Saturday, March 31, 2018

Am I Drinking Wine in Key West or France?

Key West's Newest Wine Bar is the Perfect Epicurean Boutique

Key West is famous for their amazing food and wines, so it makes perfect sense that Vivez-Joyeux French wine bar in Bahama Village would be the most popular wine bar on the island.  If you're trying to escape the
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mayhem of Duval Street while in Key West, Vivez Joyeax is the perfect break to enjoy a glass of wine, cheese and meat charcuterie tucked cozily into a side street in Bahama Village.

Vivez-Joyeux (also known as Viv Key West Wine & Cheese bar) is a unique experience in Key West. Set in a city that's famous for being a food and wine city, this bar in Bahama Village shines as bright as the best in Key West. Unlike any other wine bar in on the island, it's refreshing uniqueness is a breath of fresh air. The wines are spectacular and surprisingly affordable (and I haven't even mentioned their happy hour specials yet), but it's the ambiance and energy that you get when you visit. Even if you've never been to France, it feels familiar and comfortable, as if you're at a tropical French Bisro & fromagerie...and the staff is your family.

When people think of wine, it's hard not to think of France. France is the point of origin for most of the world's most famous grape varieties. Cabernet and Merlot hail from Bordeaux, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Burgundy and Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre from the Rhone Valley...and that's only mentioning a few.  Wine is made almost everywhere in France and is named and classified in a manner that would be confusing to the novice, (due to traditions and classifications). But, thank goodness, you don't have to know all that information to enjoy the delectable wines of France. Laurent Grimm, the owner of Vivez-joyeux and his well-versed staff will find you the perfect wine...simply by explaining what your palate desires, catapulting you to old world wine country of lavender and oak...and ridiculous deliciousness.

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If you love pairing your wine with delicious meats and cheeses, love the French culture, love French wines and cheese, then you MUST visit Viv Wine & Cheese at least once while in Key West...or once a day day!). Just like with the wines, all you need to do is describe what type of cheese you like, and then Voila! You are tantalizing your taste buds with sheer delight! You also can just ask to pair some cheeses to the wine you chose and Vivez-Joyeux's waitstaff will choose for you.

To sum it up the atmosphere in five words...Quiet, intimate, delicious, comfortable and perfection! Add Vivez-Joyeux to your Key West bucket list. I would even bet that  you won't just stop by once.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Get The Most Out of a 3 Day Weekend In Key West

Get The Most Out Of A 3 Day Weekend in Key West

get the most of out of a 3 day weekend key westNow, this little island we call Key West, is more than just a party! This 126-mile drive from Miami that skips Key West, Florida! For many Florida Keys weekend visitors or day road-trippers, there are quite a few questions that arise; Where's the beach? Who has the best Rum Runner or Key Lime Pie? Where do the locals hang out? Where do I go for dinner? What watersport adventure do I choose? Well, here is a weekend plan that will make your trip to Key West fulfilling and leave you for wanting oh soooooo much more!
across an archipelago of 1,700-plus keys, islets and islands; vistas of breathtaking blue water, crossing from more than 40 bridge and osprey’s-eye view of coral reefs and tidal flats. Toss in kayaks, conch fritters, quirky diners, secret hot spots, unique characters and opulent hotels, and we can only be in one place—the

With only one weekend and so much to do, we can help you narrow down the many choices to help ensure you have the BEST weekend in Key West EVER!

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The Do It All Key West Watersport Adventure

Love the water? Love to snorkel? Kayak? Ride a Banana Boat? How about NOT choosing which
one and do them ALL! If you love the water, then you must hit Sunset Watersport's Do It All Watersports adventure! A day of watersports all in one day - without breaking the bank! And the best thing is, you'll have the memories of a lifetime!

Catch A Key West Sunset Sail

Going to Key West without seeing its legendary sunsets is like missing the Eiffel Tower on a trip to Paris. Sure, you can get plenty of pictures and time to ooh and aah at the Mallory Square sunset celebration, but why not get up close and personal with a sunset sail? Watching the Key West sun slide gently below the horizon is a beautiful experience, especially with your friends, family or sweetie by your side. Visit:

Jetski Around the Island of Key West

Yes, you heard it! You flew in and saw the island. Now, you MUST ride around the island! If you think this is fun, then you must do the "Ultimate Island Tour" with Key West Water Tours. They have an exciting 26 mile tour around Key West and neighboring islands. They have very fun guides who are experienced and professional. There are so many great things about this trip with Key West Water Tours (the best tour on the Island, btw)... how to choose? The waters are always warm and inviting! See the wildlife, sunsets, dolphins, famous landmarks as you jetski around Key West on the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean in one trip! You will, for sure, have a great time!

Romantic Sunset Sail or a Party Booze Cruise

Going to Key West without seeing its legendary sunsets is like missing the Eiffel Tower on a trip to Paris. Sure, you can get plenty of pictures and time to ooh and aah at the Mallory Square sunset celebration, but why not get up close and personal with a sunset sail? Watching the Key West sun slide gently below the horizon is a beautiful experience, especially with your friends, family or sweetie by your side. Visit:

Catch a Key West Sunset at Mallory Square

One show you don’t want to miss is the famous nightly sunset celebration on the Key West
waterfront. As the sun dips low over the Gulf of Mexico, crowds fill Mallory Square, once the anchorage of Keys’ pirates. Today the wharf is a scuttle of vendors, jugglers, escape artists, gymnasts, psychics and magicians, each holding their own spellbound audiences – all for the price of an applause (or the much-more appreciated tip).

Go On a Day Fishing Trip

Whether you're an expert at Key West fishing or you've never picked up a pole in your life, there are many fishing captains who can accommodate your fishing expertise (or lack thereof!). The fishing in Key West is so good, it's a rare day that you don't go out and actually catch something. The best thing is about can take your catch to many local restaurants and they will cook your fish up (inexpensively!) for your dinner. Find your fishing captain here:

Ride the Famous Conch Tour Train

This classic sightseeing train has been around long enough to give Key West legend Ernest Hemingway a ride! It’s actually a motorized trolley on wheels rather than a train, and it will take you around to every major sight on the Island with an entertaining guided tour. It’s a great way to get a feel for the town, and to enjoy the sights without having to exert yourself. The staff is super friendly, and the company prides itself on an enjoyable ride – so much so, they offer a no-questions-asked, money back guarantee. You can also purchase a photo of you and your traveling companions on the train as a souvenir!

Full or Half Day Snorkel or Dive Trip

Want to hit the warm, tropical waters of Key West? See Dolphins? Catch one of our amazing  for more information.
sunsets? Rent a boat? Booze Cruise? Snorkel? Dive? Parasail? Whatever your heart's desire, Key West has everything you could possibly want to do on the water! Visit:

Stroll Along the Famous Duval Street

Feeling like just taking in the scenery and laying low for the day? Well, take a stroll along the famous Duval Street is a definite must. Duval Street is to Key West what Bourbon Street is to New Orleans. In other words, it’s the center of all the action! This street stretches the width of the Island – from Gulf to ocean – and along it you will find a slew of bars, restaurants, shops and cafes. This is the ultimate Key West party experience, and as you stroll, you can stop every few feet to cool off at an outdoor bar with an ice cold frozen libation under refreshing water misters.

Key West Bars and Nightlife

And last, but never, ever least...we get to the party! After spending the day doing watersports,
enjoying the beach, or relaxing with a book by your hotel's pool, it’s time to let your hair down and embrace the outrageousness of the Conch Republic’s capital that we call Key West! You can hit up the local favorite hot spots like Schooner's Wharf, Conch Republic Seafood aka The Conch Farm, and the Half Shell Raw Bar and drink like a local. There are many favorite watering holes in Key West. If you ask Key West lover's, every person has a favorite bar. A favorite bar (and must-stop) is the Smallest Bar in Key to see how many people you can fit in at once...and then get that famous photo to brag!

For most people, though, Key West partying means hitting Old Town’s Duval Street, crowded big-name bars like Sloppy Joe’s, Hog's Breath, the Bull & Whistle, Captain Tony's, Willy T's and Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. If you can hit all of these famous bars in one night, it's called the Duval Crawl! Get your crawl on!

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Monday, March 19, 2018

The Most Exciting Way To See Key West is From a Jetski!

The BEST way to see Key West is on a Jetski

Key West Water Tours

Welcome to Key West Water Tours, Go for a 26 miles, 2 hours jet ski guided tour around Key West
or rent a jet ski at our rental hut in Stock Island, Key West.

Want to see more of Key West than just Duval Street? What better way than to join Key West Water Tours
for their “Ultimate Island Tour”! A 26 mile, 2 hour guided tour around Key West and neighboring islands.

The “Ultimate Island Tour” has something for everyone. Along the way our guides will be stopping at several spots such as the Southernmost Point, the historic Key West Harbor, and the submarine pits and will give a little history of Key West. Plus you get a FREE BEER when you're done with the tour!

For the nature lovers our knowledgeable guides will be taking you through a mangrove creek and the shallow water ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.

You’ll also have the opportunity to see native wildlife along the way such as jellyfish, urchins, stingrays, turtles, herons, egrets, cormarants, and the occasional dolphin and manatee!

For the adrenaline junkies there will be plenty of play time in both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean!

Sunset Tour times are subject to change depending on the season.Don't have time to do the Ultimate Island Tour? Rent your own Waverunner /Jetski and see the beautiful waters of Key West on your own! Breathe in the excitement as you race from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico and back to the Atlantic. Breathe in the excitement as you race from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico and back to the Atlantic.  The owners of Key West Water Tours have been operating in Key West for over 20 years. Their experience will ensure you and your family an unforgetable trip. We are the best on the island!

10am Tour: SPECIAL PRICE $109 per machine.
12:30pm and 3:30pm Tours: $119 Morning $139 Afternoon Tour
6:00pm Sunset Tour: $139 per machine.

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Monday, January 1, 2018


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Pack the feedbag, kids, because Key West is where you will surely indulge your every taste bud. We, the staff of Party in Key West, have sampled just about every culinary crumb this gorgeous little island has to offer, so trust us when we say we know where you should be eating!

Belly up and dig in to our Top 12 Must Eats:

12. El' Sibone
What’s not to love about Cuban chow on the cheap? This family-owned, cozy little eatery is located in heart of Old Town Key West. Escape the craziness of Duval Street and have a seat at a table among locals. Key West is a stone’s throw to Cuba, so there is no better place to sample authentic Cuban cuisine in the U.S. than here. Dig into classic delectable like chicken and yellow rice, pepper steak, oxtail, as well as everyday award-winning dishes like Roast Pork, Paella Valenciana, and Siboney Steak. Go there now, thank us later! Click Here To Go To Website./

11. Blue Heaven
This is the place you want to go to experience real Key West living. Famous Key West chickens 
and cats roam the grounds, and you can dine al fresco under a canopy made of a sail and surrounded by cute and quirky décor. There is an indoor dining room as well, if hanging out with the chickens isn’t your thing. Enjoy live music and serious (and we mean serious) island-style cuisine like Jamaican jerk chicken, Caribbean shrimp deglazed with Red Stripe (Um, hello? It is as amazing as it sounds!), and finish off the meal with a sublime Key Lime Pie. There is also a fantastic vegetarian menu that even local meat-eaters drool over. Click Here To Go To Website.

10. Tavern N Town (located in the Marriott Key West)
You wouldn’t think a hotel restaurant it a must-go, but trust us, you haven’t had a seafood dinner til you’ve sampled the Plancha Pink Shrimp and Sea Scallops, served with bourbon mashed yams. And what about the gourmet pizzas with toppings like lobster in lemon cream or the housemade fennel sausage? The atmosphere is luxurious and simple. When you come, try to get a table in front of the Tapas Theater Kitchen, where you can watch gifted chefs create their works of art. Click Here To Go To Website.

9. Grand Cafe
Step back in time as you dine within a gorgeous Victorian mansion. Lunch in the garden, enjoy a dinner looking at the stars on the wraparound porch, or sit in the air-conditioned dining room. Either way, you are destined for a culinary treat with beautifully presented and diverse dishes like tomato bisque with jumbo lump crabmeat, clams in garlic, wine, and butter, spicy Thai Curry, and Steak au Poivre. The beautiful café also hosts weddings, if dinner isn’t the only thing you had planned. Click Here To Go To Website.

8. Pepe's
First of all, this place rocks because it is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year. That is something to behold. Secondly, they serve all meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Thirdly, they have a kick-butt, daily happy hour with fresh margaritas and oysters. Fourth, they have killer desserts including famous Key Lime pie. Fifth, it’s casual, fun, with huge portions, and a fantastic atmosphere filled with locals. Sixth, what more could you want in a restaurant? We pretty much covered it! Click Here To Go To Website.

7. Azur
This is your go-to place for Mediterranean delicacies. You can enjoy lunch, dinner, and dolmas (Greek for small plates, which you can share with friends). We are big fans of their beautiful brunch menu. Dig this: Key Lime stuffed French Toast, Crab Cake BLT, eggs of any style served with chewy, thick slices of Ciabatta toast, and mimosas to die for. The lunch and dinner menus boast fluffy bites of heaven like gnocchi with slow braised beef, and some of the most delicious homemade hummus and crispy eggplant chips you will ever taste. Click Here To Go To Website.

6. 915
Here is a not-too-miss eatery located right on Duval Street, so you can enjoy a killer dinner and people watch all at the same time. 915 boasts a beautiful wine list, with pairings for every course. Presentation is taken very seriously at this local’s foodie heaven, and your eyes as well as your tastebuds will feast on specialties like the impressive crispy whole Yellowtail Snapper, luscious, seafood feast called Soul Mama Soup, and Liberty Duck Confit with faro salad and fried kale. The beautiful and elegant eatery has also become a top choice for private parties. Click Here To Go To Website.

5. Michael 's
The restaurant describes itself as “casual island elegance,” and we couldn’t have said it better. Located in Old Town, among the charming back streets of the city, you will enjoy the quiet oasis that is Michael’s. The famous warm chocolate volcano is out-of-control delicious. Just go there for the dessert and you will have died and gone to foodie heaven. But don’t skip the meal or you will have missed the famous Michael’s veal chop, grilled scallop salad, pepper encrusted tuna, and Allen Brothers Steaks, which are practically celebrity status on this island. Pair it all with a killer wine menu and you will need nothing more than a stroll under the stars to walk off the meal. Click Here To Go To Website.

4. Louie 's Backyard
It almost seems too good to be true: a backyard that offer breathtaking ocean views along with
some of the most delicious food on the planet? Yes. Trust us. If there is a celeb to be seen in Key West, you will probably see them here. So talk about bang for your buck! The Upper Deck is where you go for wine and small plates like fried artichokes and lemons, Korean pork and duck sliders, and toasted pesto gnocci. Dine in the Backyard for some of the most exquisite seafood entrees in Key West, like pan-roasted Salmon, Sweet Soy-glazed tuna, local Pink Shrimp with grits. This place is on the National Register of Historic Places, so it is an architectural as well as culinary delight .Click Here To Go To Website.

3. La Trattoria
Come get your grub on Goodfella style with the classic Italian eatery that’s been here for over 30 years. With local seafood, fresh, authentic pasta dishes like Bolognese sauce and seafood ravioli, you can be guaranteed a good, old-fashioned Italian meal in the heart of charming Old Town. The also have a fantastic Martini menu and $5 Martini happy hour. Fuggedaboudit, this is as good as it gets. Click Here To Go To Website.

2. Santiago Bodega
Sometimes all you need is a glass of wine and a few tapas to take you to another world. Come with some friends or a special someone to share a menu of small plates to tickle your culinary fancy. This is sensual food, so you can’t go wrong here if you are looking for a romantic dinner. Feed each other bites of goat cheese-stuffed dates, grilled shrimp and chorizo, or bites of cold meats and cheese plates, while you sip some of the most exquisite wines on the island, and consider yourself in Paradise. Click Here To Go To Website.

1. Cafe Marquesa
This is Zagat’s highest-rated restaurant in Key West for a reason. No visit to this island would be complete without dinner at this upscale, New American eatery, located in the Marquesa Hotel. Do yourself a favor and make a reservation before you even step off the plane. This is special occasion dining to the max (although we consider just coming to Key West a special occasion!) and every bite will make you feel that special. Unique and artistic fare, first-rate service, romantic atmosphere: it’s all here. Chef Graham Dailey's selects the finest seasonal and local seafood, produce and other ingredients, so the menu changes from season to season. Some unforgettable staples include Macadamia Crusted Yellowtail Snapper, Proscuitto Wrapped Black Angus Filet, and Conch & Blue Crab Cakes. A nightcap and a stroll around the stunning hotel grounds—complete with richly landscaped pools, rock waterfalls, and peaceful gardens—is the ultimate romantic night out. Click Here To Go To Website. 

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Think you're cut out for doing Key West? Take this quiz.

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Do you know if you're cut out for doing Key West or not? Inhabited by those seeking out warmer climates, tropical waters and a laid-back life Key West isn't always everyone's cup of tea.. or should we say rum. So let's see if this unique, strange and sometimes peculiar island is right for you. By the end of our quick quiz, (and there won't be a quiz afterwards), you will know if you're cut out for doing Key West:

1. Do you like tropical weather?
If you're into wearing flip flops, a beach hat, shorts, swimsuit, or even body paint (during Fantasy Fest or Bike Week or any other fun festival that happens to be going on),  then your answer is yes! Move on to question two.

2. Do you like to hear live music while you're drinking? 
If you love listening to talented musicians singing island music while playing their guitar, then your answer is yes. Move on to question three.

3. Do you need Air Conditioning to survive?
If you can't handle the heat, then get out of the kitchen because Key West is the island of perpetually amazing weather.  If you don't need air conditioning to survive, then move to question four.

4. Are you afraid to be without your car?
Key West is a walking city. The island is only two miles by five miles and unless you're staying a little ways up the keys, then you don't need to rent a car. You can walk from bar to bar, (also known as the Duval Crawl) and if you don't mind (or prefer) getting some exercise with your partying, then move on to question five.

5. Are you afraid to part with your hard-earned money?
Key West can be expensive. It's an amazing place but it can put a dent in your wallet. If you want to see how to do Key West on the Cheap click here. But, if you think it's money well spent, then move on to question six.

6. Do you like people?
Key West is surprisingly busy for a two by five mile island. There are times of the year, you will wonder if you're in Times Square or in Key West...except you'll be wearing flip flops and the dress attire is whatever (and we mean whatever) you want wear.  Everyone loves Key West and also loves being on vacation, so you can image how friendly everyone is. You can hop from bar to bar making new friends the entire way.  So if you're not afraid to belly up the bar and say hi to the people next to you then you're a Key West fan and have passed the test and you're 100% cut out for doing Key West!

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