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Nightlife Guide: Best LGBTQ+ Bars and Clubs in Key West

Back Bar at Aqua Key West, FL

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The Island of Key West may be small in size compared to other Florida cities, but when it comes to its LGBTQ+ nightlife, it certainly is mighty! Here, gay bars and clubs aren’t just places to grab a drink, they’re where stories are told and connections are made. It’s the perfect mix of entertainment, acceptance, and a sense of belonging that’s hard to find anywhere else. You feel it when you’re dancing in one of the clubs, enjoying a quiet drink under the stars, or just soaking in the energy of the crowd. It’s that undeniable sense of magic in the air. It’s more than just being “out,” it’s about being you, in all your colors. So, let’s take a stroll down the streets of Key West to discover its best LGBTQ+ bars and clubs.

Bourbon Street Pub

724 Duval Street

The first stop on our tour is the Bourbon Street Pub. Trust us, you won’t miss it, especially with the Bourbon Boys greeting you  on the street in their speedos. It’s a “hotspot”, especially the “Garden Bar” outdoors, with its poolside vibes, friendly, shirtless staff, and the Bourbon Boys turning up the heat with their bar-top, non-stop dancing. This place knows how to throw a party. From the wild “Holiday Underwear Parties” to the cheeky “Bone Island Bare It All”, plus countless splashy pool bashes, it’s definitely a bar to add to your “must-do” when in Key West” list.   

801 Bourbon Bar

801 Duval Street

Right next to that splash of color of the Rainbow Crosswalk on Duval Street, is where you find the 801 Bourbon Bar, making it nearly impossible to miss. This two-story building has a first-floor bar where you can chill with a drink in hand, while upstairs in “the club”, things are kicked up a notch. Here, you can dance the night away, enjoy the drag shows that take place throughout the evening, or catch a glimpse of the island’s most famous queen, Ms Sushi! The bar also hosts some fun themed nights – and you’ve got to try the Sunday karaoke.

Aqua Key West

711 Duval Street

Voted “Best Bar” by South Florida Gay News for 6 years running, Aqua Key West is the whole experience. With two bars and the Club 504 dance club, it’s where some of the best local DJs spin the beats every night. The main bar is where you can enjoy drag shows, karaoke nights, and Gay Bingo. Getting called out by a drag queen as you shout “BINGO!” is something you’ve just got to experience. Drag stars like Elle Taylor, Inga, and Jessica Deveraux, (to name a few) light up the stage nightly.

Be sure to check out the Back Bar at Aqua, considered the best garden bar and “hidden drinking hole” on Duval Street. Home to Poke in the Rear, a restaurant serving delicious Poke Bowls, it’s a great place to relax, grab a bite, or catch up with friends.

La Te Da

1125 Duval Street

One of the most popular “locals” hangouts on Duval Street, La Te Da really does have something for everyone. Their Sunday “Tea Dance” is epic and has a vibe all its own. With a live DJ on the decks, often a local celeb like DJ Rude Girl or Molly Blue, the tunes are always spinning and the dance floor is jumping. As the sun sets, the party doesn’t stop. La Te Da’s Crystal Room, its cabaret theatre, lights up the night with amazing shows. The Lobby Piano Bar has entertainment nightly, while the open-air Terrace Bar is great for people watching.

Bobby’s Monkey Bar

900 Simonton Street

Walking into Bobby’s Monkey Bar, you feel as if you’ve stepped into an LGBTQ+ version of Cheers. In the center of it all is Bobby, who’s not just the owner but the heart and soul of the nightly party, always ready with a story or a laugh, making sure everyone feels at home. One of the few places that has karaoke every night, everyone’s encouraged to grab the mic. But don’t worry, you won’t be singing alone, the crowd sings right along with you. Throw in a pool table and you’ve got the perfect neighborhood dive spot. Oh, and leave your plastic at home, Bobby’s Monkey Bar is cash-only.

Saloon 1 Key West

504 Petronia Street

Dubbed “the place where real men come to play,” Saloon 1 is Key West’s only leather and bear bar. This clothing-optional, all-male, anything goes bar is certainly not for the shy, timid, or faint of heart. The bar hosts weekly themed nights with the ever-popular Friday midnight Cock Shock contest and Saturday’s Gear Party. At Saloon 1 your night can be as tame or as wild as you want it to be. It’s all up to you.

Garden of Eden at the Bull & Whistle Bar

224 Duval Street

The Garden of Eden is really only one part of the three bars in one. The Bull, on the first floor, is one of the few remaining open-air bars in Key West. It’s easy for you to pop in, have a drink, catch a live performer, and people watch. The Whistle Bar is on the second floor with a balcony overlooking Duval Street. It’s got a honky-tonk feel, is somewhat hidden away, but has all of the charm you can expect from your friendly, neighborhood dive bar. On the rooftop is the clothing-optional Garden of Eden bar. With a motto of “drinking mandatory, clothing optional”, expect to see lots of skin and “a bird’s eye view of the island among other things.“

Allied Bars

While not specifically “queer,” these bars and clubs are LGBTQ+ friendly, where you can be who you are and love who you love. So, show them some love and thank them for their support while you’re in Key West.

22&Co

504 Angela Street

Calling all ballerina dancers, or anyone who just digs wearing a tutu. 22&Co, (pronounce “two two and Co) greets you with a smile, a complimentary tutu on your barstool, and glitter, glitter everywhere. But don’t let that deter you. This place is arguably the most inclusive bar in all of Key West. Both intimate and fun, 22&Co serves up some of the best, most creative cocktails, with some that come along with edible glitter!  Stop in for Happy Hour and stay for tarot readings, a drag show or bingo, depending on the night. 

Berlin’s Cocktail Bar & Lounge

700 Front Street

“Where Front Street meets the water at the famous Key West Bight, look for the zero and glance to your right.” That is where you find Berlin’s Cocktail Bar & Lounge, one of Key West’s “best- kept secrets.” Hidden away behind the well-known A&B Lobster House, this cocktail lounge with its speakeasy vibe has been a locals’ fave since the 1940s. It’s the perfect place to relax with a martini in hand, sinking into a comfy leather chair as the smooth sounds of jazz fill the air.

The Roost

508 Fleming Street

The Roost is that cozy corner bar everyone loves, tucked away just a hop, skip, and a jump from Duval Street in Old Town Key West. Here you can find craft cocktails done right, a selection of fine wines, and tasty small bites like smoked salmon and a charcuterie & cheese board. It’s the place to be if you’re looking for a cocktail that’s a bit out of the ordinary. So if you’re ready to shake up your drink routine, swing by and check out their one-of-a-kind craft cocktails!

Dante’s Pool Bar

955 Caroline Street

Looking to make a “splash” in the bar scene while in Key West? Then head over to Dante’s Pool Bar,  where frosty drinks and delicious snacks are always on the poolside menu. It’s a refreshing change from the “usual” Key West bars, with its swim-and-sip setup. At Dante’s, you can soak up the sun, take a dip, groove to the tunes, or just enjoy the “concrete beach” vibe. There are two bars and picnic tables if you prefer, but you may just opt to grab a drink and head straight to the pool. 

Key West Nights: Where Every Door Opens to a New Adventure

And there you have it, a peek into the heart of Key West’s LGBTQ+ bars and clubs, where every turn of the corner is a new discovery, and every doorway welcomes you with open arms. Each spot has its own flavor, ready to match whatever you’re in the mood for. So, whether you’re up for a night of dancing, karaoke, a drag show, or just chilling with a drink, Key West invites you to come as you are and maybe stay a little longer than you planned. 


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Also, while we do our best to highlight LGBTQ-friendly destinations and businesses, info provided is based solely on personal experience and recommendations by community partners. We hope that nobody experiences discrimination or homophobia while visiting Florida and beyond, but we make no guarantees. Please inform us if you experience discrimination or homophobia while visiting any destination so we can make updates to our recommendations.

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