Saturday 17 March 2018

Owl themed cocktail bar to open in London

Christopher Hooton

Following on from the cereal, cat and dog cafes an owl-themed cocktail bar is set to open in London.

A pop-up open in Soho between March 19 and 25, Annie the Owl will allow patrons to do what they have always dreamed of – sip cocktails whilst petting live owls.

It has been made in the image of Tokyo's owl cafes (see Fukuro no Mise above) and has opening hours of 8pm to 2am due to the birds being nocturnal.

The owls are from The Barn Owl Centre in Gloucestershire and have been trained to be around the public (and drunks presumably). A professional trainer will be on hand.

Drinks will include an owl-presso martini and 'The Hoot'.

"There will be a minimum of four to five owls and professional falcon trainers, running for two hour slots," said Sam Sheiky, event curator.

"It is for a good cause and Londoners will have fun. We have spent lots of time taking care of animal welfare and making sure the owls will be comfortable."

Tickets will cost £20 and be sold via a ballot, with profits going to the Barn Owl Centre charity the birds call home.

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