A bar where you pay $50 an hour for the privilege of touching rats and watching some bullshit show.
The project comes from the folks behind the San Francisco Dungeon at Fisherman’s Wharf, a haunted house-like venture specializing in theatrical recreations of historical events. The pop-up is slated to run from June 13 to 15 at 145 Jefferson St. In 2017, this same group brought a similarly styled rodent spot to the city called the Black Rat Cafe.
The pop-up is a ticketed event at $49.99 per person. Included in the purchase is a 60-minute live interactive show focused on the “the weird, twisted dark side” of San Francisco’s history, according to a press release. After the show, patrons will have 30 minutes to spend touching and picking up the rats before heading to an upstairs cash bar that will serve drinks like the Ama-RAT-O Sour, which is a riff on an amaretto sour, and non-alcoholic drinks.
Supplying the event’s rats will be nonprofit Ratical Rodent Rescue, a group specializing in finding homes for small animals and rodents. The rats will also be available for adoption.
It isn’t unusual to see bars in San Francisco host themed pop-up events. Even cats are part of the customer experience at KitTea Cafe.
So, who asked for a rat-filled drinking place that also features a “dark” and “twisted” show about the history of San Francisco? Literally, no one.