By Bryan Richards
Poor, Fido. What’s got your tail between your legs? What’s that? Can’t go inside breweries anymore because of health code enforcement? Don’t worry. You can still go with your master to the Dog Bar.
Open since 2005, The Dog Bar—located in NoDa—is the Queen City’s original off-leash dog bar. Yes, that means you can enjoy a relaxing drink without your four-legged friend tugging your arm off to greet every human, or dog, who strolls by. Because The Dog Bar doesn’t fall under the same restaurant health code as breweries, dogs are permitted both on the patio and inside the bar. The only requirements for pups to play are an annual $10 fee and proof of vaccinations. All dogs must also be spayed or neutered.
The Dog Bar offers more than 1,000 square feet of outdoor space covered with thick artificial grass—the same kind used at kennels to protect paws—and doggie playground equipment. Cooling misters in the summer and heaters in the winter make the patio pooch-friendly all year long; there’s even a pool where overheated hounds can lounge when it gets too hot. With a fully stocked bar, including a wide selection of local craft beer, there’s plenty for us humans to do as well. Stop in on Sunday to catch the Panthers game on one of seven TVs, or come out for trivia on Tuesday.
3307 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte, NC 28205
Mon−Thurs, 6−11 p.m.
Fri, 6 p.m.−1 a.m.
Sat, noon−1 a.m.
Sun, noon−10 p.m.
This article appeared in the September 2017 issue of Happenings.