London Is Getting An Owl Bar, What A Hoot

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By Ben Norum Last edited 40 months ago
London Is Getting An Owl Bar, What A Hoot

Photo by CdL Creative from the Londonist Flickr pool

If you’ve always thought that sipping cocktails while surrounded by owls sounded like a hoot, this is the news you’ve been waiting for. For a week next month London will get an owl bar, putting the likes of cat, cereal and porridge cafés well and truly in the shade.

The bar will run in an as yet undisclosed Soho location (Beak Street?) from 19-25 March, under the name Annie The Owl. If you choose to visit, headliner Annie will be one of your cocktail companions, along with her feathery friends Cinders, Darwin, Hootie, Ruby and Winston.

We spoke to Seb, who is the main protagonist behind the pop-up. Before this he’s worked organising private events in the capital and he also runs vintage nights as part of Coco London:

“I’m half Japanese and have visited an owl café in Tokyo and really enjoyed it. I thought that it would be really cool to bring one to London.”

It’s no wise crack. Him and his crew have partnered with start-up app company Locappy (its logo is an owl) to fund the clever bird pop-up and are working with The Barn Owl Centre in Gloucestershire to run it — all profits will also go to this owl charity.

The bar’s opening hours are built around the birds, and will no doubt please London’s human night owls too. Annie will be serving between 8.30pm and 2am throughout the week.

Given how popular the event is expected to be, a ballot system is operating. Sign up now — don’t get in a flap, though — to be in with a chance of being allocated up to four tickets, which cost £20 each and include two cocktails plus two hours with the owls.

We’re not sure what will be on the cocktail list, but reckon an Owld Fashioned might make the cut. And do feel free to insert any more owlful puns in the comments below...

Also see the latest development:

In A Flap: Soho’s Owl Bar Loses Cocktails And Charity Amid Welfare Concerns

Last Updated 23 February 2015


Surprised they didn't go potty with Hedwig references. :-)


Why is this in Soho? It should be in T-Hooting

Spanky White

Pop-up Bar, make your money and run. Re-Open as a Charity Shop........


Wonder if they'll have vole-au-vents?


Dead cert cocktail ingredient - tawny port.


Not cool at all in my opinion - owls are wild animals, not toys for humans to play with. Here's what the RSPCA said about the Japanese ones BTW the owl charity mentioned in your article denies involvement http://www.gloucestercitizen.c...

Emma f

They are not working with the barn owl centre that is a con to make you think it is somehow not cruel to the owls. Check out the charity's website for their comments on this, and their press release disassociating themselves from this. Please don't just rerun press releases to advertise for this cruel money making schemes without checking the facts.


Please everyone, boycott this silly idea. I love owls but wouldnt go anywhere near this. Owls are wild creatures who should be left in their own natural environment, not used as ornaments in cocktail bars.