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The Porch

The PorchThe Porch

Taps: 12 / Bottles: 25
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
98
world-class

20 Ratings
Ratings: 20
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 5.65%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

429 Caroline St
Key West, Florida, 33040-6598
United States
phone: (305) 517-6358

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(Place added by: DeltaFoxtrot on 09-05-2010)
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.57/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Huge thunderstorm rolled in while walking down Duval. Turned around to get out of the rain and see this gem. 20 quality taps, 100 bottles and very cool atmosphere. I did have the joy of being the only couple in the bar but Grubby, the bartender, was super cool and let my wife have several samples before she zeroed in on a choice. I had a Racer 5 and A Lil Sumpin, both were $5 on Happy Hour. Hated to leave but th rest of Key West was calling. If you do stop by ask about Abby, the rooster, who lives at the bar.

06-14-2013 19:32:55 | More by KYGunner
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jhighlandbrewing

Illinois

4.52/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

This quickly became our favorite place for a drink in Key West. They offer a nice selection of about 10 or so beers on tap and plenty more in 12oz or 750ml bottle format. We were particularly happy to see some offerings from Cigar City, but they had plenty of Dogfish Head, Terrapin, and plenty of others. Service was quick and helpful. The building makes for a great setting, and the porch itself offers plenty of entertainment below on Duval.

03-01-2013 13:51:24 | More by jhighlandbrewing
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$

I was excited about stopping in to this place after all of the positive reviews it has received. This place deserves all the great reviews. Without a doubt the best place in Key West to get a beer.

The Porch is basically just a big house with a bar downstairs. There were 12 beers on draft, and all were high quality. I had Dogfish Head's Urkontinent. I had never seen this beer before. They had a couple Belgians as well as other quality beers. Talking to the bartender, he said they have high turnover of beer so everything stays fresh; i believe him. They even use nice, fancy glassware for the Belgians.

The price was pretty high. My beer was $8 on happy hour, discounted down from $10. I guess that is the price to pay to get a decent beer in Key West.

Indoor seating was limited to about six seats at the bar, a large booth, and a high top table. There was plenty of seating on the porch, and why wouldnt you want to sit out there anyway? They dont serve food but there are restaurants all over the place. I say bring your tent and camp out here all day because you will not be disappointed.

07-11-2012 15:35:28 | More by SaCkErZ9
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Finally, a place to get good beer in Key West.
It wouldn't take much to be the best craft beer destination in Key West (or probably all of the Keys). The Porch goes way beyond that with a nice atmosphere, good service, and a great selection, both on tap and in bottles.

Grab a table on the porch, and watch all of the sunburnt cruise ship tourists stumble up Duval St looking for Sloppy Joe's or Margaritaville.

We were there with another couple who are wine drinkers, they were very happy with the selection on wines, as well.

02-29-2012 17:47:53 | More by zekeman17
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timbuktu1344

Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$

The Porch is probably the best beer and wine place in Key West. The vibe of the bar is excellent, especially given its proximity to Duval Street. The crowd seemed mostly local, and not necessarily that friendly to the common tourist. If you like good beer and wine you should take the time to walk in and make a selection from one of their chalkboards. Once it's clear that you are there for a fine beverage, not a tourist looking for a ghost tour, the patrons and staff are quite friendly. Their selection of drafts is excellent, but very similar to what you can get at many places in the mid-Atlantic region. Happy hour is the way to go, with discounted drafts and wines. They do not serve food.

12-06-2011 21:14:05 | More by timbuktu1344
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DaveLikesAle

Ohio

4.72/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Should be advertised as the "Southernmost Craft Beer Bar in the United States" in keeping with its location. What's not to like? A great selection of craft beer only, indoor and outdoor seating (this is The Porch after all), in a house formerly occupied by a doctor named Porter. If there is a downside it is that indoor seating is very limited, as it was crowded with beer geeks. As a result I sat outside with a draft DFH My Antonia - $4.00 during happy hour. A fine stop indeed. A required stop for any beer geek visiting Key West.

05-10-2011 16:47:48 | More by DaveLikesAle
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Stankonia

Idaho

4.29/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

I was in the Keys for only 1 night and tried this place after reading about it on here. I'm soooo glad I tried this place. All of Duval street was litered with loud, annoying clubs and bars full of tourists, but this was a pleasant surprise.

It's located in the bottom floor of a huge, historic style Key West house. Seating in the bar is limited but it's a lot of fun to hang out on the patio or court yard or just sit on the stairs leading to the entrance.

A respectable selection of beers. Just make sure to ask for a glass if you are ordering a bottle.

05-09-2011 02:13:02 | More by Stankonia
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MissHopstress

Florida

5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

So I found this place right off Duvall street at 11am. Just about the time I got thirsty for breakfast. My breakfast consisted of a bottled Hopslam, a draft Palo Santo and an atrogarant bastard for comparison. The ambiance is true key west. In a historic true to form key west architecture the porch is mixed with great service and great product in the heart of Key West. One thing that is hard to find in Key West is a bar WITHOUT any of the BMC's on tap. This place has none of them...THANK GAWD!!! The owner Chris is seriously cool and promised a Hopslam tap later this evening. Grubby the bartender made me feel more than welcome and I feel that I have known him for years. They have a selection of craft beers, bottled and tap that can't be found anywhere else on the island. If you are a craft beer fan, this is truly one of the few places to enjoy good beer, good service and good ambiance. Highly recommend and I will spend more than halves of days here when I visit. If you are looming for craft beers in Key West, this is your place. Apparently they have a large wine selection for the ladies and true wine connoisseur's. On a side note...they tend to give out free cranberry nectar to make room for the bottled nectar of the Gods!!!

02-16-2011 17:57:35 | More by MissHopstress
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dzyneguru

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

Cannot rate this place highly enough. Not because it's the best beer bar I've been to, but if you've been to Key West you know that real craft beer is tough to find. I stopped in on the recommendation of a good BA and was not disappointed. I got to have Cigar City Maduro, DFH 90 mIn, and Dales Pale in the same session. They also have a bottle list a mile long. The sevice was good, although you sometimes have to pull the bartender from their regulars (which is understandable.)

They were just about to tap Hopslam and a few other gems when I was leaving. Wish I had a few more days here!

02-03-2011 03:54:16 | More by dzyneguru
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cosmicevan

New York

4.86/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

was super psyched to see a sign that said "craft beer + wine bar" as I was cruising Duval St in Key West growing tired of Macros in every bar. I ran in and was overwhelmed by the selection in the desert. Probably 1/2 dozen or more craft only taps, plus a nice selection of bottles. I quickly ordered a Terrapin (which we can't get in NY) and was psyched to be asked which one...and was even more psyched to hear that Big Daddy Vlady was available in bottle. Went back a few times while in town...had other Terrapin, some Bells, and some tap only Cigar City. Atmosphere was hipster and it was never overly crowded compared to the junk bars in the area...probably because it seemed like a house party and not a bar, it was the ground level apt of a residential building...easy to miss. Reasonably priced for what it was and where it was. As far as offerings, this is tops on the island and I had no problems getting attention at the bar (or even a seat...yet the bar and porch were constantly populated every time I was there).

01-20-2011 03:44:22 | More by cosmicevan
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The Porch in Key West, FL
98 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.