The self-proclaimed "Conch Republic" is one of Florida's most unique and colorful escapes, with a long and fascinating history to match. Here's where to eat, drink, play, and stay in the land of Buffett and Hemingway.
Margaritaville is more than a song. In Key West, it’s a state of mind, and no evening is complete with a stop for a drink and tunes (or several). For rowdiness, head for Sloppy Joe’s (201 Duval Street; sloppyjoes.com), which is open 365 days a year, from 9 a.m. to 4 a.m. (except for Sunday, when you've got to wait until noon). One of Papa’s favorite watering holes (and the 165-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.
Don't miss the Green Parrot Bar (601 Whitehead Street; 305-294-6133 or www.greenparrot.com), another classic joint where the music just seems to spill out onto the narrow sidewalk, and 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.