Green Parrot

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Kim M. on January 8, 2003

Okay, so my dad and I started getting on each other's nerves, so I declared independent activity time one day. He headed off on his own, and I made a beeline for the Green Parrot bar. I sized up the crowd for a second, then got up the guts to go in alone, plop down at the bar, and order a Corona. That was the beginning of a lively evening.

The locals there were quite friendly, and before I knew it there were shots being sent to me from around the bar. I met a few really nice people and got some inside info on the island that I never could have read in a guidebook. It was here that I learned that I was not a "tourist," but a "visitor." There's a difference, the locals tell me. A tourist comes to see the sights, lie on the beach, and go home. What made me a visitor was the fact that I strolled into the "local bar" and got to know the working people of Key West. I got to meet carpenters, craftsmen, fishermen. It was so wonderful to have an experience that had not been carefully packaged for my satisfaction. I made return visits to the bar during my "me" time thereafter and had more great conversations with my new buddies. It was also nice to walk into the local Walgreens one morning and have someone call my name and wave from across the parking lot.

I will definitely go back on my next trip. The Green Parrot bar is about as unpretentious as it gets. The decor is simple, with a large parachute billowing over the bar and the clearly posted motto "No Sniveling." The bar is very open to the street and outdoor air, and the dress code is . . . well . . . I don't think there is one. You just come as you are. You come as you are and you fit in. Isn't that great?

Green Parrot Bar
601 Whitehead St.
Key West, Florida, 33040
(305) 294 6133

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