Churchill's is a little different. Perhaps a little out of control. Things that might get you kicked out of another bar or club might not be a problem at Churchill's. As a musician who played at Churchill's said in a New Times Miami interview, "You can just do whatever you want at Churchill's. It's where you go to light yourself on fire or ride a motorcycle across the stage." At one point, he did actually light himself on fire there. It ended up requiring a hospital visit.
Dave Daniels opened Churchill's back in 1979. Its clientele involved working-class citizens who had a fondness for drinking to excess. Daniels started booking punk bands in the 1980s. Eventually, their music scene began to grow, and Churchill's became a place where "anything goes."
Churchill's started gaining notoriety. In fact, Bono of U2 even tried to get into the VIP section of the bar. Little did he know there is no VIP section. According to Daniels, it's "not that kind of place."
The hands-off attitude has tended to apply to all aspects of the bar, even the state of the bathrooms. Consider going before you arrive.
For all of its unique characteristics, big names have rolled through Churchill's. Iggy Pop, Marilyn Manson, and Agent Orange have all played on Churchill's stage. The sheer number of shows that have been performed over the years is impressive. The club claims to have the world record for most shows played within a single venue. If you want to go off the beaten path of Miami's flashy music scene, Churchill's is the place for you.
Cover photo: "Churchill's Pub Miami" by Phillip Pessar licensed under CC BY 2.0.