The DJ Gary Show™ | Mona's Cocktail Lounge | SONIK VIBE™
SONIK VIBE™June 17, 2023

The DJ Gary Show™ | Mona's Cocktail Lounge | SONIK VIBE™

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Jerry L. Shultz: The Man Behind Mona’s, Fort Lauderdale’s Empowering Cocktail Haven

Jerry L. Shultz

Founder and Owner

In the heart of Fort Lauderdale, known as “The Venice of America”, nestled in the vibrant LGBTQ+ community on then outskirts of Wilton Manors, known there as “The island City”, lies Mona’s Cocktail Lounge – a beacon of inclusivity, warmth, and community spirit for the past 27 years. At the helm of this iconic establishment stands Jerry L. Shultz, a visionary entrepreneur and a pillar of support for the LGBTQ+ community and community at large.
Mona’s isn’t just a cocktail lounge; it’s a sanctuary where everyone, regardless of age, social status, or orientation, is embraced with open arms. From the moment you step through the door, you’re greeted by Jerry’s highly respected staff – Dean, Jason, Daniel, and Mark – whose cheerful demeanor and laid-back style create an atmosphere of genuine hospitality.
Inside Mona’s homestyle cozy lounge patrons are welcomed into a world where diversity is celebrated, and judgment is left at the door. Engaging conversations flow freely among friends, locals, and visitors alike over a preferred well or top-shelf mixed-cocktail, select wines, tap or bottle domestic and imported beers, like sought-after Stella Artois, Budweiser, Bud Light Corona and more. Even non-alcoholic options, such as Red Bull and Budweiser Zero, ensure that everyone can find something to enjoy.

Dean Knapp

But Mona’s isn’t just about drinks; it’s about community. Jerry and Mona’s Cocktail Lounge Manager, Dean Knapp, are renowned for their philanthropic efforts, organizing fundraisers for charity, collecting and distributing hurricane relief supplies, HIV fundraising, and even sponsoring political events for leaders like Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis.
Beyond the cozy confines of the lounge, Mona’s offers a tropical-style patio known as Lisa’s Backyard, where patrons can unwind amidst lush greenery. And for those with a competitive spirit, Mona’s I and Mona’s II Pool League provide thrilling entertainment as local teams face off in spirited matches.

As patrons bid farewell to Mona’s, they are reminded of a simple truth: whether you’re a longtime regular or a first-time visitor, Mona’s will always feel like home. Jerry’s mantra, “If you like us, tell your friends. If you do not, keep coming back and you’ll get used to us,” reflects the enduring spirit of acceptance and camaraderie that defines Mona’s Cocktail Lounge.
In a world where acceptance and community are more important than ever, Jerry L. Shultz stands as a beacon of hope and empowerment, proving that a cocktail lounge can be so much more than just a place to drink – it can be a home away from home.

NOTE: This article is not final, as additional editorial and photographs coming soon.

(Article Composed by DJ Gary of SONIK VIBE™ and Playidy™ with the assistance of AI Technology by OpenAIs GPT-4, similar to that used by GenieTok™ under current development by, Inc.)