St. Patrick's Day Bar Stroll - Key West, Florida - Bar None Suds Run - Pub Crawl

39th Annual St. Patrick's Day Bar Stroll in Key West Florida
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Presented by founder and event organizer Rick Dostal

Rick Dostal, event organizer
Rick Dostal
founder and event organizer

I started the St. Patrick’s Day Bar None Suds Run in 1979 with the help of Curly McGinn. Curly owned the Sandcastle Bar (now Michael’s restaurant on Margaret St.). At his request the run ended at his bar and every year that it did, Curly, myself and the Strollers drank the place dry!

Key West artist and muralist Steve Heuel drew the shirt for me using the bar as his easel (see 1st annual t-shirt). For various and sundry reasons certain people were barred from one bar or the other so I got permission from the bar owners that a guy could "get a pass" for the run, hence the name.

It was an absolutely crazy race and everyone who actually ran in it blasted into a bar, chugged a beer, and then "purged" on the fly to the next joint. After a few years of guys and girls running and puking through an increasingly congested Old Town the event had to change to today's format, a "stroll".

The last time it was a race it was won by Key West's own Buco (Pantellis) who is the reigning champion. He still bugs me every year to bring back the run! Maybe next year, B!

The first year we started at the Full Moon Saloon, the legendary and definitive bar from the golden age of Key West. Gone now but it stood roughly where the Southernmost Hotel is (Tiki Bar!).

Stop two was the Holt brothers' Simonton St. Station, now the Monkey Bar at Simonton and Olivia streets. Then the Blue Boar, which is now just a distant memory; the Lowell C, now Mango's. Then we were off to The Bull and Whistle, Maynard's (now Ricks Bar), Sloppy Joe's, Billy's Bar (now Red Fish Blue Fish), the Chart Room at the Pier House (later we used the Cistern Bar, a very cool little underground bar on their property right beside Duval St. built in - what else!?! - a cistern!), Dills Pickle (now a parking lot on the corner of Greene and Simonton streets). Then off to the Half Shell Raw Bar, and finally finishing up at the Sandcastle!

I remember Dave Dill served Becks Dark but he added green dye, and put a little gerkin in the glass. It was not really what a runner wanted just then.

The only bar that was in the first year and has been in every year since is The Bull and Whistle. Rick's came in as soon as they opened (2nd Annual) and have been a stop ever since. The Schooner Wharf Bar has also been in since they opened (as Cafe Diamant!), and is a fine place to unwind at the end of all that strollin'.

We all thank the great bars and their staff that welcome the strollers each year and we welcome some new bars, some brand new to the "Stroll".

The Shirts

Steve Heuel did the first three t-shirts and then the 10th. The son of an accomplished artist, Steve has a "have brush, will travel" attitude towards art especially with murals (see the Bull & Whistle). It’s just so much easier to bring Steve to the building than to bring the building to Steve. He’s ready willing and very able to paint your mural, click here to contact him!

Carol Neilson, Sandcastle bartender, and now Hollywood stuntwoman, did the fourth annual.

Then Walt Hyla did some great ones including the 5th, 6th, 8th, 11th (one of the best), 13th, and 14th annual (featuring Geo. H. Bush and Fat Albert!). Walt is in Ft. Myers working in clay and sculpture.

David Laughlin (sometimes I call him David Laughing) did the 9th, 23rd, 26th. David has moved to Savannah and continues his career painting fine art. A great talent with a well developed sense of humor on and off the canvas. He shows his work occasionally in Key West. Not to be missed!

Several other artists contributed over the years. Unfortunately I let others oversee most of the designs between the 15th annual and the 25th annual, generally ending with disastrous results.

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