Churchill's Pub Becoming a Strictly 21-and-Over Club Under New Ownership

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Sorry, kids.

Local punk landmark Churchill's Pub, a longtime haven for 18-and-up shows, will no longer be letting anybody except drinking-age adults through the door.

It's been only three weeks since founder and owner Dave Daniels completed the pub's sale. And many Miami promoters, scene figures, and band members are interpreting this grownups-only policy as an omen of increasingly drastic changes.

UPDATE Churchill's new owners have reversed positions, already abandoning their plans for a21-and-over policy.

See also: Churchill's Pub Sale Finalized

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Photo by Ben Thacker

The pub's music booker Ian Michael tells Crossfade that Churchill's new owners decided that "the venue will become 21 and over," effective May 20.

"We called everyone with a booked show after that date," Michael says. And he claims that "most were cool with it."

However, there are others, like Miami music legend and International Noise Conference organizer Frank "Rat Bastard" Falestra, who think the move "will kill the place as far as what it's always stood for."

See also: Miami's Ten Heaviest Current Metal and Punk Bands

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5501 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL

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Cristina Fernandez
Cristina Fernandez

for sure, but young bucks are the ones that want to experience the music and not give a f$#k while doing it... hopefully this doesn't affect shit.

Jaime Aspiazu
Jaime Aspiazu

wow Cristina Fernandez alcohol sales i guess. The Nirvana tribute shows are great from what I heard...gotta check them out

Jaime Aspiazu
Jaime Aspiazu

wow Cristina Fernandez alcohol sales i guess. The Nirvana tribute shows are great from what I heard...gotta check them out

WhyNotNow
WhyNotNow topcommenter

What would be the reason to make it 21 and over only?

Armando Castillo
Armando Castillo

Do Miami teens still watch live bands?.....I thought it was all Flo-rida, Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa and Pitbull........

Richard Larralde
Richard Larralde

Itll only last a couple years when they get rid of the style.

Richard Larralde
Richard Larralde

Wynnwood and midtown is still the ghetto even if you paint the building s and act like prissy douche bags.churchills was the last place of its kind.and they wont last long by putting stuck up rules.the people that went there supported that place.youre getting rid of decades worth of culture,and love to be an ikea driven,10$ drink venue...id rather be with the punks and the kids.

rplatt258
rplatt258

I think their business won't last another month after they change that rule. Good luck to you guys though!

Ivan Tellado
Ivan Tellado

Hopefully they'll fix the inside. That place looks like a crack house with a stage lol

dammit_mejia
dammit_mejia

another reason why Miami sucks in terms of live music. There literally is NO place for bands to play. 21+ shows are really boring. 


Gia Rodriguez
Gia Rodriguez

That still won't stop the locals from stealing things from your car...

Victor Princiotta
Victor Princiotta

Shame, went there for the first time when I was 13. Really hope someone picks up the slack.

Barbara Guttman
Barbara Guttman

Less places for this age group " not" to go..... isn't it better for them to be able to go then just hang out on the street.... either make clubs where they can go ..... but don't close more options.

Gabriel Veg
Gabriel Veg

RIP Churchill's. It was great while it lasted.

Gabriel Veg
Gabriel Veg

That'll prevent half the crowd from entering and along with it the edginess and energy they bring.

Zen K Mayo
Zen K Mayo

The city is putting pressure on a lot of businesses to clean up their acts.. I'm sure they got a lot of heat. Midtown and design district close by is building one of the biggest projects in country right now and it's all super high end..times are a changing that's for sure

Jason Conord
Jason Conord

Those kids are the only reason that place has made it this long

Jason Conord
Jason Conord

Its been doing just fine for the last 35 years or so.. ive been going to shows there for about 22 years

Zen K Mayo
Zen K Mayo

It will be better in long run..little kids can't drink

Jason Conord
Jason Conord

Who the fucks gonna book a show here now that 3/4 of the crowd is not allowed in...

George Marban
George Marban

They should've started with steam cleaning every inch of that place and not charging at the door. Destroying All Age Shows makes no sense.

Mathew Sotelo
Mathew Sotelo

will they actually start to ID this time lol? nonetheless a stupid move

David Garcia
David Garcia

So I guess they are trying to get their alcohol sales up....sodas and water just doesn't cut it.

Justin Richards
Justin Richards

Richard Cadavid to think we were just talking about this place.

Robert Gow
Robert Gow

In other news, fake IDs make a strong return in NW Miami Dade.

Danny Cespedes
Danny Cespedes

Normally I'd approve because kids can be a problem, but the younger me who frequented Churchill's before the age of 21 doesn't like it. This could be the dagger to Churchills in due time.

David Goldfarb
David Goldfarb

guess Miami teens will just go to all of the other great places this city offers to young musicians and music lovers at night the clearance CD aisle in Best Buy perhaps

Edward Delatorre
Edward Delatorre

Sounds like a great opportunity for someone to open up an all ages venue.

Tony Prieto
Tony Prieto

I knew they were liars and were going to ruin everything. This is where every teen that loves music, grew up. Where are they gonna go now?!

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