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January 12, 2007
From journal Laid Back in the Florida Keys
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
June 18, 2003
Of course, Captain Tony's haven't cashed in on this claim to fame . . . ??? Not much. I guess you could buy a year's worth of bar-themed T-shirts in Key West and never wear the same one twice -- including one from Captain Tony's to go with your baseball cap and souvenir cup.
Cynicism about rampant commercialism aside (if people will buy it, why don't you sell it?) Captain Tony's is an OK place to have a beer. It's a smaller space than most on Duval Street, less busy and more atmospheric -- if you like the sort of atmosphere that comes with an old dark bar that doesn't appear to have changed in 50 years (yes!!). We sat up at the bar and cast our eyes over the enormous amount of stuff nailed to the ceiling and walls. My ma would want to give this place a good tidy up.
Importantly, the beer was fine, the margaritas better than some we tried, and the live music (a lot of Stones covers if I remember rightly) pretty cool.
It's only a matter of 30 yards off Duval, but this seems to prevent hordes of people getting to it. So if you like a bit less of a crowd, a bit of history, and a game of pool, pop in to Captain Tony's.
From journal Key West - the best way to wind down