Churchill's: the sort of English Pub that Dave Daniels built

Devotees boast that Churchill's Pub is the CBGB of the South. The long bar is inviting, the billiards reasonably competitive, the sound system loud. The stage is the perfect height, especially for crowd surfing. The patio, with its Carnie tent, is charming, and the Laundry Room is beautifully surreal, its every fleck of crusted grime a prized unit of narrative currency.

Though Miami’s sacred dive is a subject with many self-proclaimed experts, no one can tell you more about Churchill’s Pub than Dave Daniels, the British expatriate who, via a winding crash course in the entertainment industry, moved to South Florida in 1976 and ended up opening the region’s most dependable live-music institution.

Daniels will be 71 years old on Wednesday. Read more about him and the institution he created at BeachedMiami.com.