Best Key West Happy Hours to Fill You Up

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Text & Photos © Tammy Camp, www.troprockin.com
Half Shell Raw Bar at the Historic Seaport

Top 5 Key West Happy Hours to Fill You Up


Many of us think of Happy Hour as the slow down part of the day, but in Key West it’s just the beginning of a fantastic evening.   It seems most Key West bars offer happy our drink specials, but only a few offer great food for even a better price during those hours just before the sun goes down and the lights of Duval go up.

Our Top 5 Key West Happy Hour Picks:

1.  Oyster Lovers Delight:  Alonzo’s Oyster Bar

Seafood lovers can have their fill in Key West.  A choice of oyster varieties can be found at Alonzo’s Oyster Bar located down in the historic seaport area of Key West.  They serve up the largest variety of cold and warm water oysters on the island.  Alonzo’s happy hour is one of the island favorites for locals and tourists alike. Indoor and outdoor seating offering you an amazing dining experience with Key West harbor views.  They even serve up fresh steam middle neck clams in an amazing garlic sherry broth.  Offering local Key West pink shrimp and fresh catches, make sure you check out their happy hour to find some of your favorite seafood and drinks for a very happy price. You’ll think of Alonzo’s as your pearl in the oyster.

Happy Hour every day from 4p-6:30p.

2.  You had me at Bacon:  2¢ Restaurant and Bar

For all you bacon fanatics, 2¢ Restaurant and Bar is the place for you.  During happy hour, your cocktail order comes with a couple strips of crispy bacon in it’s own little dish and it’s a hit in Key West.  Bacon isn’t the only unusual happy hour surprise.  Are you feeling lucky?  Then roll the dice to determine you’re happy hour drink price.  Yes, you get to roll the dice and if you get a 1, your drink is a dollar.  Roll a 2, your drink is $2.  Roll a 3 and your drink is half price.  Roll the 4, 5, or 6 and you’ll pay regular price.  Along with all the fun, the food is a hit too.  The happy hour menu boasts a wide array of appetizers with something for just about everyone. The artichoke dip is wonderful.  Order a couple of appetizers and you’ll be coming back for lunch.

Happy Hour Mon.-Thurs from 4p-6:30p.

3.  Beach View:  Southernmost Beach Cafe

Southernmost Beach Cafe is an open air restaurant and bar on the beach serves up a great happy hour menu.  Well drinks to draft beer are on special and four to five appetizers are served up for about $4 a dish.  The happy hour menu does change from time to time but thankfully, I’ve always found my favorite offered….  the Ahi Tuna Sliders.  Served on fresh slider rolls with a ginger slaw.  It only comes with two sliders, but add a their excellent “Pelican Wings” appetizer and you’ve got more than a meal all for $8.  The happy hour menu is only served at the bar.  So get their early to get a seat.  Once you’ve finished your appetizers, order another drink to go and take a walk on the Southernmost Beach, dip your feet in the water and enjoy the view.

Happy Hour Sun. – Thurs. from 4p-6p.

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Southernmost Beach Cafe on the Beach

4. Get Away From It All:  Ibis Resort & Stoned Crab Restaurant

When you just want that little break from the the Duval St. bar scene with your toes in the water and your drink in hand to enjoy that laid back island life. Ibis Resort & Stoned Crab Restaurant has been a Key West original since 1956 and welcomes visitors to enjoy their pool, hammocks and cocktails. They also have kayaks, jet skis and paddle boards for rent and a “Look Under the Bay” clear bottom boat tour. Their Caribbean style sets you in the mood for wonderful frozen cocktails like Key West Sunset (mango and raspberry puree mixture), Raspberry Mojito or a Raspberry Mudslide. Crab claws caught fresh from their two boats daily and the outdoor seating looks over the docks for a wonderful island feel. Stop in and get “Stoned” is their saying for “come enjoy our stone crab claws”. Although their happy hour menu doesn’t include the stone crab claws, the bar food is good and budget friendly and we love the atmosphere. Try the chicken tenders or the onion rings.  Bring your camera and swim suit to best enjoy your vaca within a vaca.

Happy Hour Sun-Fri from 3p-7p.

5.  A Key West Institution:  Half Shell Raw Bar

Located on the docks in the historic seaport, the Half Shell Raw Bar offers a taste of old Key West with its laid-back atmosphere.  Originally a shrimp packing plant, this well known fixture is considered the original Key West seafood restaurant.  Sit at the bar or eat on the picnic tables overlooking the harbor.  Fill up on .50 cent raw oysters, beer steamed shrimp and conch fritters from the happy hour menu.  You can’t beat the location or the prices.

Happy Hour everyday from 4:30p-6:30p.

 

Where is your favorite Happy Hour spot for great food?  Share it with everyone in the comments section below!

Comments

  1. Carolyn Camp says

    You must put Turtle Krawl on that restaurant list, one our favorites!, great seafood and AWSOME
    BBQ.

    • Tammy Camp says

      Hi Carolyn! We’ll have to see about Turtle Kraawls…. Since it changed owners, the HH menu has changed and so has the menu. I hope they still have your favorites! I’ll check it out next month and see.

  2. Andrea says

    Kelly’s has a happy hour (4-7pm) with a pound of wings for $4. A good nearby pit stop after watching the sunset at Mallory Square. http://www.kellyskeywest.com/menus/menus-bar.pdf

    Also Dante’s – Monday – Friday from 4PM to 8PM
    1/2 OFF Domestic Beers & Well Drinks
    $3.25 – Jagermeister, Fireball, Lemondrops – & “Trop-I-Kazees”
    $4 Jameson
    $3.75 – Poolside Daydreams, Dark & Stormys, Painkillers & Cherry Pops
    3 for $2 Raw Bar Items
    $5 Happy-tizers (Available at the Bar) – Wings, Pig Skins, Jalapeno Poppers & Hawaiian Shrimp Kabobs