The Key West bars can be busy during the day, but it’s at night when they really start to swing into full gear. These are the most famous and popular drinking holes in the Florida Keys, and they offer plenty of choices for residents and visitors to consider. As you might suspect, many people who frequent Key West have their favorite bar or bars. Should you pay the island a visit, chances are good that you’ll also come up with your own preferred establishments. Maybe it will be one of the following, which are undoubtedly some of the most popular bars in Key West.
Key West Bars
Key West Bars
Many of the Key West bars are found along the island’s main road – Duval Street. This street stretches just over a mile and runs north to south from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean. You might call Duval Street the Bourbon Street of Key West, due in part to the fact that it is a center of action and attracts much of the island’s tourist crowd. Many locals target other streets and other bars when looking to go out on the town, but that’s not to say that they steer clear of Duval Street. Either way, Duval Street is one of the main drags that is visited on a typical Key West Pub Crawl. In fact, these drinking tours of sorts are commonly referred to as the Duval Crawl. You can actually book guided pub crawls in Key West. These fun tours include souvenir t-shirts, cocktails, and more and can be enjoyed with perfect strangers or with your own private group.
When the sun begins to set on Key West, many people head to Mallory Square to begin ushering in the evening. Afterwards, they typically venture off to the island’s bars, including those along Duval Street. One such bar on the main drag is interestingly known as the Smallest Bar in Key West. The name is true, as this is truly the smallest bar on the island. You can find it in the Old Customs House at 124 Duval Street, and if you need extra incentive to drop by, they advertise that their drinks are inexpensive. Swing by when it’s busy, and you might be surprised just how many people can actually fit in this virtual hole in the wall.
Sloppy Joe’s Bar
Sloppy Joe’s Bar
Visiting Sloppy Joe’s Bar is something that many people add to their lists of things to do in Key West. One of the most renowned watering holes around, this Key West tradition opened in 1933 and is rumored to have been a favorite hangout of Ernest Hemingway. Live music is offered daily at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, and the entertainment lasts well into the morning hours. At night, tables are cleared so that people have room to dance. If you’re not up for dancing, Sloppy Joe’s has satellite programming and screens big time sporting events. Also worth noting is the fact that Sloppy Joe’s has both a main bar and a separate room that is known as Joe’s Tap Room. Either way, this bar is pretty much a must visit if you want to say that you’ve seen and done it all in Key West. You can find Sloppy Joe’s Bar at 201 Duval Street.
Hog’s Breath Saloon
Also one of the most popular bars in Key West, the Hog’s Breath Saloon has been in operation for a quarter of a century and offers both an outdoor setting and an air conditioned inside dining and bar area. Daily live entertainment helps to keep the fun going, and the onsite mercantile store is the place to go to get your souvenir t-shirt. Whether you come with hopes of purchasing a shirt or not, you can find the Hog’s Breath Saloon at the corner of Front and Duval Streets in the heart of Old Town Key West. The official address is 400 Front Street. As is true when planning a visit to any of the Key West bars, it can be a good idea to consult the Hog’s Breath Saloon’s events schedule to see what’s on tap during your Key West vacation. There’s pretty much always something going on here.
For Key West locals, the Green Parrot is one of the preferred places to go for some adult beverages. A self-proclaimed dive, the Green Parrot doesn’t worry as much about its image as it does keeping its guests happy. Therein lies much of the allure. Many Key West locals will tell you that they also like the Green Parrot because it is off the “beaten path” that is Duval Street. Live music is often offered at the Green Parrot, and there is a jukebox to keep the tunes going when the bands aren’t playing. A pool table is another fixture. It should be noted that smoking is allowed at the Green Parrot and that there is no air conditioning. A lot of fans circulate somewhat cooler air, and you can always cool off with an ice cold drink, which the bar is known for serving. The Green Parrot is open daily and has happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. You can find it one block west of Duval Street at 601 Whitehead Street.