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The Green Parrot Bar, Key West

601 Whitehead Street
Key West , Florida
Tel: 305 294 6133's insider take:

A few blocks removed from the Duval Street madness, the Green Parrot is arguably the most authentic watering hole on the island (the building dates from about 1890). Follow the absinthe-hued glow into the bar cooled by tropical breezes flowing through the screenless windows. And whatever you do, heed the "No Sniveling" mantra that hangs over the bar. It's a no-frills kind of place, with friendly bartenders; stiff drinks; and classic bar games like pinball, pool, and darts. The small stage hosts blues and rock bands on weekends; during the rest of the week, the jukebox pumps out classics from James Brown and B.B. King. The decor is a cozy hodgepodge—an open parachute over the bar, wooden parrots, a photo of Abe Lincoln, and random trophies stuffed onto shelving here and there. Your fellow bar mates are likely to be similarly diverse, from commercial lobstermen back from the catch to local dentists grabbing after-work drinks.—Terry Ward

Open Mondays through Saturdays 10 am to 4 am and Sundays 12 pm to 4 am.

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