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The Best Tiki Bars in the Florida Keys

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Nothing says Florida Keys like tiki bars. Thatched-roof huts, hula girl figurines, and cocktails served out of pineapples and coconuts – you can’t go wrong with these fun and funky establishments. You don’t have to travel to Hawaii for a dose of Polynesian culture. The islands from Key Largo all the way to Key West are known for serving up tropical libations at a variety of kitschy and classic tiki bars.

Sit back and soak up the sun, enjoy the island music, and sip an ice-cold beverage at the best tiki bars in the Florida Keys. Remember: It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!

Key Largo Tiki Bar: Gilbert’s Resort

Start your tiki bar crawl at Gilbert’s Resort in Key Largo, the largest tiki bar in the Keys! Featuring waterfront dining, live entertainment, and exquisite seafood, this tiki bar truly goes above and beyond. Put your toes in the sand and enjoy the ocean views before ordering a tropical drink from the extensive menu.

Go for a classic coconut mojito or mix things up with a Pusser’s Painkiller, a classic Florida Keys drink. Cream of coconut, orange and pineapple juices, and Pusser’s British Navy Rum combine for a refreshingly creamy cocktail. 

Gilbert’s Resort is also the site of a marina where you can check out the boats or dock yours while grabbing a quick drink. For a longer stay, consider booking a room at the hotel.

Key West Tiki Bar: Tiki House

Tiki House Key West is an authentic tiki bar that serves up craft cocktails with real fruit juice and liberal amounts of rum – just the way we like it! Located a few blocks away from the Historic District, near the water, the Tiki House is cozy and laid back with retro Polynesian decor that transports you straight to paradise. 

With happy hour specials, competitions, and cocktail classes, there’s something going on every day of the week at this fun Key West venue. Order the zombie, a famous tiki cocktail from the 1930s, or keep things simple with a classic daiquiri. 

Looking for a guided drinking experience in Key West? Sample a delicious tiki drink of your choosing on the Cocktail Crawl, a drink tour of Key West’s hidden gems.

Marathon Tiki Bar: TJ’s Tiki Bar

Part of Tranquility Bay Beachfront Resort, TJ’s Tiki Bar has a more upscale feel with amazing views of the beach and water. The white-washed walls and beautiful beachy decor add to the charm of this outdoor bar. You won’t see hula girls and wood statues here, but you can rest assured the drink menu is up to scratch. 

Enjoy a selection of frozen drinks, like the Miami Vice or piña colada, or sip a specialty cocktail. Options include the butterfly cocktail, sex on the beach, and the rum runner, among many others.

Islamorada Tiki Bar: Holiday Isle Tiki Bar

The Holiday Isle Tiki Bar has been around since 1969 and has been a favorite of locals and visitors for decades. It’s also where the famous Rum Runner cocktail was invented! Named after the early liquor smugglers of the Florida Keys, the Rum Runner is made with grenadine, banana liquor, Meyers rum, and brandy.

Holiday Isle Tiki Bar is the perfect place to enjoy a Rum Runner or other delightful beverage. With an outdoor bar and open-air tiki huts, the ocean feels so close you could touch it. Bonus: Dogs are welcome too!

Whether you’re staying near one of these amazing Florida Keys tiki bars or simply passing through the Overseas Highway, you have to make a stop for a delicious rum drink. Nothing cools you down better on a hot Florida day.

Looking for more tiki-inspired fun? Book a sunset cruise aboard a custom tiki bar catamaran for the best views of Key West.