Four Bars That Could Help Fill Miami's Rock Club Gap

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With Churchill's Pub sold, the future of Miami's most legendary rock establishment is uncertain. It's hard to imagine that the new owners will shoot themselves in the foot by making radical changes. Shit, leave the bathrooms alone, save yourselves some cash.

Meanwhile, Tobacco Road could be facing relocation next year. But since there is a push for current employees to purchase and operate the famed bar, the only immediate question concerns the recent, so-called "Cocktail Collection" remodeling of the upstairs bar. Oh well.

And finally, The Vagabond's sudden closing left a pretty glaring gap in small- to mid-size venues in South Florida catering to rock 'n' roll. So no doubt, this is the best time for the following bars to cement themselves as paragons (or even fairly regular purveyors) of rock.

See also: Miami's Ten Best Rock Venues of All Time

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4. Jazid
Yes, it is true. You don't have to say it. Jazid does not necessarily scream rock and roll and truth be told, they seem to have managed 18 years without pissing people off. They are also the only live music establishment left on the Beach. That's a proud badge to show off. They don't have to take our suggestion to heart but if they wanted to be a little retro, they could dedicate one night a week to that era of South Beach that was overrun by punk rockers, scumbags and fried grandparents on their final throes of life. It'll be perfect. It's a tight little place. Sweaty and their bathrooms are certainly not the best on Washington Avenue.

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3. Electric Pickle
The Pickle is that little sliver of Wynwood that stands in defiance to the Midtown Mall. This is no David and Goliath story but back when it was operating as Circa 28, there were plenty of rock bands that came very close to burning that second floor down and that's not counting the potential for some hipster slamming his foot through the floorboards. You could feel that place shake and not in a good way. In other words, it would be perfect for some raunch to vibe in there again. The upstairs bathrooms still retain that sourdough-y post coital smell of yesteryear.

See also: Miami's Top Ten Hipster Bars

Location Info

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Jazid

1342 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Music

Gramps

176 NW 24th St., Miami, FL

Category: Music

Jada Coles

2845 Coral Way, Miami, FL

Category: Music

Electric Pickle

2826 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Music


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34 comments
vedder10
vedder10

We should start a campaign where we just mail rocks to Clear Channel to let them know that we want our rock. Why can't we have one alternative rock station when there are 4 or 5 crappy latin stations on the air? I remember when they took 93 rock off the air they replaced it with a station that only played Holiday music. I seriously doubt that that stations ratings were much better than 93 rock's. I also remember how they brought WSHE back on the air with a different format, and it failed miserably. I think a good way to screw Clear Channel over would be to stop listening to the radio. Listen to c.d.'s, or your Ipod's instead. The only radio station I listen to these days is Big 105.9. A lot of the bands I grew up listening to in the 90's (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, RHCP) have been around long enough that they could be considered classic rock, but Big 105.9 barely plays them. I think there should be a new radio station format that plays bands from the 80's like Jane's Addiction and RHCP, all the Alternative bands from the 90's like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, The Foo Fighters, and Stone Temple Pilots, and all of the new rocks bands from the last 10-15 years like The Strokes, The Killers, Audioslave, Arctic Monkeys, and The Kings of Leon. A station where you would never hear crappy bands like Nickelback or Limp Bizkit on the air would be ideal. 

Taryn Lauren
Taryn Lauren

A rock club and radio station would be really nice to have.. I love rock and I'm sick of the scene here, it needs some diversity

Chgo Dave
Chgo Dave

Guti Xavier look forward to checking some of them out thanks rock and roll brother!

unclescotchy
unclescotchy

how about Will Call, dummies? they have The Coathanges on July 4th w 10 other rock bands and usually have rock n' roll about every weekend

chrisregan84
chrisregan84

Here's one thing about new times, they find every excuse to bend over backward for the same clubs and their promoter buddies. They are totally up the asshole of this gramps guy like if he was the second coming of jesus. Bro how many times do you have to promote him and the same 5 group of people.

patnintendo
patnintendo

Kill Your Idol is constantly booking rock shows. At least have a more thorough article !

patnintendo
patnintendo

Uhhhhhh yall forgot Kill Your Idol is constantly booking rock shows?

Guti Xavier
Guti Xavier

So again, correct me if I'm wrong but it's not the venues fault. Also.. Churchill's is very much going and booking bands, just to throw that out there.

Guti Xavier
Guti Xavier

^^^^ South Florida is filled with music diversity it's just no one looks for it. The problem is not even the venus anymore, it's the lack of people that go out to see their local bands wherever they play. Here's a bunch of South Florida bands: Plastic Pinks The Gun Hoes SOXX Deaf Poets Jellyfish Brothers Krisp Sandratz The Bearings Kazoots Jelly Sunghosts Jean Jacket Telekenetic Walrus Whorish Boorish Snakehole Nunhex The Cost Afrobeta Talking Dogs Golden Arrows Jacuzzi Boys Devidens Haochi Waves Pocket of Lollipops The Astrokats Shroud Eater Eagle Chief Hunters of the Alps Suede Dudes The Grey 8's And there's so many more than that I can't even remember at the moment. Everyone should inform themselves and support.

showriter4
showriter4

Fully tempted to eventually my own rock / hard rock club. South Florida is in dire need of one. The question is about finding the perfect location to get the scene out to the bar.

Austin Heffernan
Austin Heffernan

Dubstep killed all music diversity in this beautiful city and these kids are too heavily drugged to even know that they ruined everything...

Austin Heffernan
Austin Heffernan

All the Anglos left dade county? The ignorance is strong on the internet today

Kenia West
Kenia West

I want a hip club like vagabond :'(

Robyn Paula
Robyn Paula

^ my boyfriend is Peruvian, he loves rock music.

Carl Snyder
Carl Snyder

rock club? didn't anyone tell you - the last anglos moved out of dade county in 2000....

Andrew Creech
Andrew Creech

How about a broadcast medium where we could advertise such venues? Without a proper radio station, it's just not going to get as good as it could.

Jeremy D. Boyd
Jeremy D. Boyd

Tony Alarcon & Daniel Wohlstein big ups to Jazid!

Robyn Paula
Robyn Paula

Goodness yes. This city needs more music diversity.

badmoderfoquer
badmoderfoquer

You missed  Clandestino Pub, a pretty cool live venue on south beach and is all about Rock & Roll...

vedder10
vedder10

Rock doesn't do well in Miami. When it comes to rock music this city is cursed. Big bands rarely make it down to our neck of the woods. If you want to see a big rock band you usually have to drive to either Ft. Liquordale or West Palm Beach. We don't even have a modern/alternative rock radio station on the air. 

Frank
Frank

@vedder10 if you have an HD receiver, 103.5 on HD2 plays stuff like RHCP, Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys and none of the Nickelback/Limp Bizkit BS

vedder10
vedder10

I really think that there is a demand and a market for an alternative rock radio station in South Florida. The problem with the last rock radio station we had on the air (93 Rock) was that it was pretty crappy. I think an ideal rock radio station would be a station like the old Buzz in West Palm Beach, or Kroq in California. The problem with 93 Rock was that they were still playing a lot of the bands that you would hear on Big 105.9 like Guns N Roses, or Metallica. It also didn't help that they used to play crappy modern bands like Nickelback way too much. 

vedder10
vedder10

Don't hold your breath Taryn. You guys want to know what's really crazy? Even West Palm beach doesn't have an alternative rock radio station any more. They used to have a really good rock station called the Buzz that was on the air for years. I wonder what excuse the suits had for taking the Buzz of the air. They certainly couldn't have blamed it on West Palm Beach's huge hispanic population. 

vedder10
vedder10

@unclescotchy

Wow what a great booking. A band I've never heard of. And on July the 4th. 

vedder10
vedder10

Is the comma your arch enemy? 

vedder10
vedder10

I hear you man. I was so bummed out when The Vag closed down. I'm going to give Steam a chance when it opens in the Vag's former space, but I know that it just won't be the same.

vedder10
vedder10

Robyn I'm Cuban and I love rock music. A lot of my Hispanic friends also love rock music. But the suits think that Miami is too latin to even have a rock radio station on the air. What pisses me off is that there are probably four or five crappy latin stations on the airwaves. I'm latin and I can't stand that kind of music.

vedder10
vedder10

I hear you Andrew. But even when we used to have rock radio stations on the air there wasn't much of a rock scene. I never understood why clubs in Miami don't have bands play until 11:00 p.m. or 12:00 a.m., and then let a d.j. spin records for the rest of the night.

PinkDucky
PinkDucky

@vedder10 How very true! There are a lot of people that care and do put effort into making the rock scene happen. As a community we need places like Churchill's and hopefully a new kid on the block to keep rock and roll alive here in Miami!

vedder10
vedder10

@PinkDucky  I never went to Churchill's because that place is way too far from me. I think a rock club would help revitalize an area like the Grove. They used to have a Chili Pepper in the Grove years ago, but the place turned into Oxygen Lounge. This city is all about crappy latin music, hip hop, and crappy techno/edm.

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