Where to go when you want to have a drink and bring your dog

We're pretty dog-crazy in the Northwest. Luckily, there are places that'll serve you an adult beverage AND welcome your dog, too.

May 21, 2019
Dog in a bar

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I can generally leave my dog Hazel at home for long periods of time without any issues. She doesn't have separation anxiety, so I know she won't bark her head off just because Daddy's gone. She just kicks it on my bed, or her bed, or the cool basement floor in warm weather. She has a big tank, if you know what I mean, so I never worry about "accidents" in the house. 

Hazel munching on a snack
John Fisher (yeah, me)

But I know people who literally can't meet you for a quick drink after work unless they can bring their dog along. They equate leaving the dog at home with leaving a toddler at home -- unheard of. (Yeah, I'm talking to you, my dog-obsessed radio partner Jeanne!)

Lucky for us, Seattle is pretty well-equipped with dog-friendly watering holes, and I found a good rundown that Eater Seattle put together: 10 Pup-Friendly Bars in Seattle For All the Very Good Dogs.

The longtime champ of Seattle dog bars has to be Norm's Eatery and Alehouse in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood. As Eater describes it:

This laid-back, unpretentious Fremont pub is the original and best-known Seattle dog bar, and there’s always a slew of canines here. Leashes are the rule, there’s an outdoor play area in the back, and in addition to an extensive, very silly dog menu (beefy stix, bacon pupcakes), Norm’s has a pretty good selection of people food too, with the likes of burgers, chili, and Belgian waffles.

Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood is the spot for Voff Bark & Brew. Eater says:

More a dog park with a bar than a dog-friendly bar,  this converted house in Greenwood is surrounded by a huge, wood-chipped lot equipped with toys, dog pools, and covered seating so patrons can enjoy the carefully cultivated beer and cider list rain or shine while their pals romp in the yard

In my neck of the woods -- West Seattle -- a big favorite is Beveridge Place Pub. Their beer selection, both bottled and on tap, is in the three-digit range, so you won't be thirsty. They don't serve food, but they're fine if you bring your own, or even order a pizza or Thai food and have it delivered to the bar. Just keep your eye out for the guy with the food bags coming through the door and grab your meal.

The Eater article leaves out one spot that I like a lot, because no matter the weather, it has an outdoors component -- Optimism Brewing Company on Capitol Hill. A rotating selection of food trucks park on their covered patio, so you can buy your own food and grab a fresh brew inside to wash it down . . . and your pup can hang right there with you. (The first time I met Jeanne for a welcome-to-Seattle drink and nosh, I picked Optimism because she said she wouldn't go out unless her dog Teddy could join us.)

The article doesn't list dog-friendly bars outside of Seattle, but there are plenty -- Tacoma, Bellevue, and other 'burbs all have spots that welcome pets, although a lot of places only let you bring your dog in weather that's nice enough to use their outside seating, which isn't quite the same as welcoming your four-legged friend into the actual buidling. Keep that in mind when you use this handy site -- BringFido.com -- that lets you search for dog-friendly spots all over the U.S.

One thing all of these places have in common is that they pretty much insist on you, the pet person, keeping track of your dog -- using a leash, taking them outside to do their business, and preventing dog-on-dog conflicts. But this is definitely the time of year when it's much easier to bring Sparky along for a drink or a meal, so go for it . . . and let me know about your favorite pooch-friendly spots, too!

Email me here: john@thesoundseattle.com