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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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Had the pleasure of being a fly on the wall this afternoon listening to these two legends talk about the old days in Key West.
John Martini is perhaps the most recognized and accomplished artist on the island, and John Vagnoni is the owner and face of the fabled Green Parrot Bar.
They both showed up to the island from the Northeast in the 1970s with an open mind and the idea that the end of the road might, in fact, be just the beginning.
It’s inspiring to see them both still really happy living where they live and doing what they do.
I’ve been lucky enough to work with and get to know both of them over the years and can only hope I’ll accumulate a fraction of the catalog of work and wisdom they’ve generated through the decades.
#keywest #makingitintheend

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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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When you elope, you take bar breaks 🍻 🙌🏼 💚 #keywest #greenparrotbar ...

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First time staying in a bungalow on the beach and it was worth every penny! The ocean smell, the breeze, the views! 🌴 ...

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The Conch Train is our favorite way to travel around Key West! 🐚🚂 #lovefl #keywest #conchrepublic #conchtrain #greenparrotbar ...

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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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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!
#keywestpeople #keywest #greenparrotbar #greatneighbors #angelinaguesthouse#merrychristmas #christmastree #christmasspirit

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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.
#thankavet #veteransday #keywest #armedforces #greenparrotbar#brownderbykeywest #submarineservice #submariners #keywestnavalbase

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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
#benprestage #greenparrotbar #onemanband#greenparrotsoundcheck #floridamusic#memphis #cigarboxguitar#mississippideltablues #rootsrock#diddlybow #keywest #bealestreet #newdaisytheatre #lyonspitchfordaward#keywestmusic#livemusic#freepopcorn#localsbar#divebar#nocovernominimumnowonder#ben.prestage

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Thomas and Petronia, Blue Heaven, Bahama Village, circa 1990s Photo 1950s Minolta Autocord Twin Lens Reflex w/ 400 ASA 120 roll film #greenparrotbar #minolta @greenparrot #minoltaautocord #keywest #blueheaven#analogphotography#filmphotography #kodak#440#kodak400 #keywestlocals#keywestrestaurants ...

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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
#georgeporterjr #cissystrut #timetofunkitup #nocovernominimumnowonder #themeters #funk #zigaboomodeliste #leonocentelli #artneville #rocknroll #blues #nola #music #jazz #bass #neworleans #secondline #jazzmusic #randb #rock #livemusic #nawlins #originalmusic #fender #greenparrotbar #keywest #bestbar #bestlivemusicvenue #localsbar #divebar

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Happy Birthday Buco, and, for Buco, before the day’s out, one last Early Suds Run from the archives. #polaroid#keywest #greenparrotbar #keywestpeople #buco#waterfrontmarket#localsbar#divebar#sudsrun#stpatricksday ...

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