There are so many dog-friendly places in the area, it would almost be easier to name the establishments that are not.
So how do you choose which dog-friendly restaurant or bar to visit with your pup? What the business serves humans is important, but it earns them extra points if they go beyond just allowing your dog to sit beside you at your table on the patio.
As recommended by local residents on Facebook, there are a few places in the area that make taking your pup out with you a fun and easy experience.
Bungalow Heights, 1919 Beall St., has a larger selection and variety of drinks for its customers, but on the menu is also an option for our four-legged friends. While you have a beer, your dog can have a can of Good Boy Dog Beer.
The dog beer is an all-natural non-alcoholic brew, and every can is composed of fresh ingredients that make a refreshing and healthy treat.
For a big yard, Wicklow Heights at 1027 W. 19th St., is a good choice. Not only does this bungalow have numerous picnic tables and plenty of green space, the grass is turf. This makes it easier to clean up after your dog if the need arises. Wicklow also provides water bowls for patrons to use for their dogs.
If you’re looking for a place to get out of the summer heat and don’t want to settle for the shade, Astral Brewing, 4816 N. Shepherd Dr., allows dogs inside. The only stipulation is barking while inside isn’t allowed.
When looking for a place to take a dog out into the community, locals mostly look for a good food and drink selection for themselves and nice, dog-friendly servers and accessible water bowls for the pups.
There are many places in the area that meet those requirements, but the ones that were recommended offered even more. Among them were The Barking Pig at 2307 Ella Blvd., which has treats and spaced-out tables to make it easier to accommodate dogs, Eight Row Flint at 1039 Yale St., which is a mostly outdoor space, making it an easy walk-up destination, and Plonk! Beer & Wine Bistro at 1214 W. 43rd St., which has a patio with fans and shade covers.
Other recommendations include Petrol Station at 985 Wakefield Dr., Cedar Creek Café Bar & Grill at 1034 W. 20th St., EQ Heights at 1030 Heights Blvd., Cottonwood at 3422 N. Shepherd Dr., Greater Heights Brewing Company at 938 Wakefield Dr., The Union Kitchen at 3452 Ella Blvd., Barnaby’s Café at 2802 White Oak Dr., Sassafras at 5022 Pinemont Dr. and Postino Wine Café at 642 Yale St.
Near Postino Wine Café is the Heights trail, which also leads into the Heights Mercantile development. In the same parking lot, you can find a picnic area to relax with your pup and can even grab a crepe from Melange Creperie, 711 Heights Blvd., Ste. B, which is adjacent to the picnic area.