The underground, super-late night, illegal nightclub-
– the Red Monkey Social Club, only lived for one hour!
I had been given a tip, that the off-beat club was set to open last Sunday morning at 3 am ( yes, that’s 3 in the morning!), in a warehouse off Dixie Highway in Fort Lauderdale.
The info on the internet about the club was quite cryptic. No address – just a Facebook entry that redirected you here, then there. An e-mail would be sent to you with the particulars if you were willing to pay the $40 fee to PARTIEEEE!
I called the P.D., it didn’t seem quite right! …. People should be sleeping after 3 am !
Apparently, Red Monkey clubs show up in Cities around the globe, and Fort Lauderdale was to be the latest.
It was set to open in a nice warehouse complex built by city kingpin Barry Flanigan.
Flanigan, who still owns the non-descript warehouse next door to the intended club, was dumbfounded. He says he was told they were fixing up the warehouse for “a birthday party” for the owners son.
The Cops were waiting Sunday morning for the Clubs’ debut ! –
Here’s how the Public Record described it …
Sgt.Nick Coffin and his crew responded out to the Red Monkey Social Club and observed a clear violation at 1200 NE 7 Ave # 2. There were over 40 persons in attendance and more people were coming at the time of shut down. The modern/new warehouse located here was set up as a small club with the below features:
· DJ booth w/DJ
· Full Bar w bartender
· Hookah type smoking pipes
· Couches, chairs, and an upstairs loft type dance floor
· Full compliment of alcohol, beer, and water
The entrance was to the rear of the warehouse with a doorman/security. You had to provide ID and a cell number along with paying the $40.00 dollar entrance fee to gain entrance. It did appear that most of the patrons were other bartenders and employees from other clubs, half of which arrived and left by cab. ………
One of the owners of the Sand bar on the beach (Charles O’Flaherty) was cited for selling alcohol w/o a license by Det. Spodnick who responded after the violation was observed. We also confiscated the alcohol and took photos of the entire set-up. Det. Spodnick does not believe this will be an ongoing issue after tonight, after speaking with the owner. The bar was shut down shortly after 4 AM.
Kudos to the P.D. for a job well done!