I.C. Double's Cocktail Craftery & Kitchen is located in one of Duval Street's oldest and most historic buildings--now an amazing bar and restaurant in the heart of the famous 200 block (between Sloppy Joe's and Irish Kevin's).
203 Duval Street was built in 1901 as The Tropical Building And Investment Company. By 1905, our location became the Island City National Bank. Island City National Bank was founded by Key West's most influential (and in some cases, notorious) businessmen of the early 1900s.
Island City National Bank's founding board members included:
The bank even printed its own money from 1905 to 1914 under a charter from the federal government. Fortunes were won and lost in our building, and Island City National Bank was a major player in the early development of Duval Street and Downtown Key West. After all, Key West's merchants, shipwreckers, and smugglers needed a safe place to stash their cash!
Alas, in 1914, as World War I broke out in Europe, Island City National Bank was torpedoed by the death of founding board member Captain Jordan M. Phipps, Esq., and the mysterious disappearance if its vice-president, Dr. Edward M. Martin. Scandal arose, and the bank faded into history. The building, however, is referred to as the Island City National Bank building to this day.
In the 1920s and 1930s, 203 Duval street served as J. Mulger's Clothing Store, featuring all the hottest fashions of the day. From bow ties to golf knickers, J. Mulger's kept Key West looking sharp.
In the 1940s, Lopez Wholesale Liquors moved in and was operated for many years by the Ramos family, well known for their successful liquor distribution enterprises in Key West.
In later years, the building was home to a coffee shop, a curio and clothing shop, and then the popular Lazy Gecko bar from 2001 to 2017.
We've faithfully restored the interior to its former 1905 glory. Stop in to enjoy great food, cocktails, ambiance, music--and some amazing early Key West history.
Built in 1901 as the Tropical House & Investment Company, and became the Island City National Bank in 1905.
Our building, circa 1917, overlooking the empty lot at Duval and Greene Streets, which would soon become the Victoria Restaurant, and then Sloppy Joe's in 1937.
Ever wonder where Key Westers got their cash in the early 1900s? They printed it, of course! Island City National Bank printed about $500,000 in U.S. currency under a charter from the federal government between 1905 and 1914.
In 1905, Captain Jordan M. Phipps, Esq., one of the founding board members of Island City National Bank.
1941 beer ad from Lopez Liquor Distributors, who occupied our building from the 1940s to the early 1990s.
Prohibition ends in Key West on December 5, 1933. Excerpt from the Key West Citizen archives.
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