Milwaukee nightclub with troubled history back in hot water, “It’s more than disappointment”

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MILWAUKEE -- A Milwaukee nightclub with a troubled history is back in hot water.

The Onyx social lounge was shut down by the city three years ago before getting its license back.  When the Onyx got its license renewed this summer, it came with a 45-day suspension. There was also an age limit imposed -- 25 and up only.

Shooting incident near 31st and Lancaster, Milwaukee

Shooting incident near 31st and Lancaster, Milwaukee

According to Milwaukee police, a 22-year-old woman is in custody suspected of shooting a 23-year-old woman early Sunday morning.

The shooting happened outside, but police say it started with a dispute inside the club.

The age limit was first imposed when the club was allowed to reopen in 2014, then relaxed last year because there had not been problems.

Shooting incident near 31st and Lancaster, Milwaukee

Shooting incident near 31st and Lancaster, Milwaukee

The age limit came back this year following multiple shooting incidents connected to the club.

Onyx Social Club & Restaurant

Onyx Social Club & Restaurant

One neighbor says he is still fine with the club being open.

"That happens at any club, I mean, when you have the public and the way things are these days with crime, the crime rate, I think the club has kept that crime element down," said Joe Quin, a neighbor.

But Alderman Tony Zielinski, who chairs the licensing committee, doesn't sound as forgiving.

"It's more than disappointment. When they deliberately violate the terms of the license agreement, that's very serious," Zielinski said.

The majority owner of Onyx declined to comment for this story.

The victim in the shooting this weekend is still in critical condition.

Alderman Zielinski says he is now thinking about calling the club's owners to revisit their status.

Onyx Social Club & Restaurant


  • Always Outspoken

    This club has a long history of ignoring the rules and playing the system. It looks like things haven’t changed much with the new management.

  • Inner city mentality is the problem

    “every club has these problems”??? Since when? This is the clientele they allow to be in the establishment. If you continually have these problems, you have to stop letting the troublemakers back in. Apparently the minimum age 25 and up was working, but it’s a temporary solution as eventually the troublemakers reach 25 and then can get in. They need to change whoever is at the door checking ID’s, he clearly has an issue discerning who is out looking for trouble. They also need to start calling the police whenever a fight starts in the bar as clearly they just push them outside and let them shoot it out.. let the police handle it. They don’t like that in the inner city.. but if you work WITH the police, they actually will HELP YOU!!

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