From reggae to trop rock, and all points in between, live music is abundant in Key West.

New Riders of the Purple Sage playing at the Green Parrot to a packed house.
New Riders of the Purple Sage playing at the Green Parrot to a packed house.

In many ways, Key West is a music town.

Most famously, Jimmy Buffett used to live here (he actually does still have a house here – but we’ll never reveal where it is.  You’re welcome Jimmy).  More recently, Kenny Chesney bought a house in Key West – but he quickly sold it once his address was discussed in the local press and people started showing up at his door.

Today live music is very appreciated by locals and visitors – and many small venues bring in a excellent bands to perform.  Lately, New Orleans musicians have been making regular appearances in Key West, especially at the Green Parrot – arguably the most consistent place to see good live music.

If you are into jam bands, Key West is home to one of the best jam bands out there that you’ve never heard of, The Happy Dog (they play regularly at the Sunset Pier, Green Parrot, Salty Angler, Grunts, and numerous other venues. Check their website schedule here:

Green Parrot

An institution for live music and the laid back Key West attitude. On the corner


The original Margaritaville, founded by Key West’s most known musician Jimmy Buffett. What discussion of

Hog’s Breath

Famous Key West bar still serves up a good time. The famous Hog’s Breath features

Sloppy Joe’s

The famous Key West bar where Ernest Hemingway drank is still popular as ever. For

El Meson de Pepe’s

Authentic Cuban cuisine and drinks in Mallory Square. Lively music nightly. Before or after sunset

Virgilio’s at La Trattoria

Hidden martini bar and music cabaret with dancing and cozy, dimly lit ambiance. This charming

Schooner Wharf

Classic Key West bar popular with sailors, pirates, and all manner of island celebrants. Located

Ricks & Rumrunners

Raucous bar complex with large dance floor. This large bar complex features one of the