It’s hard to disagree with “Hog’s Breath is better than no breath at all”! You can ponder the alternatives at Hog’s Breath Saloon while sipping a cool drink, eating from their bar menu or enjoying the daily live entertainment.

The Hog’s Breath Saloon is one of those few recognizable Key West brand names that makes it a “must see” attraction. The first Saloon originated on the west coast of Florida, whose success caused the opening of the Key West location in 1988. If the number of Hog’s Breath T-shirts seen is any indication of the bar’s popularity, I’d have to say they are world renown.

With three different live music acts every day of the week, tourists flock to the bar all day and evening. Although Hog’s Breath is not really considered a locals bar, there are often several of us who stop by in the evening for the music.

I remember my first visit several years ago. It was, of course, recommended to me by a friend back home, so I had to stop by. I was actually surprised that the Hog’s Breath Saloon is really not a large place. A main outside bar that seats about twenty, a small raw bar in front of the stage that might seat eight, patio table seating for maybe sixteen, and a non-smoking inside bar and table seating.

One of the most popular events at Hog’s Breath is the annual “Home-made Bikini Contest”. Held in October during the Key West Fantasy Fest, the diversity and creativity of the costumes is truly a sight to be seen. With 1st place prize money of $1500, it doesn’t take long to reach the limit of thirty contestants.

Although the address is on Front Street, the more popular entrance is set back from Duval Street through a parking lot. You can usually hear the music from the street, which draws in a lot of customers. One tip, if you get there and it’s too crowded to get a seat – there is standing room and many guests only stay for a short time. There is usually some crowd turnover during each band break, so settle in for a while.

400 Front Street, Key West, FL – 305-292-2032