Miami's Ten Best Underground Rock Venues of All Time

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Music venues in South Florida have always come and gone with an alarming casualness.

Over the last 30-odd years, only one place, Churchill's Pub, has held the torch for Miami's savvy underground rock fans. Now that new owners have taken control, an era is coming to an end. And that's fine -- pub founder Dave Daniels' run in Little Haiti could not go on forever, and he deserves his retirement, just as one day you'll deserve yours.

But Churchill's hasn't been the only venue in South Florida that's catered to punk rockers, metalheads, jazz freaks, and assorted friends! Thinking back on all the great places with cramped stages, decent sound systems, and lax door policies, we here at Crossfade present Miami's ten best underground rock venues of all time.

See also: Miami's 20 Best Punks Bands of All Time

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10. The Cameo
People like to forget that the Cameo Theater, built in 1936, was quite the dilapidated shithole on South Beach during the 1980s. For that matter, South Beach was also quite the dilapidated shithole, with its now-prized Art Deco architecture suffering from decades of neglect. Perhaps the largest of the venues that will be mentioned among our underground picks, the Cameo hosted punk rock luminaries like the Ramones, Black Flag, and D.O.A., as well as local acts, thanks to promoter Richard Shelter's hard work.

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9. Flynn's Ocean 71
Also part of the Miami Beach circuit was Flynn's Ocean 71 in the Normandy Isles area. Plenty of touring acts like Agent Orange, JFA, and Saccharine Trust performed there, not to mention Miami stalwarts like Charlie Pickett and Amazing Grace. Nowadays, the strip's a little friendlier, and in the former haunt's vicinity, there now resides a doggy spa, a pharmacy, and an immigration office.

See also: 50 Best Miami Bands of All Time

Location Info

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Churchill's Pub

5501 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Music

Yesterday & Today Records

9274 SW 40th St., Miami, FL

Category: General

Kaffe Krystal - CLOSED

10855 SW 72nd St., Kendale Lakes, FL

Category: Music

Cameo

1445 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Music


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33 comments
j.pomaski
j.pomaski

I worked stage security at the Cameo theater during its entire run only missing 4 shows due to my own vacations....but I'm sad and disappointed this article does not mention The Squeeze Club or The Reunion Room...

j.pomaski
j.pomaski

I worked the cameo a state security for Richard Shelter for its entire run.. but I'm surprised and disappointed that this article does not mention the Squeeze club or the Reunion Room

Eduardo Castillo
Eduardo Castillo

Cameo was the king of all venues for the sf/hc scene. The Exploited, GBH, Agnostic Front, Descendents, Black Flag, Youth of Today, to name a few played at the legendary venue.

Tony Prieto
Tony Prieto

Again, if Washington Square isn't on your list, you don't know what you're talking about.

Danny Cespedes
Danny Cespedes

No mention of The Alley. For shame. Diamond Lounge was another one that lasted for a long time.

Sam Wright
Sam Wright

List is incomplete without Washington Square and the Kitchen Club

cat1979
cat1979

No Chili Pepper in the Grove? where Oxygen took over? 


List = fail 

duhn
duhn

Roses... that place across Wash Ave from Roses that was run by Birdman...

Steven Talkhouse... this list is made of of too many of your personal hangouts & not enough of the truly best.


babagu
babagu

The Cameo had the Red Hot Chili Peppers come out with their tube socks on, the Cramps put on one of there best shows... Beasties had a wall of sound ... And Pearl Jam had Eddie jump off one of the towers of speakers... Just to mention a few. Also Washington Square... ,The Polish American club,.. Fire& Ice.... and other venues that were in old hotel bars... Were the Cyklids( sp, sorry) Charlie Picket, Paper bag boys and others would play. One other place... Name escapes me was located in the 21st parking lot....and the club on Hallendale beach exit... always had great punk and hardcore....Iggy's shows , unforgettable .

Graham Wood Drout
Graham Wood Drout

The Turf Pub got closed down when a band called Violent Love and the Dead Whores tagged every building on the block with spray paint.

Graham Wood Drout
Graham Wood Drout

The Turf Pub and the Blue Waters on South Beach were very early on. Rubber Thongs, The Nutronics, The Girls, The Weazels

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

J-Dubs?

Village Inn?

Crown Rockin' Lounge?

 

Tony Landa
Tony Landa

Beirut was pretty awesome. Short lived but awesome. What was the place that used to be The Egg house and then became something else? Near Joe ' s Stone Crab

misterflorida2000
misterflorida2000

What about Washington Square? It was the most well known venue in Miami for years!!!!

Tony Prieto
Tony Prieto

You are the absolute worst! Washington Square, ever heard of it? Try again, Folgar.

Scott Spencer
Scott Spencer

Cheers... AAA, out of focus, and milk shed..I must've gone to twenty of those shows.

finalflash21
finalflash21

you put a place located in Deerfield beach under the title "Miami's Ten Best Underground Rock Venues of All Time" but you leave out The Chili Pepper. seriously?

basslac
basslac

This list make me live this ghost town city.

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