Key West Restaurant History

Launched in 2006 by former Philadelphia 76ers President Pat Croce, the newly revamped Rum Barrel evokes the aura of a seafarer’s paradise in the very heart of historic Old Town Key West, with more than 150 rums and an extensive collection of specialty and craft beers.

As the southernmost Philly sports bar, Rum Barrel is known for its legendary tailgates, lively fans and the local hotspot for all things Philly—including its famous cheese steaks. In 2012, it became the official orange-and-blue home of the Key West Gator Club.

Just a block from Duval Street and the Key West Seaport, the Rum Barrel’s scenic upper deck overlooks Key West’s historic downtown with nightly entertainment and daily specials. Its outdoor stage has been graced by the likes of American Idol runner-up Bo Bice.

The Barrel offers an outstanding dining experience for lunch and dinner with fresh local seafood, creative entrees, and good portions. The restaurant’s kitchen is captained—and its menu thoughtfully crafted—by Chef Patrick Dunn, protégé of gifted Iron Chef Jose Garces. Dunn is an alum of Garces’ Latin-Asian Chifa Restaurant in Philadelphia.

In true Key West style, the Rum Barrel’s happy hour runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. every day—Monday through Friday during football season—and offers 2-for-1 domestic drafts and bottles and premium wells drinks, with a full $5 Key West happy hour menu.

The Rum Barrel has been featured in Travelbite, Offbeat Bride as the perfect wedding reception venue, HDNet’s Drinking Made Easy with Zane Lamprey, John DeMers’ popular Delicious Mischief blog, and is a regular venue for the annual Key West Songwriters’ Festival.