Aqua Nightclub
Aqua Nightclub
4.5
Bars & ClubsGay BarsDance Clubs & Discos
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Monday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Friday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
About
Aqua Nightclub is the quintessential nightlife destination of Key West. Catch the best Drag Shows in town happening in the main room at 9 pm nightly (as well as matinee shows at 7 pm on Thursday-Sunday). Situated at the midpoint of the world-famous Duval Street between the historic buzzing seaport and the peaceful Southernmost point. AQUAPLEX gathers the island energy into a neon-lit atmosphere of cocktails, food, dancing, and world-class drag shows, all into one entertainment complex. There are a variety of shows and specials daily in its four venues, including happy hours featuring drink specials and one-of-a-kind live performances. And when you just haven’t had enough, head back to Club 504 and dance the night away to music by some of the best DJs. 22&Co. provide fun barstool chat and Poke in the Rear provide intriguing dining options for foodies.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • TheaSLSmith
    Key West, Florida6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Bachelorette Activity!
    Oh yaaassss! We made Aqua a stop on the bachelorette party! What a great idea! All the drag queens were so talented and fabulous, we had a blast with them! Thank you! We will be back soon! We sang that peacock song well into the night! Bwahahaha!!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 2, 2023
  • ashcz2
    Morristown, New Jersey4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    SO FUN!
    My best friend and I had so much fun! We attended a 9pm show and had the absolute best time - definitely worth every penny! Faith Michaels was the BEST host and her, Inga, and Maya were hilarious and amazing performers. The club is on the smaller side, but you don't feel cramped at all. We both ordered drinks that were amazing! You can't go wrong here. Make sure you bring plenty of cash to tip the girls! Karaoke after at 11 was so fun and hilarious as well. Definitely needs to be a stop on your Key West tour!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 9, 2023
  • Kathleen Wnuk
    35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Totally Fab!
    My daughter and I had a great time! Front row, fantastic table service and a very entertaining show. The espresso martini was fabulous, and also the Nojito (alcohol free but still very tasty). Inga met us as the door in an over the top chicken dress. Entertainers were Beatrix Dixie, Faith Michaels and Epiphany (who has a fabulous voice as well). Three very different ladies with different styles. This is the first time I've been hugged by my server on the way out. Sorry, I forget his name, but what a great person. I would definitely go back.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 16, 2024
  • JAugust
    Key West, Florida5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Drag and so much more.
    The new Birdcage Cabaret, featuring the incomparable Christopher Peterson and the Aquanettes, is a great addition to the Key West entertainment scene. It’s a drag show, yes, but so much more. The show is fun, interpersonal and truly a spectacle you won’t soon forget.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 16, 2024
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rdmoore868
Philadelphia, PA52 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
It was our first time at a drag queen show. We stay in key west for 2 1/2 months every year. $15 per person cover.
Host of show comes out to discuss importance of tipping and make sure you put your hands high so they can see your money. Explained they dont pool their tips.
I am not exaggerating in saying that the performer would come out and lip sing 1 or 2 lines of a song and immediately go into audience to retrieve tips.
So basically you paid to watch a man dress up as a woman and watch them ask for tips. No dancing no singing-there was NO SHOW!
We stayed 45 minutes hoping something would happen.
When we paid the bill the bartender said,”did the show suck?” I didn’t want to be rude but I said there was no show. She agreed and was upset because people were leaving which means she doesn’t make money.
Pathetic!
Written March 7, 2020
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We are sorry your first Drag experience wasn't a positive one. It sounds like the bartender was concerned that you didn't have a good time and I suspect less so that they would receive a tip from you that night; as the bar was very busy. It does sound like you wanted less of a drag show, which traditionally does involve lip syncing and getting tips and more of a cabaret. Just so you know, tips are optional but always appreciated and if you'd like to go to a Cabaret show in Key West please send a message to aqua@aquakeywest and we would be happy to align your expectations to the experience you are entering into. There are some great shows in town of a variety of styles. Thanks for trying the show and enjoy the many fantastic things Key West has to offer in your almost 3 months here.
Written March 9, 2020
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Gracie M
United Kingdom2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
As someone who has seen many a drag show, this was a bit of a disgrace. It wasn’t a drag show, it was just a bit of lip syncing and then walking around the audience with a fishing net every 30 seconds begging for tips. A real shame because the outfits/ make up/ stage presence would have been amazing had it not been for the constant BEG! Especially after paying $20 entry and even being probed in to tipping the entry person who took this money! I walked off the street and gave you $20, you literally did nothing to warrant, let alone deserve a tip. I would definitely not recommend this place.
Written November 25, 2021
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NorthCountry308
Butler, PA96 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Friends
2nd time here and the performers put on a great show. Highly recommend even for the faint hearted men in your life.
Warning! During these times, with Covid cases increasing, establishments need to step up at do their best to protect their patrons. Aqua will check your temperature before entering and the performers are wearing face coverings during the show. But that’s about it. Don’t expect any sort of social distancing between you and other guests if you are seated at a table. You will be packed in within a couple of feet from someone you have never seen before. So prepare to stay masked up or pay the additional fee for the VIP area.
Written November 12, 2020
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Fred G
Tampa, FL1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Friends
It wasn’t worth the money. I appreciate the time and effort the Queens put into getting ready but they spent too much time in the crowd and not enough time performing on stage. A lot of dead time looking at nothing. I know that’s how they make their money but it needs to be a better balance.
Written February 8, 2021
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Geoff
London, UK36 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
First time here for a few years and left disappointed. $20 cover charge and a card machine that asks for a tip (for a cover charge?)
Server was rude and patronising!
Show… well there really wasn’t one, seems to cater to a market who have never seen a good drag show in their life! One queen was ok, the blonde one who has been there for years can’t even be bothered to lip sync anymore she just stands there waiting for tips. I’ve paid $20 for a show… so put on a show!
Written July 21, 2022
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mtraveler
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
This was our best, most fun night in Key West!!! The ladies were amazing and so sweet. Faith was a great host and so personable!! Loved her Cher!! Beatrix was an amazing dancer!! She was so far past awesome there is no word to describe it!! Maya was so charming and funny!! The ladies put on a 2 hour non stop show and continued to entertain the entire time!! The were so gracious and thankful for the audience!! I would highly recommend this show as something not to miss while in Key West. The wait staff did an excellent job!! I would say this is the best drag show in KW!! Much love and thanks to Faith, Maya and Beatrix!!
Written April 30, 2021
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Sheryl E
ORLANDOtOURGUIDE66 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
I am echoing a number of reviews here: This is not a show as much as it is a "begging for tips dea"l. Here's the deal Jake: Performer gets up onstage, says a few gratuitous words about the show and or the covid deal, and then goes on to sing or dance a few lines of a tune before picking up a basket and taking through the audience asking for tips. You kind of feel obliged,. Maybe if they actually had some good talent and they actually performed one full song first it'd be worth it because I like the idea and the venue (and the male waiter was great!), but it is certainly not worth going to see as it is right now. I even wanted to get on stage myself and show them what a performance should look like!
Written September 6, 2020
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Don K
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
We were lucky to get into see the show and had great seats - got in without a reservation but highly recommended to make a reservation. The drag show at Aqua is top notch and definitely worth seeing. The performers - including our favorite Faith Michaels - are top drag performers, talented, entertaining, very funny, have amazing costumes, and have a lot of fun with the audience. The production is very well done and high quality. Faith Michaels was not only talented but very gracious and took time to chat with us after the show and take a pictures. This helped to make our experience even more memorable. Thank you Aqua for making our trip to Key West one of the best! We will definitely be back!
Written September 14, 2020
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Thank You!! We are eagerly anticipating your arrival. AQUA
Written September 16, 2020
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Dan L
Orlando, FL100 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
I hate giving reviews like this. First of all the queens were spectacular. If I was eating on them alone it would easily be 5 stars. They were talented and some of the hardest working I’ve seen in a long time.

But the rest of the club is where the less than perfect issues came. The club charged a $20 cover which I don’t have an issue with. However I expect a cover to be advertised on the website when you make your reservation so that I can decide accordingly whether I want to pay that.

The drinks were some of the most expensive anywhere that we went in Key West and they were not worth it.

Overall we will likely be back but it won’t be a priority which is unfortunate.
Written December 1, 2020
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Christine A
Myrtle Beach, SC15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
This was our first drag show. We thoroughly enjoyed our time. We were seated slightly on the outskirts of the main center tables. If you are looking for a lot of close interaction with the drag Queens, book a center table. They made the rounds throughout the show and were great about allowing photos with the crowd. The show was awesome. Several costume and wig changes and lots of fun songs. We loved it. The service was excellent, too. There are two servers who take great care of everyone and are funny as hell. They’ll make change for you so you have plenty of one dollar bills for tipping. Tipping is part of the show and worth every dollar. They run a great event and the performers are wonderful. Loved them all.
Written February 10, 2022
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