All dog owners have been here. It's approaching the weekend, you had a long week of work, and all you want to do is grab a drink with a few friends. But you have a dilemma: If you grab that drink, you have to leave your favorite pup behind. 9 out of 10 times, you choose to stay home with the pup over grabbing that drink... What if we told you that you could do both? Great news for everyone, we did some searching and asked the locals about their favorite dog friendly bars. A lot of places in Philly are pretty strict when it comes to bringing dogs in, but more and more restaurants are finding creative ways to include your fluffy pals!
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Great For: Wine Bar, Brunch With The Pups, Views of Rittenhouse Park From Outdoor Seating
Specials: None that we know of, shoot us a line if you hear of anything
Specializing in french cuisine, Parc is a must if you find yourself around the Rittenhouse area. You can't beat the proximity it has to Rittenhouse Square, and the outdoor seating leaves plenty of room for your furry friend. If you bring the pup to the outdoor seating, they are more than happy to bring out a water bowl to keep them hydrated.
Native Scoop: Philly Natives tell us they love to bring their dogs here after romping around Rittenhouse Square. It's no secret that the square is a favorite for dog owners, so having a place right across the street to carb load after a long day of tossing the frisbee is key. As for the food, locals rave about their brunch.
Great For: Day Drinking, Watching The Game, Arcade Games
Specials: 1:00 - 3:00 pm: $2 Hamm's and Narragansett Lager $4 Pickle Back $4 Fireball Shot $1 off all draft beers (Hey. Now!)
Garage in East Passyunk definitely reminds you to not judge a book by it's cover. Leading up to the bar, you might be asking yourself why you are headed to what seems like, well, a garage. Trust us on this one though, this bar is a helluva time. It's surprisingly bigger than you'd think, with arcade games and a novel of a beer menu! They are extremely welcoming as long as your dog is a good boy (or girl)... which they all are!
Native Scoop: This is a local favorite because of the low key vibes, and laid back attitude. Locals love all the events going on too. It seems like Garage throws some kind of an event every day of the week. If you don't believe us, just check out the event's schedule!
Great For: Pitchers of Margs & Guac, Lively/Fun Vibe, Bloody Mary
Specials: $20 Margarita Pitchers...YUM, New Food Specials Consistently
Another Passyunk bar makes the list with this Mexican focused gem. This is a restaurant that believes in consistency. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu. You'll definitely see a crowd of tattooed hipsters... which means that this place is solid. They allow your dogs in the outdoor area as long as they are leashed!
Native Scoop: Locals rave about the Watermelon Margs and how the tacos orders are actually a good size. Which is huge because we've all been hosed by small as hell taco orders that required 5 tacos just to curve our hunger. Grab a pitcher of Margs and chill outside with the pups; you're guaranteed to have a great time.
Great For: Wine-O's, Date Night, Chill Vibes
Specials: Happy Hour Mon-Thur$4 drafts and $9 cocktails (varies)
If it is a wine kinda night, Tria is the place you want to be. They have some solid wine choices and small plates to chow down on if you are a little hungry. Their motto is "Talk, Sip, Bite, Repeat" which encourages a social vibe to catch up with friends and make some new ones. The staff is very dog friendly and will approach you with a water bowl before you even ask!
Native Scoop: Philly Natives list this as their go to when they are in the mood for that wine drunk. The outdoor seating is perfect to grab some wine with your fellow dog owners.
5) Urban Saloon
Great For: Beer Flights, Comedy, Calm Before The Storm
Specials: Mon – Fri, 5 – 7 pm $1 off all drafts, $5.5 glasses of house wine ½ price buffalo cauliflower, hummus & chicken tenders
Urban Saloon sits directly across the street from the famous Eastern State Penitentiary (which is notoriously haunted). They regularly host comedians here so it might be a good idea to stop here for a laugh before heading to ESP for some haunted thrills. Make sure to leave the pups at home for the Haunted experience, but they are welcome to hangout before, they have dog friendly sidewalk seating. You'll see all different types of pups chilling outside, enjoying the fall air.
Native Scoop: The locals love the SNL style comedy performances that go on at Urban Saloon. It brings in a solid crowd of 20-somethings just looking to hangout, have a few laughs, and sip on some beer flights.
Great For: Cocktails, Pretending It's The 1920's Again
Specials: Weekend Brunch 10:30am -2:30pm Whiskey Flights
Village Whiskey is king when it comes to its Prohibition style cocktails. You are going to find it very difficult to come here and not pair one of their delicious burgers with one of their hundreds of Whiskey options. The outdoor seating area is perfect for bringing your pup along, and after the meal, you can walk it off around Rittenhouse, with the square only a few blocks away.
Native Scoop: Locals say their burgers are outta this world. Just a fair warning, it get's packed after 3:30 so make sure to plan ahead of time. Luckily, they usually let you try out some of their 200+ whiskeys while you wait! Locals are pushing that you have to try the cocktail of the month as your first drink!
Great For: Watching The Games, Grabbing A Pint
Specials: Brunch open - 3 p.m. Every Saturday & Sunday Featuring $4 Mimosas
The folks at Fado are really great with allowing our dogs to come with. Now we know that US got knocked out of the World Cup... but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy some soccer anyway. Fado is the place to be to watch some soccer and grab a few pints.
Native Scoop: The locals list this as a great place to be to watch some games. Although they specialize in soccer, the staff will absolutely be willing to throw on a game of your choice (as long as it's cool with everyone else in the bar).
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