Best Bars in Key West

Best Bars in Key West

Drinking is a way of life in Key West. Whether you want a perfectly poured Guinness or would rather sip frozen rum runners while watching the sun set, the Southern Most City has everything to offer. This guide will help you find the most popular bars and hidden local favorites on Duval Street and off the beaten path.
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1. Turtle Kraals Restaurant and Bar

Turtle Kraals Restaurant and Bar
Located at the site of the historical A. Granday Turtle Cannery, visitors to Turtle Kraals are treated to a breathtaking view of the Historic Key West Seaport from the Tower Bar. Known for their Turtle Races every Monday and Friday at 6PM where the winner can collect a $350 pot.
Where to find it:
231 Margaret St # 1, Key West, FL 33040, USA

Phone: 305 2942640

Working Hours:
Mon-Sat: 11:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 11:00am-10:00pm

http://www.turtlekraals.com

2. Half Shell Raw Bar

Half Shell Raw Bar
With the motto “Eat it Raw,” it’s no surprise that the Half Shell Raw Bar has an infamous oyster shooter. There’s even a Facebook group for survivors of the shot that combines a raw oyster with cocktail sauce and Absolut Peppar Vodka. The Half Shell Raw Bar was once a shrimp packing building and has maintained the feel of a working waterfront. With perfect views of Key West Bight, it is a great place to get a feel for old Key West while enjoying a signature cocktail like “It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere” or the “Raw Bar Rita.”
Where to find it:
231 Margaret Street, Key West, FL 33040, USA

Phone: 305 2947496

Working Hours:
Mon-Thu: 11:00am-10:00pm
Fri-Sat: 11:00am-11:00pm
Sun: 12:00pm-10:00pm

http://www.halfshellrawbar.com

3. Schooner Wharf Bar

Schooner Wharf Bar
A true piece of old Key West, the Schooner Wharf bar is located on Key West's Historic Seaport. This open-air bar and restaurant originally got its start upon the Schooner Diamante. Day or night, you can find a range of entertainment from storytellers to funk and rock bands. There is no shortage of "characters" at the Schooner Wharf. Be sure to check out the spectacular view of Key West Bight from the upper deck.
Where to find it:
202 William St, Key West, FL 33040, USA

Phone: 305 2923302

Mon-Sat: 07:00am-04:00am
Sun: 08:00am-04:00am

http://www.schoonerwharf.com/

4. Hog's Breath Saloon

Hog's Breath Saloon
Named after the saloon’s slogan, “Hog’s breath is better than no breath at all,” the Key West version of this Ft. Walton Beach classic opened in 1988. Whether your interested in a “Hair of the Hog” or the Homemade Bikini Contest, Hog’s Breath Saloon is known for great food, live music and outstanding drinks. Just steps away from the crowds of Duval Street, the Saloon offers indoor and outdoor seating where you can enjoy one of their signature drinks like the “Hogarita” or “Hog Wash” or their own special Hog’s Breath Brew.
Where to find it:
400 Front St # C, Key West, FL 33040, USA

Phone: 305 2964222

Working Hours:
Mon-Sun: 10:00am-02:00am

http://www.hogsbreath.com

5. Captain Tony's Saloon

Captain Tony's Saloon
What is now known as Captain Tony’s used to be the hang out of author Ernest Hemigway. Aside from being the original location of Sloppy Joe’s, 428 Greene Street was once a wireless telegraph station during the Spanish-American War, a cigar factory, a bordello and the oldest licensed saloon in Florida. The establishment was renamed in 1958 one last time for its owner, Captain Tony--a charter boat captain and former gun runner. Inside Captain Tony’s you can enjoy their famed “Pirate’s Punch” while listening to great live music. With walls that are covered with everything from business cards to undergarments and a tree growing through the ceiling of the saloon, Captain Tony’s has an atmosphere that is unmatched in Key West.
Where to find it:
428 Greene Street, Key West, FL 33040, USA

Phone: 305 2941838

http://www.captaintonyssaloon.com

6. The Green Parrot Bar

The Green Parrot Bar
Named "Best live music venue" in 2010 by Florida Monthly Magazine, The Green Parrot never fails to offer excellent live entertainment. The century-old building, located near Mile 0 at the end of US-1, was once a grocery store before becoming the Brown Derby Bar. Operating under its current name since the 1970's, the Green Parrot is home to more than just a loveable tavern cat named "Frank." The "Sunny Place for Shady People" is known for events of all sorts, ranging from poetry slams to divorce celebrations.
Where to find it:
601 Whitehead Street, Key West, FL 33040, USA

Phone: 305 2946133

Working Hours:
Mon-Sun: 10:00am–04:00am
Happy Hour: Mon-Sun: 04:00pm–07:00pm

http://www.thegreenparrot.com

7. Key West's Smallest Bar

Key West's Smallest Bar
Officially the smallest bar in Key West, this location is a famous hot spot on Duval Street. Located at the Old Customs House, the Smallest Bar serves great drinks at cheap prices. It's a custom when hanging out in the smallest bar to enourage passers-by to "Come in and have a drink!" See how many people you can pack into Key West's Smallest Bar!
Where to find it:
124 Duval Street, Key West, FL 33040, USA

Phone: 305 2948507

http://www.oldcustomshouse.com/smallest-bar.htm

8. Sloppy Joe's

Sloppy Joe's
Sloppy Joe's is open everyday of the year from 9AM-4AM, Sloppy Joe’s is a must-see for any Key West bar-hopper. With live entertainment daily, generous pours and a casual atmosphere, it’s easy to spend a whole afternoon watching the crowds walk down Duval and Greene Streets through the white jalousie doors. Sloppy Joe’s first opened in 1933, the day Prohibition was repealed. Originally located where Captain Tony’s is, Sloppy Joe’s relocated to its current spot in 1937. The annual Hemingway look-alike competition brings hundreds of men vying to look the most like Key West's beloved "Papa." Whether you are in the mood to listen to live music in the main bar, or watch sports in "Joe's Tap Room," Sloppy Joe's has something for everyone.
Where to find it:
201 Duval Street, Key West, FL 33040, USA

Phone: 305 2945717

Working Hours:
Mon-Sun: 09:00am–04:00am

http://www.sloppyjoes.com

9. Irish Kevin's

Irish Kevin's
Home to the Key West Songwriters Festival and the Best St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the Keys, Irish Kevin’s is home to over a dozen of the best musicians the island has to offer. With great live entertainment all day, everyday, Irish Kevin’s has earned the right to boast “live entertainment at its best.” Stop in for a perfectly poured Guiness and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to see Irish Kevin himself performing on stage!
Where to find it:
211 Duval St # C, Key West, FL 33040, USA

Phone: 305 2921262

Working Hours:
Mon-Sun: 10:00am-03:30am

http://www.irishkevins.com

10. Sunset Pier

Sunset Pier
Located at ZERO Duval Street at the Ocean Key Resort and Spa, the Sunset Pier has a view of the famed Key West sunset that rivals none other. The Pier is adjacent to Mallory Square and overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. Open from 11AM-11PM, the Sunset Pier offers live entertainment nightly to compliment the spectacular sunset. Famous for their island-inspired cocktails--from the Coco Loco to the Margarita that Rocks, it's impossible not to find a delicious tropical drink to sip while watching the boats zip by in Key West Harbor.
Where to find it:
00 Duval Street, Key West, FL 33040, USA

Phone: 305 2967701

http://www.oceankey.com/key-west-sunset-pier.aspx

11. The Garden of Eden

The Garden of Eden
Located on the rooftop of the Bull and Whistle Bar, the Garden of Eden is Key West's only clothing optional rooftop bar. Famous for their body painting artists, check your inhibitions at the door before you ascend to the Garden of Eden.
Where to find it:
224 Duval Street, Key West, FL 33040, USA

Phone: 305 2964545

Working Hours:
Mon-Sun: 12:00pm-03:00am

http://www.bullkeywest.com

12. Dante's Restaurant and Raw Bar

Dante's Restaurant and Raw Bar
Famous for their Halos and Horns Party during Fantasy Fest, Dante's is the place to stay cool even when it's hot. The large pool and fountain at Dante's allows you to eat and drink while relaxing with a view of Key West Bight Marina. Stop in and choose a drink from the "Frozen Favorites" menu. From the Mango Daqiquri to the Perfect Margarita, you can't go wrong.
Where to find it:
951 Caroline Street, Key West, FL 33040, USA

Phone: 305 2935123

http://www.danteskeywest.com

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