While New York City laws have always restricted pets from restaurants, bars that don’t serve food have regularly chosen to ignore the mandate. Additionally, there’s a few clever restaurants that have bent the rules altogether by welcoming dogs in their outdoor patios. Below you’ll find some of our favorite places to bring fido, organized by neighborhood. Enjoy!
Luckydog – Williamsburg
Highlights: When you and your pup need to get out for some fun, Luckydog has you covered with shuffleboard, pinball, and a jukebox all in a dog friendly environment. Sunday evenings at Luckydog are especially enjoyable, as the dive bar offers live music and complimentary bagels. Happy hour is also a blast, thanks to the bar’s cheap PBR.
George & Jacks Taproom – Williamsburg
Highlights: Just blocks away from the Bedford L, George and Jacks Taproom is a local favorite offering pinball and free popcorn. This cozy dive bar is dog friendly, so scoop up some popcorn and sprinkle some Old Bay seasoning on it, sit back, and enjoy a cold one.
The Growler – Financial District
Highlights: Dog-themed decor abounds at The Growler. Although pups aren’t allowed inside the Manhattan craft beer bar, dogs remain the focus, thanks to intriguing Victorian figurines and a humorous Eric Mackey mural. When the weather cooperates, dog lovers gather at The Growler’s outdoor area on Stone Street. If nothing else, the bar is worth visiting for its great cocktail names, which include the Salty Chihuahua and the Black Shuck.
Bistro Chat Noir – Upper East Side
Highlights: Bistro Chat Noir boasts extraordinary French cuisine and a decidedly dog-friendly atmosphere. Leashed dogs are welcome to accompany their owners on the restaurant’s cozy front patio. The humorous “ladies who lunch” menu makes ordering the perfect meal a challenge, but you can’t go wrong with lobster salad, goat cheese soufflé, and, of course, a bottle of Bordeaux.
Firehouse Tavern – Upper West Side
Highlights: The firefighting-themed decor at Fire House Tavern includes a prominent picture of a dalmatian, but the real-life dogs here are often more difficult to spot. If leashed and quiet, they are permitted to hang out alongside the tavern’s outdoor seats. The Firehouse Burger is a must-have — and it tastes great with a chilled Harpoon IPA.
Boat Basin Cafe – Upper West Side
Highlights: It’s tough to tear your eyes away from the adorable dogs at the Boat Basin Café, but if you look up, you’ll witness one of the best views of the Hudson River. Open between March and late October, the restaurant has an open air patio and a covered rotunda with a BBQ buffet and a bar. Order nachos and a beer, and take in a gorgeous sunset with your pup by your side.
Drop Off Service – Alphabet City
Highlights: Once a laundromat, Drop Off Service has replaced spin dryers with barstools and beers, as well as an extensive collection of European wine. The bar has an exceptional happy hour, featuring half-priced drinks until 8 p.m. Stop by for a beer with your leashed four-legged friend and don’t hesitate to chat up the many ex-pats who frequent this dive bar.
Nowadays – Bushwick
Highlights: Outdoor enthusiasts and canine lovers of Bushwick/Glendale are known to frequent Nowadays, a popular outdoor bar where kids run free and dogs remain on-leash. The venue hosts numerous events, including weekly ping pong tournaments, live music, and occasional dance parties. Order a Nowaburger and a beer from the bar’s rotating list, and get ready to have a blast with your dog!
Pine Box Rock Shop – Bushwick
Highlights: Both dog-friendly and-vegan friendly, Pine Box Rock Shop occupies a former casket shop in Bushwick/East Williamsburg. Don’t be put off by the purposefully grim atmosphere; your dog is perfectly safe here! Favorite drinks include Sam in a Sweater and the Suffering Bastard. Stop by for live indie rock performances, Walking Dead premiers, and the Killing Joke’s monthly standup comedy session.
Bar Great Harry – Gowanus
Highlights: If you love pinball, rare beers, and pooches, you’ll adore Bar Great Harry. Dogs aren’t the focus here, but if you prefer to drink your usual Brooklyner Weisse with Fido by your side, it’s not a big deal. Drop by during happy hour, when you can score two beers for five bucks!