Charming, wine lounges and cigar bars with knowledgeable staff offer a change of pace from the rowdy, drinking frenzy that engulfs much of Duval Street. Find a new wine, or enjoy a returning favorite, often served with small plates or cheese platters. Intimate atmospheres invite friends and couples to mingle without Jimmy Buffet’s songs blasting from the speakers. For a relaxing, upscale experience, here are some of Key West's wine and cigar lounges.
Chris Otten (former chef at nine one five) and Chris Schultz (owner of The Porch, The Café) have taken the wine lounge and gastropub scene and exploded it. Their newest concept, 2 Cents, features fresh ingredients and a selection of wines and microbrews in an artistic and inviting atmosphere. They’ve managed to make wine bars a comfortable, laid back place to enjoy the company of others.
Authentic cigar bars like Cork and Stogie are a throwback to Key West’s cigar-making roots, and also offer a unique experience that you won’t find at Sloppy Joe’s. For something entirely different, The Key West Winery serves samples of grape-free wine that is made of berries and citrus produce.
While the nightlife scene on Key West may be changing, it is still holding on to the friendly, island vibe.