INSIDE THE BARREL

The Rum Barrel joins the new Off Duval Pub Crawl
Rum Barrel Quarterdeck

Key West resident Joe Cortner has spotted innumerable pub crawls on Duval Street, and so the obvious thing came to mind: “A blind chimp could find a bar on Duval, but what about the really great bars elsewhere?”

And so the weekly Off Duval Pub Crawl was born. Its first weekly four-bar hop on Sept. 16 included The Rum Barrel Quarterdeck.

The Rum Barrel Restaurant/Bar was added to the bar crawl early on because it sits just off the beaten path–like the other bars on the bar-hop roster–with an extensive rum and craft beer menu along with its oft-missed, scenic Quarterdeck overlooking historic Old Town Key West, Cortner said.

“It’s good to see a pub crawl with a different focus,” said JC Picco, Rum Barrel general manager. “Our Quarterdeck has an amazing ambience and great view. We think crawlers will definitely dig it.”

Cortner’s fast-growing Off Duval Pub Crawl takes participants to some classic Keys bars, new and old, that visitors might not find so easily on their own. In addition to The Rum Barrel, stops include craft beer testing at Krawl on Southard Street; the new Smokin’ Tuna Saloon on Charles Street; and one of Mile Zero’s only country bars, Cowboy Bill’s Reloaded on Greene Street.

Cortner said he’ll likely keep the Off Duval Crawl limited to four bars, so participants don’t have to rush through their drinks or their good times. The tour lasts for three hours and includes craft beer testing, domestic beers of participants’ choice and wells drink cocktails, along with a T-shirt and giveaways for $35.

The Rum Barrel features nightly entertainment on The Quarterdeck. To reserve a spot on the weekly Off Duval Pub Crawl, visit www.kokomojoes.com. 

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