Key West's Newest Nightlife Gem: The Birdcage Cabaret

In the vibrant heart of Key West's LGBTQ entertainment district, a new star is born on Duval Street. The Aquaplex, already a beacon of nightlife and entertainment, is setting the stage for a grand unveiling that's sure to captivate locals and visitors alike. Come Friday, March 1, The Birdcage Cabaret will fling open its doors, revealing a world where glitz meets glamour in an unforgettable show headlined by the illustrious Christopher Peterson.

Peterson, a titan in the realm of female impersonation, is set to anchor The Birdcage with his iconic EYECONS show—a spectacle that has dazzled audiences in Key West and beyond for years. But it's not just about the familiar; Peterson's new act promises a fusion of his beloved impersonations with fresh, jaw-dropping elements, all alongside the Aquanettes, the complex's resident drag queens, in a spellbinding rotation.

Inspired by the musical and film "La Cage aux Folles," The Birdcage is not your average nightclub. Imagine a space where the sophistication of a big-city club meets the laid-back charm of Key West. Thanks to new owners Mike and John Barrett, the former SideBar space has undergone a transformation—think enlarged stage, plush cabaret-style seating, and a sound system that'll knock your socks off, all wrapped up with a full bar service to keep the night lively.

Tucked away at 504 Angela St., just a whisper from Duval Street, The Birdcage offers an intimate yet vibrant setting for up to 100 guests. Peterson's 90-minute cabaret extravaganza is set to light up the stage four nights a week, with a special slot for Drag King shows every Sunday evening.

But the entertainment doesn't stop with Peterson and the Aquanettes. The latter will continue to grace the stage at Aqua, delivering their much-loved performances throughout the week. And for those looking to start the festivities early, The Birdcage bar swings open its doors daily at 2 p.m., offering happy hour specials right up until the curtain rises, with no cover charge during off-performance hours.

For those eager to immerse themselves in Key West's newest entertainment jewel, mark your calendars and head to for all the details on ticketing and showtimes. Whether it's the allure of Peterson's diva impersonations or the vibrant performances of the Aquanettes, The Birdcage Cabaret promises nights filled with unparalleled entertainment and enchantment.