Key West, Florida is one of the most beautiful places on Earth, especially at night. With the waves crashing on the beach, the stars and moon lighting up the dark sky and the most breathtaking sunset you’ll see anywhere, it’s no wonder why Key West is one of the top honeymoon destinations in the world. But it’s not the views alone that make night time in Key West like no other. The island is also considered one of the most haunted places in the world, making it great for ghost hunters. And when there’s fright, you need laughter to balance it, and Key West has plenty of that to offer too. Plus, there is, of course, plenty of dancing and partying. But how are you supposed to narrow things down? Here are the ten best things to do in Key West, FL at night.
1. Sunset Pier
Perhaps the best place to take in the breathtaking views that Key West has to offer is Sunset Pier. On the pier you’ll get the best view of boats going by as the sun goes down over the ocean. The view, though, is not what makes Sunset Pier so special. What distinguishes it from the rest is the waterfront dining and drinks, from small plates to large meals. On top of that is the nightly music and dancing bringing the crowd to life and creating a memorable night for all.
Address: Ocean Key Resort & Spa, 0 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040
Opening Hours: 11 am to 11 pm
Contact: +1 305-296-7701
Website: Sunset Pier
2. Mallory Square Docks
A former warehouse area, Mallory Square Docks faces the Gulf of Mexico and is now a nightly sunset watching ritual for the people of Key West. It has also become a tourist highlight thanks to its carnival-like atmosphere of live entertainment including jugglers, vendors and musicians. This collection of tourists and carnival has become known as the Sunset Celebration and begins two hours before sunset each and every day of the year.
Address: 400 Wall St, Key West, FL 33040
Opening Hours: Daily 7 am to 12 am
Contact: +1 305 809 3700
Website: Mallory Square Docks
3. Key West Lighthouse and Keepers Quarters
Built in 1847 and standing 86 feet (26.2 m) tall, the Key West Lighthouse is a great spot to take in views of the area as you are able to climb up to the observation deck and see things from a perspective that you wouldn’t normally be able to get. The house of the original keeper of the lighthouse was torn down in the 1880s after it was damaged in a hurricane and replaced. It was decommissioned in 1969 and now houses a museum and is furnished for the early 20th Century.
Key West Lighthouse and Keepers Quarters
Address: 938 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040
Opening Hours: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Contact: +1 305-294-0012
Website: Key West Lighthouse
This is a very broad option for you to enjoy at night in Key West because there are many different boat tour companies you can choose from. Some offer cheese and wine tastings, some snorkeling and some are sailboats while some are motor boats. They price is very reasonable, from 45 USD to 100 USD per person. The most important thing is that you choose whichever option is best for you and your group. Regardless, each one will give you a spectacular view of the sunset and of the island itself. Plus, you never know — you may even get a surprise visit from a dolphin.
Private Key West Sunset Sail:
Key West Glass-Bottom Boat Tour with Sunset Option:
Key West Sunset Champagne Cruise:
5. Smather's Beach
Located on the southern shore of the island, Smather’s Beach is the popular choice for young people on Spring Break, and if you ask any of them when the best time to visit the beach is, they’ll all say you should go at sunset as the views are brilliant. If the large crowed isn’t really your thing then just wait until the sun is completely down, as Smather’s Beach is known to clear out when it’s dark, allowing you to enjoy the night sky with that special someone in peace. Also, if you’re looking for a place to spend the entire day (not just the night), the beach has picnic areas, volleyball courts and even Jet Ski rentals. The best part of it all? Entry is completely free. Not only can you enjoy a sunny day with great people, but you can do it without breaking the bank.
Address: S Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, FL 33040
Price: Free entry
Opening Hours: 7 am to 11 pm
Contact: +1 305-809-3700
Website: Smather’s Beach
6. Bourbon Street Pub
You know that the Bourbon Street Pub is serious about the nightlife since the real party doesn’t even start until 10 pm. At that time, everybody is welcome out front of the club, but once you go out back it turns into Key West’s premier gay bar where only the men are allowed to enjoy the pool and hot tub. To add to the festivities, Bourbon Street Pub has new events happening all the time, based on the time of year. So if you’re looking for a scene different from any other, and a party that goes on all night, then look no further than the Bourbon Street Pub.
Bourbon Street Pub
Address: 724 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040
Opening Hours: 10 am to 4 am
Contact: +1 305-294-9354
Website: Bourbon Street Pub
7. The Green Room
Famous in Key West for its nightlife, The Green Room is in the heart of the bar district and gets its name from the completely eco-friendly operation. In fact, 5-10% of the proceeds that the bar generates goes straight to community initiatives. The bar also specializes in one-of-a-kind, all natural, concoctions, specializing in organic frozen cocktails. This is the perfect place for those that enjoy a lively environment, delicious drink and saving the environment.
The Green Room
Address: 501 Greene St, Key West, FL 33040
Opening Hours: 11 am to 4 am
Contact: +1 305-741-7300
Website: The Green Room
8. Comedy Key West
After a long day of enjoying the hot sun and swimming at the beach, snorkeling, parasailing or whatever else you may have done, what better way to end the day than with a laugh. At Comedy Key West you’ll enjoy stand-up comedy from comedians from all over the world. Some comedians will be names you’ve never heard or household names. And during the down times when the comedians are on a break, the club will provide you with music and funny videos to fill the void. Who doesn’t enjoy a good laugh? Nobody. That’s who.
Comedy Key West
Address: 1128 Simonton St. Key West, Florida
Price: from 10 USD
Opening Hours: Doors open at 10 pm
Contact: +1 305-985-7370
Website: Comedy Key West
9. Ghosts and Gravestones
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Key West was ranked the 4th most haunted place in America by Haunted American Tours, so if you dare, go on a ghost tour of the island with Ghosts and Gravestones. While there are tours during daylight, as well as at night, those are the not-so-tough people. And you’re not one of them… are you? On the tour you’ll travel the streets of Old Town and go through old 19th century wooden houses and gain entry to the East Martello Civil War Fort, where dozens of soldiers once died of yellow fever and are believed to haunt the fort to this day. So, if you have what it takes, join Ghosts and Gravestones and hear… and see… things that’ll be so strange that they’ll be hard to believe.
Ghosts and Gravestones
Address: 501 Front St, Key West, FL 33040
Price: from 23.63 USD
Opening Hours: 9 am to 10 pm
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Contact: +1 305-294-4678
Website: Ghosts and Gravestones
10. Aqua Nightclub
This neon-lit atmosphere of cocktails, dance music and performers make Aqua Nightclub the quintessential nightlife destination for Key West. There is never a dull night with karaoke every Sunday to Thursday and a dance floor every Friday to Saturday. And I didn’t even mention the nightly drag show featuring the Aquanettes that is a must-see. When you’ve relaxed enough for one day and are ready to blow off some energy, there’s no better place than Aqua Nightclub.
Address: 711 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040
Opening Hours: 3 pm to 2 am
Contact: +1 305-294-0555
Website: Aqua Nightclub
Nights in Key West are like no other
You can’t beat Key West after the sun has gone down, or while it’s going down either. With the best views of the sunset, the greatest nightclubs and boat tours that’ll feel like you’re going to a different world, the heat goes up as the sun goes down in Key West.
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