New Midtown Babylon-themed nightclub responds to backlash over live exotic animals

On Friday night, the Babylon nightclub on Hadley Street in Midtown opened its doors to the public for the first time.

The Middle Eastern-themed nightclub aims to take people around the world, without them having to leave Houston.

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“It will provide them with a place to escape,” said Moral Pourafaie, Brand Director for Babylon.

She says everything from the sofas and floors to the walls and artwork has been carefully thought out to mimic the real-life city of Babylon. The club will feature Babylon-inspired cocktails on the menu, along with belly dancers and fire shows.

On special occasions, revelers will be able to see actual exotic animals; like zebras and snakes. During the soft opening of the club, a camel was on display.

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However, the concept of live exotic animals has caused major backlash on social media, with people tagging PETA and the Houston SPCA calling it animal abuse.

Pourafaie says people have it all wrong, when these exotic animals are shown, they won’t be in cages; they will be exposed outside the building with their own fenced area, and their independent handlers will be on site.

“We would never have caged animals outside either, their owner would always be with them, they would have food and everything they needed,” she said.

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Babylon nightclub is clear, no animals were or will be harmed in carrying out their nighttime experience.

The club was supposed to display a camel for its grand opening, but they had to cancel due to wet weather.

Initially, they will open every Friday and Saturday, with musical selections ranging from hip hop and R&B to house and international music.

Jerry C. Greiner