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"A Sunny Place for Shady People" The Green Parrot

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From 4:00am to 10:00am...closed.

The other 18 hours The Green Parrot is wide open and full of classic American saloon revelry!

Their slogan, "A Sunny Place for Shady People", is “dead-on” for the #3 favorite bar in America. Let’s be blunt… this is the “Dive Bar” of dive bars.

Truthfully, when asked about my favorite bars in KW, I had a tough time. There are plenty of great ones, and absolutely make the rounds.

The Parrot, though, is classic and quintessential Key West.

You’ll find the locals as well as the folks floating in for a weekend getaway. It’s just as likely that on the stool next to you is a millionaire or a regular Joe or Jane. The entire cross-section of America are all equal here… and all there for the same purpose… to relax, let go of some steam, and enjoy the moment. This place defines the word “salty”… including the patrons.

To give perspective, hitting Friday night “Sound Check” is locally known as “going to church”. They highlight both local artists and national bands, with most booked through the weekend. Check their live music schedule here. Later in evening, the place really starts rolling and the dancing kicks in.

One recent Monday evening I brought some unsuspecting guests into the Parrot. It was dead quiet, and I mean you could hear a pin drop.

Then you hear “B-5”.

Someone yells out “BINGO”, and a bunch of groans rise from the rest of the crowd.

Locals and visitors alike gather for Green Parrot Bingo every Monday from 7 to 9pm. With cards just $1 each and various prizes through-out the evening, over $50,000 has been raised for MARC House, a non-profit organization serving adult clients with intellectual disabilities in Monroe County. It’s fun…and different. Test your “agility” by playing multiple cards at once!

The Parrot proudly stands at the corner of  Whitehead and Southard street. With its wide-open sides, main and supplemental bars, it’s easy to slide in for a cold one and catch the local scene as well as live music.

And it doesn’t matter what time of the day or night you do slide in. There are games to idle away the afternoon… billiards, darts, etc., free popcorn, and ample room at the bars to nuzzle up and meet someone new or just hang back and people watch. Quite frankly, it’s just as likely to be packed with crowds on the sidewalk outside as well as inside.

It’s also the kind of place where it feels natural to buy the person next to you a beer, and they return the gesture… it has that old-time feel (and smell) of your favorite, Saturday afternoon, well-worn sweater. Beers are cold, drinks are healthy, and the staff is genuine. Actually, let’s stay on that for a moment. It’s the type of place that attracts genuine people that are both nice and real. Even if you are a tourist, you’ll feel like a local here.

The building goes back to its origins as a grocery store in 1890, to The Brown Derby bar (patroned by the sailors at the nearby Navy base), to becoming the Green Parrot in the 70’s. Through it all, it remained a classic setting for all who came in, and very much the neighborhood bar.

Sooo… leave your baggage (literally and figuratively) outside and jump in… Happy Hour is about to start!


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