Through an announcement on Facebook Jan. 9, the management of bar and nightclub Masons Live announced that it is now permanently closed.
“YES, MASONS IS CLOSED,” the post states. “Thank you all so much and stay tuned for whats next! It will be amazing. Masonites, you will be missed….”
The last event that Masons Live hosted was a “Roaring 20’s New Years Eve Party” on Dec. 31.
Though Masons Live is closed, the company’s Facebook and Instagram pages are still active. The automated response set up through Facebook Messanger states, “We are under new management.”
Masons Live hosted “College Night” regularly on Thursday nights. The bar was a 21+ venue at all times except on Thursday nights when they lowered the age for entry to 18+ to accomodate for younger college students.
“The closing of Masons severely impacts everyone’s college experience,” sophomore Breanna Curran said.
“Masons was overrated,” senior Lilly Talbott said. “The drinks were watered down and overly expensive. The cover charge was not worth the experience.”
There hasn’t been any word on whether or not the new management will open a new establishment similar to Masons Live.
“We are saddened everyday by the lack of diversity, socialization, and freedom that Masons had brought us on our Thursday nights,” Curran said. “RIP Masons, it was more than just a college bar.”
Towards the end of the fall semester, there were rumbles about Masons Live shutting down for good. At their Halloween party, the company stated that Masons was here to stay.
Lakeland has other late-night options that cater to college students. Wild Greg’s Saloon features a large dance floor, a mechanical bull and a DJ. Wild Greg’s is open to people ages 18+.
Other options for 21+ looking for new late-night locations are The Federal Bar, The Yard On Mass, Molly Mchugh’s Irish Pub and Linksters Tap Room.
“Masons Live will be missed, but there is still fun to be had here at Florida Southern,” Curran said.