Joe’s Tap Room

Taps: 10 | Bottles: 16
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70
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
theisti  (880) Kansas | June 1, 2017
Had a beer here after lunch at Sloppy Joe’s on a Sunday. This place is basically the back room of Sloppy Joe’s Bar, though they each have their own entrance. Tiny room, with limited seating and more or less no place to just stand around. Beer selection is stronger here, with 10 craft beers on draft and a few bottles available. If you can find a seat here, certainly worth stopping for a beer.

70 = ★★½ (Locals should check it out, visitors with extended time)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.
72
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder  (548) Tallahassee, Florida | November 20, 2016
Stopped by here while in town for business in mid November ’16. According to legend, this was the back room of Sloppy Joe’s where Hemingway would hang out to get away from the crowds. Have about ten on tap, mostly South Florida regional craft. Opens to the street, nice casual vibe to the place. Prices reasonable for Key West. Conversation flows easily with the barkeep and patrons. Good place to get away from the crowds. Stumbled upon this place without even realizing it was on RB.
66
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
BVery  (648) Plymouth, Minnesota | April 15, 2012
Cool spot in Key West. Flights available. 10 taps going - all craft. Glad I stopped.
72
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
dchmela  (106) Orlando, Florida | July 12, 2010
Just found this place myself and was happy to have an air conditioned, quiet oasis to the Duval insanity. Beer selection is not great, but good enough. After BMC crap all day it was nice to grab an Arrogant Bastard. With limited selection of good beer on "the Rock" this is a must.
70
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
ChadPolenz  (41) Lakeland, Florida | July 11, 2010
Joe’s Tap Room is an off-shoot of Sloppy Joe’s - one of Key West’s most famous bar & grills. The tap room is a bar located behind the stage with a bar that seats about 10, and a couple tables inside and outside.

This bar seems to have been created primarily to cater to craft beer geeks. The sign reads, "Featuring a variety of crafted beers on tap". And they don’t mean Bass and Guinness, they actually have some pretty big hitters here: Rogue Dead Guy Ale; Dogfish Head 60 MIPA; Left Hand Milk Stout; Victory Prima Pils; Stone Arrogant Bastard; Abita Amber Ale; and two Samuel Adams beers.

The prices are quite good as every beer is $5.50 for a plastic pint cup (which has the "Sloppy Joes" logo printed on it, so it doesn’t seem quite so cheap). You can also mix and match and opt for a 5-beer, 3oz sampler for $5.50

Joe’s Tap Room isn’t just a beer bar, as they also have every brand of liquor under the sun available. You can also order from the main Sloppy Joe’s menu and eat at the bar (which I would recommend as the Tap Room is quiet and the main room is noisy with lots of patrons and constant live music).

The main room offers all the BMC beers on tap and 16 BMC bottles. I assume you can order any of these in the Tap Room if you REALLY want to.

Not the best place for craft beer in Key West but it’s a perfect alternative if you want some good food and beer without the hectic atmosphere of most of the Duval Street bars.

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