Key West Inspirations

The Inspiration of the Keys

Hemingway’s Tavern  1800 HIbiscus Rd, Melbourne Call (321) 802-9648

Get taken back to the era of the Shenanigans of Hemingway.  Experience his favorite foods, his favorite libations; you will feel like you are in Key West back in the 30s. Well, except for the Live Cam takes you to Duval Street and The Southermost point.

Check out our Menu online and our Events that happen every week. We stay true to the Hemingway’s experience.  Notice how the bar is constructed to mimic His famous Pilar boat and the bar is built around this great structure… As it should be.

Ernest Hemingway fell in love with Key West when he arrived in the late 1920’s. He had said that it was unlike any other place he’d ever been and the greatest place in the world anytime, any day. It was here that he and his wife Pauline bought their home on Whitehead Street and where he worked every morning writing novels that would become some of his best known pieces. After spending several hours in the early morning writing, Hemingway would hang-out at Sloppy Joe’s with the locals and the bar’s original owner, Joe Russell. Hemingway and Russell became great friends and would often go out fishing together. In fact, they, along with several other Key West locals, were referred to as The Key West Mob, and were known for their fishing expeditions to the Dry Tortugas and Cuba. They were also known for their nicknames, which is where the legend of Papa Hemingway came to life.

For Hemingway, Key West was a town of inspiration and familiarity. He lived like anyone else: fishing, visiting and drinking with his buddies. And he wrote books that were often based on the people he was closest with. To Have and Have Not, one of his acclaimed novels, was based on Key West during the depression. Ernest Hemingway left an indelible impression on the community. At Captain Tony’s Saloon (which was the original location of Sloppy Joe’s), visitors can see his original bar stool where he sat almost daily. And his home on Whitehead Street hosts thousands of visitors everyday, allowing everyone to see where it all took place. A tour of the Hemingway House is a treat, revealing original items and artifacts that belonged to the Nobel Prize winning author. Guests can even meet the descendents of his beloved six-toed cat and see the penny he stuck into the cement after Pauline had the pool built in their backyard for a cost of $20,000. His spirit is alive throughout the mansion and the streets of the community he called home for nearly 30 years.