the captain for Ernest Hemingway for 37 years. Gregorio caught the legendary marlin that inspired Hemingway to write “The Old Man and the Sea,” and years later, Gregorio’s role was portrayed in the film of the same name by actor Spencer Tracy. John Klausing (General Manager of Sloppy Joe’s, at right) is seen with Gregorio during his visit to Cuba in September, 1998. We are proud of our historic connection to Hemingway and all the colorful characters who have enjoyed SLOPPY JOE’S over the decades!

Phone: (305) 294-5717
Bar: Monday-Saturday 9:00am-2:00am; and Sunday 12:00pm-2:00am
Food: Monday-Saturday 10:00am-10:00pm; and Sunday 12:00pm-10:00pm
Retail Store: Monday-Thursday 9:00am-12:00am; Friday & Saturday 9:00am-1:00am; and Sunday 10:00am-12:00am