No Name Pub - the oldest bar in the lower Keys.
If you want to experience a piece of the "original" Florida Keys, then it's an absolute must to go to the No Name Pub.
Located approximately two miles off US 1 on the bayside of Big Pine Key is an old, rustic building with a sign stating "No Name Pub…You Found It"! And, part of the adventure is actually finding the place, so prepare to get off the beaten path and enjoy meandering along the tropical foliaged winding back roads.
When you first get there, you'll think what is all the fuss about, as it really doesn't look like much and it's doubtful that much about it has changed through the many years the No Name Pub has been in existence.
Thousands of autographed dollar bills
are hanging in the No Name Pub
But venture inside and you'll find a quirky and quaint atmosphere consisting of thousands of dollar bills hanging all over the walls and ceilings, fluttering in the breeze of the fans or people walking by. It is said that this tradition with the bills started back in the 70's and 80's when there was so much illegal money floating around in the Keys that they started hanging it on the walls!
A big three-sided wooden bar, booths and tables are jammed in this small pub that accommodate locals and tourists alike to enjoy beer and what is touted to be "the best pizza in the known universe", along with other foods including appetizers, sandwiches, entrees and desserts.
The History of the No Name Pub
No Name Pub
"A nice place if you can find it"
The No Name Pub is the oldest bar on Big Pine Key with a long and quite interesting history. Originally, a general store and bait shop that opened in 1931, with an eatery added in 1936, were the beginnings of the pub. In the late 1930's, the upstairs storage room was converted into a brothel, which lasted until the early 1940's.
In the 1950's the general store and bait shop closed and the Pub became strictly a bar and restaurant. It was then that "No Name" was added to the name and the No Name Pub was born. The famous pizza didn't originate until the 1960's when two cooks from Italy brought their recipe into the pub. The same recipe is still used and enjoyed by all who venture here.
Wonderful food, good service, cold drinks and the unique atmosphere make the No Name Pub a worthwhile place to see when you come to the lower Keys. So take the time to find this hidden treasure known as "a nice place if you can find it."