Hard Rock and Square One restuarants in Key West

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Est. September 27, 1996

If the Hard Rock Cafe Key West were open in the early 1900’s, you would doubtlessly have found Ernest Hemingway seated on the beautiful patio overlooking Duval Street. Quite possibly The Old Man and the Sea would have included a scene with the “Old Man” downing Floribbean favorites and ice-cold margaritas before embarking on his fishing excursion. Maybe his books would have contained scenes of bullfighters lounging around the bar, gazing at their favorite rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia before enjoying a Caribbean Bar-B-Q Sunset Sail aboard the Liberty Clipper (from November-May on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday). Indeed, we can only imagine how the southernmost cafe in the continental United States would have duly changed literary history! Stationed in the heart of downtown Key West, legend has it that this old three-story Victorian style house is still haunted by the ghost of its original owner, Robert Curry, who meanders along the corridors of this unique cafe. We can’t help thinking that if only he’d access our PX system, he could just relax! He’d be guaranteed a seat in our large second floor main room with a full bar and balcony as well as two smaller rooms. The Hard Rock Cafe Key West is your key to the Keys.

Interested in planning your next event at Hard Rock Cafe Key West? Visit our Parties & Special Events section or download our booking information packet now.

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From the moment owner Michael Stewart greets you at Square One, you’ll feel like the evening’s special guest. The ambiance at Square One suggests a comfortable party thrown by a gracious host, who has shined the silver, starched the cloths and arranged flowers in your honor. The lighting is low and flattering. The staff is alert to every detail and request. Live piano music trills like a sigh of relief, but playful tunes interspersed with romantic crooning keep the mood light.

Guests, including many locals and regulars, feel at ease in their blend of “island elegance,” whether it’s silk, cotton, or a fun, tropical shirt. Some carry this spirit all the way, sipping pina coladas, rum runners or one of Patrick’s award-winning “Monkey nuts,” while others enjoy single malt Scotch, or a selection from our wine list.

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