Chill Out: It’s Happy Hour In Key West.
When you think of Key West, do you think about drinking? Yeah, so do a lot of other people. We’re here to break down the ULTIMATE LIST of the best happy hours on the island.
A Spanish tapas hidden gem in Bahama Village, Santiago’s Bodega is many local’s favorite dining diamond in the rough. We can’t get enough of this place, and with $5 food specials, half-price sangria and beer, and $10 discount on bottles of wine, you won’t be able to either.
207 Petronia Street santiagosbodega.com Happy Hour: 3:00-6:00 daily.
A gorgeous white house with an impressive wrap around porch on Duval Street is Bagatelle. They’ve got 1/2 priced drinks there, but it’s the $5 appetizers that are the real MVP. Pictured above is tuna tartar on cucumbers that taste fresh and expensive. The lobster mac & cheese is to die for. It’s heavy and large enough for a whole meal. You’re welcome!
115 Duval Street bagatellekeywest.com Happy Hour: 4:00 – 7:00 pm daily at the bar.
SALUTE ON THE BEACH
Just go for the view alone. This restaurant is right on Higgs beach, and happy hour takes place outside as everyone salutes the sunset and another day gone. Live music and the view of beach volleyball have a relaxing vibe as people meet and gather to chat about life. This feels like old Key West, whatever that means to you. ½ price well, wine and beer.
1000 Atlantic Blvd saluteonthebeach.com Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 4:00 – 6:00 pm
AGAVE 308 (TEQUILA BAR)
NO MARGARITA MIXES!! Everything here is made fresh to death and that’s how we like it. We’re calling out everyone who uses processed crap in our drinks! No bueno. It’s obvious that you can taste the difference here, because everyone can’t get enough of this place. They have selected cocktails like a jalepeño marg and a tequila mojito for $6, and happy hour beer for $2 – $3. And if your belly is craving something other than tequila they have amazing tacos and homemade chips & salsa. (Pictured here is the basil citrus splash, our personal favorite.)
308 Front Street agave308.com Happy Hour: 4:30 – 6:30 pm daily.
Drink specials are just the beginning when you’re at the Boat House. Line up, because this one is an island favorite. If you’ve never been here, let us paint a picture for you…dockside ambiance, bustling servers dishing out hot and tasty snacks from their 1/2 off appetizer menu, nautical flags hanging from the ceiling come into view as you tip up your 2-4-1 draft beer. Are you there yet?
700 Front St, (305) 294-9191 Happy Hour: 4- 6:30pm daily
This gem on Flemming Street, birthed from a beloved Key West Chef group, is the perfect seafood bistro to take you off the beaten path for some mid-day palate pleasers. Their playfulness and creativity shines in each dish through textures and unique flavor pairings. Happy hour is the perfect time to sample a number of their popular appetizers on a smaller scale and still stay on budget. They offer $5 glasses of wine, champagne, and $2 draft beers to pair with their nice selection of $5 small plates.
521 Fleming Street. thirstymermaidkeywest.com Happy Hour: 4:00 – 6:00 pm daily.
In the same group as Thirsty Mermaid, it would be wrong to leave out Little Pearl. This budding bistro is new to the neighborhood, but it’s casual elegance has a swagger that makes it feel like it’s been here all along. Little Pearl’s specialty is fresh local seafood and if that peaks your interest then make sure to hit the small, one-hour happy hour for a tasty tease of what you can expect upon staying to dine with them. Cozy, fresh, and intimate, it makes for a perfect casual date.
632 Olivia Street. Littlepearlkeywest.com Happy Hour: 5:00 – 6:00 pm daily.
The Saint Hotel’s Tempt
The Saint is a particular hotel bar and restaurant that can positively transport you to another place altogether. From the brilliant mind of New Orlean’s Saint Hotel owner, the cozy vintage hospital-turned-36-room-hotel in Key West keeps the brand consistent to say the least. Inside, when the clock strikes 4:17pm ( 417 being their address) the magic happens. It’s then til 7:14pm that you’re blessed with 50% off their cocktails and access to a special priced happy hour food menu that consists of small to medium dishes that can easily be made into dinner. With cocktails typically around $12-$15 a pop, the discount is game changing, but it’s the flavor medleys of the food dishes that makes you able to keep up the pace for the full 3 hours. Take your drink up the their Halo lounge and enjoy people watching from above Duval St.
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