Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Schooner Wharf Bar

Lazy Way Lane runs down the back of the Schooner Wharf Bar and even though you wouldn't credit it, this is a bona fide one way street for cars as well as bicycles.Some people erroneously call its Schooners Wharf Bar. There is only one schooner in the name.

A schooner in nautical lingo is or was, a fast sailing boat with more than one mast (usually two) with sails square rigged fore and aft to make them better able to maneuver. They were frequently used by governments as patrol boats, especially as revenue cutters for the Customs Service. Which puts the name at odds with the piratical theme preferred by the bar's patrons. Which is a point only a nerd like me could come up with I suppose.This is a picture of a French schooner off the Internet, but the Western Union in Key West is docked right next to the bar and thus gives it it's name. People eating and drinking at Schooner Wharf couldn't give a damn one way or the other.It''s an open air bar on the waterfront, exceeding popular and has been for years. It's owned by a rather attractive blond woman pictured below managing one of their many events. Evalena Worthington has been a fixture on the Waterfront since before Noah built his arc contributing to causes and selling Key West as a a funky alternative place to hang. She does it brilliantly.
Take some plastic patio furniture, spread some pea rock under the trees and call it good. The punters love it, it's noisy raucous and filled with live music.The resident musician Michael McCloud has been a fixture here for years also making the punters feel at home and making gentle fun of one and all. And it really is on the waterfront too.I suspect they pay people like this to sit and sip beer and make piratical noises from time to time to give the place it's "authentic" flavor.And there is always activity going on around town. Be it something as simple as man struggling to walk a small bundle of energy. Oh and the young woman of course. Silly me.Schooner Wharf has been over shadowed from time to time by threatened developments and respectability encroaching on it's little funk corner of Key West. So far, so good.

This is the website for Schooner Wharf:
And this is the latest message board at Trip Advisor which will give you some idea how much visitors fancy the place:


Anonymous said...


That's the kind of woman who looks graceful on a bicycle - Now all you gotta do is follow her around until she gets on a bike...

Applauding the improvement,


Dale Cabler said...

The guy in the long white beard, is the resident cigar roller and merchant. Ive only been going to KW and SWB for a few years, but he has been operating a cigar stand since Ive been going. Always has a good selection

Anonymous said...

Michael McCloud's ex wife Franke Wilmer is running for US Congress in Montana. I'm co-hosting a fundraiser for her next month in Helena. Really a small world.

Bob from Livingston Montana

Unknown said...

After the week I've already had, that bar looks like heaven. I could care less if they serve fine scotch or corn liquor, a bit of outdoor warmth and breeze with no worries would do me damned fine.

Behind Bars - Motorcycles and Life

Conchscooter said...

Include KW on your tour.

Conchscooter said...

Bob_ Id like to think a touch of key west would be good for montana!
Dale- told you they paid him!
I'm going to havr to become a bar fly. It's my fate and chuick has promised to be my guide.

Jack Riepe said...

Dear Sir:

There is nothing as appealing as an open-air bar, on the waterfront, with a clientele that is as subtle as a prison riot. I should like to sit at a table in this joint, sipping a planter's punch and cracking lobster, which a scantilly-clad bar floozie tells me I have the bluest eyes.

Of course, I'd be delighted to be there with you and Chuck as well.

Fondest regards,
Jack • reep • Toad
Twisted Roads

Conchscooter said...

You will be- though Chuck showed me a great new bar - new to me- in town today. On his loud BSA.A good day all round.