Historic churches are already some of the most gorgeous structures in the world. Recently, a select few have been turned into something even more beautiful — bars. Don’t worry, it’s not sacrilegious. These churches have been deconsecrated, so they’re simply regular buildings with stunning architectural designs at this point.
The conversion is a win-win for both the churches and the bars. Official estimates list the number of church closures at around 4,000 a year, and new tenets are keeping the walls up and the doors open. Plus, conscientious drinking has long been a part of organized religion, and doing so in a beautiful location is all the better for the bar and the bargoers.
No matter what day of the week, it’s time to get to a (former) church. From Denver to Dublin, these are the most gorgeous places in the world where you can grab a beer and/or a cocktail in an old church.