A fun way to catch the flavor of the Florida Keys is to bar crawl down the islands. Florida Keys Bars can offer stunning views, a chance to mingle with the locals, good libations and that feeling you’ve escaped off the map to a slower paced way of life.
We asked you, our readers, which Florida Keys Bars (excluding Key West ) are your favorites and here’s how you ranked them:
(If you’re looking for Key West information, click here for the Top Key West Bars as voted on by our readers)
1. Alabama Jacks (Key Largo)
Is it any surprise? Alabama Jacks is a Florida Keys dive bar icon. Open air restaurant and bar right on the mangrove lined water ways. Decorated in funky Florida shack style, offers live music and off beat entertainment.
We love the dancing ladies dressed in their cowboy boots and square dancing skirts. It’s just something you’ve got to see for yourself.
Check out the Jimmy Buffett newspaper article framed on the wall just outside the bathrooms. He gives Alabama Jacks a great review. If you’ve got the time to take the slight detour off US1 to Card Sound (toll road), it’s a worthy spot for drink when bar crawling down the Florida Keys.
2. No Name Pub (Big Pine Key)
Another off the beaten path funky bar is the No Name Pub which has been open since 1936. Their tag line is “You Found It” because once upon a time (in a world with less technology) it was hard to find. Google Maps / GPS will easily take you there today.
Take caution driving as both times I’ve been there Florida Key Deer were meandering along the roadway.
Th No Name Pub serves a variety of American foods and their pizza is what most people rave about. Stop in to tack your dollar bill on the wall (along with a hundred thousand others, making awesome interior decor!), grab a cold beer and enjoy a piece of old Florida.
Be glad you found it.
3. Caribbean Club (Key Largo)
The most famous bar on the list! The Caribbean Club was built in 1938 and in 1947 it was used as a location set in the Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall film Key Largo.
Still a real dive bar and locals hangout, it doesn’t feel touristy. Pool table, bar with a view and outdoor picnic tables. It’s pretty basic and that’s why it’s awesome.
You can easily drink away an afternoon here. It’s affordable and friendly. Have that first drink at the bar and feel like a local and then take the next one out back and watch the boats go by or the sun go down.
4. Snappers (Key Largo)
Oh what a view! Snappers is a seafood restaurant with a large Tiki style outdoor bar right on the water. Plenty of seating and a great view of the ocean.
My favorite spot to sip a cocktail is in the brightly painted Adirondack chairs along the walkway.
Snappers is also a great place for a night out. Obviously you lose the ocean view, but you gain live music from local musicians. And only at a Florida Keys bar will you see the musician playing from a little pontoon boat tied up to the deck. Pretty cool way to add square footage.
5. Lor-E-Lei (Islamorada)
Another Florida Keys bar with a sunset view. The Lor-E-Lei sits on the edge of the Florida Bay with tons of outdoor seating where you can watch the sunset and listen to live music every night. It’s also a beautiful spot to to enjoy an island drink during the day.
I’ve only been here once and it was packed. Judging by the pictures on TripAdvisor, that’s fairly common, so get there early if you plan on having a drink in your hand by the time the sun starts to set. Plus, happy hour is from 4p-6p making it another good reason to get there early.
You can’t miss it when driving down US1, just look for a giant mermaid.
6. Sunset Grille & Raw Bar (Marathon)
Like a mini resort without hotel rooms. Right next to 7 mile bridge, we recently stopped in to enjoy an evening at the Sunset Grille & Raw Bar, which is quite the happening spot.
There are multiple bars to choose from and all offer a fabulous view. The indoor/outdoor bar looks over the large swimming pool (yes, I said swimming pool) and the expansive view of the ocean. Plentiful seating along the rail, you won’t miss the sunset.
The outdoor pool bar is usually quite busy, so if you can’t find a stool walk around the end of the bar and grab an Adirondack chair on the sand under the palm trees.
There is not a bad seat in the house!
7. Tiki Bar (Islamorada)
This is serious Tiki. Holiday Isle Tiki Bar is a large multi-level thatch covered bar with an equally giant Rum Runner drink statue – which is worth the stop just to get your picture taken with it.
The views are probably the best of all the Florida Keys Bars. Directly on the Atlantic Ocean, no mangrove islands blocking your view and you’re perched well above sea level.
Their claim to fame is back in 1972 their bartender mixed left over liquors creating the very first Rum Runner. If you’re looking for that salty Florida Keys vibe, this is your drinking spot.
8. Hogfish Bar & Grill (Stock Island)
I know this is a top ten list about great places to drink, but I have to also say that Hogfish Bar & Grill serves up amazing food too. I’ve loved everything I’ve tasted.
It’s an open-air restaurant/bar furnished with large picnic tables under a peaked thatched roof. There’s not much of a view since it’s located next to various dock areas and you might have a little trouble finding it, but you’ll get there.
The atmosphere is completely laid back. Live music is offered on the weekends and the place is rockin’.
9. Boondocks Grille & Draft House (Ramrod Key)
“The largest Tiki Bar in the Florida Keys” is their claim and it is huge. Boondocks is another open-air establishment and offers a ton of seating under thatch as well as on the large patio.
One of the few places with a proper stage for live music and they bring in a lot of talent to their stage. Live music 5 times a week plus fun nights such as bingo and trivia. Ton of TVs if you want to watch the game and a mini putt-putt course next door. You can have a lot of fun here.
Get a pitcher of beer or their Category 5 Hurricane and spend a few hours under the Tiki. Bring the dog.
10. Islamorada Fish Company (Islamorada)
Feel the sea breeze and marvel at the see-through waters from your shaded table or bar stool at the Islamorada Fish Compay. A Florida Keys Bar built right over the water with a wide pier jutting out towards sunset. Showing off beautiful views during the day and in the evenings they light up the Tiki torches on the beach giving me the feeling I’ve left the U.S. for an exotic island.
I’ve always ordered a fruity frozen drink here because it just feels right. Lots of Tarpon to watch and once in a while a Manatee comes by for a visit. Of course, the Bass Pro Shop is right next door.
Take your pick of the best Florida Keys Bars and spend the day or bar crawl through the islands checking them all out.
You can’t go wrong with any of these spots!
(If you’re looking for Key West bars, click here for the Top Key West Bars as voted on by our readers)
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