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Geiger Key Restaurant and Tiki Bar - Key West
Geiger Key Restaurant and Tiki Bar

Geiger Key Restaurant and Tiki Bar is, as its name suggests, located on Geiger Key about 10 or 15 minutes from Duval Street on Key West. We went to Geiger Key on a kayaking trip that we paid for on Key West. We kayaked to the west of the key for about 2.5 hours before returning to the marina around noon. Luckily the Geiger Key restaurant at the marina was open, so we grabbed a few beers from the friendly bartender, then were back to Key West.

John James Audubon named the Geiger tree after Captain Geiger, who provided Audubon a place to stay while he documented the bird of Key West. Geiger Key was, in turn, named after the Geiger tree, and therefore Captain Geiger as well.

Theme: Eating and Drinking

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  • Written Sep 2, 2012
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Sunset Pier - Duval St / Mallory Sq - Key West
Sunset Pier - Duval St / Mallory Sq Sunset Festival Review

Sunset Pier is a hotel bar, but it is better than most. How about being outside for starters? Even better, it is located on a pier at the end of world-famous Duval Street. It gets even better: it has a great view of the renown Key West sunset from just a few yards away from crowded Mallory Square.

We stopped in one evening before sunset, needing to kill some time before visiting Mallory Square. We found a table next to the bar on the west side of the pier, where we could track the progress of the sun dropping into the ocean.

Laura had the orange capirinha ($9), which was very tasty; Caipirinhas, made with cacha├ža, a sugar cane-based alcohol, is said to be the national cocktail of Brazil. I had a bottle or two of Hawaiian Longboard lager ($5). We didn't eat here, but they do have a good, but expensive menu of appetizers, oysters, sandwiches, and a few entrees.

Address: 0 Duval Street Key West, FL 33040

Theme: Eating and Drinking

Website: http://www.oceankey.com/key-west-sunset-pier.aspx

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  • Written Sep 2, 2012
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Rick's Bar - Duval Street - Key West
Rick's Bar: Rick's Bar - Duval Street Rick's Bar Review

Rick's Bar is one of the old, classic bars on Duval Street. Located near Mallory Square and across the street from Irish Kevin's and Sloppy Joe's, this is the busiest part of Duval. We ducked in one afternoon because we heard some fun live music, and we grabbed a few stools at the bar.

There were only a few others in the bar that afternoon, so we got to request all of the music we wanted to hear. The solo singer/guitarist was very entertaining and played a good variety of country, rock and pop... something for everyone. We enjoyed our personal show so much, we gave the singer a $20 tip.

Rick's only has bottled beers. For some reason all of the taps are shut off. They also have frozen drinks, mixed drinks and hard liquor. But come for the live music.

Rick's is part of an eight-bar complex that includes Durty Harry's.

Address: 202 Duval St Key West, FL 33040

Theme: Live Music

Website: http://ricksbarkeywest.com/

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  • Written Sep 2, 2012
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Capt. Tony's: Capt Tony's - Duval Street, Key West Capt. Tony's Review

We stopped at Capt Tony's between visits to Hogs Breath and Sloppy Joe's. Capt Tony's is more divey than either, but also kind of a happy medium between the touristyness of Hogs Breath and the raunchiness of Sloppy Joe's. Good place to stop in to listen to live music, play foosball, or watch sports, but not a good place to bring your kids. We had a few Red Stripes, because their brew selection was pretty limited.

This bar brags that from 1933 to 1937 it was not only the original location of Sloppy Joes, but it was also Hemingway's hangout while he lived here during the same time period. In fact, Earnest Hemingway liked this bar so much, when it was remodeled, he acquired one of the old urinals and installed it as a fountain at his home a few blocks away.

Theme: Eating and Drinking

Review Helpfulness: 2 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 2, 2012
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Kiss my ass, I'm Irish - Key West

Kiss my ass, I'm Irish

Irish Kevin's: Irish Kevin's - Duval St, Key West Irish Kevin's Review

Irish Kevin's is an Irish pub, but their live music makes Kevin's so much better than your average Irish pub. We arrived mid afternoon as one singer was finishing and another preparing to start. We got two stools at the bar right in front of the stage, and we were treated to a real show. The singer started with a few modern country songs that were pretty standard... then he started to interrupt his music to tell jokes, greet newcomers to the bar, and make fun of passersby--especially the really drunk ones. We had a blast, laughing and singing our afternoon away.

At one point in the afternoon, three girls wearing matching "Kiss me, I'm Irish" underwear decided they should climb onto the stage and show everyone their panties. The singer didn't seem to mind.

Warning: not for kids, sober people, or those with especially thin skin.

Address: 211 Duval Street

Phone: (305)292-1262

Theme: Live Music

Website: http://www.irishkevins.com/home.htm

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 5, 2010
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Green Parrot - Off Duval Street - Key West
Green Parrot Bar: Green Parrot - Off Duval Street Green Parrot Bar Review

Green Parrot -- best place in town for a beer with the locals and sports on TV. We stopped here on New Years Day and enjoyed several pints of Yuengling while we watched Penn State and West Virginia play bowl games, and we watched the Boston Bruins win the NHL's annual Winter Classic. The sports were enjoyable on the HDTVs, and the crowd built up through the two hour rainstorm. We really enjoyed this, our fortunate first stop in Key West.

The sign behind the bar says the Green Parrot was established in 1890, and it looks like some of the customers have been here ever since.

Address: 601 Whitehead Street

Phone: (305)294-6133

Theme: Eating and Drinking

Website: http://www.greenparrot.com/

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 5, 2010
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Schooners Wharf Bar - Key West Harbor - Key West
Schooner Wharf Bar: Schooners Wharf Bar - Key West Harbor Schooner Wharf Bar Review

Schooners sits along the waters of the harbor, and is more of a locals dive than most of the other places we tried in Key West. We arrived in this big, smoky bar around 8pm and we got the last two stools at the bar. The hand there was playing some noisy blues, that might have been ok if the sound system didn't suck. The place was also amazingly smoky for a place with no walls. We only stayed for about an hour before we needed a change of scenery.

Address: 202 William Street

Directions: Key West Seaport area

Theme: Live Music

Website: http://www.schoonerwharf.com

Review Helpfulness: 2 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 4, 2010
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