Tails of the city! The dungeon museum that lets live RATS run around its café to give visitors a truly genuine …

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  • The San Francisco Dungeon has incorporated live rats into its new venture 
  • Domesticated rodents from a local animal charity are let loose in the site’s cafe 
  • The pop-up is piloted on 1 and 8 July, with tickets costing brave guests $49.99

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It was encapsulated by Armistead Maupin’s best-selling book Tales of the City.

But visitors to San Francisco are more likely to experience actual tails, rather than tall stories – after the city’s blood-curdling dungeon attraction incorporated live rats into its visitor experience.

The popular tourist attraction, which opened in Fisherman’s Wharf in 2014, will boast a bizarre café deliberately infested with domestic rodents this summer.

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Only in California! A domesticated rodent perches on a coffee cup inside the San Francisco Dungeon's new offering - Rat Café

Only in California! A domesticated rodent perches on a coffee cup inside the San Francisco Dungeon’s new offering – Rat Café

Appropriately named Rat Café, it will allow four-legged fiends to run freely as guests enjoy refreshments that include Car-rat cake, Ratte coffee and, of course, ratatouille.

Thankfully, the animals are not disease-infested or feral – instead they come from local animal charity Rattie Ratz: a rescue organization founded in 1998 which ‘supports the rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption of domestic pet rats in the Bay Area’.

If guests are smitten with the creatures, they’re even allow to formally home them – providing they meet the specified foster requirements.

The pop-up cafe is being piloted on 1 and 8 July, with tickets costing $49.99 (£38.50). 

It’s believed a portion of the venue’s ticket proceeds will be donated to the organisation.

Special attraction: The four-legged animals are not disease-infested or feral - instead they come from local animal charity Rattie Ratz

Special attraction: The four-legged animals are not disease-infested or feral – instead they come from local animal charity Rattie Ratz

Eerie: The pop-up cafe is being piloted on 1 and 8 July, with tickets costing $49.99 (£38.50)

Eerie: The pop-up cafe is being piloted on 1 and 8 July, with tickets costing $49.99 (£38.50)

Copy on The San Francisco Dungeon’s site reads: ‘For those that like their coffee black, The San Francisco Dungeon is launching The Black Rat Café, an immersive pop-up experience.

‘Be forewarned: the fare at this pop-up experience is neither locally grown nor sustainably-sourced. Guests can sip their coffee while seated at bistro-style tables, nicely draped with red and white gingham tablecloths… all while being surrounded by rats. 

‘This limited-run pop-up experience starts at $49.99 per person and includes all-you-can-drink coffee, interacting with the friendly rats, as well as admission to The San Francisco Dungeon.’

Not that this is the first time a venue in Northern California has mixed animals with human customers. San Francisco’s KitTea Cafe, which opened in 2014, is populated with stray felines, which can also be adopted.

 


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