UPDATE: Organisers have just announced that no booze will be served.
A few weeks ago we got a case of the green-eyed monster over Tokyo’s owl cafés. Our blog post ruffled a few feathers with people exclaiming that it was cruelty to animals and that this would never be allowed in London. Well, we can now bring you the news that yes, it can happen in London and oh yes, we’re been assured that it will be done with the utmost care and consideration to the owls’ wellbeing. Annie the Owl is a pop-up bar opening in Soho from March 20-25 where, thanks to Locappy, you’ll be able to sip a couple of cocktails and hang out with some feathered friends. They insist that the owls in question are fully trained to be in public and will be with their handlers at all times to ensure they’re happy as Hedwig. Plus all profits will go to owl conservation charities.
If you do want to go, you’ll need to enter the draw to get tickets. As the organisers expect it to be crazy popular, they’ve set up a ballot system where a selection of bird enthusiasts will get two hours of owl time and two cocktails (to ensure there’s no drunken revelry) for £20. Or you can win tickets to the opening party.
In response to people’s concerns about animal safety, Annie the Owl have issued a statement saying: ‘The organisers of Annie the Owl would like to assure that during the operating hours of the sit-down event, all possible measures are being taken to safeguard the welfare of owls. The organisers have also made sure the noise and background music will be kept to minimal and an owl will only have around 10-12 members of public around him/her at a given time. After consulting with professional falconers, the organisers have made sure the environment at the venue is suitable for the birds, with a suitable diet/water available. The organisers have also made sure that people attending the event wouldn’t be allowed to touch the animals, if not felt appropriate by the professional falconers who accompany them.’
Find out more at annietheowl.com