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off the beat and path

Hello all !! We will be coming down from cold Michigan DEC 17th-22nd for a little get away. We played on the rock in July and loved it! We

hit a lot of the fun stuff, green parrot, 801 bourbon, the nightly sunset, bar hoping, jet skis, so we wondering if any one had any suggestions that we might try that are off the beat and path. maybe back alleys with secret knocks, side streets that look like a bad movie. we love new adventures!! thanks in advance and see you in a few weeks!!!

Pjk
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1. Re: off the beat and path

"beat and path?"

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Is Mo's Hatian Restaurant on there? 1116 White Street.

Pjk

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2. Re: off the beat and path

Think you mean "off the beaten path"???

Chester County, PA
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3. Re: off the beat and path

Two bars that never get any attention on here, but we ALWAYS have a great time in them - Bobby's Monkey Bar at 900 Simonton and Bogarts on Upper Duval.

We (tongue in cheek) believe that Bogarts is a front for something since there is never more than 10 people in there at any one time and they have been open for years, and Bobby's has been called Key West's "Gay Cheers". Characters abound in each and if you are open to meeting people, you will have a great time in each!

Edited: 06 December 2010, 19:00
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4. Re: off the beat and path

try going to the Pier House and finding the Chart Room. You will not find it without asking someone.

Kittery, Maine
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5. Re: off the beat and path

Rent bikes and head out in any direction - ride through some of the residential neighborhoods and enjoy the 'back alleys' and appreciate the architecture. Start out early in the morning and enjoy a cafe con leche from Five Brothers at 930 Southard St or Ana's Cuban Cafe on South St across from the Southernmost on the Beach.

Find an 'eyebrow' house. Ride through the cemetary. Wander through the 'head garden' next to El Meson de Pepe by Mallory Square. Find 'Nancy's Secret Garden'. Take a ghost tour.

Check out the other end of Duval. Wander through the Casa Marina Hotel and have a drink at the pool. Walk out White St Pier. Take a few minutes to look at the names engraved into pavers and say a prayer for those who've lost the fight with AIDs and those still battling it today.

Stop at Louie's Backyard and enjoy the sunset from the deck.

There's so much to see 'off the beaten path'.

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6. Re: off the beat and path

WOW! Someone finally fessed up to going into Bogart's, down on Duval. You can walk by this place almost anytime, day or night, and there's never anyone in there. I had my first drink in Key West here, but what did I know then.

8-)

Pjk

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7. Re: off the beat and path

An "alley that looks like a bad movie" Go to El Alamo, they have great specials during football games.

Key West, Florida
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8. Re: off the beat and path

Finnegan's Wake for drinks or a meal; Dante's for drinks and a swim (we were REALLY impressed with this place!); the rooftop bar at La Concha for drinks and to watch the sunset (ask the desk clerk how to get up there!); a walking tour through the town cemetary (LOTS of KW history here!); the Key West Toy Factory (you don't have to be a kid to appreciate this place!); late night at Garden of Eden (rooftop above the Bull and the Whistle); Grand Vin or The Porch for a glass or bottle of wine and people watching.... I could go on forever!

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9. Re: off the beat and path

PJK,

Well, then there's two of us on here. We joke they're running guns for the IRA or something. The drinks aren't all that expensive and almost no one is ever in there - even during the height of FF. We were staying at the Abaco Inn and Bogarts was one of the closest bars. While it wasn't our 1st drink in KW, it was close, and the bartender who was working also worked at Finnegans and turned us on to that place.

Orion - the Chart Room has quickly become our favorite bar in Key West. It's worth the hunt, but don't plan on a quick drink or a gourmet meal (unless you are a hot dog aficionado). Between the bartenders and patrons, you can be there for a very long while. Just don't jam peanuts into anyone's hole (if you don't know what we're talking about, ya gotta stop in for a Chart Room history lesson!)

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10. Re: off the beat and path

I really liked Mojitolans's post. I have done most of it, but need to check out Ana's since both Ken and Keith have recommended it recently.