The Boston Licensing Board said Macumba Latina was not to blame for the aftermath of a fight that brought cops from three Boston precincts and State Police to River Street in Mattapan Square on April 28.
Police had cited the club for "a large fight, patron on patron," but the board ruled "no violation."
The club said much of the confusion that night was caused by police showing up en masse at closing time and blocking the narrow River Street with their cruisers just as patrons were leaving.
Although club owners admitted one man was punched in the face, in what they said was a small confrontation, they said they'd broken the parties up quickly. Police acknowledged the only arrest was of a man who refused an officer's order to turn right out of a parking lot across the street and instead started to make a left.