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.
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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.
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