August 27, 2009 | 10:00am
aka Churchill's Hideaway
is getting ready to celebrate 30 years in existence in Miami's Little Haiti. There are a lot of old bars/live music venues in Dade, but what sets Churchill's apart is that they'll let anybody play there, which along with it being Dade County's home of punk rock, is what makes it the CBGB of the South. Booking a show at Churchill's is as easy as making a call, sending an email, or showing up in person, and talking your way into it. That makes for a history so full of blood, sweat and beers, amped by its previous existence as a neighborhood beer and wine bar born in the 1940's, that the ghosts still hang out there.
Here's a behind the scenes look at the Churchill's office, where owner Dave Daniels and his crew run the place. Dave recently came back on the scene to daily operations after a hiatus saw one dead accountant and the end of the previous manager Mike's era.
The formula is simple. Draft and bottled beer, wine, liquor, a full restaurant menu, pool tables, music stage, and soccer/football matches from around the world. Here are some more pictures.
Churchill's has a menu? You gotdamn right they do.
It might say "A vile row," but this Thai Curry was fucking awesome.
The ceiling out back at the outdoor bar.
A Humbert poster in the booking room.
Booking bands and kicking back.
Record collection in old beer boxes.
Nicky the Irish bartender takes a stack on a mission.
The Rat Bastard opera is coming soon. According to Dave, Rat Bastard performed in one of the earliest bands to play Churchill's that wasn't total shit.
Patio stage mural detail.
And another, from the same piece.
The infamous double decker.