Drinking at a bar with your friends is fun. Drinking at a bar with your friends and your dog? That’s the stuff memories are made of. Pesky health code restrictions and the fact that not everyone loves dogs (it’s fine, we get it) make imbibing in public with your pooch in tow a challenge—that is, if you don’t know where to go. We’ve fetched for you the eight dog-friendliest bars in America.
This alfresco joint in Chicago’s buzzing River North neighborhood offers a dog-friendly patio that’s ideal for sunny summer days with a Margarita in hand. While you tuck into plates of traditional Mexican and pan-Latin fare, your pup can enjoy any one of the three entree options on the Barkio puppy menu. Along with simple grilled chicken, a burger or steak, you can also opt to add a dairy-free Woof Cream dessert.
Also worth noting is Barrio’s weekend brunch menu, home to bottomless blood orange Mimosas and the tequila-spiked house favorite, the Bloody Maria. The group that operates Barrio also has three other Chicago restaurants with puppy-geared menus, Public House, Bar Siena and Siena Tavern, so you and your pooch can make the rounds.
There’s no shortage of hipsters and their furry friends in the East Village, and now there’s a worthy spot to host them all. The new Boris & Horton, which opened early this year, is the city’s first Department of Health–approved café where dogs can hang indoors with their owners while they enjoy small-batch local coffee, craft beer and wine. Named for the father-and-daughter team’s own beloved rescues, Boris & Horton partners with organizations like Badass Brooklyn animal rescue to host adoption events, including a regular bingo night that promotes older dog adoptions.
Pups eat well here, with treats like grain-free donuts and pupcakes from maison de pawZ filling the bakery case, all made with human-grade ingredients so you can even take a bite, if so tempted. The café is also partners with Lucy & Co., the creators of the trendiest bandanas, collars and harnesses around, and the photographer behind the @dogsofinstagram account, whose company, Real Happy Dogs, also works with local rescue organizations to raise awareness about adoptions of senior, handicapped and abused animals.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art might not be pet-friendly, but its on-site gourmet restaurant, Ray’s & Stark Bar, offers farm-to-table dining for both you and your four-legged friend. Grab a spot on the sunny patio, where the brunch menu features dark chocolate pancakes and breakfast pizza made with Gruyère, prosciutto and poached eggs. Order your pet their own pizza crust or a steamed chicken and broccoli bowl from the Barky brunch menu.
If you liked the sauce on your breakfast pizza, opt for a Bloody Mary, which uses the tomato juice from the pizza sauce that chef Fernando Darin is known for. Otherwise, go for an IPA shandy made with house-made lemonade, a refreshing glass of Frosé or the Mexicano Blanco, made with mezcal crema, Kahlúa and cream. Hot tip: LACMA also allows visitors to bring their own (responsible amounts of) alcohol, so you can sip on some vino or a homemade cocktail whilst browsing before or after brunch.
Pub Dog lays out tons of space for your four-legged friend to run, while you gaze lovingly on from an expansive shaded patio with a local craft beer in hand. Run by a family that counts a German shorthaired pointer, Welsh springer spaniel and two cavalier spaniel puppies in their mix, Pub Dog offers a laid-back community for pet owners, with the added perks of a full bar and good food. The 3,000-square-foot off-leash area is fully fenced, so Fido won’t stray while you enjoy elevated pub fare like salmon flatbread and the house favorite B.L.T.
The drinks menu is equally varied, with canned and bottled craft beer like Silver Moon Mango Daze pale ale, and Fieldhouse Sticky Paws honey wheat, along with rotating local drafts. There’s also a decent selection of house cocktails, like the Dirty Dog, Pub Dog’s take on a Martini, the true-to-form Bark ’n Stormy, and a cucumber and chamomile G&T. Order your dog a couple of hamburger puppy patties, a bowl of dog-friendly chicken soup or some crunchy bacon as a reward for all of her laps around the park.
D.C’s new Wet Dog Tavern was inspired by Lilly Sophia, a loving golden retriever and swimming aficionado who died suddenly from a rare and silent disease. Dedicated to raising awareness about life-threatening conditions via community events and fundraising, Wet Dog has held tight to Lilly Sophia’s legacy, hosting monthly happy hours in support of the Humane Rescue Alliance.
Bring your own pet along and have a seat on the dog-friendly front patio, where water bowls, dog treats and cozy little bench nooks provide a perfect napping spot for furry friends. On weekdays, regular happy-hour specials feature $5 drafts from Appalachian Brewing Co., $6 pours of wine and a changing drink special. On the cocktail front, try a Paloma Dog, with tequila, grapefruit and bitters, or the Puppy Love, made with Stoli Blueberi vodka and lemonade, an ode to the owner’s first-ever drink with his now wife.
This Fremont haunt has been welcoming pups and their owners with open arms for more than a decade. Norm’s serves daily lunch and dinner, plus a killer brunch happy hour every weekend, starring $5 Bloody Marys. Go during the week for Wednesday Bingo or Trivia Tuesdays, and sip on local craft beer while your pup enjoys handcrafted menu options from The Seattle Barkery, like gluten-free bacon pupcakes, peanut butter pumpkin pretzels, cheezy doughnuts and turkey nuggets.
Pups must be leashed, friendly with both people and other dogs and refrain from barking while inside. Norm’s also hosts monthly dog service nights, featuring groomers, mobile vets and dog walkers, along with costume contests for the most spirited pup during Seahawks games. The top Hawk Dog wins a $50 gift certificate, so your pooch can pick up the tab for once.
In the heart of San Diego’s Old Town, Fred’s Mexican Cafe claims to be the only dog-friendly restaurant in the neighborhood. Whether or not that’s true, Fred’s certainly goes the extra mile to keep your pooch happy and well-fed. The cantina boasts an alfresco dining patio, which fills up on Taco Tuesday, when a DJ spins all night, tacos are under $5 and prices for Dos Equis beer, Patrón shots and giant Margaritas are slashed as well.
The Canine Comida menu includes the Benny’s bowl of chicken and fries, Leo’s sliced carne asada and Jacko’s scrambled eggs. The only rules? Pups have to eat from their own designated bowls and must remain comfortably on the ground while you toss back your Margaritas.
Located in Uptown Dallas, Mutts is a pet owner’s dream. Part dog park and part beer garden, it makes choosing between hanging with your friends on a Saturday afternoon or showering your pup with some much-deserved attention a no-brainer. Locals can opt for a monthly or annual membership or just drop in for the day.
Pups will love running free in the one-acre off-leash space, which features separate sections for small and large dogs, as well as on-site attendants who will pick up after your pet and make sure they stay hydrated and behaved while you kick back in the adjacent beer garden, with its rotating taps and refreshing tipples like the Barkarita, Frozen Peach Old Fashioned and Texas Mule. Drop in for happy hour, when draft beer and frozen drinks are just $3, and treat your pup to the always-available frozen-beef-broth-and-peanut-butter Pupsicle.