THE CHURCH, a place to worship your favourite flavours, and straight out of Ireland, gets off to a flourishing start in Albir on Spain’s Costa Blanca.
Last weekend saw the inauguration of a heavenly hipster hang out with a devilish side.
Within those recently refurbished walls you will find demographic from 20 to 60-somethings with reason to repent.
The atmosphere was cosy and warm and there’s an attentive staff just waiting to enable your next transgression.
The owners Harry and Georgina’s aim is simple. To bring entertainment and Irish hospitality to a new level.
Whether it’s a night on the town with friends, or a party venue with a difference. They’ll find the right level for you from early ’til late, seven days of the week. There just isn’t a place offering the quality of live music in the area.
The Church is a home for acclaimed and aspiring musicians. They offer an assortment of affordable spirits, cocktails and beers that compliment a relaxed and enjoyable night of music and craic!
No need for a confessional booth the atmosphere there gets strangers talking and sharing secrets all in good fun, Instagram was in danger of overload.
There was a good ratio of nuns to priests, and variety of ages, they don’t have a set target demographic, everyone is welcome and there is plenty to find.
When it comes to knowing how to run a lively bar, there aren’t many people better equipped than the Irish. Offering visitors one hell of an indulgent time.
“The Church that Harry and Georgina built”
Mark Shearman: First of all, Georgina on behalf of the EWN Media Group congratulations to you and Harry and your staff for making everyone feel so welcome. Where does the motivation behind the name come from?
Georgina Pennick: Being raised a Catholic, I wanted to keep to something close to my heart but in a light-hearted way as you can see we have fun murals on the walls and ceiling showing a sense of humour. We want to convey the feeling that everyone is welcome from all walks of life and religion but still maintain an identity that says who we are and where we come from in this multicultural town.
Mark Shearman: Why choose Albir?
Georgina Pennick: Our research showed us there simply wasn’t anywhere between Albir and Benidorm including a few miles inland that offer the level of music we would like to listen to that is why there is a heavy emphasis on live music, ranging from overseas guest bands to house DJ’s and a regular Thursday night jam session where everyone who can play an instrument or sing is invited to get involved.
I couldn’t visit The Church without mentioning the spectacular mural that stretches along the wall of the outside seating area maybe you can have a free pint if you can name every one of the people included in the painting!
There are well known Spanish singers, world-renowned musicians and some of Ireland’s most famous fighters all stood side by side – there was even enough space to be able to really personalise the piece with the owner’s own children and family members rubbing shoulders with the line-up of famous people.
The Church loves live sport and all major sporting events are screened on the three big TV’s, both inside and on the outside terrace.
The Irish would say this is some place for one place and we agree – slauncher!