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25 Best Dive Bars in America 2015

25 Best Dive Bars in America 2015


Have you ever walked into a bar, looked around, and thought, “Wow, this place could really use some work?” or maybe “This bar is really one of a kind" or even "I can't believe they're playing that song”? If the answer is yes to any of the above, chances are you were in a dive bar — and if we had to guess, you were probably about to experience a night you would never forget. Of course, if this place was a true dive, with low enough prices for the alcohol, you might have ended up wishing you could forget it, or not remembering it at all.

25 Best Dive Bars in America 2015 (Slideshow)

Even though we’ve rounded up the best dives before, the stories, drink prices, and crazy characters from these places are so unique that we had to do it again. Now, we’re excited to announce our 2015 edition of America’s 25 Best Dive Bars.

In order to compile our list, we rounded up a short list of more than 100 of the ultimate dive bars in America and ranked them based off of four categories we thought defined what makes a bar a dive: First, they had to have a jukebox (a good jukebox). Then, we checked to see if they have ultimate “time-wasters,” such as pool, darts, or karaoke. Next, we took a look at food and drink prices. And finally we considered that intangible, overall character. Using these criteria, we narrowed the number down to 25.74

This year’s results included bars from all over the country, ranging from places as far apart as Third Street Dive in Louisville, Kentucky, and the Salty Dawg Saloon, in Homer, Alaska. Our top five spots alone include cities from almost every region in the United States.

A true dive bar will have the cheapest beers in town, a clientele of colorful (sometimes questionable) characters, and something a little quirky to set it apart. Read on to see our list of America’s best dive bars for 2015.


Key West's Best Bars

Enjoy Key West's nightlife, and check out the city's best bars.

Related To:
Sloppy Joe's

Sloppy Joe's opened its doors to alcohol-swilling patrons on Dec. 5, 1933, the very day Prohibition ended. This dedication to selling spirits to the masses has persevered ever since, and the bar has earned legendary status in Key West, making it a must-stop destination for all lovers of drink who've stumbled their way onto the island. The bar's most famous patron is easily Ernest Hemingway, who frequented Sloppy Joe’s during his stint on the island in the 1930s. Today, the bar is home to the annual Hemingway Look-alike Contest, held during the Hemingway Days Festival every July. The bar remains open 365 days, from 9 a.m.-4 a.m. (noon-4 a.m. on Sundays). Live bands entertain nightly and food — hamburgers, salads and the like — is on the menu, though, let's be honest, you're really here for the booze.

The Schooner Wharf Bar

The good folks of Key West like to celebrate watching the sunset as if it were a national holiday — that occurs daily. One of the island's prime spots for bellying up while experiencing nature's spectacle is the Schooner Wharf Bar, which overlooks the water at the island's Historic Seaport. Drinks of choice include rum runners, daiquiris and the Schooner Breeze, a heady concoction of 4 flavors of rum, cranberry and pineapple juice. Fresh-seafood lovers will be tempted to complement their beverage with the bar's fresh-shucked oysters, pick-and-peel shrimp or stone crab claws. If watching the sunset isn't your thing, the bar also offers a schedule of live music and magic shows to entertain the masses.

The Bull & Whistle Bar

Get more bang for your drinking dollar at the Bull & Whistle Bar — technically 3 bars in 1. On the ground floor of the Duval Street structure, you'll enter the Bull, a dimly lit, open-air bar painted with murals of old Key West that is typically quite crowded. The Whistle Bar, located on the building's second floor, has a quieter, breezy ambience, featuring large windows and doors that open onto a wraparound balcony perfect for people-watching the crowds below on Duval Street. Finally, for the risque at heart, there's the Garden of Eden, a coed, clothing-optional rooftop bar. A nightly roster of live music at the downstairs bar gets the crowd dancing, while pool tables can be found at the Whistle Bar. Check the website for printable 2-for-1 and $1 drink coupons.

Hog's Breath Saloon

"Hog's breath is better than no breath at all," or so the saying goes at the Hog's Breath Saloon, a Key West drinking landmark since it opened in 1976. Sure, the drinks are strong the food, including conch fritters and fish nuggets, is decent and the crowd is dotted with locals — but really, patrons wrangle to converge here for epic events such as an annual Homemade Bikini Contest and the Hair of the Hog Leather & Lace Contest, featuring a bloody mary breakfast. Both events are held during the island's Fantasy Fest at the end of October.

Bourbon St. Pub

One of Key West's most popular gay bars, the Bourbon St. Pub opened in 1995 and morphed into a complex consisting of 4 bars, including the outdoor Garden Bar and pool area, which is men-only and clothing-optional. Should you find yourself not willing to leave the action at night's end, book a room at the New Orleans House, an all-male guesthouse attached to the complex that features rooms overlooking the pool area. The pub hosts nightly entertainment and events, including male go-go dancers, pool parties and an annual Mr. Pride contest. If you're visiting Key West on New Year's Eve, head outside the pub to ring in the new year — Bourbon St. features a "drag queen drop" at midnight, when a drag queen named Sushi is lowered from the building's roof to the street in a gigantic red, high-heeled shoe.

Green Parrot

If the hordes of tourists choking Duval Street become too much to handle, seek respite at the Green Parrot, which is tucked away on Whitehead Street, just a block off Duval. Open in various iterations (a grocery store, then a bar) since 1890, the Parrot attracts an "old salty dog" crowd of locals and fishermen, with a smattering of tourists lucky to have found the much-beloved dive spot. A jukebox keeps the mood lively with all manner of artists — from Van Morrison to the Temptations — though the bar also offers live music and an ever-changing schedule of funk, R&B, zydeco and blues bands. Grab a bite to eat before arriving aside from doling out free popcorn, the Green Parrot is a drinks-only establishment.


Key West's Best Bars

Enjoy Key West's nightlife, and check out the city's best bars.

Related To:
Sloppy Joe's

Sloppy Joe's opened its doors to alcohol-swilling patrons on Dec. 5, 1933, the very day Prohibition ended. This dedication to selling spirits to the masses has persevered ever since, and the bar has earned legendary status in Key West, making it a must-stop destination for all lovers of drink who've stumbled their way onto the island. The bar's most famous patron is easily Ernest Hemingway, who frequented Sloppy Joe’s during his stint on the island in the 1930s. Today, the bar is home to the annual Hemingway Look-alike Contest, held during the Hemingway Days Festival every July. The bar remains open 365 days, from 9 a.m.-4 a.m. (noon-4 a.m. on Sundays). Live bands entertain nightly and food — hamburgers, salads and the like — is on the menu, though, let's be honest, you're really here for the booze.

The Schooner Wharf Bar

The good folks of Key West like to celebrate watching the sunset as if it were a national holiday — that occurs daily. One of the island's prime spots for bellying up while experiencing nature's spectacle is the Schooner Wharf Bar, which overlooks the water at the island's Historic Seaport. Drinks of choice include rum runners, daiquiris and the Schooner Breeze, a heady concoction of 4 flavors of rum, cranberry and pineapple juice. Fresh-seafood lovers will be tempted to complement their beverage with the bar's fresh-shucked oysters, pick-and-peel shrimp or stone crab claws. If watching the sunset isn't your thing, the bar also offers a schedule of live music and magic shows to entertain the masses.

The Bull & Whistle Bar

Get more bang for your drinking dollar at the Bull & Whistle Bar — technically 3 bars in 1. On the ground floor of the Duval Street structure, you'll enter the Bull, a dimly lit, open-air bar painted with murals of old Key West that is typically quite crowded. The Whistle Bar, located on the building's second floor, has a quieter, breezy ambience, featuring large windows and doors that open onto a wraparound balcony perfect for people-watching the crowds below on Duval Street. Finally, for the risque at heart, there's the Garden of Eden, a coed, clothing-optional rooftop bar. A nightly roster of live music at the downstairs bar gets the crowd dancing, while pool tables can be found at the Whistle Bar. Check the website for printable 2-for-1 and $1 drink coupons.

Hog's Breath Saloon

"Hog's breath is better than no breath at all," or so the saying goes at the Hog's Breath Saloon, a Key West drinking landmark since it opened in 1976. Sure, the drinks are strong the food, including conch fritters and fish nuggets, is decent and the crowd is dotted with locals — but really, patrons wrangle to converge here for epic events such as an annual Homemade Bikini Contest and the Hair of the Hog Leather & Lace Contest, featuring a bloody mary breakfast. Both events are held during the island's Fantasy Fest at the end of October.

Bourbon St. Pub

One of Key West's most popular gay bars, the Bourbon St. Pub opened in 1995 and morphed into a complex consisting of 4 bars, including the outdoor Garden Bar and pool area, which is men-only and clothing-optional. Should you find yourself not willing to leave the action at night's end, book a room at the New Orleans House, an all-male guesthouse attached to the complex that features rooms overlooking the pool area. The pub hosts nightly entertainment and events, including male go-go dancers, pool parties and an annual Mr. Pride contest. If you're visiting Key West on New Year's Eve, head outside the pub to ring in the new year — Bourbon St. features a "drag queen drop" at midnight, when a drag queen named Sushi is lowered from the building's roof to the street in a gigantic red, high-heeled shoe.

Green Parrot

If the hordes of tourists choking Duval Street become too much to handle, seek respite at the Green Parrot, which is tucked away on Whitehead Street, just a block off Duval. Open in various iterations (a grocery store, then a bar) since 1890, the Parrot attracts an "old salty dog" crowd of locals and fishermen, with a smattering of tourists lucky to have found the much-beloved dive spot. A jukebox keeps the mood lively with all manner of artists — from Van Morrison to the Temptations — though the bar also offers live music and an ever-changing schedule of funk, R&B, zydeco and blues bands. Grab a bite to eat before arriving aside from doling out free popcorn, the Green Parrot is a drinks-only establishment.


Key West's Best Bars

Enjoy Key West's nightlife, and check out the city's best bars.

Related To:
Sloppy Joe's

Sloppy Joe's opened its doors to alcohol-swilling patrons on Dec. 5, 1933, the very day Prohibition ended. This dedication to selling spirits to the masses has persevered ever since, and the bar has earned legendary status in Key West, making it a must-stop destination for all lovers of drink who've stumbled their way onto the island. The bar's most famous patron is easily Ernest Hemingway, who frequented Sloppy Joe’s during his stint on the island in the 1930s. Today, the bar is home to the annual Hemingway Look-alike Contest, held during the Hemingway Days Festival every July. The bar remains open 365 days, from 9 a.m.-4 a.m. (noon-4 a.m. on Sundays). Live bands entertain nightly and food — hamburgers, salads and the like — is on the menu, though, let's be honest, you're really here for the booze.

The Schooner Wharf Bar

The good folks of Key West like to celebrate watching the sunset as if it were a national holiday — that occurs daily. One of the island's prime spots for bellying up while experiencing nature's spectacle is the Schooner Wharf Bar, which overlooks the water at the island's Historic Seaport. Drinks of choice include rum runners, daiquiris and the Schooner Breeze, a heady concoction of 4 flavors of rum, cranberry and pineapple juice. Fresh-seafood lovers will be tempted to complement their beverage with the bar's fresh-shucked oysters, pick-and-peel shrimp or stone crab claws. If watching the sunset isn't your thing, the bar also offers a schedule of live music and magic shows to entertain the masses.

The Bull & Whistle Bar

Get more bang for your drinking dollar at the Bull & Whistle Bar — technically 3 bars in 1. On the ground floor of the Duval Street structure, you'll enter the Bull, a dimly lit, open-air bar painted with murals of old Key West that is typically quite crowded. The Whistle Bar, located on the building's second floor, has a quieter, breezy ambience, featuring large windows and doors that open onto a wraparound balcony perfect for people-watching the crowds below on Duval Street. Finally, for the risque at heart, there's the Garden of Eden, a coed, clothing-optional rooftop bar. A nightly roster of live music at the downstairs bar gets the crowd dancing, while pool tables can be found at the Whistle Bar. Check the website for printable 2-for-1 and $1 drink coupons.

Hog's Breath Saloon

"Hog's breath is better than no breath at all," or so the saying goes at the Hog's Breath Saloon, a Key West drinking landmark since it opened in 1976. Sure, the drinks are strong the food, including conch fritters and fish nuggets, is decent and the crowd is dotted with locals — but really, patrons wrangle to converge here for epic events such as an annual Homemade Bikini Contest and the Hair of the Hog Leather & Lace Contest, featuring a bloody mary breakfast. Both events are held during the island's Fantasy Fest at the end of October.

Bourbon St. Pub

One of Key West's most popular gay bars, the Bourbon St. Pub opened in 1995 and morphed into a complex consisting of 4 bars, including the outdoor Garden Bar and pool area, which is men-only and clothing-optional. Should you find yourself not willing to leave the action at night's end, book a room at the New Orleans House, an all-male guesthouse attached to the complex that features rooms overlooking the pool area. The pub hosts nightly entertainment and events, including male go-go dancers, pool parties and an annual Mr. Pride contest. If you're visiting Key West on New Year's Eve, head outside the pub to ring in the new year — Bourbon St. features a "drag queen drop" at midnight, when a drag queen named Sushi is lowered from the building's roof to the street in a gigantic red, high-heeled shoe.

Green Parrot

If the hordes of tourists choking Duval Street become too much to handle, seek respite at the Green Parrot, which is tucked away on Whitehead Street, just a block off Duval. Open in various iterations (a grocery store, then a bar) since 1890, the Parrot attracts an "old salty dog" crowd of locals and fishermen, with a smattering of tourists lucky to have found the much-beloved dive spot. A jukebox keeps the mood lively with all manner of artists — from Van Morrison to the Temptations — though the bar also offers live music and an ever-changing schedule of funk, R&B, zydeco and blues bands. Grab a bite to eat before arriving aside from doling out free popcorn, the Green Parrot is a drinks-only establishment.


Key West's Best Bars

Enjoy Key West's nightlife, and check out the city's best bars.

Related To:
Sloppy Joe's

Sloppy Joe's opened its doors to alcohol-swilling patrons on Dec. 5, 1933, the very day Prohibition ended. This dedication to selling spirits to the masses has persevered ever since, and the bar has earned legendary status in Key West, making it a must-stop destination for all lovers of drink who've stumbled their way onto the island. The bar's most famous patron is easily Ernest Hemingway, who frequented Sloppy Joe’s during his stint on the island in the 1930s. Today, the bar is home to the annual Hemingway Look-alike Contest, held during the Hemingway Days Festival every July. The bar remains open 365 days, from 9 a.m.-4 a.m. (noon-4 a.m. on Sundays). Live bands entertain nightly and food — hamburgers, salads and the like — is on the menu, though, let's be honest, you're really here for the booze.

The Schooner Wharf Bar

The good folks of Key West like to celebrate watching the sunset as if it were a national holiday — that occurs daily. One of the island's prime spots for bellying up while experiencing nature's spectacle is the Schooner Wharf Bar, which overlooks the water at the island's Historic Seaport. Drinks of choice include rum runners, daiquiris and the Schooner Breeze, a heady concoction of 4 flavors of rum, cranberry and pineapple juice. Fresh-seafood lovers will be tempted to complement their beverage with the bar's fresh-shucked oysters, pick-and-peel shrimp or stone crab claws. If watching the sunset isn't your thing, the bar also offers a schedule of live music and magic shows to entertain the masses.

The Bull & Whistle Bar

Get more bang for your drinking dollar at the Bull & Whistle Bar — technically 3 bars in 1. On the ground floor of the Duval Street structure, you'll enter the Bull, a dimly lit, open-air bar painted with murals of old Key West that is typically quite crowded. The Whistle Bar, located on the building's second floor, has a quieter, breezy ambience, featuring large windows and doors that open onto a wraparound balcony perfect for people-watching the crowds below on Duval Street. Finally, for the risque at heart, there's the Garden of Eden, a coed, clothing-optional rooftop bar. A nightly roster of live music at the downstairs bar gets the crowd dancing, while pool tables can be found at the Whistle Bar. Check the website for printable 2-for-1 and $1 drink coupons.

Hog's Breath Saloon

"Hog's breath is better than no breath at all," or so the saying goes at the Hog's Breath Saloon, a Key West drinking landmark since it opened in 1976. Sure, the drinks are strong the food, including conch fritters and fish nuggets, is decent and the crowd is dotted with locals — but really, patrons wrangle to converge here for epic events such as an annual Homemade Bikini Contest and the Hair of the Hog Leather & Lace Contest, featuring a bloody mary breakfast. Both events are held during the island's Fantasy Fest at the end of October.

Bourbon St. Pub

One of Key West's most popular gay bars, the Bourbon St. Pub opened in 1995 and morphed into a complex consisting of 4 bars, including the outdoor Garden Bar and pool area, which is men-only and clothing-optional. Should you find yourself not willing to leave the action at night's end, book a room at the New Orleans House, an all-male guesthouse attached to the complex that features rooms overlooking the pool area. The pub hosts nightly entertainment and events, including male go-go dancers, pool parties and an annual Mr. Pride contest. If you're visiting Key West on New Year's Eve, head outside the pub to ring in the new year — Bourbon St. features a "drag queen drop" at midnight, when a drag queen named Sushi is lowered from the building's roof to the street in a gigantic red, high-heeled shoe.

Green Parrot

If the hordes of tourists choking Duval Street become too much to handle, seek respite at the Green Parrot, which is tucked away on Whitehead Street, just a block off Duval. Open in various iterations (a grocery store, then a bar) since 1890, the Parrot attracts an "old salty dog" crowd of locals and fishermen, with a smattering of tourists lucky to have found the much-beloved dive spot. A jukebox keeps the mood lively with all manner of artists — from Van Morrison to the Temptations — though the bar also offers live music and an ever-changing schedule of funk, R&B, zydeco and blues bands. Grab a bite to eat before arriving aside from doling out free popcorn, the Green Parrot is a drinks-only establishment.


Key West's Best Bars

Enjoy Key West's nightlife, and check out the city's best bars.

Related To:
Sloppy Joe's

Sloppy Joe's opened its doors to alcohol-swilling patrons on Dec. 5, 1933, the very day Prohibition ended. This dedication to selling spirits to the masses has persevered ever since, and the bar has earned legendary status in Key West, making it a must-stop destination for all lovers of drink who've stumbled their way onto the island. The bar's most famous patron is easily Ernest Hemingway, who frequented Sloppy Joe’s during his stint on the island in the 1930s. Today, the bar is home to the annual Hemingway Look-alike Contest, held during the Hemingway Days Festival every July. The bar remains open 365 days, from 9 a.m.-4 a.m. (noon-4 a.m. on Sundays). Live bands entertain nightly and food — hamburgers, salads and the like — is on the menu, though, let's be honest, you're really here for the booze.

The Schooner Wharf Bar

The good folks of Key West like to celebrate watching the sunset as if it were a national holiday — that occurs daily. One of the island's prime spots for bellying up while experiencing nature's spectacle is the Schooner Wharf Bar, which overlooks the water at the island's Historic Seaport. Drinks of choice include rum runners, daiquiris and the Schooner Breeze, a heady concoction of 4 flavors of rum, cranberry and pineapple juice. Fresh-seafood lovers will be tempted to complement their beverage with the bar's fresh-shucked oysters, pick-and-peel shrimp or stone crab claws. If watching the sunset isn't your thing, the bar also offers a schedule of live music and magic shows to entertain the masses.

The Bull & Whistle Bar

Get more bang for your drinking dollar at the Bull & Whistle Bar — technically 3 bars in 1. On the ground floor of the Duval Street structure, you'll enter the Bull, a dimly lit, open-air bar painted with murals of old Key West that is typically quite crowded. The Whistle Bar, located on the building's second floor, has a quieter, breezy ambience, featuring large windows and doors that open onto a wraparound balcony perfect for people-watching the crowds below on Duval Street. Finally, for the risque at heart, there's the Garden of Eden, a coed, clothing-optional rooftop bar. A nightly roster of live music at the downstairs bar gets the crowd dancing, while pool tables can be found at the Whistle Bar. Check the website for printable 2-for-1 and $1 drink coupons.

Hog's Breath Saloon

"Hog's breath is better than no breath at all," or so the saying goes at the Hog's Breath Saloon, a Key West drinking landmark since it opened in 1976. Sure, the drinks are strong the food, including conch fritters and fish nuggets, is decent and the crowd is dotted with locals — but really, patrons wrangle to converge here for epic events such as an annual Homemade Bikini Contest and the Hair of the Hog Leather & Lace Contest, featuring a bloody mary breakfast. Both events are held during the island's Fantasy Fest at the end of October.

Bourbon St. Pub

One of Key West's most popular gay bars, the Bourbon St. Pub opened in 1995 and morphed into a complex consisting of 4 bars, including the outdoor Garden Bar and pool area, which is men-only and clothing-optional. Should you find yourself not willing to leave the action at night's end, book a room at the New Orleans House, an all-male guesthouse attached to the complex that features rooms overlooking the pool area. The pub hosts nightly entertainment and events, including male go-go dancers, pool parties and an annual Mr. Pride contest. If you're visiting Key West on New Year's Eve, head outside the pub to ring in the new year — Bourbon St. features a "drag queen drop" at midnight, when a drag queen named Sushi is lowered from the building's roof to the street in a gigantic red, high-heeled shoe.

Green Parrot

If the hordes of tourists choking Duval Street become too much to handle, seek respite at the Green Parrot, which is tucked away on Whitehead Street, just a block off Duval. Open in various iterations (a grocery store, then a bar) since 1890, the Parrot attracts an "old salty dog" crowd of locals and fishermen, with a smattering of tourists lucky to have found the much-beloved dive spot. A jukebox keeps the mood lively with all manner of artists — from Van Morrison to the Temptations — though the bar also offers live music and an ever-changing schedule of funk, R&B, zydeco and blues bands. Grab a bite to eat before arriving aside from doling out free popcorn, the Green Parrot is a drinks-only establishment.


Key West's Best Bars

Enjoy Key West's nightlife, and check out the city's best bars.

Related To:
Sloppy Joe's

Sloppy Joe's opened its doors to alcohol-swilling patrons on Dec. 5, 1933, the very day Prohibition ended. This dedication to selling spirits to the masses has persevered ever since, and the bar has earned legendary status in Key West, making it a must-stop destination for all lovers of drink who've stumbled their way onto the island. The bar's most famous patron is easily Ernest Hemingway, who frequented Sloppy Joe’s during his stint on the island in the 1930s. Today, the bar is home to the annual Hemingway Look-alike Contest, held during the Hemingway Days Festival every July. The bar remains open 365 days, from 9 a.m.-4 a.m. (noon-4 a.m. on Sundays). Live bands entertain nightly and food — hamburgers, salads and the like — is on the menu, though, let's be honest, you're really here for the booze.

The Schooner Wharf Bar

The good folks of Key West like to celebrate watching the sunset as if it were a national holiday — that occurs daily. One of the island's prime spots for bellying up while experiencing nature's spectacle is the Schooner Wharf Bar, which overlooks the water at the island's Historic Seaport. Drinks of choice include rum runners, daiquiris and the Schooner Breeze, a heady concoction of 4 flavors of rum, cranberry and pineapple juice. Fresh-seafood lovers will be tempted to complement their beverage with the bar's fresh-shucked oysters, pick-and-peel shrimp or stone crab claws. If watching the sunset isn't your thing, the bar also offers a schedule of live music and magic shows to entertain the masses.

The Bull & Whistle Bar

Get more bang for your drinking dollar at the Bull & Whistle Bar — technically 3 bars in 1. On the ground floor of the Duval Street structure, you'll enter the Bull, a dimly lit, open-air bar painted with murals of old Key West that is typically quite crowded. The Whistle Bar, located on the building's second floor, has a quieter, breezy ambience, featuring large windows and doors that open onto a wraparound balcony perfect for people-watching the crowds below on Duval Street. Finally, for the risque at heart, there's the Garden of Eden, a coed, clothing-optional rooftop bar. A nightly roster of live music at the downstairs bar gets the crowd dancing, while pool tables can be found at the Whistle Bar. Check the website for printable 2-for-1 and $1 drink coupons.

Hog's Breath Saloon

"Hog's breath is better than no breath at all," or so the saying goes at the Hog's Breath Saloon, a Key West drinking landmark since it opened in 1976. Sure, the drinks are strong the food, including conch fritters and fish nuggets, is decent and the crowd is dotted with locals — but really, patrons wrangle to converge here for epic events such as an annual Homemade Bikini Contest and the Hair of the Hog Leather & Lace Contest, featuring a bloody mary breakfast. Both events are held during the island's Fantasy Fest at the end of October.

Bourbon St. Pub

One of Key West's most popular gay bars, the Bourbon St. Pub opened in 1995 and morphed into a complex consisting of 4 bars, including the outdoor Garden Bar and pool area, which is men-only and clothing-optional. Should you find yourself not willing to leave the action at night's end, book a room at the New Orleans House, an all-male guesthouse attached to the complex that features rooms overlooking the pool area. The pub hosts nightly entertainment and events, including male go-go dancers, pool parties and an annual Mr. Pride contest. If you're visiting Key West on New Year's Eve, head outside the pub to ring in the new year — Bourbon St. features a "drag queen drop" at midnight, when a drag queen named Sushi is lowered from the building's roof to the street in a gigantic red, high-heeled shoe.

Green Parrot

If the hordes of tourists choking Duval Street become too much to handle, seek respite at the Green Parrot, which is tucked away on Whitehead Street, just a block off Duval. Open in various iterations (a grocery store, then a bar) since 1890, the Parrot attracts an "old salty dog" crowd of locals and fishermen, with a smattering of tourists lucky to have found the much-beloved dive spot. A jukebox keeps the mood lively with all manner of artists — from Van Morrison to the Temptations — though the bar also offers live music and an ever-changing schedule of funk, R&B, zydeco and blues bands. Grab a bite to eat before arriving aside from doling out free popcorn, the Green Parrot is a drinks-only establishment.


Key West's Best Bars

Enjoy Key West's nightlife, and check out the city's best bars.

Related To:
Sloppy Joe's

Sloppy Joe's opened its doors to alcohol-swilling patrons on Dec. 5, 1933, the very day Prohibition ended. This dedication to selling spirits to the masses has persevered ever since, and the bar has earned legendary status in Key West, making it a must-stop destination for all lovers of drink who've stumbled their way onto the island. The bar's most famous patron is easily Ernest Hemingway, who frequented Sloppy Joe’s during his stint on the island in the 1930s. Today, the bar is home to the annual Hemingway Look-alike Contest, held during the Hemingway Days Festival every July. The bar remains open 365 days, from 9 a.m.-4 a.m. (noon-4 a.m. on Sundays). Live bands entertain nightly and food — hamburgers, salads and the like — is on the menu, though, let's be honest, you're really here for the booze.

The Schooner Wharf Bar

The good folks of Key West like to celebrate watching the sunset as if it were a national holiday — that occurs daily. One of the island's prime spots for bellying up while experiencing nature's spectacle is the Schooner Wharf Bar, which overlooks the water at the island's Historic Seaport. Drinks of choice include rum runners, daiquiris and the Schooner Breeze, a heady concoction of 4 flavors of rum, cranberry and pineapple juice. Fresh-seafood lovers will be tempted to complement their beverage with the bar's fresh-shucked oysters, pick-and-peel shrimp or stone crab claws. If watching the sunset isn't your thing, the bar also offers a schedule of live music and magic shows to entertain the masses.

The Bull & Whistle Bar

Get more bang for your drinking dollar at the Bull & Whistle Bar — technically 3 bars in 1. On the ground floor of the Duval Street structure, you'll enter the Bull, a dimly lit, open-air bar painted with murals of old Key West that is typically quite crowded. The Whistle Bar, located on the building's second floor, has a quieter, breezy ambience, featuring large windows and doors that open onto a wraparound balcony perfect for people-watching the crowds below on Duval Street. Finally, for the risque at heart, there's the Garden of Eden, a coed, clothing-optional rooftop bar. A nightly roster of live music at the downstairs bar gets the crowd dancing, while pool tables can be found at the Whistle Bar. Check the website for printable 2-for-1 and $1 drink coupons.

Hog's Breath Saloon

"Hog's breath is better than no breath at all," or so the saying goes at the Hog's Breath Saloon, a Key West drinking landmark since it opened in 1976. Sure, the drinks are strong the food, including conch fritters and fish nuggets, is decent and the crowd is dotted with locals — but really, patrons wrangle to converge here for epic events such as an annual Homemade Bikini Contest and the Hair of the Hog Leather & Lace Contest, featuring a bloody mary breakfast. Both events are held during the island's Fantasy Fest at the end of October.

Bourbon St. Pub

One of Key West's most popular gay bars, the Bourbon St. Pub opened in 1995 and morphed into a complex consisting of 4 bars, including the outdoor Garden Bar and pool area, which is men-only and clothing-optional. Should you find yourself not willing to leave the action at night's end, book a room at the New Orleans House, an all-male guesthouse attached to the complex that features rooms overlooking the pool area. The pub hosts nightly entertainment and events, including male go-go dancers, pool parties and an annual Mr. Pride contest. If you're visiting Key West on New Year's Eve, head outside the pub to ring in the new year — Bourbon St. features a "drag queen drop" at midnight, when a drag queen named Sushi is lowered from the building's roof to the street in a gigantic red, high-heeled shoe.

Green Parrot

If the hordes of tourists choking Duval Street become too much to handle, seek respite at the Green Parrot, which is tucked away on Whitehead Street, just a block off Duval. Open in various iterations (a grocery store, then a bar) since 1890, the Parrot attracts an "old salty dog" crowd of locals and fishermen, with a smattering of tourists lucky to have found the much-beloved dive spot. A jukebox keeps the mood lively with all manner of artists — from Van Morrison to the Temptations — though the bar also offers live music and an ever-changing schedule of funk, R&B, zydeco and blues bands. Grab a bite to eat before arriving aside from doling out free popcorn, the Green Parrot is a drinks-only establishment.


Key West's Best Bars

Enjoy Key West's nightlife, and check out the city's best bars.

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Sloppy Joe's

Sloppy Joe's opened its doors to alcohol-swilling patrons on Dec. 5, 1933, the very day Prohibition ended. This dedication to selling spirits to the masses has persevered ever since, and the bar has earned legendary status in Key West, making it a must-stop destination for all lovers of drink who've stumbled their way onto the island. The bar's most famous patron is easily Ernest Hemingway, who frequented Sloppy Joe’s during his stint on the island in the 1930s. Today, the bar is home to the annual Hemingway Look-alike Contest, held during the Hemingway Days Festival every July. The bar remains open 365 days, from 9 a.m.-4 a.m. (noon-4 a.m. on Sundays). Live bands entertain nightly and food — hamburgers, salads and the like — is on the menu, though, let's be honest, you're really here for the booze.

The Schooner Wharf Bar

The good folks of Key West like to celebrate watching the sunset as if it were a national holiday — that occurs daily. One of the island's prime spots for bellying up while experiencing nature's spectacle is the Schooner Wharf Bar, which overlooks the water at the island's Historic Seaport. Drinks of choice include rum runners, daiquiris and the Schooner Breeze, a heady concoction of 4 flavors of rum, cranberry and pineapple juice. Fresh-seafood lovers will be tempted to complement their beverage with the bar's fresh-shucked oysters, pick-and-peel shrimp or stone crab claws. If watching the sunset isn't your thing, the bar also offers a schedule of live music and magic shows to entertain the masses.

The Bull & Whistle Bar

Get more bang for your drinking dollar at the Bull & Whistle Bar — technically 3 bars in 1. On the ground floor of the Duval Street structure, you'll enter the Bull, a dimly lit, open-air bar painted with murals of old Key West that is typically quite crowded. The Whistle Bar, located on the building's second floor, has a quieter, breezy ambience, featuring large windows and doors that open onto a wraparound balcony perfect for people-watching the crowds below on Duval Street. Finally, for the risque at heart, there's the Garden of Eden, a coed, clothing-optional rooftop bar. A nightly roster of live music at the downstairs bar gets the crowd dancing, while pool tables can be found at the Whistle Bar. Check the website for printable 2-for-1 and $1 drink coupons.

Hog's Breath Saloon

"Hog's breath is better than no breath at all," or so the saying goes at the Hog's Breath Saloon, a Key West drinking landmark since it opened in 1976. Sure, the drinks are strong the food, including conch fritters and fish nuggets, is decent and the crowd is dotted with locals — but really, patrons wrangle to converge here for epic events such as an annual Homemade Bikini Contest and the Hair of the Hog Leather & Lace Contest, featuring a bloody mary breakfast. Both events are held during the island's Fantasy Fest at the end of October.

Bourbon St. Pub

One of Key West's most popular gay bars, the Bourbon St. Pub opened in 1995 and morphed into a complex consisting of 4 bars, including the outdoor Garden Bar and pool area, which is men-only and clothing-optional. Should you find yourself not willing to leave the action at night's end, book a room at the New Orleans House, an all-male guesthouse attached to the complex that features rooms overlooking the pool area. The pub hosts nightly entertainment and events, including male go-go dancers, pool parties and an annual Mr. Pride contest. If you're visiting Key West on New Year's Eve, head outside the pub to ring in the new year — Bourbon St. features a "drag queen drop" at midnight, when a drag queen named Sushi is lowered from the building's roof to the street in a gigantic red, high-heeled shoe.

Green Parrot

If the hordes of tourists choking Duval Street become too much to handle, seek respite at the Green Parrot, which is tucked away on Whitehead Street, just a block off Duval. Open in various iterations (a grocery store, then a bar) since 1890, the Parrot attracts an "old salty dog" crowd of locals and fishermen, with a smattering of tourists lucky to have found the much-beloved dive spot. A jukebox keeps the mood lively with all manner of artists — from Van Morrison to the Temptations — though the bar also offers live music and an ever-changing schedule of funk, R&B, zydeco and blues bands. Grab a bite to eat before arriving aside from doling out free popcorn, the Green Parrot is a drinks-only establishment.


Key West's Best Bars

Enjoy Key West's nightlife, and check out the city's best bars.

Related To:
Sloppy Joe's

Sloppy Joe's opened its doors to alcohol-swilling patrons on Dec. 5, 1933, the very day Prohibition ended. This dedication to selling spirits to the masses has persevered ever since, and the bar has earned legendary status in Key West, making it a must-stop destination for all lovers of drink who've stumbled their way onto the island. The bar's most famous patron is easily Ernest Hemingway, who frequented Sloppy Joe’s during his stint on the island in the 1930s. Today, the bar is home to the annual Hemingway Look-alike Contest, held during the Hemingway Days Festival every July. The bar remains open 365 days, from 9 a.m.-4 a.m. (noon-4 a.m. on Sundays). Live bands entertain nightly and food — hamburgers, salads and the like — is on the menu, though, let's be honest, you're really here for the booze.

The Schooner Wharf Bar

The good folks of Key West like to celebrate watching the sunset as if it were a national holiday — that occurs daily. One of the island's prime spots for bellying up while experiencing nature's spectacle is the Schooner Wharf Bar, which overlooks the water at the island's Historic Seaport. Drinks of choice include rum runners, daiquiris and the Schooner Breeze, a heady concoction of 4 flavors of rum, cranberry and pineapple juice. Fresh-seafood lovers will be tempted to complement their beverage with the bar's fresh-shucked oysters, pick-and-peel shrimp or stone crab claws. If watching the sunset isn't your thing, the bar also offers a schedule of live music and magic shows to entertain the masses.

The Bull & Whistle Bar

Get more bang for your drinking dollar at the Bull & Whistle Bar — technically 3 bars in 1. On the ground floor of the Duval Street structure, you'll enter the Bull, a dimly lit, open-air bar painted with murals of old Key West that is typically quite crowded. The Whistle Bar, located on the building's second floor, has a quieter, breezy ambience, featuring large windows and doors that open onto a wraparound balcony perfect for people-watching the crowds below on Duval Street. Finally, for the risque at heart, there's the Garden of Eden, a coed, clothing-optional rooftop bar. A nightly roster of live music at the downstairs bar gets the crowd dancing, while pool tables can be found at the Whistle Bar. Check the website for printable 2-for-1 and $1 drink coupons.

Hog's Breath Saloon

"Hog's breath is better than no breath at all," or so the saying goes at the Hog's Breath Saloon, a Key West drinking landmark since it opened in 1976. Sure, the drinks are strong the food, including conch fritters and fish nuggets, is decent and the crowd is dotted with locals — but really, patrons wrangle to converge here for epic events such as an annual Homemade Bikini Contest and the Hair of the Hog Leather & Lace Contest, featuring a bloody mary breakfast. Both events are held during the island's Fantasy Fest at the end of October.

Bourbon St. Pub

One of Key West's most popular gay bars, the Bourbon St. Pub opened in 1995 and morphed into a complex consisting of 4 bars, including the outdoor Garden Bar and pool area, which is men-only and clothing-optional. Should you find yourself not willing to leave the action at night's end, book a room at the New Orleans House, an all-male guesthouse attached to the complex that features rooms overlooking the pool area. The pub hosts nightly entertainment and events, including male go-go dancers, pool parties and an annual Mr. Pride contest. If you're visiting Key West on New Year's Eve, head outside the pub to ring in the new year — Bourbon St. features a "drag queen drop" at midnight, when a drag queen named Sushi is lowered from the building's roof to the street in a gigantic red, high-heeled shoe.

Green Parrot

If the hordes of tourists choking Duval Street become too much to handle, seek respite at the Green Parrot, which is tucked away on Whitehead Street, just a block off Duval. Open in various iterations (a grocery store, then a bar) since 1890, the Parrot attracts an "old salty dog" crowd of locals and fishermen, with a smattering of tourists lucky to have found the much-beloved dive spot. A jukebox keeps the mood lively with all manner of artists — from Van Morrison to the Temptations — though the bar also offers live music and an ever-changing schedule of funk, R&B, zydeco and blues bands. Grab a bite to eat before arriving aside from doling out free popcorn, the Green Parrot is a drinks-only establishment.


Key West's Best Bars

Enjoy Key West's nightlife, and check out the city's best bars.

Related To:
Sloppy Joe's

Sloppy Joe's opened its doors to alcohol-swilling patrons on Dec. 5, 1933, the very day Prohibition ended. This dedication to selling spirits to the masses has persevered ever since, and the bar has earned legendary status in Key West, making it a must-stop destination for all lovers of drink who've stumbled their way onto the island. The bar's most famous patron is easily Ernest Hemingway, who frequented Sloppy Joe’s during his stint on the island in the 1930s. Today, the bar is home to the annual Hemingway Look-alike Contest, held during the Hemingway Days Festival every July. The bar remains open 365 days, from 9 a.m.-4 a.m. (noon-4 a.m. on Sundays). Live bands entertain nightly and food — hamburgers, salads and the like — is on the menu, though, let's be honest, you're really here for the booze.

The Schooner Wharf Bar

The good folks of Key West like to celebrate watching the sunset as if it were a national holiday — that occurs daily. One of the island's prime spots for bellying up while experiencing nature's spectacle is the Schooner Wharf Bar, which overlooks the water at the island's Historic Seaport. Drinks of choice include rum runners, daiquiris and the Schooner Breeze, a heady concoction of 4 flavors of rum, cranberry and pineapple juice. Fresh-seafood lovers will be tempted to complement their beverage with the bar's fresh-shucked oysters, pick-and-peel shrimp or stone crab claws. If watching the sunset isn't your thing, the bar also offers a schedule of live music and magic shows to entertain the masses.

The Bull & Whistle Bar

Get more bang for your drinking dollar at the Bull & Whistle Bar — technically 3 bars in 1. On the ground floor of the Duval Street structure, you'll enter the Bull, a dimly lit, open-air bar painted with murals of old Key West that is typically quite crowded. The Whistle Bar, located on the building's second floor, has a quieter, breezy ambience, featuring large windows and doors that open onto a wraparound balcony perfect for people-watching the crowds below on Duval Street. Finally, for the risque at heart, there's the Garden of Eden, a coed, clothing-optional rooftop bar. A nightly roster of live music at the downstairs bar gets the crowd dancing, while pool tables can be found at the Whistle Bar. Check the website for printable 2-for-1 and $1 drink coupons.

Hog's Breath Saloon

"Hog's breath is better than no breath at all," or so the saying goes at the Hog's Breath Saloon, a Key West drinking landmark since it opened in 1976. Sure, the drinks are strong the food, including conch fritters and fish nuggets, is decent and the crowd is dotted with locals — but really, patrons wrangle to converge here for epic events such as an annual Homemade Bikini Contest and the Hair of the Hog Leather & Lace Contest, featuring a bloody mary breakfast. Both events are held during the island's Fantasy Fest at the end of October.

Bourbon St. Pub

One of Key West's most popular gay bars, the Bourbon St. Pub opened in 1995 and morphed into a complex consisting of 4 bars, including the outdoor Garden Bar and pool area, which is men-only and clothing-optional. Should you find yourself not willing to leave the action at night's end, book a room at the New Orleans House, an all-male guesthouse attached to the complex that features rooms overlooking the pool area. The pub hosts nightly entertainment and events, including male go-go dancers, pool parties and an annual Mr. Pride contest. If you're visiting Key West on New Year's Eve, head outside the pub to ring in the new year — Bourbon St. features a "drag queen drop" at midnight, when a drag queen named Sushi is lowered from the building's roof to the street in a gigantic red, high-heeled shoe.

Green Parrot

If the hordes of tourists choking Duval Street become too much to handle, seek respite at the Green Parrot, which is tucked away on Whitehead Street, just a block off Duval. Open in various iterations (a grocery store, then a bar) since 1890, the Parrot attracts an "old salty dog" crowd of locals and fishermen, with a smattering of tourists lucky to have found the much-beloved dive spot. A jukebox keeps the mood lively with all manner of artists — from Van Morrison to the Temptations — though the bar also offers live music and an ever-changing schedule of funk, R&B, zydeco and blues bands. Grab a bite to eat before arriving aside from doling out free popcorn, the Green Parrot is a drinks-only establishment.


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