The cat café trend is relatively new, but it’s taken the world by storm. These adoption center/coffee shop hybrids offer a fun way to get your fuzzy cuddles and lattes all in one stop—and maybe adopt a new friend to bring home with you. What more could you ask for? Well, for the post-work crowd, you can now get a different kind of buzz on while playing with kitties at the latest trend: cat bars.
Sana Hamelin recently launched a Kickstarter to help fund “America’s First Cat Bar!” Hamelin opened up her cat café, Denver Cat Company, 18 months ago, and now she hopes to open up a laid-back bar where people can sip wine and beer in a “chill atmosphere designed for socializing with cats and people.”
The Kickstarter currently has close to 150 backers and almost $8,000 raised of its $60,000 goal, with 21 days left.
Though it’s not the first of its kind—Purringtons Cat Lounge in Portland, Ore., has been serving beer, wine and hard cider to cat-crazy patrons since January—it would be the first of its kind in Denver. Hamelin hopes to open Denver Cat Bar by 2017, with plans for an outdoor patio—a “catio”—and kitty loft if the Kickstarter campaign exceeds its goals.
Read more about the fundraiser at Food & Wine.