Guide to Key West’s Live Music Scene


Day or night Key West is a hot spot for live music. It’s jam packed with local and world-class musicians taking stage at some of our favorite bars on the island. Here are four of the best bars to enjoy live music in Key West:


Hog’s Breath Saloon

400 Front Street, Key West, FL
Open 10am – 2am

Hog’s Breath Saloon is one of our favorite outdoor venues and watering holes where you’ll find good eats, drinks and great music. It’s another Key West Classic.  Stand, sit, dance and enjoy the Hog’s Breath Saloon experience.

If you’ve been there once you’ll definitely come back for more and there is a reason this – they’ve been serving up great live music, food and atmosphere with locals and visitors for over 25 years.

Photo of Kenny Chesney at Hog’s Breath Saloon, Key West, Florida by Nick Doll Photography

Acoustical Jam at Hog’s Breath Saloon. Watch Kenny Chesney Live from the Hog’s Breath Saloon.  (FYI this was just one of his many visits to Hog’s Breath Saloon.)

Check out the Hog’s Breath Entertainment Calendar to see who is playing while you’re in town and remember… “Hog’s Breath Is Better Than No Breath At All.”

Sloppy Joe’s

201 Duval Street 3 bands on stage every day
Open 9am – 4am (Noon on Sunday)

Sloppy Joe’s needs no introduction as this bar has a ton of history. Located at the corner of Duval and Greene since 1937, this was Hemingway’s favorite watering hole in Key West. That brings in the crowds but so does the live entertainment with three great bands on stage every day starting at noon and ending at 2am.  Many visitors will say, Sloppy Joe’s is “Still the Best Party in Town!” We agree!  Check out the Sloppy Joe’s Entertainment Calendar to see who is playing when you’re in town.

News Update: Sloppy Joe’s Key West named one of the best Bars in the United States by Best of American Towns, a property of AmericanTowns Media!

The Green Parrot

601 Whitehead Street, Key West, FL
Open 7 days a week 10am – 4am
Soundchecks – 5:30-7:30pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Great bands, cocktails and local flare can be found here at The Green Parrot. “Equal parts honky-tonk, dive bar and local hangout.” Voted best live music venue in Florida by Florida Magazine.  It’s an authentic Key West experience.  Plan on attending “Soundchecks” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 5:30 to 7PM.  It’s a full 90-minute set of great music. Check out the Green Parrot Live Music Calendar to see who’s playing while you’re in town.

Smokin Tuna Saloon

4 Charles Street, Key West, FL
Open 11am – 2am
Premier music venue and official information center for Key West Songwriters Festival

Another one of our favorites and premier music venues is Smokin Tuna Saloon. This is where you’ll find world-class musicians perform live on a courtyard stage in an open-air setting in Key West.  It’s located just off Duval at the end of Charles Street. See what’s happening at Smokin Tuna Saloon by watching the Live Streaming Tuna Cam and/or view the Smokin Tuna Music Schedule.

*Smokin Tuna Saloon is the official merchandise and information center for the upcoming Key West Songwriters Festival scheduled for May 10-14, 2017.

Visit our Blog in April to learn more about Key West Songwriter Events at Southernmost Beach Resort. Stay Tuned.

The Music Scene At Southernmost Beach Resort

Sometimes it’s nice just to be able to sit back and enjoy the music without leaving our premier luxury hotel & resort.

Enjoy the #somolife and the live music scene at Southernmost Beach Cafe Noon – 3pm Tuesday through Saturday. Enjoy live music at the Shores Pool on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday and on Wednesday & Friday at the Pineapple Pool.

Stay for Sunset! On Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays we have “sunset music” on the west lawn. The times will vary, as the days get longer.  Check with the activities director for the up-to-date entertainment schedule during your stay.

Mark Your Calendar | Pato Banton on the Beach

Free Concert in Key West

Free concert on the beach at Southernmost Beach Resort with reggae legend Pato Banton, March 22nd at 7:30pm. Enjoy drink and food specials all evening long and a concert under the starts with your toes in the sand! Concert sponsored by Stoli Russian Vodka.


What’s your favorite music venue in Key West? Let’s continue the conversation on our social networks and make sure to use hashtag #somolife.

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