Key West bars are in some ways the heart and soul of Old Town.
They're a place where people come together to share jokes and stories, drown their sorrows, make new friends and catch up with old ones.
Many of the bars in Key West Florida are steeped in history.
Their walls bear silent testimony to the proper and even occasionally improper events that have transpired over the decades.
They also possess a fun and robust atmosphere heavily complimented with plenty of great food, and even more tasty libations.
Toss in an eclectic mix of live music, plenty of raucous laughter, and the steady hum of conversation, and you have a typical night of revelry at any of these dynamite establishments.
Bull And Whistle Bar
224 Duval Street
This beautiful and historic building is the oldest open air bar in Key West. It also features three different bars on three different levels. On the ground floor is the hugely popular Bull. The second floor is home to the Whistle Bar and provides patrons with an excellent view of Old Town. The open aired top floor is the clothing optional Garden of Eden Key West is well known for.
Captain Tony's Saloon
428 Greene Street
One of the more famous Key West bars, this is also home to the original Sloppy Joe's location. This bar is where Ernest Hemingway first hung out with the rest of the Key West mob. Loaded with tradition and memories, this popular hangout is as famous for it's great times, lively music, and fantastic drinks as it is for it's history.
305 Duval Street
New Orleans has nothing on Key West bars, and this exciting location is no exception. It's famous for it's delicious frozen daiquiris and it's all out, fun party atmosphere.
Green Parrot Bar
601 Whitehead Street
This landmark and icon of everything you want and expect from a Key West bar, still serves up some of the most fun and best drinks in town.
Hog's Breath Saloon
400 Front Street
Perhaps as famous for it's t-shirts as it is for it's food, fun and frivolity, this is a popular hangout that also features a variety of organized activities throughout the year.
211 Duval St # C
An extensive draft list is topped off with nightly live entertainment. Of the many great Key West bars, this is a strong favorite as the place to go for a memorable night out. Their slogan embraces and typifies their party atmosphere: "I came, I drank, I don't remember"
Island Dogs Bar
505 Front Street
Dedicated to bringing you the coldest beer, tastiest drinks, most laid back atmosphere along with some darn good food and live entertainment.
203 Duval Street
Next to Sloppy Joes Key West, this popular hangout is known for it's deliciously tasty frozen daiquiris, good selection of beer, and hot, juicy pizzas.
Rick's & Durty Harry's Entertainment Complex
202 Duval Street
A combination of Key West bars, this complex has 8 hot spots located in one convenient location for a fun night of dancing, drinks, karaoke and more. The party rages on at Rick's Key West, Durty Harry's, 208 Tree Bar, Red Garter Saloon, Rick's Upstairs, Rick's Mardi Gras, Rick's Loft and Crow's Nest.
528 Front St
This well known restaurant and bar is famous for it's selection of over 100 different rums and tasty, casual fare menu. Different musicians are also featured nightly on their rooftop deck.
Schooner Wharf Bar
202 William Street
Situated in bustling Seaport and Harbor Walk, this is one of the favorite Key West bars for atmosphere, and events. A popular hangout, something is always going on at Schooner Wharf Bar. It's a great place to enjoy tasty libations, listen to music and enjoy the historic waterfront atmosphere of Key West's working harbor.
Sloppy Joes Key West
201 Duval Street
There are Key West bars and then there's Sloppy Joe's. A tradition since 1933, Sloppy Joes Key West is one of the more recognizable names when it comes to bars in the Conch Republic. Famous for it's long litany of noted patrons, residents and tourists alike enjoy the fun loving atmosphere, and the tasty down home food.
Smokin' Tuna Saloon
4 Charles Street
A fun hangout where people gather to listen to good music, enjoy some drinks, and munch on tasty treats from the fresh raw bar.
Virgilio's Key West Martini Bar
524 Duval Street
Located behind the Trattoria Restaurant this popular night spot features live music, delicious martini concoctions, and other fine libations.
Brass Monkey Lounge
234 55th Street Ocean, Kmart Plaza, MM50
A place with more names, more unusual events, and the eventual hangout of everyone in town, this is the ever popular "after hours" Marathon Florida lounge. Fun, funky and quirky, you can celebrate Christmas and New Year's Eve in July. You can also listen to good ol' fashioned rock and roll performed live on the weekends. However, don't expect the party to really get started until all the other gin joints in town are closed.
Hurricane Grill & Raw Bar
4650 Overseas Highway, MM 49.5 Bayside,
Terrific views of the Seven Mile Bridge, along with great atmosphere, food and live entertainment make this popular hangout buzz 7 days a week.
JJ's Dog House and Sports Bar
10700 Overseas Hwy, MM 53, Bayside
At this come as you are casual bar, patrons can enjoy billiards, darts, a game on TV, or just hang out with old and new friends.
Roco's Dockside Bar & Grill
35 Sombrero Blvd
It's easy to see why this Boot Key Harbor bar and grill attracts people from all over. Specialty items are featured throughout the week. Happy hour is every day from noon to 6:00, and music is performed nightly. Plus this fun and casual bar and grill is accessible by car or boat.
Dillon's Irish Pub & Grill
Tavernier Town Shopping Center, MM 91.2
305-852-6929With Irish beer on tap, and traditional Irish food served all day, this favorite pub and eatery is a popular hangout no matter what the occasion.
Hog Heaven Sports Bar
853 Overseas Hwy
Primarily a bar, they serve food from 11:00 to 3:30 with partying til 4:00 a.m. Featuring 17 TV's the games are always on, or patrons can enjoy lively conversation, fantastic ocean views and great music.
Lorelei Cabana Bar and Marina
MM 82 Bayside
Spectacular water views, amazing sunsets, and live entertainment make this outdoor bar and casual dining restaurant in Islamorada, a fun place to go.
Oceanview Pub & Inn
Owned by 2 retired pro football players, this pub is big on the games, and 13 TVs bring sports to life in his popular pub and hangout.
This is strictly a bar, with a water view and the locals often refer to it as the "Dead Animal Bar" due to the extensive "head" collection. Patrons enjoy darts and billiards, friendly conversation, great drinks and some tasty popcorn.
Hog Heaven Bar And Grill
Breezers Tiki Bar
103800 Overseas Highway, MM 103.8
Located at the north end of the resort property of the Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort, this fun tiki bar has spectacular views, the best drinks, and all the ambiance you could want.
MM 103, Bayside
Great expectations are not impaired when it comes to spending a few hours or an evening at this fun and historic landmark. Site for the filming of the movie "Key Largo", this dog friendly club does things right the "old fashioned" way. They serve up good drinks, great music, fantastic sunsets, and loads of fun.
528 Caribbean Drive, MM 100
Located at Marina Del Mar Resort, Coconuts is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. However this place is considered to be more of a nightclub and the action heats up at night, when the live music starts. Dancing inside, happy hour specials and ladies nite every Wednesday, cap off some of the events.
Mandalay Oceanfront Grill & Tiki Bar
MM 97.5, Oceanside
A historic landmark in Key Largo, patrons can enjoy the cozy inside lounge or relax out on the oceanfront covered deck. Spectacular views, live music, great food and tasty beverages round out an evening here.
Sharkey's Pub & Grill
522 Caribbean Drive, MM 100 Oceanside
A popular local hangout, where you can watch your favorite games on TV, listen to live music, or play darts and a game of pool. You can also enjoy a great view out on the deck while enjoying tasty, affordable food.
Snook's Restaurant & Grand Tiki Bar
99470 Overseas Hwy, Bayside
Enjoy scrumptious food and refreshing drinks served inside or outside at this popular Key Largo restaurant and bar. Each evening celebrate another perfect day in paradise, listening to live music and watching the sun set over the clear, calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Brenda Starr Performing At Snook's Grand Tiki Bar in Key Largo
Jimmy Buffet said it best when he sang his famous song "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes". Key West bars are in some ways the backbone of that philosophy, as they perpetuate a never ending cycle of partying the city is wildly famous for.
However, when it comes to Florida Keys bars, whether it's a bar in Key West Florida or a Key Largo bar, there's plenty of good times to be had.
It doesn't seem to matter whether you hunker down on a stool in a local 'watering hole' or stretch out in style at a 'chic' resort lounge. Wherever you go, you'll quench your thirst, have some fun, and even make a new friend or two at any of these best bars in Key West or elsewhere in the Florida Keys.