Ostensibly Straight Bar Churchill Opens Its Doors In the Castro Tomorrow

No more go-go poles!
No more go-go poles! Photo: Urban Daddy

It’s been under wraps for a few months now, but the aforementioned World War II-inspired booze hall called Churchill, in the space formerly known as The Transfer and the Bar on Church, opens to the public tomorrow, June 1. It’s the latest project from the team behind Double Dutch and Bloodhound, and since it appears eminently straight-dude-friendly (despite being known for the last decade or more as a gay bar), both Urban Daddy and Thrillist were scrambling to announce the opening. Gone are the BOC’s mirror-ball-mosaic walls and stripper poles in favor of bare concrete, reclaimed wood, thick ropes draped along the ceiling, black club chairs, and some rusty metal light fixtures that look like they should be swinging above military barracks. Also, like Bloodhound, the drink list is classic Americana, with a Missouri Mule and a Pegu Club cocktail and such.

Despite these efforts to make this a vintage man-cave, the location means we’re still banking on the crowd being a heavy mix of gay and straight from the neighborhood, perhaps with a predominantly gay vibe like nearby Blackbird — which was not ostensibly a “gay bar” when it opened, though it is gay-owned, and is about 80% gay most nights.

A Watering Hole With WWII-Inspired Drinks [Urban Daddy]
Churchill [Thrillist]
Earlier: Bar on Church Space to Become Churchill, and a Gay Bar No More
The Bar on Church Changing Hands, Joins the Bloodhound/Double Dutch Empire

Ostensibly Straight Bar Churchill Opens Its Doors In the Castro Tomorrow