You Can Have A Drink In The Company Of Cats At This English Pub

The cats add character to a popular Bristol pub already known for its warm, comfortable atmosphere.

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The Bag O' Nails pub is full of cats and kittens. Better watch your drink! Via adambraunton/Instagram

The Bag O’ Nails pub in Bristol, England, is known in the area for its unique selection of beers, ciders and ales.

Now it’s getting some attention for a reason that has more to do with fur than fermentation.

The quaint establishment is home to around 15 cats who can be found moseying up to the bar and keeping patrons company, reports the Bristol Post.

“We once had 24, but that was too much,” pub landlord Luke Daniels told the paper. “The reaction is mostly positive. Occasionally you might have some people walking in and leaving and some might be allergic to cats, but people love it.”

All the furry felines were born at the pub and reportedly even can be found sitting on the laps of visitors and/or walking the bar as they make their way around their home. And although the pub brings in both the beer connoisseur, as well as steadfast locals wanting to taste its eclectic selection of brews, loyal patrons seems to enjoy the cats just as much — if not more.

“I particularly like cats,” Christ Chapter, 33, told the Post. “I don’t know the cats’ names, but it’s a pretty special place.”

Here are seven photos that show exactly what you’re missing out on.

1. Is “Wine With Cats Wednesday” a thing now?

2. Earning their keep? Or just learning some tricks of the trade?

  A photo posted by betty (@betty_says) on

3. “You asked to speak to the manager?” 

The Landlord of the Bag O Nails

A photo posted by Adam Braunton (@adambraunton) on

4. Looks like someone hit the sauce a little too hard.

cat pub #bristolbucketlist

A photo posted by Stephanie Marques (@ste_marques) on

5. “Seat’s taken.”


A photo posted by Elisha Bell (@elisha_bell) on

6. Bar fight!

7. Bag O’ Nails? More like a Box O’ Kitties! 

A photo posted by Ella Kemp (@ellakemp) on

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  • How wonderful! Love and blessings to these precious furbabies, to the people who care for them and the visitors who receive pleasure from them! xo xo xo xo xo xo

    Wendye L Kolles December 9, 2015 12:37 am Reply

    Carole Jackson December 9, 2015 1:30 am Reply
  • what a good idea. i wish this would set an example to more places which can involve humans and animals . this would be most beneficial to all. a win win situation. gives the animals a home, and offers humans companionship and relaxation.

    Eli Carin December 9, 2015 1:32 am Reply
  • Great idea, but I get the impression these cats are reproducing as they haven’t been spayed/neutered. Maybe better to fix the resident kitties and take in community cats that have also been S/N.

    Fran Rudy December 9, 2015 1:50 am Reply
    • These are all kittens, not one full grown cat … If I understand well, this pub is a breeding place : they use cats as an atraction, but they are not real animal lovers. Spay, Neuter! And take cats from a shelter instead of breeding

      Maria Antwerp December 9, 2015 3:36 am Reply
  • Please spay & neuter so they will still have a home ! So many without ! Hopefully can be adopted ?

    Jharris December 9, 2015 2:31 am Reply
  • What a wonderful idea! Bravo ???? .More people should be like this wonderful person. God Bless . Wish I Could Go There!!!!!

    Elaine December 9, 2015 2:43 am Reply
  • great idea!! hope to visit your pub some day. please spay and neuter all the cats! Otherwise, 15 will become 1500!

    Ruth December 9, 2015 2:59 am Reply
  • great idea!! hope to visit your pub some day. please spay and neuter all the cats! Otherwise, 15 will become 1500!

    Ruth December 9, 2015 2:59 am Reply
  • Cool! But spay and neuter. Spay and neuter or you will again have more cats than you can handle like before.

    richard a fritz December 9, 2015 3:09 am Reply
  • wish I live closer would love to visit but please spay and neuter before you drown in furry beer and kittens

    pam price December 9, 2015 3:18 am Reply
  • Beautiful looking cats but please spay and neuter as inbreeding is maybe going on and apart from congenital abnormalities it is just not right. it is also not good for a queen or tom not to be done as there are health risks and it also stops litters being unnecessarily born and that is a problem with unwanted cats and dogs, 2 million a year are murdered in shelters because there are no homes.

    Aine O'Neill December 9, 2015 4:41 am Reply
  • This is great! Wish I could visit and support this wonderful show of affection for the felines. Enough of dogs!

    Kitty Galore December 9, 2015 4:45 am Reply
  • Bravo to them! In the United States, full of rigid laws, this would never be allowed by the Health Department…. the Brits are so much more sane than we are 🙁

    Carol Goodson December 9, 2015 5:11 am Reply
  • Heart is in the right place but method is NOT a good idea. If they want to let some shelter kitties live there and try to get adopted in support their local shelter that’s great. They would all be fixed and vaccinated already. But this looks like a bunch of cats and kittens unvetted and unfixed breeding more kittens, which breed more, etc. And the ” we used to have 24 but that was too much” so what did they do with the “surplus”? Dump them back outside or unload them at the aforementioned local shelter? Not cool. I would actually avoid this pub because I wouldn’t want to be supporting irresponsible animal ownership. I’m actually surprised this article was featured on this site.

    Andrea December 9, 2015 5:16 am Reply
    • Andrea- I whole heartedly agree!! Based on what I have read from this article this is not something I would support or promote. Animals should be helped, loved and cared for not just used for publicity.

      Amy December 9, 2015 5:37 am Reply
  • Hope those kitties gets spayed/neutered.

    ryan December 9, 2015 6:19 am Reply
  • There use to be 24? What happen to the other nine! Don’t get me wrong, I love what this pub is doing I just hope that the others were re-homed and I do hope that the cats are being spayed/neutered and getting proper vaccinations and vet care:-)

    kerry December 9, 2015 6:35 am Reply
  • I am assuming that all these cats are spayed/neutered. No more reproducing! No more homeless pets!
    So wonderful these cats have a loving home- something that every animal deserves.

    Deborah Savage December 9, 2015 7:16 am Reply
  • Sounds like a lovely idea at first but there’s no mention of the cats being spayed or neutered? Why no adult cats? What happened to the 9 that are missing? Did they just wander off or ??? Do the cats have microchips ? They don’t appear to be wearing collars with identification.
    While the Landlord of this Pub may have good intentions, he is missing a major point. The cats needs to be “fixed” and have proper ID for when they get out and get lost.
    Please take up a collection from your regular customers and visitors. If they all throw in the price of a pint on a regular basis, the fund will build up sufficiently to have the cats altered. If that’s not an option then enlist the help of the local RSPCA or other animal welfare group.

    Carolyn Denton December 9, 2015 7:59 am Reply
  • Please pass on to these owners to please Spay and Neuter. These animals are just adding to the problem of more homeless cats.

    debbiem December 9, 2015 8:14 am Reply
  • What a wonderful place to unwind! Benefits for the people and the felines!

    stephanie santos December 9, 2015 8:18 am Reply
  • Totally agree with the Carolyn. All the pics show kittens, some very young like those in the box look about 4 weeks old. The owners need to spay and neuter these kittens. They said they used to have 24 cats and now they have 15…what happened to the other 9 cats? If they are truly animal lovers, they should do the right thing but I think this is just a ploy to get more people to visit their pub. The’re exploiting these kittens for profit and what happens to them when they’re no longer cute?

    PAtricia December 9, 2015 8:31 am Reply

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