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Best Places to Have a Beer with Your Dog

By Christy True
August 5, 2021 • 4 min. read
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It wasn’t so long ago that going out for a beer with friends meant leaving your best furry friend at home. Not anymore.

More bars and restaurants are starting to welcome dogs. Usually, dogs are limited to an outdoor patio, but many bars now allow dogs inside too. And even more exciting, some establishments cater to customers with dogs by opening dog-specific bars and offering amenities such as turf play areas, dog treats, and play equipment to make the visit just as much fun for your pooch as it is for you.

Keep in mind that all dog-friendly bars do have rules – most typical is that your dog must be up to date on vaccinations, well-behaved and friendly to other dogs and people, on a leash, and you must clean up after them (obviously!).

Be aware that many bars and restaurants are just getting back on their feet following the pandemic, and future COVID-19 outbreaks could affect operations. Check their website to make sure they are open and whether masks are required.

In honor of International Beer Day (Aug. 6), here are a few of the dog-friendliest bars around:

Axelrad Beer Garden – Houston, Texas

Axelrad says it seeks to be an open and welcoming place for all, including canine companions. They provide dog bowls and treats and have pet clean-up stations.

Axelrad is more than a bar – it has an expansive garden featuring native plants and a stage and screen to host video art pieces, film screenings, live music, events, and festivals.

As for beer, they have an extensive menu of craft beers from local breweries and all over the country, and cocktails and wine. They don’t have a kitchen, but they share a patio with a pizzeria and offer rotating food trucks on site.


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Constitution Yards – Wilmington, Delaware

A seasonal beer garden, this restaurant/bar is a strictly outdoor establishment that welcomes dogs in their grassy and wood-chipped areas. They have a vast outdoor space enclosed with shipping containers, and they sometimes close due to unpleasant weather.

They offer classic BBQ fare, a rotation of craft beers, seasonal specialty cocktails, and wine. For entertainment, they have live music on weekends, sports on the big screen, and even ax-throwing (no dogs allowed to participate)!

Parks on Tap – Philadelphia, Penn.

A partnership between Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and a consortium of bars and restaurants, Parks on Tap is a traveling beer garden that moves throughout the city’s beautiful parks all summer long. And, of course, leashed dogs are welcome since the gatherings take place in city parks.

Billed as “a traveling beer garden that gives back,” a portion of the proceeds benefit the parks. Each location provides fresh food, beers on tap, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages in a festive outdoor environment with comfortable chairs, hammocks, and clean restrooms. Sometimes there is free yoga in the park or other activities.

Yard Bar – Austin, Texas

A southern entry in the delightful trend of “dog yard” bars, the Yard Bar provides a shady community gathering spot for people and their four-legged friends. Leashed dogs are welcomed to join their pet parents on the patio, while dogs can run free in the off-leash area, with “bark rangers” on-site to keep things friendly. Humans can enjoy sliders and tots from the Fat City food truck, along with a variety of tap beers and other beverages.

Dogs must register at the bar on their first visit, and day passes for the dog park are $9, with monthly memberships running about $25.


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Voff Dog Park – Seattle, Wash.

We’ve previously recommended the Dog Yard Bar in the Ballard neighborhood, but it’s not the only drinking and tail-wagging destination in the Emerald City. Described as a “bar made for dogs by dog people,” the Voff Dog Park offers an extensive outdoor turf play area for pups to roam and romp.  Their human companions can sip on a variety of local beers on tap, and other beverages.

The bar offers a single-day membership for $12 per dog or an unlimited entry membership for $65.


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Romero’s K9 Club and Tap House – Lafayette, Colo.

With the motto “Where tails are always wagging,” Romero’s K9 Club has two areas dedicated to the pups. One is an enclosed pavilion that allows on-leash canine companions and is temperature controlled for year-round enjoyment. An outdoor “biergarten” area admits well-behaved, off-leash dogs who have been registered and paid a day pass fee.

The bar serves draught beer from Colorado and beyond, and patrons can purchase food from a resident gourmet grilled cheese food truck called The Waggin’.

The bar hosts live music performances, beer tappings, holiday celebrations, charity fundraisers, goat yoga classes, and more. Giving to a variety of philanthropic causes and non-profits is a huge focus.

Lucky Dog Bark and Brew – Charlotte, N.C. (three locations)

Lucky Dog provides an array of dog care services such as boarding and daycare, including a dog-friendly bar and a spacious indoor and outdoor play area at all three of their locations.  You can even throw a birthday party for your dog or get a dog wash on “Beer & Bath” night.

For the beer-drinking humans, there are 20 rotating craft beer taps from local breweries and a long list of signature dog-themed cocktails and wines. The bar does not serve food but welcomes outside food or deliveries and sometimes hosts food trucks.

As they say on their website, “What’s better than drinking with dogs? Nothing!”

Black Husky Brewing – Milwaukee, Wisc.

Black Husky Brewing has a sweet origin story. The brewery started in a small log cabin in the woods in 2010. The founders were inspired by the dogs in their son’s sled dog kennel and named the brewery after their beloved husky, Howler. Each of their beers pays tribute to the loyalty and companionship of the kennel dogs, with names such as Deck dog, Dogfather, and Howler, after the one that started it all.

Dogs are allowed inside the taproom and out in the patio area if they are leashed and well behaved. The brewery only sells its own beer, but with the dog-themed labels, why would you want anything else?  There are food trucks available and sometimes live music, trivia, and other special events.

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Christy True and Tomas
By Christy True

Christy has been writing about pets for Healthy Paws for 21 dog years. She previously worked in journalism, hence her penchant for writing about offbeat animal studies and the latest viral pet trends. She has been owned by several dogs, and right now, Tomas, a Mexican street dog rescue, is staring at her because he wants a walk. Outside of work, she can usually be found sliding down a mountain near her home in Bend, Ore.

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