234 55th Street Ocean
Florida Keys, FL 33040
(305) 743-5737,(305) 743-4028
Known as a locals hangout where the party winds down at 4 a.m., the Brass Monkey is a part of Marathon's culture. A far step from the tiki bars and waterfront eateries, the 'Stinky Monkey' is one of the only smoking-allowed lounges, with live rock music that plays nightly (solo weeknights with Freddy Bye and Friday and Saturday nights with band mates Scotty too-hotty and a drummer-du-jour).
Lunches at the Monkey are cheap and down-home cooking at its finest. Comfort foods like chipped beef, meatloaf, sandwich, soup and casserole-style specials do the trick to filling your belly without draining your wallet.
Judy Sorenson, bar owner, has maintained the family-owned business as a no-nonsense watering hole with bartenders quick with wit but short on patience - for anyone that does not want a good time, that is. Sammy and Dirk are their own one-of-a-kind.
Monkey goers party late, party hard and you'll fall in love with it. It's dark, dingy, smoky and crowded on the weekends, but shoot a game of pool, belly up for a cold one and live like a local who has the next day off.
Some nights you'll find Clarence Clemons (yes, of the E Street Band) wailing on the saxophone with Freddy and the band, and over the years we've seen 80s metal band drummers come by for a jam session, as well as Nick Carter.