I'll have a pint and some jazz with my God please
We in the states take our religion very seriously. Which is pretty ironic really, seeing everything that the Church of England has been through to become what it is. Maybe because we've never had to struggle for it, we take it all too literally. We came to America for religious freedom, we got it, end of story. Not the Brits though, and these cafes are really throwing me for a loop.
All the main cathedrals and churches seem to have them. The crypt, obviously, is where people are buried and memorialized, and it's really cool, dark, and beautiful. But instead of a place of morning like you'd expect, it's a place to lunch!
Huge cafeterias! Wine! Pints! Salmon alfredo with fresh basil! It's all sexy and candlelight! St. Martins-in-the-fields has jazz night down there!
I mean, there is fun to be had in American churches. But it's more along the lines of going-to-King's-Dominion-with-youth-group type fun, not .... drinking! (Gasp!) You cannot drink in a house of God!!!!
I don't know. But I love 'em. Went to St. John's a few weeks ago to hear a Lithuanian Choral Group (who took three encores! Three! Who do they think they are, AC/DC?) and had a lovely glass of red and walked around the crypt, thoroughly enjoying myself. I think it's very cool.