In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with the GM Daylin, and the iconic Irish Kevin’s Bar

We talk about the origin of the bar and what they did to thrive during and after COVID times.

More about Irish Kevin’s

Since July of 1998 Irish Kevin’s Bar has been inviting guests to “come on in”!

Singer, songwriter and entertainer ‘Irish Kevin’ had the vision to open his bar on Duval Street focused on live music and good times…a simple formula that has established the bar as an institution in the heart of Old Town Key West. The island city is like no other city in the world, and Irish Kevin’s is like no other bar.

There is truly something for everyone at Irish Kevin’s. We are proud to offer a full bar with unique cocktails and twenty-six beers on tap. Live entertainment is served up seven days a week from early in the morning until closing time. All are welcome to sing-along and maybe even become part of the show! Plenty of televisions ensure you won’t miss out on your favorite sporting events. Be sure to come hungry as we have a tasty food menu ranging from a light salad to a one-pound burger! Try the Rueben sandwich that is piled high with corned beef that is slow-cooked in house! Our gift shop is open all day and our staff will help you find the perfect souvenirs to remember your southernmost adventure.

Come join us and find out why our motto is: “I Came, I Drank, I Don’t Remember”!

Website: https://irishkevins.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/irishkevinsbar

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishKevinsBar

Location

We are open daily from 11am to 3:30am.
Our kitchen is open from 11am to 11pm
Times may vary during special events.

211 Duval Street
Key West, FL 33040

305-292-1262

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Shots and Giggles owners Steve Kibbe and Hannia Rivera. We talk about how they got into the bar business and why they decided to open this local favorite.

More on Shots and Giggles

Shots and Giggles is located on the corner of Ann and Greene Street next door to Tattoos & Scars Saloon.  A local’s favorite known for its intimate setting.  S&G features over 60 craft beers, fine wine and premium liquors.

S&G will be celebrating its 9th anniversary this Thanksgiving of 2021.

Owners Steve Kibbe and Hannia Rivera have been a part of Key West for over 25 years.   Steve arrived in Key West via Sacramento, California, however he is often seen around town in an Eagles jersey.    Hannia, a diehard Redskins fan, arrived in Key West via Annapolis, MD is often seen wearing  her “I hate Dallas” t-shirt around town.

As lifelong restauranteurs and bar managers, Steve and Hannia are fortunate to have realized their dream of owning this little piece of hidden paradise.  

Website: https://www.shotsngiggles.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shotsandgiggleskw/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shotsngiggleskw/

201 Ann Street
Key West, Fl 33040 
T  /  305-414-8272

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Chief TuTu wearer, Jenn Stefanacci.

We talk about how this Jersey girl made her way down to the Conch Republic and how she created her cult-classic bar, 22&Co.

This was one of my favorite episodes I did, not only because of how cool 22&Co is but how cool Jenn is… bringing that NJ flavor all the way south.

**NOTE** This episode was recorded before the pandemic, so hours are changed. As of September 10th, 2020 – their hours are:

Monday – Thursday = 4pm – 12ish
Friday & Saturday = 2pm – LATE
Sunday = 12pm – LATE
Light snacks served at the bar.

More on 22&Co

Fresh cocktails. Fun bartenders. Tutus. Flamingos. Unicorns.
…Need we say more?

22&Co Key West
504 Angela Street
Key West, FL 33040

(305) 394-7244

Website: https://22andco.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/we_love_tutus/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/22tutuandCo/

NOTE – this episode was recorded months before COVID-19 lockdown. I hope you enjoy this interview, and get ready for some new episodes soon, as Key West begins to open back up June 1st.

This episode Mark Baratto sits down with celebrity mixologist Russell Davis.

We talk about how Russell got into the business, how he rose up the bartender ranks, and how he because a celebrity Bar/Mixology expert for Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue” and how he became “2012 Bartender of the Year.”

More on Russell

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mrrusselldavis

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MrRussellDavis

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MrRussellDavis/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/MrRussellDavis

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Keith St. Peter, the owner of Kojin Noodle Bar and once famed, “The Porch,” on his new venture, GlitchCraft. We talk about why he and his partners are keeping the bar scene cool and scratching their itch by creating a place they love hanging out at themselves.

It’s all about the locals and the community at Glitch, which you can tell, is here to stay for a very long time.

More on GlitchCraft by Keys Weekly

Walking into Glitch feels like walking back in time, maybe into your best friend’s basement, if your best friend was the coolest nerd in the school. The massive leather chairs, a wall of action figures, stacks of board games and craft beers galore on draft make it a happy amalgam of past and present. It reminds you of being a teenager, but it satisfies the desires of the grown-up: a perfect espresso, a comfy chair, some (relative) peace and quiet. A departure from the chaos of downtown was part of the inspiration for this Simonton Street retreat. Owners Keith St. Peter, Adam Levin, and Justin “Willy” Woods have been ruminating on the idea for years, but it only recently came to fruition.

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Instagram: https://instagram.com/GlitchCraft_
Facebook: https://facebook.com/GlitchCafeandGameRoom/

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