The Sir Winston Churchill Pub was founded by John Vago in 1967.
Vago, who left Hungary shortly after the putsch in 1947, started working as a builder-carpenter of cafés and restaurants in downtown Montreal. Looking for more adventure he went to Cuba, became a friend and emissary of Che Guevara, for whom he traveled to Europe on a trade commission. Upon his return to Montreal, he built his own disco, The Don Juan...
Shortly thereafter, in a long narrow basement, he opened the Sir Winston Churchill, the first pub on the street. His cheerful influence created a unique rapport with customers and staff alike.
Sept 1979: Winnies opens above the pub.
1995: The Sir Winston Churchill Pub and Winnie’s bought by a restaurant group headed
by restaurateur Paul Nakis.