- The church of a small village in Belgium turns every Sunday into a bar
- After the last pub of the area was closed, the priest allowed this to happen
- Although you are only permitted to enter if you have been to mass!
When local parishioners from a small Belgian village asked for it, its church has been turning into a beer bar after each Sunday mass.
Brielen has only 700 inhabitants, and it is common for all to meet at church, and then grab a beer. Yet this became a problem when the last bar in the small town closed, so the local priest was happy to change the church into a bar once a week.
So this village’s beer-with-friends tradition has stayed in place, and the local priest saw it as an opportunity to do something good for his flock and attract more people to church.
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People set up wooden chairs and tables to create a pub-like feeling, and there is no restriction as to the amount of beer to be drunk. Nevertheless, the priest has a few rules, the most important being that only those who attended mass are allowed to stay at the church-bar.
Neither music nor dancing are allowed, in order to keep some proper civility, and the “bar” closes by 1:00 pm; enough time to drink beer, but not to get too drunk.