Holy Grail Food & Spirits in Epping, New Hampshire has been voted the Best Irish Pub in the state for the past 8 years, but at the turn of the 20th century it served an entirely different purpose.
It may seem disrespectful to convert a place of worship into a bar, but the owners of the Holy Grail have taken the utmost care to preserve the integrity of the church - along with some of its religious features - since it opened in 2008.
In addition to the steepled exterior, the church's original stained glass windows have been preserved.
Inside you will find the converted choir loft which looks down over the entire open-layout establishment.
The loft faces the altar wall, now repainted to depict an Irish village scene.
The decor includes pew-like booths and nods to owners David and Maureen Kennedy's Irish Catholic roots.
The Irish theme goes well beyond the decor. The Holy Grail serves up some of the best Irish and English comfort food in New Hampshire!
Choose from Fish & Chips, Bangers & Colcannon, Shepherd's Pie, or tender Corned Beef with Boiled Veggies.
If you aren't in the mood for European fare, you can also choose from a wide selection of American burgers, sandwiches and entrees.
And of course, no Irish pub would be complete without an excellent selection of beers, wines and cocktails!
Enjoy an Irish Black & Tan (Guinness | Smithwick's), an English Black & Tan (Guiness/Bass), or one of several other Guiness combos with names like Black Knight, Black Fog, Snakebite and Paddy's Caffeine.
If beer isn't your thing, try a themed cocktail like a Cherub's Cup (Bombay Sapphire | St. Germaine | Blueberries | Club Soda) or a Fallen Angel Margarita.
Once you've placed your order, enjoy your drink on the spaceous patio area out back, reminiscent of a tranquil Irish village!
For more info and a full food and drink menu, visit the Holy Grail Food & Spirits website!