This venue bills itself as “an island bar” but it’s more like a combination of Fat Tuesday’s and Margaritaville.
Step inside, and the first thing that catches your attention is the wall of drink machines to the left, behind the bar. Those drink machines serve up 12 flavors of pre-blended goodness, which have just enough alcohol to catch a slight buzz.
If the frozen drinks are too frou-frou for you, they actually have a respectable list of beer, both draft and bottled. Their mojito menu is pretty impressive, too.
Though a lot of Key West partiers hang out here at night, I like to visit just after watching the sun set at Mallory Square. That’s because between 5-8pm daily, the Lazy Gecko offers $1 off all frozen drinks. Come on a Sunday or Monday, and happy hour goes all the way to midnight. Perfect for those hot summer nights in Key West.
In addition to the drinks, this place serves up a decent menu of food, from burgers and sandwiches to pizza. Since I don’t like to pub crawl on an empty stomach, I usually pick up some food with my frozen drink.
Oh and if you’re a Boston Red Sox fan, this is the place to catch all the action. Drink specials include $2 bottles of Bud or Coors during the games, which air throughout the bar.
The Lazy Gecko is located at 203 Duval Street in Key West. Reach them by phone at 305-292-1903.
[Photo by Michelle Snow]