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The Florida Keys: Escaping to this archipelago has been a longstanding American tradition, and one look at the colorful colonial houses and casual beach shacks peeping out from the lush vegetation is enough to show you why. The islands are mainstays for artists, fishermen, nature conservationists, and, of course, tourists — all of whom love to chill out and enjoy a laidback drink, making dive bars an essential Florida Key feature.

Unless you’re flying into Key West International or sailing in on a cruise ship, you’ll drive the 112 miles off of mainland Florida on a grueling (we’re not going to lie) trip down U.S. Highway 1, most of which is one lane. Trust us, frequent breaks and pit stops are the only way to keep your sanity in check and the only way to start your vacation off on the proper, flip-flopped foot (not primal screaming behind a delivery truck for over an hour).

As you race off the mainland, you’ll notice a few reoccurring themes: sunshine, unpretentious locals, fishing (you are surrounded by water, after all), and the unspoken mutual respect of a casual cool atmosphere.

Welcome to the Conch Republic: relax, take your time, and don’t be afraid to venture off the pavement onto the dusty sand roads — you’ll be surprised at what you’ll find. So, whether you’re closer to mile marker 0 or 112, we have the best places to pull off and let the world melt away. In order of mile marker, here are the Keys’ can’t-miss watering holes.

Alabama Jack’s: Key Largo

License plates and fishing paraphernalia cover the walls of this institution that has been holding the fort down since 1947. Frequented by recreational fisherman, Harley bikers, and anyone starting the trek down the Overseas Highway, stop here for solid bar grub, eccentric company, and a cold one.

Pilot House Marina & Restaurant: Key Largo

Set on the water with driftwood walls and patches of glass on the floor that give patrons a peek below deck at crystal-clear green water, the Pilot House is known for its solid seafood (both fried and fresh) as well as a bar menu that will make everyone happy (colorful, tropical mixed drinks are not only offered, but encouraged). The décor proves just as colorful with a sign that reads: “Drink till he’s cute.” What happens in the Keys, stays in the Keys.

Caribbean Club: Key Largo

Follow the dusty sand drive down to the water where you’ll find sun-bleached picnic tables and matching docks jutting out into the sound providing unobstructed views of the endless water and one of the best places (besides Key West itself) to see the sunset. Rich history (it’s world-famous…but you’ll have to visit to truly understand why!), good food, and stiff drinks are just some of the reasons to stop by and visit.

Hog Heaven Sports Bar & Grill: Islamorada

Located on the sweet escape of Islamorada, Hog Heaven provides a relaxed contrast to some of the finer/upscale locations on the island. As the name suggests, the place is frequented by motorcyclists, passersby, and locals looking for a chill scene. Dine and drink in the shade or hang out on the docks under the umbrellas — either way, you’re in for a barfly’s dream come true.

Hungry Tarpon: Islamorada

Decorated in dollar bills and surrounded by docks where you’ll find dancing tarpon, this outdoor bar features sun, fresh food, and a “shoes optional” sort of attitude. The dusty sandlot where it’s located plays home to vendors selling straw hats, sunglasses, fun painted signs, and wooden parrots (you know, typical Keys stuff). Arrive by boat, car, or jet ski to relax with a frozen beverage and chow on the fresh food. Just remember: don’t feed the pelicans.

Brass Monkey Liquor Store: Marathon

If you love mingling with locals, don’t drive another mile! Located in the K-Mart plaza (sort of the ultimate indication of a dive bar, no?) this liquor store/bar is perfect for stoping off quickly or for staying awhile. This is as chill as it gets.

No Name Pub: Big Pine Key

Would a bar by any other name be as awesome? No, probably not. If you’re driving through to the southern Keys, No Name Pub occurs at the perfect time for a pit stop. To put it simply, this place is money… seriously, dollar bills hang from the ceiling and line the walls (make sure to ask for markers to decorate your own to make your mark). If you happen to sit outside, keep your eyes out for the native Key deer that congregate. Like common Keys dive bar culture, the menu is packed with fried pub favorites and fresh seafood (when the ceviche is on the “specials” menu, pounce!) and the service is notably amazing. It’s even Zagat-rated — enough said.

Kiki’s Sandbar: Little Torch Key

Sure, there are no dollar bills hanging from the ceiling or driftwood covering the walls, and the place looks like it’s been vacuumed in the past year, but that does't mean it doesn’t count as a dive bar… have some good clean fun! Whether you sail, drive, bike, or row here, the drinks are classic and stiff, and the food is excellent. You can even bring your own catch and the chef will prepare it!

Mangrove Mama’s: Sugarloaf Key

If there is only one reason to visit Mangrove Mama’s, it’s for the Key lime pie, but pie is not the only thing that makes Mama’s great. This chill bar is clean, but not pretentious. The food is top-notch (two words: lobster Reuben) and Mama’s drinks are classic and tropical, delicious, and strong. This place is totally worth the right turn heading south, because, you know, carpe diem!

Smallest Bar: Key West

Ever hear that expression: “small but effective”? That basically sums up Smallest Bar. On Duval Street among the large-bar institutions, Smallest holds its own; located in the Old Customs House, the walls are spray-painted with tropical scenes that lay just a few blocks away while the bar seats just two to three at most. Here, intimate is not a dirty word. If you’re feeling retro, grab the drink in a pineapple and enjoy a solid menu of well-made tropical drinks that keeps this tiny place on the map.

Green Parrot Bar: Key West

If building your own Bloody Mary isn’t enough to get you visiting the Green Parrot, then the location will: it’s known as “The first and last bar on U.S. 1.” Anything goes under the “big top” bar where live music, pool games, pets, and random parties of locals spilling out onto the street are all commonplace. Enjoy the mixed frozen drinks or the great selection of beer on tap. Can’t find the place? Look for the glowing green light.


7 best dive bars in the Florida Keys

Want to take a road trip this weekend? The Florida Keys is just down the road!

A drink in an open air bar at sunset is one of the reasons we go to the Florida Keys. Throw in some salty history, fried bar snacks and locals with yarns to tell (with a garnish of live music) and you&rsquove got a refreshing concoction known as a Keys dive bar.

Since a good dive bar can be hard to find, we made a list of our seven favorite Keys bars.

The weekenders are dawdling over conch fritters, making the Keys magic last another hour.
On Sunday afternoons, cloggers claim the dance floor at Alabama Jack&rsquos, a barge moored in the mangroves off Card Sound Road, where Miami-Dade County merges into Monroe County. This ramshackle roadhouse washed up in Card Sound sometime in the &rsquo50s. Hurricanes have knocked the place around, but each time, it&rsquos been repaired, if what looks like a clot of driftwood can be deemed repaired. Best bets are crab cakes made from local blue crabs, fish sandwiches and sweet potato fries.

58000 Card Sound Road Open daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m

Related: The best places to stay and deals in the Florida Keys

LORELEI RESTAURANT & CABANA BAR

Lorelei Restaurant and Bar in Islamorada.

Come early to get a prime table at the edge of Florida Bay, where your sunset photo will be framed by coconut palms. You also can sit under cover in the restaurant built out over the water. Live music every night. Best bets are yellowtail snapper, peel &rsquon&rsquo eat shrimp, conch chowder, and frozen Key lime pie with mango sauce.

Mile Marker 82 Bayside Open daily 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. 305-664-2692

Eat lunch at the open air counter of 7 Mile Grill, a middle Keys' hangout since 1954 at the east end of the Seven Mile Bridge. Miss it and you'll drive 7 miles over open water to the next turnaround for one of their fish sandwiches and a slice of Key Lime pie. It's a friendly place despite the sign over the pickup window that reads "Bite Me" and a waitress who looked like she wrote it!

Mile Marker 47.5 Open daily 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. 305-743-4481

No Name Pub on Big Pine Key.

This place is made of money! Like Spanish moss without the chiggers, autographed dollar bills hang from every available surface of this hard-to-find hole-in-the wall where Key deer roam the grounds at happy hour. Definitive reasons for the wall decor are hard to nail down. Some say that was how the fishermen saved beer money for their next visit. Or that there was so much drug money circulating through the Keys in the &rsquo70s and &rsquo80s that people starting hanging it on the walls of this former brothel-and-bait shop.
The pizza has won awards the fish sandwiches are huge.

Mile Marker 30 Bayside (Turn west of Wilder Road, left on South Street, right on Avenue B, right on Watson Blvd. 305-872-9115

Sloppy Joe&rsquos on Duval Street in Key West. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

When the landlord raised the weekly rent a dollar in 1937, Sloppy Joe&rsquos original owner simply moved across the street to this spot and carried on.
If you can squeeze past the spring breakers and cruise-ship passengers, you&rsquoll find plenty of old Key West character in the building&rsquos vintage wooden ceiling and tile floors. Live music, bar snacks and in July, the Hemingway Look-Alike contest.

201 Duval Street Open daily 9 a.m. to 4 a.m. 305-294-5717

CAPTAIN TONY'S (the original Sloppy Joe's)

Captain Tony's Saloon on Key West

Papa&rsquos people and parrotheads should stop here first. This is the bar where Ernest Hemingway met Martha Gellhorn, who became his third wife, in the 1930s, when it was called Sloppy Joe&rsquos. Forty years later, Jimmy Buffett played here long after it was renamed Captain Tony&rsquos. The bras dangling from the ceiling are an anachronism left over from rowdier days, but it&rsquos worth a visit to see &ldquothe hanging tree,&rdquo growing through the roof, where 19th-century murderers and pirates reportedly met their ends. Live music and potent pirate punch.

428 Greene Street 305-294-1838

The Green Parrot Bar in Key West. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

&ldquoNo snivelling&rdquo orders the sign on the bar and who would complain about this pitch-perfect Key West dive? The 1890 former grocery story has the open-air tropical languor you came to Key West to find. Plus, it&rsquos a few blocks away from the zoo on Duval Street. A locals&rsquo favorite, it&rsquos known for live music and root beer barrel shots (root beer schnapps dumped in a beer).


7 best dive bars in the Florida Keys

Want to take a road trip this weekend? The Florida Keys is just down the road!

A drink in an open air bar at sunset is one of the reasons we go to the Florida Keys. Throw in some salty history, fried bar snacks and locals with yarns to tell (with a garnish of live music) and you&rsquove got a refreshing concoction known as a Keys dive bar.

Since a good dive bar can be hard to find, we made a list of our seven favorite Keys bars.

The weekenders are dawdling over conch fritters, making the Keys magic last another hour.
On Sunday afternoons, cloggers claim the dance floor at Alabama Jack&rsquos, a barge moored in the mangroves off Card Sound Road, where Miami-Dade County merges into Monroe County. This ramshackle roadhouse washed up in Card Sound sometime in the &rsquo50s. Hurricanes have knocked the place around, but each time, it&rsquos been repaired, if what looks like a clot of driftwood can be deemed repaired. Best bets are crab cakes made from local blue crabs, fish sandwiches and sweet potato fries.

58000 Card Sound Road Open daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m

Related: The best places to stay and deals in the Florida Keys

LORELEI RESTAURANT & CABANA BAR

Lorelei Restaurant and Bar in Islamorada.

Come early to get a prime table at the edge of Florida Bay, where your sunset photo will be framed by coconut palms. You also can sit under cover in the restaurant built out over the water. Live music every night. Best bets are yellowtail snapper, peel &rsquon&rsquo eat shrimp, conch chowder, and frozen Key lime pie with mango sauce.

Mile Marker 82 Bayside Open daily 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. 305-664-2692

Eat lunch at the open air counter of 7 Mile Grill, a middle Keys' hangout since 1954 at the east end of the Seven Mile Bridge. Miss it and you'll drive 7 miles over open water to the next turnaround for one of their fish sandwiches and a slice of Key Lime pie. It's a friendly place despite the sign over the pickup window that reads "Bite Me" and a waitress who looked like she wrote it!

Mile Marker 47.5 Open daily 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. 305-743-4481

No Name Pub on Big Pine Key.

This place is made of money! Like Spanish moss without the chiggers, autographed dollar bills hang from every available surface of this hard-to-find hole-in-the wall where Key deer roam the grounds at happy hour. Definitive reasons for the wall decor are hard to nail down. Some say that was how the fishermen saved beer money for their next visit. Or that there was so much drug money circulating through the Keys in the &rsquo70s and &rsquo80s that people starting hanging it on the walls of this former brothel-and-bait shop.
The pizza has won awards the fish sandwiches are huge.

Mile Marker 30 Bayside (Turn west of Wilder Road, left on South Street, right on Avenue B, right on Watson Blvd. 305-872-9115

Sloppy Joe&rsquos on Duval Street in Key West. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

When the landlord raised the weekly rent a dollar in 1937, Sloppy Joe&rsquos original owner simply moved across the street to this spot and carried on.
If you can squeeze past the spring breakers and cruise-ship passengers, you&rsquoll find plenty of old Key West character in the building&rsquos vintage wooden ceiling and tile floors. Live music, bar snacks and in July, the Hemingway Look-Alike contest.

201 Duval Street Open daily 9 a.m. to 4 a.m. 305-294-5717

CAPTAIN TONY'S (the original Sloppy Joe's)

Captain Tony's Saloon on Key West

Papa&rsquos people and parrotheads should stop here first. This is the bar where Ernest Hemingway met Martha Gellhorn, who became his third wife, in the 1930s, when it was called Sloppy Joe&rsquos. Forty years later, Jimmy Buffett played here long after it was renamed Captain Tony&rsquos. The bras dangling from the ceiling are an anachronism left over from rowdier days, but it&rsquos worth a visit to see &ldquothe hanging tree,&rdquo growing through the roof, where 19th-century murderers and pirates reportedly met their ends. Live music and potent pirate punch.

428 Greene Street 305-294-1838

The Green Parrot Bar in Key West. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

&ldquoNo snivelling&rdquo orders the sign on the bar and who would complain about this pitch-perfect Key West dive? The 1890 former grocery story has the open-air tropical languor you came to Key West to find. Plus, it&rsquos a few blocks away from the zoo on Duval Street. A locals&rsquo favorite, it&rsquos known for live music and root beer barrel shots (root beer schnapps dumped in a beer).


7 best dive bars in the Florida Keys

Want to take a road trip this weekend? The Florida Keys is just down the road!

A drink in an open air bar at sunset is one of the reasons we go to the Florida Keys. Throw in some salty history, fried bar snacks and locals with yarns to tell (with a garnish of live music) and you&rsquove got a refreshing concoction known as a Keys dive bar.

Since a good dive bar can be hard to find, we made a list of our seven favorite Keys bars.

The weekenders are dawdling over conch fritters, making the Keys magic last another hour.
On Sunday afternoons, cloggers claim the dance floor at Alabama Jack&rsquos, a barge moored in the mangroves off Card Sound Road, where Miami-Dade County merges into Monroe County. This ramshackle roadhouse washed up in Card Sound sometime in the &rsquo50s. Hurricanes have knocked the place around, but each time, it&rsquos been repaired, if what looks like a clot of driftwood can be deemed repaired. Best bets are crab cakes made from local blue crabs, fish sandwiches and sweet potato fries.

58000 Card Sound Road Open daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m

Related: The best places to stay and deals in the Florida Keys

LORELEI RESTAURANT & CABANA BAR

Lorelei Restaurant and Bar in Islamorada.

Come early to get a prime table at the edge of Florida Bay, where your sunset photo will be framed by coconut palms. You also can sit under cover in the restaurant built out over the water. Live music every night. Best bets are yellowtail snapper, peel &rsquon&rsquo eat shrimp, conch chowder, and frozen Key lime pie with mango sauce.

Mile Marker 82 Bayside Open daily 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. 305-664-2692

Eat lunch at the open air counter of 7 Mile Grill, a middle Keys' hangout since 1954 at the east end of the Seven Mile Bridge. Miss it and you'll drive 7 miles over open water to the next turnaround for one of their fish sandwiches and a slice of Key Lime pie. It's a friendly place despite the sign over the pickup window that reads "Bite Me" and a waitress who looked like she wrote it!

Mile Marker 47.5 Open daily 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. 305-743-4481

No Name Pub on Big Pine Key.

This place is made of money! Like Spanish moss without the chiggers, autographed dollar bills hang from every available surface of this hard-to-find hole-in-the wall where Key deer roam the grounds at happy hour. Definitive reasons for the wall decor are hard to nail down. Some say that was how the fishermen saved beer money for their next visit. Or that there was so much drug money circulating through the Keys in the &rsquo70s and &rsquo80s that people starting hanging it on the walls of this former brothel-and-bait shop.
The pizza has won awards the fish sandwiches are huge.

Mile Marker 30 Bayside (Turn west of Wilder Road, left on South Street, right on Avenue B, right on Watson Blvd. 305-872-9115

Sloppy Joe&rsquos on Duval Street in Key West. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

When the landlord raised the weekly rent a dollar in 1937, Sloppy Joe&rsquos original owner simply moved across the street to this spot and carried on.
If you can squeeze past the spring breakers and cruise-ship passengers, you&rsquoll find plenty of old Key West character in the building&rsquos vintage wooden ceiling and tile floors. Live music, bar snacks and in July, the Hemingway Look-Alike contest.

201 Duval Street Open daily 9 a.m. to 4 a.m. 305-294-5717

CAPTAIN TONY'S (the original Sloppy Joe's)

Captain Tony's Saloon on Key West

Papa&rsquos people and parrotheads should stop here first. This is the bar where Ernest Hemingway met Martha Gellhorn, who became his third wife, in the 1930s, when it was called Sloppy Joe&rsquos. Forty years later, Jimmy Buffett played here long after it was renamed Captain Tony&rsquos. The bras dangling from the ceiling are an anachronism left over from rowdier days, but it&rsquos worth a visit to see &ldquothe hanging tree,&rdquo growing through the roof, where 19th-century murderers and pirates reportedly met their ends. Live music and potent pirate punch.

428 Greene Street 305-294-1838

The Green Parrot Bar in Key West. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

&ldquoNo snivelling&rdquo orders the sign on the bar and who would complain about this pitch-perfect Key West dive? The 1890 former grocery story has the open-air tropical languor you came to Key West to find. Plus, it&rsquos a few blocks away from the zoo on Duval Street. A locals&rsquo favorite, it&rsquos known for live music and root beer barrel shots (root beer schnapps dumped in a beer).


7 best dive bars in the Florida Keys

Want to take a road trip this weekend? The Florida Keys is just down the road!

A drink in an open air bar at sunset is one of the reasons we go to the Florida Keys. Throw in some salty history, fried bar snacks and locals with yarns to tell (with a garnish of live music) and you&rsquove got a refreshing concoction known as a Keys dive bar.

Since a good dive bar can be hard to find, we made a list of our seven favorite Keys bars.

The weekenders are dawdling over conch fritters, making the Keys magic last another hour.
On Sunday afternoons, cloggers claim the dance floor at Alabama Jack&rsquos, a barge moored in the mangroves off Card Sound Road, where Miami-Dade County merges into Monroe County. This ramshackle roadhouse washed up in Card Sound sometime in the &rsquo50s. Hurricanes have knocked the place around, but each time, it&rsquos been repaired, if what looks like a clot of driftwood can be deemed repaired. Best bets are crab cakes made from local blue crabs, fish sandwiches and sweet potato fries.

58000 Card Sound Road Open daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m

Related: The best places to stay and deals in the Florida Keys

LORELEI RESTAURANT & CABANA BAR

Lorelei Restaurant and Bar in Islamorada.

Come early to get a prime table at the edge of Florida Bay, where your sunset photo will be framed by coconut palms. You also can sit under cover in the restaurant built out over the water. Live music every night. Best bets are yellowtail snapper, peel &rsquon&rsquo eat shrimp, conch chowder, and frozen Key lime pie with mango sauce.

Mile Marker 82 Bayside Open daily 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. 305-664-2692

Eat lunch at the open air counter of 7 Mile Grill, a middle Keys' hangout since 1954 at the east end of the Seven Mile Bridge. Miss it and you'll drive 7 miles over open water to the next turnaround for one of their fish sandwiches and a slice of Key Lime pie. It's a friendly place despite the sign over the pickup window that reads "Bite Me" and a waitress who looked like she wrote it!

Mile Marker 47.5 Open daily 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. 305-743-4481

No Name Pub on Big Pine Key.

This place is made of money! Like Spanish moss without the chiggers, autographed dollar bills hang from every available surface of this hard-to-find hole-in-the wall where Key deer roam the grounds at happy hour. Definitive reasons for the wall decor are hard to nail down. Some say that was how the fishermen saved beer money for their next visit. Or that there was so much drug money circulating through the Keys in the &rsquo70s and &rsquo80s that people starting hanging it on the walls of this former brothel-and-bait shop.
The pizza has won awards the fish sandwiches are huge.

Mile Marker 30 Bayside (Turn west of Wilder Road, left on South Street, right on Avenue B, right on Watson Blvd. 305-872-9115

Sloppy Joe&rsquos on Duval Street in Key West. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

When the landlord raised the weekly rent a dollar in 1937, Sloppy Joe&rsquos original owner simply moved across the street to this spot and carried on.
If you can squeeze past the spring breakers and cruise-ship passengers, you&rsquoll find plenty of old Key West character in the building&rsquos vintage wooden ceiling and tile floors. Live music, bar snacks and in July, the Hemingway Look-Alike contest.

201 Duval Street Open daily 9 a.m. to 4 a.m. 305-294-5717

CAPTAIN TONY'S (the original Sloppy Joe's)

Captain Tony's Saloon on Key West

Papa&rsquos people and parrotheads should stop here first. This is the bar where Ernest Hemingway met Martha Gellhorn, who became his third wife, in the 1930s, when it was called Sloppy Joe&rsquos. Forty years later, Jimmy Buffett played here long after it was renamed Captain Tony&rsquos. The bras dangling from the ceiling are an anachronism left over from rowdier days, but it&rsquos worth a visit to see &ldquothe hanging tree,&rdquo growing through the roof, where 19th-century murderers and pirates reportedly met their ends. Live music and potent pirate punch.

428 Greene Street 305-294-1838

The Green Parrot Bar in Key West. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

&ldquoNo snivelling&rdquo orders the sign on the bar and who would complain about this pitch-perfect Key West dive? The 1890 former grocery story has the open-air tropical languor you came to Key West to find. Plus, it&rsquos a few blocks away from the zoo on Duval Street. A locals&rsquo favorite, it&rsquos known for live music and root beer barrel shots (root beer schnapps dumped in a beer).


7 best dive bars in the Florida Keys

Want to take a road trip this weekend? The Florida Keys is just down the road!

A drink in an open air bar at sunset is one of the reasons we go to the Florida Keys. Throw in some salty history, fried bar snacks and locals with yarns to tell (with a garnish of live music) and you&rsquove got a refreshing concoction known as a Keys dive bar.

Since a good dive bar can be hard to find, we made a list of our seven favorite Keys bars.

The weekenders are dawdling over conch fritters, making the Keys magic last another hour.
On Sunday afternoons, cloggers claim the dance floor at Alabama Jack&rsquos, a barge moored in the mangroves off Card Sound Road, where Miami-Dade County merges into Monroe County. This ramshackle roadhouse washed up in Card Sound sometime in the &rsquo50s. Hurricanes have knocked the place around, but each time, it&rsquos been repaired, if what looks like a clot of driftwood can be deemed repaired. Best bets are crab cakes made from local blue crabs, fish sandwiches and sweet potato fries.

58000 Card Sound Road Open daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m

Related: The best places to stay and deals in the Florida Keys

LORELEI RESTAURANT & CABANA BAR

Lorelei Restaurant and Bar in Islamorada.

Come early to get a prime table at the edge of Florida Bay, where your sunset photo will be framed by coconut palms. You also can sit under cover in the restaurant built out over the water. Live music every night. Best bets are yellowtail snapper, peel &rsquon&rsquo eat shrimp, conch chowder, and frozen Key lime pie with mango sauce.

Mile Marker 82 Bayside Open daily 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. 305-664-2692

Eat lunch at the open air counter of 7 Mile Grill, a middle Keys' hangout since 1954 at the east end of the Seven Mile Bridge. Miss it and you'll drive 7 miles over open water to the next turnaround for one of their fish sandwiches and a slice of Key Lime pie. It's a friendly place despite the sign over the pickup window that reads "Bite Me" and a waitress who looked like she wrote it!

Mile Marker 47.5 Open daily 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. 305-743-4481

No Name Pub on Big Pine Key.

This place is made of money! Like Spanish moss without the chiggers, autographed dollar bills hang from every available surface of this hard-to-find hole-in-the wall where Key deer roam the grounds at happy hour. Definitive reasons for the wall decor are hard to nail down. Some say that was how the fishermen saved beer money for their next visit. Or that there was so much drug money circulating through the Keys in the &rsquo70s and &rsquo80s that people starting hanging it on the walls of this former brothel-and-bait shop.
The pizza has won awards the fish sandwiches are huge.

Mile Marker 30 Bayside (Turn west of Wilder Road, left on South Street, right on Avenue B, right on Watson Blvd. 305-872-9115

Sloppy Joe&rsquos on Duval Street in Key West. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

When the landlord raised the weekly rent a dollar in 1937, Sloppy Joe&rsquos original owner simply moved across the street to this spot and carried on.
If you can squeeze past the spring breakers and cruise-ship passengers, you&rsquoll find plenty of old Key West character in the building&rsquos vintage wooden ceiling and tile floors. Live music, bar snacks and in July, the Hemingway Look-Alike contest.

201 Duval Street Open daily 9 a.m. to 4 a.m. 305-294-5717

CAPTAIN TONY'S (the original Sloppy Joe's)

Captain Tony's Saloon on Key West

Papa&rsquos people and parrotheads should stop here first. This is the bar where Ernest Hemingway met Martha Gellhorn, who became his third wife, in the 1930s, when it was called Sloppy Joe&rsquos. Forty years later, Jimmy Buffett played here long after it was renamed Captain Tony&rsquos. The bras dangling from the ceiling are an anachronism left over from rowdier days, but it&rsquos worth a visit to see &ldquothe hanging tree,&rdquo growing through the roof, where 19th-century murderers and pirates reportedly met their ends. Live music and potent pirate punch.

428 Greene Street 305-294-1838

The Green Parrot Bar in Key West. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

&ldquoNo snivelling&rdquo orders the sign on the bar and who would complain about this pitch-perfect Key West dive? The 1890 former grocery story has the open-air tropical languor you came to Key West to find. Plus, it&rsquos a few blocks away from the zoo on Duval Street. A locals&rsquo favorite, it&rsquos known for live music and root beer barrel shots (root beer schnapps dumped in a beer).


7 best dive bars in the Florida Keys

Want to take a road trip this weekend? The Florida Keys is just down the road!

A drink in an open air bar at sunset is one of the reasons we go to the Florida Keys. Throw in some salty history, fried bar snacks and locals with yarns to tell (with a garnish of live music) and you&rsquove got a refreshing concoction known as a Keys dive bar.

Since a good dive bar can be hard to find, we made a list of our seven favorite Keys bars.

The weekenders are dawdling over conch fritters, making the Keys magic last another hour.
On Sunday afternoons, cloggers claim the dance floor at Alabama Jack&rsquos, a barge moored in the mangroves off Card Sound Road, where Miami-Dade County merges into Monroe County. This ramshackle roadhouse washed up in Card Sound sometime in the &rsquo50s. Hurricanes have knocked the place around, but each time, it&rsquos been repaired, if what looks like a clot of driftwood can be deemed repaired. Best bets are crab cakes made from local blue crabs, fish sandwiches and sweet potato fries.

58000 Card Sound Road Open daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m

Related: The best places to stay and deals in the Florida Keys

LORELEI RESTAURANT & CABANA BAR

Lorelei Restaurant and Bar in Islamorada.

Come early to get a prime table at the edge of Florida Bay, where your sunset photo will be framed by coconut palms. You also can sit under cover in the restaurant built out over the water. Live music every night. Best bets are yellowtail snapper, peel &rsquon&rsquo eat shrimp, conch chowder, and frozen Key lime pie with mango sauce.

Mile Marker 82 Bayside Open daily 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. 305-664-2692

Eat lunch at the open air counter of 7 Mile Grill, a middle Keys' hangout since 1954 at the east end of the Seven Mile Bridge. Miss it and you'll drive 7 miles over open water to the next turnaround for one of their fish sandwiches and a slice of Key Lime pie. It's a friendly place despite the sign over the pickup window that reads "Bite Me" and a waitress who looked like she wrote it!

Mile Marker 47.5 Open daily 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. 305-743-4481

No Name Pub on Big Pine Key.

This place is made of money! Like Spanish moss without the chiggers, autographed dollar bills hang from every available surface of this hard-to-find hole-in-the wall where Key deer roam the grounds at happy hour. Definitive reasons for the wall decor are hard to nail down. Some say that was how the fishermen saved beer money for their next visit. Or that there was so much drug money circulating through the Keys in the &rsquo70s and &rsquo80s that people starting hanging it on the walls of this former brothel-and-bait shop.
The pizza has won awards the fish sandwiches are huge.

Mile Marker 30 Bayside (Turn west of Wilder Road, left on South Street, right on Avenue B, right on Watson Blvd. 305-872-9115

Sloppy Joe&rsquos on Duval Street in Key West. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

When the landlord raised the weekly rent a dollar in 1937, Sloppy Joe&rsquos original owner simply moved across the street to this spot and carried on.
If you can squeeze past the spring breakers and cruise-ship passengers, you&rsquoll find plenty of old Key West character in the building&rsquos vintage wooden ceiling and tile floors. Live music, bar snacks and in July, the Hemingway Look-Alike contest.

201 Duval Street Open daily 9 a.m. to 4 a.m. 305-294-5717

CAPTAIN TONY'S (the original Sloppy Joe's)

Captain Tony's Saloon on Key West

Papa&rsquos people and parrotheads should stop here first. This is the bar where Ernest Hemingway met Martha Gellhorn, who became his third wife, in the 1930s, when it was called Sloppy Joe&rsquos. Forty years later, Jimmy Buffett played here long after it was renamed Captain Tony&rsquos. The bras dangling from the ceiling are an anachronism left over from rowdier days, but it&rsquos worth a visit to see &ldquothe hanging tree,&rdquo growing through the roof, where 19th-century murderers and pirates reportedly met their ends. Live music and potent pirate punch.

428 Greene Street 305-294-1838

The Green Parrot Bar in Key West. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

&ldquoNo snivelling&rdquo orders the sign on the bar and who would complain about this pitch-perfect Key West dive? The 1890 former grocery story has the open-air tropical languor you came to Key West to find. Plus, it&rsquos a few blocks away from the zoo on Duval Street. A locals&rsquo favorite, it&rsquos known for live music and root beer barrel shots (root beer schnapps dumped in a beer).


7 best dive bars in the Florida Keys

Want to take a road trip this weekend? The Florida Keys is just down the road!

A drink in an open air bar at sunset is one of the reasons we go to the Florida Keys. Throw in some salty history, fried bar snacks and locals with yarns to tell (with a garnish of live music) and you&rsquove got a refreshing concoction known as a Keys dive bar.

Since a good dive bar can be hard to find, we made a list of our seven favorite Keys bars.

The weekenders are dawdling over conch fritters, making the Keys magic last another hour.
On Sunday afternoons, cloggers claim the dance floor at Alabama Jack&rsquos, a barge moored in the mangroves off Card Sound Road, where Miami-Dade County merges into Monroe County. This ramshackle roadhouse washed up in Card Sound sometime in the &rsquo50s. Hurricanes have knocked the place around, but each time, it&rsquos been repaired, if what looks like a clot of driftwood can be deemed repaired. Best bets are crab cakes made from local blue crabs, fish sandwiches and sweet potato fries.

58000 Card Sound Road Open daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m

Related: The best places to stay and deals in the Florida Keys

LORELEI RESTAURANT & CABANA BAR

Lorelei Restaurant and Bar in Islamorada.

Come early to get a prime table at the edge of Florida Bay, where your sunset photo will be framed by coconut palms. You also can sit under cover in the restaurant built out over the water. Live music every night. Best bets are yellowtail snapper, peel &rsquon&rsquo eat shrimp, conch chowder, and frozen Key lime pie with mango sauce.

Mile Marker 82 Bayside Open daily 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. 305-664-2692

Eat lunch at the open air counter of 7 Mile Grill, a middle Keys' hangout since 1954 at the east end of the Seven Mile Bridge. Miss it and you'll drive 7 miles over open water to the next turnaround for one of their fish sandwiches and a slice of Key Lime pie. It's a friendly place despite the sign over the pickup window that reads "Bite Me" and a waitress who looked like she wrote it!

Mile Marker 47.5 Open daily 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. 305-743-4481

No Name Pub on Big Pine Key.

This place is made of money! Like Spanish moss without the chiggers, autographed dollar bills hang from every available surface of this hard-to-find hole-in-the wall where Key deer roam the grounds at happy hour. Definitive reasons for the wall decor are hard to nail down. Some say that was how the fishermen saved beer money for their next visit. Or that there was so much drug money circulating through the Keys in the &rsquo70s and &rsquo80s that people starting hanging it on the walls of this former brothel-and-bait shop.
The pizza has won awards the fish sandwiches are huge.

Mile Marker 30 Bayside (Turn west of Wilder Road, left on South Street, right on Avenue B, right on Watson Blvd. 305-872-9115

Sloppy Joe&rsquos on Duval Street in Key West. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

When the landlord raised the weekly rent a dollar in 1937, Sloppy Joe&rsquos original owner simply moved across the street to this spot and carried on.
If you can squeeze past the spring breakers and cruise-ship passengers, you&rsquoll find plenty of old Key West character in the building&rsquos vintage wooden ceiling and tile floors. Live music, bar snacks and in July, the Hemingway Look-Alike contest.

201 Duval Street Open daily 9 a.m. to 4 a.m. 305-294-5717

CAPTAIN TONY'S (the original Sloppy Joe's)

Captain Tony's Saloon on Key West

Papa&rsquos people and parrotheads should stop here first. This is the bar where Ernest Hemingway met Martha Gellhorn, who became his third wife, in the 1930s, when it was called Sloppy Joe&rsquos. Forty years later, Jimmy Buffett played here long after it was renamed Captain Tony&rsquos. The bras dangling from the ceiling are an anachronism left over from rowdier days, but it&rsquos worth a visit to see &ldquothe hanging tree,&rdquo growing through the roof, where 19th-century murderers and pirates reportedly met their ends. Live music and potent pirate punch.

428 Greene Street 305-294-1838

The Green Parrot Bar in Key West. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

&ldquoNo snivelling&rdquo orders the sign on the bar and who would complain about this pitch-perfect Key West dive? The 1890 former grocery story has the open-air tropical languor you came to Key West to find. Plus, it&rsquos a few blocks away from the zoo on Duval Street. A locals&rsquo favorite, it&rsquos known for live music and root beer barrel shots (root beer schnapps dumped in a beer).


7 best dive bars in the Florida Keys

Want to take a road trip this weekend? The Florida Keys is just down the road!

A drink in an open air bar at sunset is one of the reasons we go to the Florida Keys. Throw in some salty history, fried bar snacks and locals with yarns to tell (with a garnish of live music) and you&rsquove got a refreshing concoction known as a Keys dive bar.

Since a good dive bar can be hard to find, we made a list of our seven favorite Keys bars.

The weekenders are dawdling over conch fritters, making the Keys magic last another hour.
On Sunday afternoons, cloggers claim the dance floor at Alabama Jack&rsquos, a barge moored in the mangroves off Card Sound Road, where Miami-Dade County merges into Monroe County. This ramshackle roadhouse washed up in Card Sound sometime in the &rsquo50s. Hurricanes have knocked the place around, but each time, it&rsquos been repaired, if what looks like a clot of driftwood can be deemed repaired. Best bets are crab cakes made from local blue crabs, fish sandwiches and sweet potato fries.

58000 Card Sound Road Open daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m

Related: The best places to stay and deals in the Florida Keys

LORELEI RESTAURANT & CABANA BAR

Lorelei Restaurant and Bar in Islamorada.

Come early to get a prime table at the edge of Florida Bay, where your sunset photo will be framed by coconut palms. You also can sit under cover in the restaurant built out over the water. Live music every night. Best bets are yellowtail snapper, peel &rsquon&rsquo eat shrimp, conch chowder, and frozen Key lime pie with mango sauce.

Mile Marker 82 Bayside Open daily 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. 305-664-2692

Eat lunch at the open air counter of 7 Mile Grill, a middle Keys' hangout since 1954 at the east end of the Seven Mile Bridge. Miss it and you'll drive 7 miles over open water to the next turnaround for one of their fish sandwiches and a slice of Key Lime pie. It's a friendly place despite the sign over the pickup window that reads "Bite Me" and a waitress who looked like she wrote it!

Mile Marker 47.5 Open daily 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. 305-743-4481

No Name Pub on Big Pine Key.

This place is made of money! Like Spanish moss without the chiggers, autographed dollar bills hang from every available surface of this hard-to-find hole-in-the wall where Key deer roam the grounds at happy hour. Definitive reasons for the wall decor are hard to nail down. Some say that was how the fishermen saved beer money for their next visit. Or that there was so much drug money circulating through the Keys in the &rsquo70s and &rsquo80s that people starting hanging it on the walls of this former brothel-and-bait shop.
The pizza has won awards the fish sandwiches are huge.

Mile Marker 30 Bayside (Turn west of Wilder Road, left on South Street, right on Avenue B, right on Watson Blvd. 305-872-9115

Sloppy Joe&rsquos on Duval Street in Key West. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

When the landlord raised the weekly rent a dollar in 1937, Sloppy Joe&rsquos original owner simply moved across the street to this spot and carried on.
If you can squeeze past the spring breakers and cruise-ship passengers, you&rsquoll find plenty of old Key West character in the building&rsquos vintage wooden ceiling and tile floors. Live music, bar snacks and in July, the Hemingway Look-Alike contest.

201 Duval Street Open daily 9 a.m. to 4 a.m. 305-294-5717

CAPTAIN TONY'S (the original Sloppy Joe's)

Captain Tony's Saloon on Key West

Papa&rsquos people and parrotheads should stop here first. This is the bar where Ernest Hemingway met Martha Gellhorn, who became his third wife, in the 1930s, when it was called Sloppy Joe&rsquos. Forty years later, Jimmy Buffett played here long after it was renamed Captain Tony&rsquos. The bras dangling from the ceiling are an anachronism left over from rowdier days, but it&rsquos worth a visit to see &ldquothe hanging tree,&rdquo growing through the roof, where 19th-century murderers and pirates reportedly met their ends. Live music and potent pirate punch.

428 Greene Street 305-294-1838

The Green Parrot Bar in Key West. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

&ldquoNo snivelling&rdquo orders the sign on the bar and who would complain about this pitch-perfect Key West dive? The 1890 former grocery story has the open-air tropical languor you came to Key West to find. Plus, it&rsquos a few blocks away from the zoo on Duval Street. A locals&rsquo favorite, it&rsquos known for live music and root beer barrel shots (root beer schnapps dumped in a beer).


7 best dive bars in the Florida Keys

Want to take a road trip this weekend? The Florida Keys is just down the road!

A drink in an open air bar at sunset is one of the reasons we go to the Florida Keys. Throw in some salty history, fried bar snacks and locals with yarns to tell (with a garnish of live music) and you&rsquove got a refreshing concoction known as a Keys dive bar.

Since a good dive bar can be hard to find, we made a list of our seven favorite Keys bars.

The weekenders are dawdling over conch fritters, making the Keys magic last another hour.
On Sunday afternoons, cloggers claim the dance floor at Alabama Jack&rsquos, a barge moored in the mangroves off Card Sound Road, where Miami-Dade County merges into Monroe County. This ramshackle roadhouse washed up in Card Sound sometime in the &rsquo50s. Hurricanes have knocked the place around, but each time, it&rsquos been repaired, if what looks like a clot of driftwood can be deemed repaired. Best bets are crab cakes made from local blue crabs, fish sandwiches and sweet potato fries.

58000 Card Sound Road Open daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m

Related: The best places to stay and deals in the Florida Keys

LORELEI RESTAURANT & CABANA BAR

Lorelei Restaurant and Bar in Islamorada.

Come early to get a prime table at the edge of Florida Bay, where your sunset photo will be framed by coconut palms. You also can sit under cover in the restaurant built out over the water. Live music every night. Best bets are yellowtail snapper, peel &rsquon&rsquo eat shrimp, conch chowder, and frozen Key lime pie with mango sauce.

Mile Marker 82 Bayside Open daily 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. 305-664-2692

Eat lunch at the open air counter of 7 Mile Grill, a middle Keys' hangout since 1954 at the east end of the Seven Mile Bridge. Miss it and you'll drive 7 miles over open water to the next turnaround for one of their fish sandwiches and a slice of Key Lime pie. It's a friendly place despite the sign over the pickup window that reads "Bite Me" and a waitress who looked like she wrote it!

Mile Marker 47.5 Open daily 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. 305-743-4481

No Name Pub on Big Pine Key.

This place is made of money! Like Spanish moss without the chiggers, autographed dollar bills hang from every available surface of this hard-to-find hole-in-the wall where Key deer roam the grounds at happy hour. Definitive reasons for the wall decor are hard to nail down. Some say that was how the fishermen saved beer money for their next visit. Or that there was so much drug money circulating through the Keys in the &rsquo70s and &rsquo80s that people starting hanging it on the walls of this former brothel-and-bait shop.
The pizza has won awards the fish sandwiches are huge.

Mile Marker 30 Bayside (Turn west of Wilder Road, left on South Street, right on Avenue B, right on Watson Blvd. 305-872-9115

Sloppy Joe&rsquos on Duval Street in Key West. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

When the landlord raised the weekly rent a dollar in 1937, Sloppy Joe&rsquos original owner simply moved across the street to this spot and carried on.
If you can squeeze past the spring breakers and cruise-ship passengers, you&rsquoll find plenty of old Key West character in the building&rsquos vintage wooden ceiling and tile floors. Live music, bar snacks and in July, the Hemingway Look-Alike contest.

201 Duval Street Open daily 9 a.m. to 4 a.m. 305-294-5717

CAPTAIN TONY'S (the original Sloppy Joe's)

Captain Tony's Saloon on Key West

Papa&rsquos people and parrotheads should stop here first. This is the bar where Ernest Hemingway met Martha Gellhorn, who became his third wife, in the 1930s, when it was called Sloppy Joe&rsquos. Forty years later, Jimmy Buffett played here long after it was renamed Captain Tony&rsquos. The bras dangling from the ceiling are an anachronism left over from rowdier days, but it&rsquos worth a visit to see &ldquothe hanging tree,&rdquo growing through the roof, where 19th-century murderers and pirates reportedly met their ends. Live music and potent pirate punch.

428 Greene Street 305-294-1838

The Green Parrot Bar in Key West. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

&ldquoNo snivelling&rdquo orders the sign on the bar and who would complain about this pitch-perfect Key West dive? The 1890 former grocery story has the open-air tropical languor you came to Key West to find. Plus, it&rsquos a few blocks away from the zoo on Duval Street. A locals&rsquo favorite, it&rsquos known for live music and root beer barrel shots (root beer schnapps dumped in a beer).


7 best dive bars in the Florida Keys

Want to take a road trip this weekend? The Florida Keys is just down the road!

A drink in an open air bar at sunset is one of the reasons we go to the Florida Keys. Throw in some salty history, fried bar snacks and locals with yarns to tell (with a garnish of live music) and you&rsquove got a refreshing concoction known as a Keys dive bar.

Since a good dive bar can be hard to find, we made a list of our seven favorite Keys bars.

The weekenders are dawdling over conch fritters, making the Keys magic last another hour.
On Sunday afternoons, cloggers claim the dance floor at Alabama Jack&rsquos, a barge moored in the mangroves off Card Sound Road, where Miami-Dade County merges into Monroe County. This ramshackle roadhouse washed up in Card Sound sometime in the &rsquo50s. Hurricanes have knocked the place around, but each time, it&rsquos been repaired, if what looks like a clot of driftwood can be deemed repaired. Best bets are crab cakes made from local blue crabs, fish sandwiches and sweet potato fries.

58000 Card Sound Road Open daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m

Related: The best places to stay and deals in the Florida Keys

LORELEI RESTAURANT & CABANA BAR

Lorelei Restaurant and Bar in Islamorada.

Come early to get a prime table at the edge of Florida Bay, where your sunset photo will be framed by coconut palms. You also can sit under cover in the restaurant built out over the water. Live music every night. Best bets are yellowtail snapper, peel &rsquon&rsquo eat shrimp, conch chowder, and frozen Key lime pie with mango sauce.

Mile Marker 82 Bayside Open daily 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. 305-664-2692

Eat lunch at the open air counter of 7 Mile Grill, a middle Keys' hangout since 1954 at the east end of the Seven Mile Bridge. Miss it and you'll drive 7 miles over open water to the next turnaround for one of their fish sandwiches and a slice of Key Lime pie. It's a friendly place despite the sign over the pickup window that reads "Bite Me" and a waitress who looked like she wrote it!

Mile Marker 47.5 Open daily 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. 305-743-4481

No Name Pub on Big Pine Key.

This place is made of money! Like Spanish moss without the chiggers, autographed dollar bills hang from every available surface of this hard-to-find hole-in-the wall where Key deer roam the grounds at happy hour. Definitive reasons for the wall decor are hard to nail down. Some say that was how the fishermen saved beer money for their next visit. Or that there was so much drug money circulating through the Keys in the &rsquo70s and &rsquo80s that people starting hanging it on the walls of this former brothel-and-bait shop.
The pizza has won awards the fish sandwiches are huge.

Mile Marker 30 Bayside (Turn west of Wilder Road, left on South Street, right on Avenue B, right on Watson Blvd. 305-872-9115

Sloppy Joe&rsquos on Duval Street in Key West. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

When the landlord raised the weekly rent a dollar in 1937, Sloppy Joe&rsquos original owner simply moved across the street to this spot and carried on.
If you can squeeze past the spring breakers and cruise-ship passengers, you&rsquoll find plenty of old Key West character in the building&rsquos vintage wooden ceiling and tile floors. Live music, bar snacks and in July, the Hemingway Look-Alike contest.

201 Duval Street Open daily 9 a.m. to 4 a.m. 305-294-5717

CAPTAIN TONY'S (the original Sloppy Joe's)

Captain Tony's Saloon on Key West

Papa&rsquos people and parrotheads should stop here first. This is the bar where Ernest Hemingway met Martha Gellhorn, who became his third wife, in the 1930s, when it was called Sloppy Joe&rsquos. Forty years later, Jimmy Buffett played here long after it was renamed Captain Tony&rsquos. The bras dangling from the ceiling are an anachronism left over from rowdier days, but it&rsquos worth a visit to see &ldquothe hanging tree,&rdquo growing through the roof, where 19th-century murderers and pirates reportedly met their ends. Live music and potent pirate punch.

428 Greene Street 305-294-1838

The Green Parrot Bar in Key West. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

&ldquoNo snivelling&rdquo orders the sign on the bar and who would complain about this pitch-perfect Key West dive? The 1890 former grocery story has the open-air tropical languor you came to Key West to find. Plus, it&rsquos a few blocks away from the zoo on Duval Street. A locals&rsquo favorite, it&rsquos known for live music and root beer barrel shots (root beer schnapps dumped in a beer).


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