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    Gurgling Suitcase Libations and Spirits

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Disney's Old Key West Resort


What would you call it when a smuggler’s bag is making a sloshing sound while passing through Florida Keys customs? Why, a Gurgling Suitcase of course! In addition to the whimsical name, this oddball bar at Old Key West Resort is a cool little spot in an interesting location. It’s placement and size make it seem like a pool bar, but it being mostly indoors and not facing the pool makes us categorize this as a lounge rather than simply a pool bar. Walking through the large doorway, you find yourself in a wee, fishing- themed bar that could just as easily be in the real Key West, if Key West were cleaner and well-maintained.

In addition to the fishing pictures and murals, there are many odd license plates and patches from various U.S. fire stations and EMTs stuffed into shadow boxes and hanging on the walls. The bar itself is covered in paneling and the liquor sits on simple shelving. All of this gives the Gurgling Suitcase a casual, homey feel that invites you to sit and have a drink, although seats (well, the lack of many of them) are just about the only drawback to this itty bitty lounge. Within the bar, there are only about a dozen seats with a few small tables outside, so if you happen upon the Gurgling Suitcase when it is busy it may be tricky to find a resting spot.