9 Watering Holes You and Your Dog Will Love

Spotted: Our favorite pet-friendly bars in the South

Dog Sitting at the Bar
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You’ve been working all day and Fido has been cooped up at home. Sounds like you both need to get out and enjoy some fresh air (and a few cold beers). We’ve found some great pet-friendly places to hang with friends while enjoying good food, cold drinks, and great conversation.

Avondale Brewing, Birmingham, AL
201 41st St. S.
(205) 777-5456
There’s always fun to be had at Avondale. The huge, fenced-in backyard space is great for roaming pups, and has lots of seating for you too. Enjoy some incredible bands on the big stage or play a game of corn-hole or volleyball with your friends. If you’re hungry, you can bring in a pizza from neighboring Post Office Pies or BBQ from Saw’s Juke Joint.

Pirates Coe, Elberta, AL
6664 County Road 95
(251) 987-1224
Come to Pirates Cove for sun, fun, music, swimming, burgers, and Bushwackers. Located on Arnica Bay near the Gulf of Mexico, your kids and your dogs will love this classic spot.

Sail Pavilion on the Riverwalk, Tampa, FL
333 S. Franklin St.
(813) 274-7778
Free doggy treats and stainless steel water bowls make Sail Pavilion an incredibly dog-friendly stomping ground. Sparky also gets his own menu, which includes Frosty Paws and Mr. Barksmith Doggie Smoothies. And you will enjoy the open-air pavilion of the Tampa Riverwalk while having a light lunch, a drink from their full bar, or just enjoying a little people watching.

The Dog Bar, Charlotte, NC
3307 N. Davidson St.
(704) 370-3595
Located in the Arts Districts, The Dog Bar caters as much to dogs as it does to humans. For example, this off-leash bar has live music, an extensive beer list, liquor, and several wines. Need any other reasons to go? Food isn’t served but you can bring in take-out from nearby restaurants. Catch a ball game on one of the many TVs while your dog plays in a safe environment—inside and out. There is a $10 yearly membership fee per dog and proof of vaccination must be given on your first visit.

The Barrel, Charleston, SC
1859 Folly Rd.
(843) 732-2337
Located near Folly Beach, The Barrel serves up some of the best local and regional craft beers including some hard-to-find imports. The waterfront backyard is designed to entertain you and your dog with local food trucks, live bands, shuffleboard courts, and corn-hole games.

Loflin Yard, Memphis, TN
7 W. Carolina Ave.
(901) 249-3046
Located in the heart of downtown, this place has something for everyone like tire seats, ping-pong tables, and live music. Enjoy amazing seasonal food under the Memphis sky while your dog hangs out with you.

Katy Trail Ice House, Dallas, TX
3127 Routh Street
(214) 468-0600
This popular spot among pooches and people of all ages is located in the heart of uptown Dallas right on the Katy Trail, which includes 3.5 miles of walking trails in this privately-maintained public park.

The Point Park and Eats, San Antonio, TX
24188 Boerne Stage Rd.
(210) 251-3380
Satisfy everyone’s cravings with choices from a variety of San Antonio food trucks and craft beer. The atmosphere has a cool, family-friendly vibe (there’s even a playground for the kids). Check out the website for Food Truck and event schedule.

Bow-Wow Bones Food Truck, Austin, TX
Multiple Locations in Austin
For pets only. Yes, you read that right. If your dog decides he wants to dine alone, then this Austin food truck has gone to the dogs. Literally! Bow-Wow Bones is Austin’s first mobile food truck catering only to four-legged customers. You can find them rolling around the many dog parks in Austin. Bow-Wow Bones offers a variety of all natural, preservative free and locally baked, fresh pet treats along with specialty treats such as Doggie Ice Cream.