Recognized to its most religious patrons as Church Bar, or just Church, this beloved establishment’s partitions are plastered with faux-religious pop artwork, velvet posters of Jesus, and pithy inspirational quotes celebrating its distinctive model of defiant independence. Church is the brainchild of Grant Henry, who now goes by the moniker of Sister Louisa—a former divinity college pupil who opened the dive bar after rising disillusioned with theology.
The decor attracts closely on Southern Baptist iconography, placing a fragile stability of affection and sacrilege; nativity garden ornaments encompass ping-pong tables, guests don choir robes whereas belting out church organ karaoke. Non secular Sangria, Church’s signature drink, flows steadily by means of the evening.
Intentionally offbeat, Church serves each devoted parishioners and those that have all however sworn off faith. The intention behind its irreverent aesthetic isn’t to offend; the spiritual regalia and empowering pop artwork, created by Henry himself, replicate a real fondness for the religion because it intersects with neighborhood, queer tradition, and Southern identification.