It’s difficult to compete with the bars in Key West; most are institutions that have been grandfathered-in to the island’s nightlife. However, occasionally a newcomer crops up that has potential to stick around. The Smoking Tuna Saloon just celebrated its one-year anniversary and it looks like they’re off to a smoking start.
Many of Duval Street’s pubs are hole-in-the walls devoid of any natural light, but the Tuna is tucked away on Charles Street, leaving plenty of room for a sprawling outdoor area with a large performance stage and several outdoor tiki-style bars. Live music kicks off every night, with two shows on the weekends (check their online schedule).The Smokin Tuna stage — Photo courtesy of Smokin Tuna Saloon
The restaurant and raw bar remains open until 10pm, but the fun continues after the kitchen closes. The menu has all your Key West favorites: conch fritters, peel and eat shrimp, fish sandwiches, burgers, a raw bar, and of course, tuna melts and smoked tuna dip.
Grab a seat at the bar or find a spot in the shade under the giant tree, order yourself a bottle of their Smokin Tuna Ale (or one of their killer margaritas), and enjoy the show. It’s easy to get caught up in the music and stay longer then planned. If you’re drinking time cuts into your souvenir shopping, never fear. There are t-shirts and other items available in the gift shop. Smokin Tuna bar — Photo courtesy of Smokin Tuna Saloon