The Best Bars in Key West and Nightlife

Key West is world-famous for its bar scene, nightlife and party atmosphere, especially on Duval Street.

In many ways Key West feels almost like Bourbon Street in New Orleans, but with a quirky island twist.

Like New Orleans, Charleston, Galveston and other port towns, Key West has a long history of drinking and partying.

Here is an overview of the best bars in Key West, and other points of interest.

Mallory Square is filled with bars and restaurants. This area is undeniably touristy, but most of the island is. On the upside Mallory Square comes alive at sunset as it fills with people, including people who come to watch the sunset, and performers who busk for the visitors.

Duval Street has some of the most famous bars in Key West, including legends like Sloppy Joes and others.

Old Town Tavern & Beer Garden: Famous for its pub food, including fish and chips and bangers and mash.

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant: Famous for its sandwiches, especially burgers, pulled pork, steak sandwiches and others.

  • Sunset Pier
  • Hogfish Bar and Grill
  • La Te Da, Little Jazz Room
  • Smokin’ Tuna Saloon
  • Caroline’s Other Side
  • Southernmost Beach Cafe
  • Agave 308, Rick’s Bar
  • Green Parrot Bar, Little Room Jazz Club
  • Green Parrot, The Courthouse Deli Bench
  • Durty Harry’s, Schooner Wharf Bar
  • Chart Room Bar
  • Virgilio’s, Marquesa Hotel Bar
  • Purple Porpoise Pub
  • Irish Kevin’s, Capt. Tony’s Saloon
  • Lagerheads
  • Hog’s Breath, Garden of Eden
  • Smallest Bar in Key West
  • Tiki House
  • The Bull and Whistle Bar
  • 801 Bourbon Bar
  • Aqua Bar and Nightclub

If you’re looking for the best bars in Key West, we hope you’ll find this guide useful. Each of these establishments have their own unique flavor, atmosphere, and appeal. With these options, and the countless others we did not cover, there is surely a perfect watering hole in Key West to suit your style.