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Key West drinks and music
Photographer Laura Davick

Only in Key West

Margaritaville is more than a song. In Key West, it’s the quintessential state of being, and no evening is complete with a stop for a drink and tunes. For rowdiness, head for Sloppy Joe’s (201 Duval Street; sloppyjoes.com). One of Papa’s favorite watering holes, the 158-year-old location of the original Sloppy Joe’s is now Capt. Tony’s Saloon (428 Greene Street; 305/294-1838 or capttonyssaloon.com), cozier and― sometimes―less boisterous.

For a nightcap and classic rock, hit the Hog’s Breath Saloon (400 Front Street, 305/296-4222 or hogsbreath.com). Somewhere along the way, you’re sure to hear the Jimmy Buffett anthem.

Originally published September 2009

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