At about 5:30 p.m. on a Monday night, only a few regulars sit at the bar at Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club. The red brick walls and dimmed lighting exude a vibe of a 1920s speakeasy, but the passionate bartender screaming obscenities at the flat screen TV after her rival football team makes a touchdown reminds people that it doesn’t take time travel to go to a bar with good people and have a good time.

“It’s right down the street from work [with] a beautiful bartender who can pour me a good drink. This used to be a place where I would come back in the day and hang out with friends,” said Kyle Scott, 50, with a glass of Jameson in one hand.

Scott, who goes to Central about four times a week, was referring to the neighborhood bar’s most recent transformation. Originally 14 Below, owner Todd Christiansen sold his bar in 2007, only to buy it back about two years later.

After a complete remodel and a soft opening in August, the establishment officially reopened on Sept. 7 with new management and a fresh set of goals in mind.

“Everybody thinks it’s a strip club, and that’s ridiculous. A pleasure club is somewhere you go to have a good time and get a few drinks. That’s the pleasure club part of it. It doesn’t have anything to do with scantily clad dancers or anything like that,” said Rory Lovett, who was brought in by Christiansen as a co-owner and operator.

The club was created to combine a live music venue experience, a local watering hole and a free venue space to nonprofits and charitable organizations, said Lovett.

So far, it’s hosted benefit events for the American Cancer Society, as well as evening concerts with DJs Questlove and Miami Horror.

“That’s sort of what a social aid and pleasure club historically is. It’s a benevolent society that … did stuff for the community,” said Lovett.

Starting Nov. 15, the club will start up “Hey, Hey Mondays,” a weekly event that will include dancers for a three-routine burlesque show and live music from local indie bands and DJs.

The event, which begins at 9 p.m., follows their current “Meatball Mondays,” where they pair beers with gourmet meatballs from the food truck Great Balls on Tires ranging from $9–$10.

“Everybody who comes in here has been really receptive. Meatballs naturally go with beer and bar food. It’s nothing fussy. It’s nothing complex,” said Clint Peralta, owner of Great Balls on Tires.

For a place that’s seen a lot of changes, the new events seem to preserve the same fun spirit.

“It’s something we’re excited about doing, because it’s just fun. It’s food. It’s beers. It’s music. It’s hanging out. It’s kind of what we’re all about here,” said Lovett.

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