Bull & Whistle Bar, Key West
Key West , Florida
Tel: 305 296 4565
Concierge.com's insider take:
You wouldn't be caught dead at Duval Street's big-name watering holes (Sloppy Joe's, Margaritaville), but there's no shame in making your way to this long-standing come-as-you-are bar. The Bull & Whistle occupies a stately white building with delicate balconies that would look right at home on Bourbon Street. Likewise, drinking and live music are the main themes here. The ground level tends to be crowded with tourists and cruise ship escapees who get rowdy with sing-alongs (it's more mellow during the daytime). Upstairs, at the Whistle Bar, it's a more local scene, with two-for-one well drinks offered all day. People play darts and foosball under lazily spinning fans, to the strains of classic rock 'n' roll (think Crosby, Stills & Nash and Bruce Springsteen ballads). Angle for a stool on the second-floor balcony, which offers one of the best views over Duval Street. If it's your thing, head one level up to the rooftop Garden of Eden bar, a clothing-optional, open-air environment that is not for shy types.—Terry Ward
Open Mondays through Saturdays 10 am to 4 am and Sundays noon to 4 am.