Give Us This Day Our Daily Brew: Brooklyn Bars Serve the Faithful
Sometimes it’s just easier to get filled with the Holy Spirit if you’re already filled with the other kind of spirit. That’s the doctrine at two Brooklyn bars that, according to the Wall Street Journal, host regular Christian worship services for congregations that aren’t opposed to praying under the influence.
Sunday evenings at Pete’s Candy Store and Trash Bar, both in Williamsburg, are given over to the loyal flocks of North Brooklyn Vineyard and Revolution Church respectively. And attendees of both organizations' weekly services are welcome and encouraged to reflect on Christ over a sensibly priced libation, although Revolution services are BYOB—bring your own bible, that is.
The unusual arrangements between the Brooklyn taverns and the faithful that they harbor are mutually beneficial, according to the Wall Street Journal. Pete’s and Trash Bar offer a safe place to pray and in return they receive guaranteed business on a day when, traditionally, the Lord taketh customers away.
“I like the people,” Eric Kingrey, a bartender at Trash Bar, said of the weekly worship set, as quoted by the Journal. “They’re good tippers.”
Will Zucconi, 27, a member of Revolution Church, gave the Journal some insight into why barroom believers might be in an alms-giving mood at Sunday services.
“My whole life I have gone to Catholic church and hated it because it was boring and miserable,” he said. “I like to drink and I like to go to church, and if I can do both at the same time and that’s cool.”
Revolution Church hosts its weekly service Sundays at 4 p.m. at Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer St., and North Brooklyn Vineyard services start 6 p.m. Sundays at Trash Bar, 256 Grand St. In the meantime, here’s a toast to the Holy Ghost.
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