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Everything you need to know about the Conch Republic. Keep up on local events, nightlife and activities while in Key West.

Bars & Nightlife

Looking to round-out the evening with a Cuban cigar and a hearty glass of wine? Or perhaps you're after a night out on Duval Street. This is your guide to local bars and lively nightlife in Key West.

The Best New Year's Eve Parties in Key West 2023

December 20, 2023

To put it mildly, Key West knows how to have a good time. New Year’s Eve is a big deal on the island, and counting down to 2024 will be no exception!

The Best Cocktails for Key West Sunset Sipping

January 15, 2021

Celebrate the golden moments with the most refreshing and layered sunset-inspired cocktails (and where to get them!).

The Best Songs about Key West Ever Made

December 30, 2020

There are countless tracks that capture the essence of our sunny shores, but we’ve narrowed it down to the best of the best.

Best Happy Hours in Key West

November 30, 2020

Key West's happy hour deals are the perfect excuse to meet up with friends and kick back with a well-deserved drink. Here are the best of the best.

Your Quintessential Key West Playlist

January 10, 2020

Key West isn’t just cover band jams! Here are some songs to get you in the Key West state of mind, from tropical rock to Caribbean steel drums.

One Night in Key West? Here’s What to Do

May 29, 2019

Key West may look small, but what it lacks in size it makes up for with activities, restaurants, and nightlife.

Our Favorite Gay Bars in Key West

December 18, 2018

Key West has been a favorite among gay travelers for decades. The island has a warm and accepting atmosphere where everyone can be themselves and enjoy the scene. On any given night there is a full mix of fun things to do.

In the Mood for Trivia Night? Check Out these Local Key West Bars

October 22, 2018

Looking to test your knowledge over a drink? Join friends for trivia nights in Key West.

The Key West Drag Scene

July 02, 2018

A drag race down Duval Street in high heels, drag trivia and nightly cabaret shows make Key West an exciting place for all things drag!

Beat the Heat with these 5 Cool KW Cocktails

June 20, 2018

Here are our favorite cocktail drinks across the island to beat the heat. Remember to drink responsibly and stay hydrated!

Local’s Guide to Key West Cocktails

May 01, 2018

Sangria from El Siboney, a Dark 'n' Stormy from Schooner Wharf Bar ... check out these 5 island favorites.

5 Best Outdoor Spots for a Drink

March 29, 2018

Don’t let the island’s sweeping ocean views, sunshine and eventual sunsets go to waste.

Best Bars on Duval Street

February 14, 2018

Here's a variety of watering holes to check out on everyone's favorite street in Key West.

A Look at the Key West First Legal Rum Distillery

December 08, 2017

At The Gates, we want our interested guests to enjoy fine, Florida white-sugar cane rum made at Key West’s very own distillery.

Randy Roberts, Key West’s Drag Icon

June 12, 2017

Chances are you’ve  probably seen Randy Roberts' acclaimed drag performance at La Te Da on one of your trips to Key West.

Our Favorite Rum Cocktails + Recipes

April 03, 2017

Although Key West’s ties with Cuba aren’t as pronounced as they were before the embargo, the two islands still share a lot in common - one such thing being their love of rum.

Where to Grab Drinks in Key West

February 23, 2017

This is part 3 of our series, “The Gateway to Key West,” featuring local recommendations in the Conch Republic.