What would Jimmy Buffet do?

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Well, one of our friends found out exactly what Jimmy Buffet would do. He’d tap you on the shoulder if you happened to settle down on the seat with his name on it at the bar, and ask if you could move along. Of course, our friend was happy to oblige.

A Gulf Coast native from Mississippi, Jimmy Buffet moved to Key West in the 1970s, where he developed his laid-back music style and found fame. Now that Margaritaville is a worldwide brand – for hotels, restaurants, and liquor – it’s especially significant that Key West is where he penned that song, and that this site, first a t-shirt shop, was the first business venture he started into after the big success of his song Margaritaville. The restaurant opened in 1987.

So even if you’ve had the food at another Margaritaville Restaurant, stop in the original for its namesake (or the Boat Drinks). It’s worth it for the history. And yes, you can get your Cheeseburger in Paradise here – and so can the kids.

At A Glance

500 Duval Street
Key West 33040
11 AM - 12 AM

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