Happy Hour at the Conch Farm.

Happy Hour at the Conch Farm.

by Shayne Benowitz

During the University of Georgia’s Spring Break week this year, my little brother and his girlfriend came down for a visit. They had a great time relaxing on Smathers Beach, partying on Duval, and of course, the highlight of their trip was the Ultimate Adventure and the Commotion on the Ocean. While they were here, I was reminded of just how important it is for college kids to make their dollar stretch, especially when it comes to alcohol.

It’s always a deal at Fury where all of our trips include complimentary beer, wine, and wine spritzers, not to mention margaritas on the Commotion and Reef & Rita afternoon snorkel trip, rum punch on the Rum & Reggae sunset snorkel, and champagne on all of our sunset cruises. Once you get off the boat, there’s plenty of deals at bars around town. You’ve just gotta know where to go! Here’s a guide to the cheapest drinks on the island. Enjoy!

Happy Hour is a Key West institution, and my brother loved the 2-for-1 cocktails at the Conch Farm. Order a drink, and the bartender will toss you a wooden token to cash in for your next drink between 5pm-7pm. Down the pier at Alonzo’s,the entire right side of the menu, including any cocktail, is 50% off from 4:30pm-6:30. I love the ginger mojito, and you can definitely make a meal out of the appetizers with oyster Rockefeller, conch chowder, buffalo shrimp, and more. At Kelly’sfrom 4pm-7pm, you can enjoy the best margaritas on the island for $3 and their tasty microbrews for only $2, not to mention happy hour pricing on their amazing wings!

El Alamo, one of the newest much-loved bars in town, serves up $1 PBRs all day and all night, as well as $2 drafts, and cheap mixed drinks. Monday nights at Virgilio’s always means $5 martinis while dancing to live music. For a great party on a Wednesday night, ladies, be sure to swing over to Cowboy Bill’s from 9pm-11pm where you’ll drink for free. Gentlemen, you’ll want to be there, too, because at 11:30pm, the world famous sexy bullriding competition gets underway, and it’s guaranteed to be wild!

With these steals and deals, it’s no wonder Key West is such a classic Spring Break destination. What week is your school here?