Kelly's Caribbean Bar, Grill & Brewery
Active Beers: 3
Beer Ratings: 41
Beer Avg: 3.18
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Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Mitchster:
3/5 rDev -12%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 4
Located in downtown Key West, the southernmost "brewery" in the US. Do 5-gallon batches count?:) This place was difficult to get to, only by the fact that it was spring break and there was no parking. Unless you rent a scooter or a bike, good luck. I was lucky to find a parking spot that was 10 minutes away by foot and only had change for an hour, so it was a quick trip. The atmosphere is very nice. I ate on the upper courtyard where trees and vines dangle everywhere, lit by xmas tree lights and such. The service was poor. It took over 15 minutes to get my check after I had asked for it, though the waiter said he was new and they just had a large party leaving. The beer was not available at the bar, as the bar was sealed off for the party, therefore I had to eat on the balcony. The coconut shrimp was very good, large and firm. The beer was average at best. I did not see any brewing facilities on-site. The waiter knew nothing about the beer. What was called a "gold lager" was actually a raspberry wheat, and when I asked about the quite different taste, he went back to his manager who told him it was a wheat, but denied there was any raspberry in it:) The prices were a bit steep, but hey, you're in freakin' Key West so you have to get used to it.
03-25-2004 01:41:16 | More by Mitchster
More User Reviews:
2.37/5 rDev -30.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 2.25 | service: 2.25 | selection: 2 | $$
We tried Kellys a few years ago and we tried it again last winter. The beer was barely tolerable, again, the flavor wasn't good at all, again and the bartender was barely polite. The location is great but the tables were dirty so we had to clean them ourselves. We won't try it again because it seems with all of the unfavorable review, it hasn't changed.
04-22-2014 21:22:22 | More by kristyjo
2.04/5 rDev -40.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3 | selection: 1.5 | $$
Since it's the only "brewery" in Key West and I got a free sample coupon from the hotel I stayed at, I needed to check it out...and regret the waste of time. We went for happy hour since their "microbrews" are only $2 a pop. I use my coupon to get a sample of the Red ale...eh. So, since they only have three beers, I go down the line: I ask my father for a sip of his Southern Clipper Wheat Ale and it's even more lackluster than the Red. So I order the IPA...which doesn't even come close to a true IPA. Not only that, on the menu they call it a Golden Ale, but the bartender refers to it as an IPA. Yeah, IPAs can have a gold color but to call it a Golden on the menu is incredibly misleading to someone who knows beer. Guess it doesn't really matter since the beer advocacy in the Keys is extremely low anyway and, if someone ordered the Golden expecting a light-bodied ale with low bitterness, they wouldn't be far off. Also, there are no craft selections besides their homemade swill so we didn't even bother trying any food, paid our tab and walked down the street to The Porch. If you're in Key West and you want to try great Florida beer, go to Krawl and try whatever Due South they have on tap and then go to The Porch and try any Cigar City they have.
09-27-2012 18:19:14 | More by Immortale25
3/5 rDev -12%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
This place has two attractions: the scenery/ atmosphere, and the food. Other than that, this place was a huge miss.
The whole bar is an open area with a courtyard out front for a rainforest feel if you enjoy that while dining; I do. I sat at the bar but the courtyard seemed like a very nice place to be.
The food was delicious. I had some curry chicken that was outstanding.
The beer was pretty awful. There were only three selections, all house beers, and all very average. They had a pale ale, a wheat, and an amber. How original. The beers lacked any flavor and had no spark or anything in them to make me want more of them.
The service was very slow. The food took about 45 minutes to arrive and the bartenders had empty glasses all over the bar.
Unless you go for the food and scenery, go other places for beer and service.
07-17-2012 15:10:43 | More by SaCkErZ9
Kelly's Caribbean Bar, Grill & Brewery in Key West, FL
81 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.