Maybe you’re the churchy type. Maybe you’re not. Maybe you grew up singing hymns. Maybe you didn’t. It doesn’t matter. You’d have to be pulse-less not to love a good old-fashioned pub sing-along.

Gathering once a month (ish) in different parts of Orange County, Beer and Hymns OC is a collection of people who like to sing, like to drink (beer or otherwise) and like to have a great time.

On Sunday night we somewhat channeled the Irish (or the British) for the first event at Durty Nellies off of Red Hill in Costa Mesa. They opened up the bar on a Sunday night especially for us. Eighty-five people raised their glasses (I drank a Harp and possibly a bourbon) and sang together songs like “Be Thou My Vision” and “Blessed Assurance.”

We sang loud. And we sang strong. And not a one of us was drunk but who knew singing could be so much fun after a beer? I guess only EVERYONE WHO EVER DOES KARAOKE, right? I digress.

This was no karaoke. This wasn’t even “church” (okay, maybe for some of us it was). This was pub-singing songs that a lot of us grew up with and this was pub-singing at its best.

The band played two “sets” and by sets I mean they led the way while the crowd/choir sang louder. I’m telling you, I had never thought “In the Garden” could lend itself to a bar, but no lie, it never felt better than at Durty Nellies.

’m so excited about this. Can you tell? You want to be there. I know you do. In fact, we can’t stop thinking about it over here at our house. And in the spirit of full disclosure, some of our besties are at the helm with this so we are fully invested.

If you're nearby, please come out in a few weeks. You will not be disappointed.

Details:
The next event is on Sunday night, October 19 at The Harp Inn in Costa Mesa. Click here for the Beer and Hymns OC FacebookInsta, and the website with all the rest of the details.

And if you can make it in October, RSVP here!


This post was originally posted on the local arts and culture blog by Sarah Markley, California Loves Culture. To view original post, click here.