A good dive bar can be hard to find, but Key West is home to some of the most colorful, casual and inviting dive bars around. From Duval Street to the historic seaport, there’s a one-of-a-kind experience waiting for everyone, from locals to music fans to visitors just passing through. Read on to learn more about the Key West dive bars that locals love.
1) Green Parrot Bar
The iconic Green Parrot Bar is where locals go to relax, enjoy cold drinks and listen to some of the best live music in Key West. Located at 601 Whitehead Street, the Green Parrot is off the beaten path and away from the hubbub of Duval Street. The bar’s no-frills, laid back atmosphere embodies the Key West dive bar experience, where locals, tourists and music lovers mingle. Bartenders welcome regulars and tourists with drinks that are the perfect mix of both familiar and refreshing. Even if you’re just passing by, you’ll hear eclectic live music from inside spilling onto the sidewalk, including reggae, blues, jazz, rock and more. Recognized by Playboy Magazine, The Guardian and Zagat, among many others, the Green Parrot is the ideal place to grab a drink and free popcorn, play some darts and experience authentic island life. Visitors can even mosey next door to the Green Parrot Liquor Store and check out daily specials on a vast selection of wine, beer and liquor.
2) Half Shell Raw Bar
Nestled on Key West’s historic seaport, the Half Shell Raw Bar is where locals go to eat it raw and enjoy libations at the bar. The Half Shell offers an unvarnished taste of island life and a variety of seafood specialties, including Key West peel and eat shrimp, conch chowder, steamed crabs and fish and chips. Whether you’re visiting the island or call Key West your home, you’ll find the freshest seafood, a lively happy hour and plenty of local color at the Half Shell Raw Bar. The Half Shell Raw Bar is located at 231 Margaret Street next to Turtle Kraals, home of the island’s best ceviche.
3) Island Dogs Bar
Island Dogs Bar welcomes locals and visitors to break loose from their chains and relax in island paradise. Locals enjoy the bar’s “come as you are” philosophy, where flip-flops and casual wear are encouraged. The breezy front porch is the perfect place for people watching, and you can even bring along your dog since the porch is pet-friendly. Listen to live music, watch a game on the bar’s big screen TVs and sample one of Island Dogs’ famous Key Lime Pie Martinis. If you get hungry, you can order delicious Baja fish tacos, exotic hot dogs or authentic Boston pub pizza guaranteed to hit the spot. Island Dogs is located steps off Duval Street in the heart of downtown Key West.
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