A group of rum-enthused fanatics will gather in Key West on Saturday, September 22 starting at 2pm to celebrate a plethora of fine drinking establishments while raising funds for the Reef Relief organization dedicated to protecting and preserving coral reefs in Florida.
Organizer Lindsey Higgins of Team Cocktail lifestyle apparel says last year’s inaugural event was a great success and she’s expecting a larger turnout this time. “We’ll be visiting some of Key West’s best and most interesting venues, sharing some great rum cocktails and contributing to one of our favorite non-profit organizations this year. We’re inviting all fun-loving people to join us in the southernmost city.”
Participants will enjoy tropical libations while leisurely strolling along Key West’s famed Duval Street, stopping at The Cork & Stogie, the Rum Bar at Speakeasy Inn, Pearl’s, Kelley’s, the Bottle Cap, Bogarts, Cowboy Bills, Willie T’s and Smokin’ Tuna. The cost is $30 and includes a t-shirt, drink specials, a Cruzan Rum cup and a donation to the non-profit organization.
The prime sponsor of the event this year is Rob’s Rum Guide, a noted publication spotlighting the best rums in the world, with tasting notes and product information on more than 300 cane spirits.
Additional sponsors include Starfish Travel, Coastlines & Tanlines, Rum Connection, RumShopRyan, Big Kahuna Brewer, Cruzan Rum and Diplomatico Rum.
At the Rum Bar at the Speakeasy Inn, legendary Keys bartender Bahama Bob Leonard will be serving his famous Hemingway Daiquiris, made with fresh lime and grapefruit juices, Luxardo Maraschino liqueur and Diplomatico Rum Blanco premium white rum from Venezuela. Pub crawlers will also enjoy sipping Diplomatico’s luxurious Reserva Exclusiva, one of the world’s finest aged sipping rums.
Following the Saturday event, organizers, participants and sponsors will present a check to the Reef Relief organization in a short ceremony on Sunday, September 23 at their headquarters on Key West Bight, next to the Conch Republic seafood restaurant and bar.
Reef Relief’s mission is to improve and protect our coral reef ecosystems by increasing public awareness, increase scientific understanding, strengthen grassroots efforts, develop and implement strategies, and support eco-tourism
Sponsor Starfish Travel is offering special travel packages for participants. For details, email [email protected] or call 843-361-5877.
The world famous Crown Plaza La Concha Hotel on Duval Street is the official hotel partner of the Conched in Key West Bar Crawl, located within stumbling distance from all the bars. The hotel features well appointed rooms and popular roof-top bar that offers views of the entire island. To make a reservation, call La Concha at 305-280-0211, ask to speak with Mel Stewart and mention Conched in Key West Bar Crawl Group.
A warm up event is scheduled for Friday, September 21.