I’m currently at the gulf coast, near the Florida-Alabama border. Yes, near the infamous Florabama. I’ve been there a couple times, but tend to stay away when there are large events and crowds. It’s mostly a massive bar that serves food, and has nightly entertainment. And church on Sundays.
Wait, what? Church in a bar?
Welcome to the south!
This is not the only church in a bar in this area. There are two that I know of.
You must have questions. I know you have questions. I did.
Yes, they server alcohol during the service and many people go grab a drink before taking their seat.
No, the seats are not your traditional church pews, but rather uncomfortable seating with a bar in the same area.
In the case of the Florabama, it’s those uncomfortable plastic folding chairs. The service is large by local standards and held in an open-air tent that covers a large patio area off the bar. I have been to this service twice.
The other, which is a Unity Church that has moved between several bars/restaurants in my scant time here, the seating is whatever the bar/restaurant offers, be it uncomfortable wooden bar stools or worn-out booths. I attended this one on several occasions, but found the atmosphere most distracting. I don’t drink and don’t mind if I’m around it, but it was just weird to be in “church” with the constant noise of bar sounds competing with the sermon.
Funny story about the second one… But, wait! There’s more…