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Season: 2 | View All Season 2 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: August 12, 2012
The Bar's Original Name Was: Mystique Lounge
Aura Nightclub Address: 114 S Narcissus Ave West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Mystique Lounge, later renamed Aura Nightclub, was a West Palm Beach, Florida bar that was featured on Season 2 of Bar Rescue. Though the Aura Nightclub Bar Rescue episode aired in August 2012, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that.
It was Season 2 Episode 4 and the episode name was “Mystique or Murder?” .
In this episode, Jon Taffer visits The Mystique Lounge in West Palm Beach, Florida.
There are two owners, Darren and Torres.
A shooting occurred there, and sales started to decline after that. That makes sense – people don’t want to hang out at places where there are bullets flying.
The new owners never changed the name after the shooting, so it still has the association with that issue.
They have hired a promoter, John, to help bring in a younger crowd.
It kind of worked, but people of questionable character began visiting the club, which kept away other potential patrons.
At the time of the Mystique Lounge Bar Rescue visit, the bar is over $75,000 dollars in debt and adds to that debt with thousands in losses every week. They desperately need help from Jon Taffer and his team.
Expert mixologist Joe Meyer and Jessie Barnes help Jon with the recon. To test things out, Jon has Jessie and her friends go in as spies.
No one pays attention to her at the bar, and eventually, she orders a Long Island Iced Tea.
When her friends arrive, they want to purchase bottle service.
It takes a long time before someone escorts them to the VIP area.
There is hair on the container, and when it is replaced, the new one is dirty.
The girls refuse their drinks.
Jon has seen enough so he comes in from outside.
Jon points all the wrong things out in the VIP area.
The staff scooped with a glass instead of an ice scooper. This is super dangerous because the glass could chip and leave glass in with the ice, which is impossible to notice.
Servers also have to climb over and crawl under the bar.
The bar floor is covered in mold, and the cutting board is dirty.
There is no cleaning schedule, and the dishwasher isn’t connected to a sanitizer.
The owners and the staff are made to stay and clean the bar.
Jon returns the next day as they finish up cleaning. He calls the entire team together for a meeting.
John, the promoter (not Jon Taffer), demands free drinks for the people he gets into the bar. What’s the point of getting people in the door if you’re just going to give them free drinks?
I mean, I could be an amazing promotor with that deal – “come drink for free”. Get outta here!
John tries to defend himself, but Jon isn’t having it.
The promoter makes all the money, and the bar loses the money.
They agree to renegotiate a new deal with their promoter.
Jessie trains the girls on bottle service and appropriately serving a table with attention to detail.
Joe teaches the bar staff new drinks and how to work more safely and hygienically.
John has disappeared, and only ten people have appeared for the stress test.
The owners hope more will come. John finally responds and says he will be there for the stress test.
Brittany, a bottle service girl, would rather drink than perform in the stress test.
As a result of her behavior, Torres, the owner, fires her.
The bar is taking too long to send out drinks.
Jon and the owners are worried because the crowd is getting rowdy.
The police were called because a fight broke out and people were afraid of a gun, so they left. This just calls back to the problems that Mystique Lounge had with the shooting before.
The owners tell Jon they are done with John, the promoter, and the clientele he brings in.
They start looking for new promoters. Jessie teaches the ladies presentation, and Joe teaches the bar staff to pour a drink properly.
They will be rebranding to a high-quality Vegas-type experience. The club is now called Aura Nightclub instead of Mystique Lounge, which can help break the association with the shooting.
As part of the rebranding, the interior has been renovated, and everything is bright and new. There is also a new 2touch POS system.
The bar is slammed during the relaunch, and security screen people before letting them in. The night succeeds.
Aura Nightclub Update - What Happened Next?
So – was the Aura Nightclub Bar Rescue episode a success?
Well, it seemed like it at first. Three months after the visit from Jon Taffer, the Aura Nightclub owners reported that their sales and revenue was up 25%.
More importantly, they had solved the safety issues and their current patrons were a lot less rowdy. However, it would not last.
Is Aura Nightclub from Bar Rescue still open?
Aura Nightclub closed for good in 2013, just a year after the Aura Nightclub episode aired on Bar Rescue. They didn’t provide a reason – the bar just closed one day.
As of 2022, the old Aura Nightclub West Palm Beach location is occupied by a new bar called Camelot. However, the reviews for the new bar aren’t great as it has just a three star rating on its Yelp page.
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Last updated: 2022-01-22 12:35