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Green Parrot Bar, Key West, Florida
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There have been a lot of questions lately about when we might have live music again, and as for now we cannot commit to having entertainment as it typically draws large crowds that would likely make social distancing difficult, if not impossible to maintain.
From the start our priority has been to insure the safety of our staff, patrons, and community and that has not changed. To us it has always seemed like common sense.
So we are taking our time before we book live music at The Parrot. Even in New Orleans, an entire city with music as it's calling card, live music still remains prohibited. We get it, we all love the music at the Green Parrot, almost as much as we love the popcorn, but we’re doing this out of love and because we believe it's the right thing to do and we believe it’s one way we can help keep people here safe.
#greenparrotbar #keywest#keywestlife #keywestbars #staysafe#stayhealthy #socialdistancing #masks#livemusic

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Green calm below, blue quietness above.     

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We were flattered and honored to learn this week we were named the number one dive bar in the South by Southern Living magazine.
We know that of late, "dive bar" has become a wildly misapplied and overused appellation and, we also know that, for a few reasons some may even feel that the Green Parrot may have strayed too far from our roots to qualify.
For example, some say a true dive should never appear in print unless it is closing, or mentioned as a crime-scene.
Others say that a clean, safe, well-run joint, (which we are), without the sense that shit could get dangerously strange at any moment does not qualify.
It should also be noted as other potential disqualifiers that we no longer have a condom machine in the restroom, nor are there discarded whippits strewn about.

While we do have a pinball machine and a great jukebox, as well as having a string or two of year-round Christmas lights, all dive staples, we do understand and concede that just having them doesn’t make you a dive.

What we do understand however, and here’s where I think we do qualify, is that a dive bar is one of society’s best accidentally-created things ever and we believe it’s clear to even the most casual observer that no one could ever have planned this place.
In reality, dive bars are, put simply, neighborhood places that serve reasonably-priced simple drinks with no pretense and have no-nonsense attitudes where, to name just one example, it's patently understood you can choose to be social, or can choose to be left alone to drink in private.
These are the places that pretty much say, “don’t F*** with anyone here and everything will be fine.” Our decor was once described as being whatever the clientele was wearing that day, and we acknowledge that our clientele is motley and changes according to the time of day.
In the words of local author Joy Williams, "The Parrot has an engagingly louche clientele, a pool table and a dart board, odd art, and an attitude best described by the sign over the booze shelves: 'No Sniveling'”
#southernliving #divebars #greenparrotbar #localsbar #keywest #keywestlife #joywilliams#divebar#keywestbars #divebarlife #corner-bar

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Save the Date!!
Putting the word out now that one week from today Monday, August 2nd, beginning at 5:00 pm. Reef Relief invites the community to join the fun with the Green Parrot Bar as well as our Southard Street neighbors Lost and Found, and The Bearded Lady.
Dance to local jam-rockers Three-Legged Dog at 5:30 and 8:00 pm.,and help raise money for Reef Relief’s education and conservation programs with a raffle and silent auction to help Reef Relief continue their dedication to improving and protecting our coral reef ecosystem.
#reefrelief #jerrysbirthday #jerrygarciafoundation #greenparrotbar #greenparrotsoundcheck #lostandfound #thebeardedlady #keywest #keywestmusic #keywestlife #DaysBetween
#thanksforarealgoodtime #gratefuldiver

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One-Man Band Ben Prestage Brings Delta Blues on Slide Guitar and Diddley-Bow to Parrot
Making his long awaited return to The Parrot stage, one-man band Ben Prestage will perform American roots music and Southern Country Blues on slide guitar and diddley-bow on Saturday, October 24th, with shows at 5;30 and 9:00 p.m. and 5:30 pm on Sunday, October 25th #jimfossumphotos
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Thinking once again of National Poetry Month at The Green Parrot and recalling something that happened here during Jack Hackett’s “One for the Road, a Poem-a-Day” that demonstrated to me the magic that can be created by the spoken word in the simple but rich setting of a barroom.
Before the band started their 5:30 Soundcheck set Jack Hackett read his poem, Trombone Solo by Stoddard King and when he had finished, he invited anyone else who had something to read to do so.
I said, by way of encouragement, "Who's next? I know there are some folks out there who have a poem that they'd like to share, one either committed to memory, banging around in their head somewhere, or maybe folded up on a scrap of paper they've carried around for years tucked away in their wallet".
Well, up to the microphone stepped Amy, a local patron, who said she had a poem she would like to read, and it was indeed a poem that she in fact had kept for years folded up in her wallet, given to her by her mother some four decades ago.
She unfolded the tiny, deeply-creased scrap of paper and, with her mother seated at the bar just a few feet away, listening, began to read the poem.

Armor by Ann Reichmann:

You don't know it
But I never really leave you
When I go off to work
I tuck the warmth of you
under my sweater.
I fold the sound of you
into my mind.
I roll up your smile and
hide it behind my eyelids
so every time I blink
I laugh with you.
I paint the touch of you
On every spot that may be vulnerable,
And just before I walk into the world
I raise the parasol of your love
over me
Safe-until I'm home again

#poemaday#omiami #keywest#poetry #barroompoetry #greenparrotbar #divebarpoets #localculture #localcolor #irony #spokenword#greenparrotsoundcheck#omiamifestival

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A special thank you and a big hug to Janet and Kevin Life from The Angelina guest house around the corner for their annual holiday delivery of their homemade cinnamon ring (of course delivered still warm).
As Smirk looks on approvingly, it seems they’ve outdone themselves this year with a family size ring Kevin dropped off and we still remember very well a few years back, when there was not a single tree to be had on the entire island, their donation of an awesome Christmas tree saved Christmas for The Parrot and we now use that tree every year!
Angelina, we love you and Merry Christmas from all of us.
Love you guys!
Great neighbors in a great neighborhood!
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A Celebration of Life -- Dink Bruce – Tuesday March 9th from 3-6pm at the Pavilion on Higgs Beach near Salute.
The Passing of a Legend
Come one, come all in remembrance of Benjamin “Dink” Bruce a Key West icon and good friend to many. Our very good friend Dink Bruce whose life has impacted countless others in so many positive, selfless and generous ways took his last boat ride into the sunset on September 5th 2020, and now its time for friends, family and acquaintances to gather together to remember and celebrate Dink’s life.
His memories run deep for so many people in Key West, Livingston, MT., Cuba and the many other places his presence made such a unique impact. COVID times has challenged our ability to gather, but we have found a way to remember Dink safely at one of his favorite places to hang out, Salute on the Beach.
There will be an outdoor social distance gathering of friends on Tuesday March 9th from 3-6pm at the Pavilion on Higgs Beach near Salute. Come with a story, a photo or item of remembrance to share while we hoist a cocktail in memory of our very special friend.
Please feel free to share this with those who would want to know. See ya there.#greenparrotbar #dinkbruce #oneofakind #keywest #keywestpeople #keywestlife

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Great music lives here on the corner of Franklin and Einstein and this weekend we turn up the heat on the dance floor with Xperimento, one of our patron’s most yearned-for bands this past year, pictured here getting the crowd on their feet!
Don’t miss out when they return for a seismic, pelvis-grinding, meringue-filled weekend with shows at 5:30, 9:00 and 11:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday July 16th and 17th, and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 18th.
#greenparrotbar #greenparrotsoundcheck #xperimento #miamimusic #305#timetofunkitup #miami#cumbia#latinfunk #reggae #reggaeton #salsa #dub #fusionmusic #fusionjazz#jimfossumphotos

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With many public libraries already closed many stewards are keeping their Little Free Libraries open to boost community morale but we do want to share our thoughts about Little Free Library presence in light of COVID-19.

First and foremost, your health and the health of those who visit the library is paramount. We encourage you to follow the directions of the health experts such as the CDC and state and local public health authorities. They are best positioned with the latest information for guidance on what to do and what to avoid in your community.
When it comes to how you interact with our Little Free Library or that of others, we defer to your judgment and what is going on locally.
We asked Little Free Library steward Dr. Teena Chopra, Professor of Infectious Diseases at Wayne State University in Detroit, to share her advice.
Dr. Chopra recommended following these rules at your Little Free Library:
If you are sick, don’t share books in your library until you are symptom free.
Use a hand sanitizer every time you use your library.
Do not gather with others at your Little Free Library; practicing social distancing is critical to flattening the curve.#washyourhands#flattenthecurve #staysafe
#greenparrotlittlefreelibrary #littlefreelibrary #takeabookleaveabook #greenparrotbar #keywest #keywestlife #thankateacher#haveaseatreadabook

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As a small, no-cover venue at the end of the road, the Green Parrot seems to be punching above its weight yet again as New Orleans funk master George Porter Jr. with The Runnin’ Pardners explode onto The Green Parrot stage on Sunday, June 13th, with shows beginning at 5:30 and 7:30 pm.
George Porter Jr. is best known as the bassist, singer and a founding member of the seminal New Orleans funk band The Meters who came to be roundly recognized as one of the progenitors of funk. Porter is also Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award-recipient, and was named one of the 50 Greatest Bassists of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine @georgeporterjr
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The top photo was taken in The Brown Derby over 60 years ago and the one below it was taken in The Green Parrot last Veterans Day.
If you look behind them as well as over their left shoulders you can see both photos were taken with the front-corner windows of our building with the overhang visible over their left shoulders through the open front door.
After so many years, we are proud to continue to welcome America’s finest through our doors.
This Veteran's Day, all of us here at The Green Parrot Bar would like to take the time to thank the men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces and express our gratitude for all the sacrifices they have made and continue to make.
Today and every day, we couldn't say thank you enough.
To those seaman pictured in the recent photo, Matt, Greg, and Steve, stay safe, God bless, and thanks for all you do. To those in the older photo, we remain forever grateful for your service.
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