For Seattle dog owners, the question when taking a pet along to the bar isn’t necessarily if the place allows canines so much as if it is legally allowed. Generally, places that don’t serve food have the most freedom to welcome furry friends, but the lines can be fuzzy. To cut through the confusion, here’s a list of 10 great dog-friendly bars and breweries that are always thrilled to welcome patrons’ pups to the party, from Greenwood to West Seattle.Read More
10 Pup-Friendly Bars in Seattle For All the Very Good Dogs
From Greenwood to West Seattle, these bars and breweries welcome puppers, sometimes with dedicated play areas or special menus
Voff Bark and Brew
More a dog park with a bar than a dog-friendly bar, this converted house in Greenwood is surrounded by a huge, wood-chipped lot equipped with toys, dog pools, and covered seating so patrons can enjoy the carefully cultivated beer and cider list rain or shine while their pals romp in the yard. Voff also shows sports and movies on a massive TV screen. Entry to the park with hound is $10, but the cover is waived for dog-less customers who just want to watch the action.
Lamplighter Public House
In the westernmost residential hinterlands of Greenwood, the Lamp is about as unaffected as bars come. Although it’s only been in business a few years, it’s got a timeless vibe, with crusty old pool tables and pull tabs, a la sibling bar Goofy’s down the road. Dogs are allowed on the spacious covered patio, open until 2 a.m., and the bar’s $5 happy hour burger is the best deal in the neighborhood.
Ballard Station Public House
Located at the intersection of Market Street and Ballard Avenue, this railroad-themed pub has a wide rotating cast of local and international beers, as well as some pretty fancy craft cocktails, considering its neighborhood bar aesthetic. A handful of dogs are always lounging around, both inside the bar and out on the Market Street-facing patio, which is a major contender for the best people-watching spot in Ballard. Plus there’s free popcorn.
Outlander Brewery and Pub
Set inside an old Victorian house, this chill Fremont nano-brewery is known for its experimental beers — like a stout with reishi mushroom or a holy basil-infused pale ale, all brewed in the tiny basement — and its dog-friendly backyard beer garden. The quirky business also serves a small menu of hot sandwiches and bar snacks, including Australian meat pies, and has live music on occasion and a sweet vintage Atari set up in the tiny upstairs seating area.
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Norm's Eatery and Ale House
This laid-back, unpretentious Fremont pub is the original and best-known Seattle dog bar, and there’s always a slew of canines here. Leashes are the rule, there’s an outdoor play area in the back, and in addition to an extensive, very silly dog menu (beefy stix, bacon pupcakes), Norm’s has a pretty good selection of people food too, with the likes of burgers, chili, and Belgian waffles.
Just a block from the Beacon Hill Link light rail station, Perihelion Brewery is small but special, with 12 beers made on-site and a thoughtful, ever-changing menu of bites, from stout adobo wings and fried Brussels sprouts to roasted bone marrow. Pups are allowed on the patio only, but there are fire pits out there for those without a natural fur coat.
The aptly-named Backyard is the sister bar to Rookies, Columbia City’s sports viewing destination, with a more subdued vibe literally out back. Pups are allowed in the shady, secluded patio area — hand-built by the bar’s owner — away from the noisy street, where they can stretch their legs and get a drink of water. It’s also a great spot for humans to grab some brews and bar snacks (including brisket poutine and cheese curds fried in ale batter) when the weather’s warm.
Slow Boat Tavern
Tucked away from street view in Hillman CIty, this sleepy tavern’s dark leather upholstery and cozy, rosy lighting make it a delicious cedar-scented treasure for hard-to-find drinks like Alpenfire cider and Danish cherry wine. It’s the kind of place where people throw their peanut shells on the floor, and there are usually a couple dogs down there as well. Instant ramen is the only other food item here, so customers are invited to bring their own takeout.
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Beveridge Place Pub
In addition to its pro-pup policy, this West Seattle neighborhood favorite has more than 100 different bottled beers, 25 more on tap, a lovely oasis of a patio, pool, shuffleboard and TVs, and a cozy bohemian feel, with homey old tables and couches and a super-cool 1907 Brunswick back bar. There’s no food, so takeout is encouraged. Fair warning: The bar is cool with dogs, but strict about leashes, barking, and jumping, so dog owners are expected to stick to service-animal rules.
Beer Star is pretty slick for crunchy old White Center, a sign of the changes occurring in the neighborhood, but there’s no denying that the bar’s expansive bottle shop and tap list blow the nearby competition out of the water. Parents and dog owners are happy about it, no doubt, as the space is friendly to dogs and kids alike, with toys and play areas offered for each. No food is served at Beer Star proper, but folks can bring their own or order from the attached Li’l Woody’s or Southside Pizza locations.