Key West New Years Eve Events 2011

There are really lots of events happening to celebrate the New Year’s arrival. Here are a listing of events and special menus for the holiday for you to peruse and help make your holiday plans!


Sloppy Joe’s

Watch the crowd gather to ring in 2012 with our 19th Annual Dropping of the Conch Shell live from the roof of Sloppy Joe’s Bar at the corner of Greene and Duval in Key West. Sloppy Joe’s will lower the Queen Conch Shell at the stroke of midnight to ring in 2012. The Hyjinx Band will take the stage at 10:00pm to ring in the New Year! For those in the bar at midnight the dropping of the Conch Shell can be viewed on closed circuit TV in the main bar or Joe’s Tap Room.Sorry no reservations. Door charge.

Schooner Wharf Bar

Schooner Wharf Bar will present its original New Year’s Eve tradition, the “Lowering of the Pirate Wench” from the mast of tall ship America 2.0 docked in front of the popular waterfront watering hole. They will be lowering a pirate wench, Evalena Worthington, co-owner of Schooner Wharf, against large illuminated countdown numbers – from 10, 9, 8… until the stroke of midnight where “2012” will light up to launch the new year. All of this is against a backdrop of the ship’s crew dressed as pirates, the release of white balloons and cannon fire. Complimentary party favors, hats and horns add to the festive atmosphere. This bash was rated the 2nd most fun thing to do by AOL after being at Times Square! The day’s fun starts early with live music from Michael McCloud and Friends at noon, followed byThe Doerfels, a family of very talented kids who will entertain you with blue grass, rock n’ roll and other favorite classic tunes. Next up from 10:00 pm ‘til late is the bounding energy and funk of Biscuit Miller and the Mix. Bring your dancin’ shoes for a “pipin’ hot biscuit” full of soulful blues stew. Miller has played with such legends as Muddy Waters and Ike and Tina Turner. Never a dull moment at this happening place, prior to the countdown a DJ will play festive holiday music to entertain the crowd, the party continues until 4 a.m.

 801 Bar

The 801 “girls” present for 2011 the New Year’s Eve Black and White Ball. Hosted by drag queens Kylie and Gugi. At midnight there will be a champagne toast as well as closed circuit viewing of Sushi’s shoe Drop. Doors open at 8:00 PM with drag shows at 9:00 PM and Midnight. VIP seating is available in advance so call the 801 Bar to arrange.

Rum Barrel

The Rum Barrel will be having their 4th Annual New Year’s Eve Bash from 7:00 – Midnight featuring musical guests Lance Taylor and the Happy Accidentals.

Dockside Party on America 2.0 & Adirondack III

Avoid the crowds and celebrate with us from 9:30 PM to 12:30 AM to watch as they lower the wench at midnight! Tickets for the America are $100 per person. Party includes champagne, beer, wine, chef jenz faboo cheese and cracker platter, cucumber rounds with lemon dill shrimp salad, cheesy hot crab and spinach dip with soft cuban bread, tuscan cheesecake bites, and stuffed mushrooms with ham and blue cheese. Tickets for the Adirondack at $55 per person. Party includes champagne, beer, and wine. Call 1-888-362-3474 for reservations.







The Grand located on Duval Street is offering a fixe price menu with 3 seating options for New Year’s Eve. But you will have to call them to find out what they is. First seating is from 5 to 7 pm with a 3 course dinner. Second seating is from 7:15 to 9:15 pm with a 4 course dinner. Third seating is from 9:30 to Close with a 4 hours dinner.

Kelly’s Caribbean Bar and Grill New Years Eve Menu for 2011

915 New Year’s Eve Menu for 2011

Abbondanza New Year Eve Menu for 2011

Commodore New Years Eve Menu for 2011

Duffy’s New Years Even Menu for 2011


New Years Day Brunch and Sail aboard the America 2.0!

Enjoy brunch and a sail on he beautiful America from 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM. Tickets are $85.00 per person. Menu includes mimosas, coffee, tea, juice, croissants, muffins, pastries, peaches, proscuitto, mozzarella and mint salad, tropical fruit platter, scrambled eggs russian tea room style, banana pancakes with vermont maple syrup and pecans, spiral taken ham, smoked salmon with bagels, cream cheese, capers, and red onions, and breakfast potatoes with peppers and onions. Call 1-888-362-3474 for reservations.


For more information about things to do and see in our island city, go to our Key West Web Site. You can also visit our Key West Events Calendar to see more details on upcoming special events.

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