A Pop-Up Dog Bar in Soho

On Friday last week, one of my colleagues posted a link about a pop up dog bar in Soho. Sadly, all the tickets had sold out. The Metro newspaper had been running a competition for some last minute tickets. Cheekily, I emailed them and asked if I could please have any tickets that the winners couldn’t/didn’t claim as I work near

I got an email about 4pm saying there were two tickets for me if I wanted them, so I quickly messaged the Bulgarian asking if he’d mind if our evenings plans changed.

I had no idea what to expect, but the idea was that it was a pop up bar by Kronenbourg beer and they were using dogs to serve the beer.

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The dogs were so lovely, and had little barrels around their necks that held a small bottle of beer. The dogs were led over to the people, who then removed the beer from the barrel.

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To be honest, I was more interested in petting the dogs than having the beer.

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It was really lovely, until The Bulgarian pointed out how antsy the dogs looked. They were big, beautiful dogs who quite clearly would rather be taken out for a walk or let wander around by themselves. They were kept on a lead and led around by people who had to keep telling the dogs to sit. As a novelty, it was nice to have dogs in a bar, but I think having to keep insisting they sit and leading them around from person to person wasn’t really fair to these animals.

Maybe a better idea would be to have the people serve the beer and the dogs wander around freely to be petted.

It’s not the first venue that has used animals as a selling point, ie. the cat cafe in Shoreditch, but the difference there is that the cats are free to walk around as they please. This just felt a little exploitative, as lovely as it was to see the dogs. It kind of ended the evening on a sour note, and left us feeling a little sad for the dogs. Not sure this is something that could feasibly take off as a permanent fixture.

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