Whether it is a coffee house, a pub or a restaurant, atmosphere is very important to me. I like the warm, well-worn feel that time and age bring to a place. For example, Quills Coffee on Baxter Avenue has great atmosphere. Unfortunately for me, everyone else seems to think so too, as I can never seem to get a seat!
Another interesting place I was introduced to by a local friend is The Holy Grale. Housed in a former Unitarian church, this beer bar has atmosphere in spades.
It is a good thing too, because there is no sign to even tell you what the building is used for. Once you step inside you immediately recognize the unique mix of what seems to be opposing cultures. Some would probably call it sacrilegious. Maybe even offensive. It’s all rather ironic to me, since I spent the better part of 10 years behind a pulpit. I don’t find it offensive at all; in fact, I find it rather comforting. I can almost hear the din of warm greetings escaping from the old brick walls. I can imagine the joy experienced in the hardwood pews. I can’t think of a better place to meet with my friends to share the pleasures and sorrows of the day. If you are looking for a unique brew in an atmosphere built for fellowship, then this is your place.