It’s hard enough spending long work hours away from our dogs– but leaving them again on evenings and weekends to maintain an agreeable social life feels worse.
Despite some laws taking over health code in NYC restaurants, making some previously pet-friendly joints now turn dogs away, there are several spots throughout New York City that still invite you to bring your dog in, often complete with dog treats and communal watering bowls. Let your pooch enjoy the cool, dark inside of a cavernous bar, or warm outside patio of a great bar with great brewsky.
Here’s a roundup of five great places that welcome all variety of mongrels, and what atmosphere you can expect when you go:
1. The Luckydog
303 Bedford Avenue
Cross Streets: S. 1st and S. 2nd
On a prominent street in Williamsburg, tucked just enough out of the way of mainstream street traffic to maintain a certain breezy, unchaotic vibe, the Luckydog welcomes dogs and humans alike. Leashes are optional, free treats come from the gumball machine, and friends can easily make a few hours of their visit. A wide selection of beers is complemented by a shuffleboard and back patio that, in warmer months, hosts barbeques, parties, and the occasional kiddie pool. It’s a bonified neighborhood watering hole without pretense.
2. Union Pool
484 Union Ave @Meeker
As long as you’re in Williamsburg, stop in at Union Pool during the daytime or a weekday night (weekend nights can get a little hectic) and head straight for the backyard. There’s a noteworthy taco truck and a stone pond, and lots of seating. Leashes should probably stay on, but your dog won’t mind since there’s plenty of room to relax, take a nap in the shade or sun, and listen to good music.
3. The Growler
55 Stone Street
Wall Street /South Street Seaport
This gastropub located across the East River from Brooklyn Bridge Park welcomes dogs on the patio, not inside. But still, a lovely patio it is. Dog treats and a communal water bowl make pooches feel at home, and for people, many classic cocktails and decadent dishes with dog-inspired names (three varieties of the Salty Dog, and a whole section of the menu devoted to different varieties of “hot dogs”-including bratwurst) give all new meaning to the words “It’s a dog eat dog world out there.” The back patio is an ideal hangout for some early summer evening. And you can take growlers of beer to go.
3 Bleecker Street
Bowery and Lafayette
A bulldog named “Happy” who wanders through the bar giving love to all he meets is not the only plus side to visiting this NoHo spot. It’s the beer selection, which is one of the better and more various in all of lower Manhattan. The only caution to visiting Von is space. There’s no backyard, so sometimes it can feel a little tight – a problem if you have a larger or more excitable dog. They do have a downstairs, which is a bit more roomy, unless it’s a prime weekend hour.
103 Beery Street @ N. 8th street
Seemingly immune to the nearby boutiques and hustle-bustle of Brooklyn hipsterdom, the Brooklyn Ale House feels like a Vermont lodge with its open wood bench seating, quieter crowd, and hot apple cider spiked with rum or whisky. Dogs are more than welcome, and have plenty of room to rest comfortably. There’s a great corner bench seat at the front, next to the large front window, where they can look out calmly, and in the back, there’s a pool table to enjoy while your pooch observes and mingles with patrons. Friendly, comfortable spot. Good place to relax on a weekday evening.After-Hours Hangouts for Dogs & Their Best Friends in NYC,