Eat & Drink

Where to Drink Beer with Your Dog in Charlotte

There’s no need to leave your furry friend behind during patio season. These watering holes invite owners to lap up local suds with their pups in tow.

The Dog Bar - Photo by Robert Kisiah

There are few things worse than watching your beloved pooch longingly press its snout against the window as you depart for a day spent enjoying Charlotte’s booming beer scene. But while North Carolina law prevents you from bringing your dog inside your favorite spots, that doesn’t have to put a damper on the fun. Your four-legged pal is still welcome to keep you company as you put in patio time around town. 


Birdsong Brewing Co. has a spacious outdoor area that offers just enough shade on sunny days. The brewery frequently hosts food trucks and puts on events like yoga classes (insert downward dog joke here) and live music.

If your pup is in the market for new friends, head to Sycamore Brewing. The popular choice always has plenty of four-legged visitors.

Grab a Jam Session and belly up to a picnic table at NoDa Brewing Company’s large outdoor space, complete with tasty eats from TIN Kitchen Food Truck.

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery is a pooch’s paradise, with a sprawling 8-acre beer garden.

And on Triple C Brewing Co.’s patio, you can sample the ever-popular Golden Boy Blonde Ale or the Baby Maker Double IPA, then grab lunch from one of the rotating food trucks parked on-site. 


Beyond Charlotte’s many breweries, the city is home to a number of bars that cater to your canine and your personal need for play time. Tucked in between Plaza Midwood and NoDa, Hattie’s Tap & Tavern is an unassuming neighborhood favorite with a dog-friendly patio, rotating tap list, and regular Bingo and karaoke nights.

You’ll find a similar atmosphere at AvidXchange Music Factory’s VBGB Beer Hall & Garden, which offers jumbo-sized versions of your favorite childhood games, like Connect 4 or Jenga, on a dog-friendly patio. (Just make sure the volleyball courts remain unmarked territory.) 


Looking for something off-leash? The massive mural decorating NoDa’s The Dog Bar pays homage to pups of all shapes and sizes. Your furry friend will feel right at home in this enclosed play place, which only asks that all hounds be up to date on vaccinations and fixed before visiting.

The same rules apply for Lucky Dog Bark and Brew. The perfect cross between a dog park and a bar, the indoor-outdoor space invites pups to frolic off-leash while owners sip brews at the bar.