Patrick Volkert co-owns Hunters Nightclub in Wilton Manors, the nightclub that unarguably is a leader in South Florida’s gay scene. Situated in the middle of “The Drive,” Hunters has been voted best bar by readers of SFGN for three years in a row. The club has 27 employees, Volkert said, all of which are offered health insurance.
Volkert, though, does not do the hiring at Hunters.
“No, I stay out of that,” Volkert said.
The 58-year-old Miami native said he’s simply too much of a softie to make personnel decisions.
“I’m a pushover,” he admitted. “When they come to me I can’t say no.”
So Volkert stays “behind the scenes” helping with financials and letting others run the floor. General manager Bruce Howe, Volkert said, is more inclined to let employees and patrons know when they are out of line.
And then there’s Mark Hunter, an accomplished ballroom dancer and the third stakeholder at Hunters. Patrick and Mark were a couple for many years, owning nightclubs in Chicago and California. Now just business partners, the men bought Hunters in 2013, ordered a complete renovation and built its street cred by helping local non-profits and sponsoring recreational teams.
Sunday Tea Dance is a big night with DJ Richie Rich running sound. The dance floor section of the club has it all. Lights, fog, dancers, a big screen projector and music help to get your feet shuffling. Climb the stairs to get a glimpse of those sweaty dancers from Sal’s Starlight Lounge. The lounge is named after the late Studio 54 bartender Sal DeFalco, who helped Hunters open. A visit to the lounge during high tea is one way to fulfill Hunters' promise of “Spirits Elevated.”