Famous patrons of Sloppy Joe's
Most famous of all the crowd at Sloppy Joe's in its early years, Ernest Hemingway often frequented the bar with his friends, a rabble-rousing group lovingly dubbed "The Mob." Members included Waldo Pierce, J.B. Sullivan, Captain Eddie Saunders, as well Hemingway's fishing buddy and owner of the bar himself, Joe Russell.
Ernest Hemingway Lookalike Contest
An annual tradition, the Hemingway Lookalike Contest takes place every year in mid-July, amid the riotous fun of the world-famous Hemingway Days Festival, celebrating the author's birthday. The 34th edition takes place July 17-19th 2014, as throngs of white-bearded men fill the streets of Key West in honor of Papa.