Margaritas and mojitos usually come to mind first, but wine is every bit a part of the laid back lifestyle that defines Key West. Sure, it is very easy to wander into any bar on Duval Street and order up a cold beer or the mixed concoction of your choice – and, hey, why not? However, it is also almost as easy to find a great glass or bottle (or 2) of wine to suit your whims or to compliment the shrimp, pasta, or even steak on your plate.
Key West may have a heavy tourist-like veneer at first glance, but local residents and restaurateurs alike know that many people are seeking exciting food and wine encounters to intermingle with the Sloppy Joe’s bar experience. One can easily spend a week in Key West and have a different fine dining experience every day. Various restaurants claim local titles such as “largest wine list” or “best Italian wine list” and generally do live-up to those claims.