As the crowd on the dance floor chanted, "Chug, chug, chug!" the Venezuelan man, beer dripping down his cheeks, stepped forward, triumphant and a little blue in the face, empty yard glass raised in the air, wearing the kind of goofy grin unique to intoxicated young men of his age.
The young American man, who said he was from Massachusetts, appeared to be close to vomiting when he finished his drink moments later but valiantly held his stomach and descended the stage into an enthusiastic crowd of hometown buddies.
While bouncers at the door outside the club seemed to vigilantly check IDs, two very young-looking women, who appeared to be no older that 14, were observed dancing provocatively on a wooden pedestal next to a giant pole adorned with old, vanity license plates with amusing slogans. The club allows 18-year-olds in, and younger people, if they are accompanied by their parents.
Around 2 a.m., a fistfight broke out toward the back of the club, drawing many of the revelers' attention. Bouncers and club security rushed to the back to break up the melee. As they did, an older woman approached the two youngish girls dancing near the pole, and grabbed them by the hand, urgently leading them out the door.
An ABC News producer followed the trio out the door and down the street, catching up with the youngest-looking woman as she was being led into a white van. She declined to give her name, but when asked her age, she smiled and seemed to wink and said, "18." Then she laughed out loud and entered the van.
ABC News returned to Carlos 'N Charlie's the following day to seek an interview with the club manager, who employees there identified as Alberto Levy. A waiter asked about the nature of the inquiry, and upon learning that the network was seeking an interview, spoke to a man in a back office and returned to say that Levy was off the island, and that it was unclear when he would return. Levy didn't respond to messages left for him at the bar.
Carlos 'N Charlie's is a chain of more than 100 restaurant and clubs in Mexico, Spain, Brazil and the United States, according to the company's Web site. The first one was founded in Mexico City in 1968 by Carlos Anderson, an ambitious restaurateur who emphasized customer service and a friendly staff. Over time, with the help of friends Charlie Skipsey, Chuy Juearez and other friends, the group expanded internationally.
The restaurant/club has never been accused or implicated in any way with Holloway's disappearance. Local Arubans and regularly-visiting tourists call it the most exciting, inviting night spot on Aruba.