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5 Best Outdoor Spots for a Drink

5 Best Outdoor Spots for a Drink

March 29th, 2018 | Bars & Nightlife

The balmy Key West weather calls for drinks to be enjoyed outside. At The Gates Hotel, our onsite bar Rum Row mixes up drinks using local distillery spirits that guests can enjoy poolside, but if you’re in Old Town, chances are you’re looking for a good outdoor space to savor a good drink. 

Here are 5 different spots in Old Town that are all good options for having a drink while in Key West. Don’t let the island’s sweeping ocean views, sunshine and eventual sunsets go to waste.

Half Shell Raw Bar

Located on the Key West Bight, this laid-back seafood restaurant has great views in a comfortable atmosphere with locals usually posted at the open-air bar. The former shrimp-packing facility is an island favorite for its happy hour specials that run from 4:30-6:30, offering the best specials on food and drinks. 231 Margaret Street 

Louie’s Backyard

Louie’s is a Key West mainstay with over 30 years of history. Located near the Southernmost Point and the pier, it’s oceanfront views from the deck leave little to be desired. If you’re looking to escape the crowds and enjoy high-quality seafood, check out Louie’s. Enjoy the seabreeze from the outdoor bar, or take a seat on the multi-level deck. 700 Waddell Avenue


This French bistro is set in an old Victorian home on Duval Street. Its wraparound porch is complete with fans so it never gets too hot. There’s an upstairs and downstairs bar at Bagatelle, as well as two levels of porch seating. Brunch is a favorite at Bagatelle -- they also offer daily happy hour specials that include $5 plates. 115 Duval Street 

Hot Tin Roof

Hot Tin Roof is a favorite to take in sunsets at Key West. Near Mallory Square, Hot Tin Roof has an open-air patio that offers tremendous ocean views. The restaurant serves tasty cocktails with fresh ingredients, as well as Latin American fare. If you’re going around sunset, beware that it can get a bit crowded. Make sure to get there early. 0 Duval Street

Grunt’s Bar

Grunt’s Bar is a small, unassuming spot with big flavors. The patio is welcoming and shaded by trees, which makes for a nice refuge from Duval Street. There’s usually live music and excellent daily food and drink specials. The nearby food truck Garbo’s is permanently parked onsite. For a low-key evening in a spot loved by locals, enjoy a drink at Grunt’s Bar. 409 Caroline Street


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