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10 Dog-Friendly Spots in D.C.

You don't have to leave your furry friend behind when you’re out and about in D.C.

All dog owners know the worst part of going out is leaving your furry friend at home. Luckily, Washington, D.C., has an abundance of dog-friendly businesses, so your pooch won't miss out on any of the fun. Here are 10 places you can bring your pup, whatever your interest.

For Shopping

East City Bookshop

This independent bookstore near the U.S. Capitol loves dogs so much they’ve got a gallery wall with photos of furry customers. Feel free to bring your well-behaved, leashed friend inside, where you’ll likely find treats waiting for them. Aside from the wide variety of books, including children’s titles, East City also offers a selection of toys, gifts, art supplies and other “bookish” items for sale. 645 Pennsylvania Ave, 202.290.1636

East City Bookshop
East City Bookshop (Courtesy East City Bookshop)

For a Good Meal

Jackson 20

This upscale restaurant in Alexandria, Virginia’s Old Town neighborhood welcomes dogs in the outdoor patio. The menu offers plenty of seafood options ranging from crab cakes to rockfish, plus ravioli, ribeye steak frites and kielbasa with pierogi. Occasionally, the restaurant hosts dog-friendly events, like dog yoga and “Howl-ween Yappy Hour.” 480 King St. Alexandria, Va., 703.549.6080

Art and Soul

Art and Soul has a “pooch patio” offering a menu of for-dogs treats such as the “gravy train,” house-made beef and rice in savory gravy; “the hungry dawg,” grilled sirloin “good enough for a human”; and peanut-banana pupsicles. The human menu offers a Southern-influenced selection, with dishes such as curry-braised collard greens and a mac-and-cheese dish made with six cheeses. 415 New Jersey Ave. NW, 202.393.7777

Art and Soul
Art and Soul's Pooch Patio (Courtesy Art and Soul)

For Dessert

Casa Rosada Artisan Gelato

Also located in Alexandria’s Old Town, Casa Rosada brings Argentine-style gelato and sorbet to the capital. Find up to 20 flavors like banana split, chai latte, cranberry and pear, tiramisu and so much more. There are also vegan gelatos and sorbets. For your pup, Casa Rosada offers a canine-safe gelato made with pumpkin and topped with a peanut butter banana “bone.” While dogs aren’t allowed inside, they are welcome in the enclosed patio. 111 South Payne St., Alexandria, Va., 703.349.1001

Casa Rosada
Casa Rosada (Courtesy Casa Rosada)

For a Drink

Dacha Beer Garden

Located in D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood and sporting a giant portrait of Liz Taylor, Dacha offers German, Belgian and American craft beers plus wines, meads and ciders. The menu is inspired by traditional Bavarian beer gardens and features specialties such as bratwurst and schnitzel, as well as elevated bar food such as the “mac & five cheeses” and pulled pork sliders. The outdoor beer garden is very dog-friendly, but make note that dogs aren’t allowed in any of Dacha's indoor spaces. 1600 7th St. NW, 202.350.9888

Dacha Beer Garden
Dacha Beer Garden (Courtesy Dacha Beer Garden)

Bardo beer

This 100 percent outdoor brewery and beer garden is ideal for dogs. Located next to Nationals Park and a block from Audi Field, Bardo is the place to go before or after a game. You’ll find a huge variety of beers, plus cornhole, ample seating and river views. You’ll also find a pop-up from Smoke and Ember BBQ. Bardo closes for the winter but opens the rest of the year, as long as it’s above 55 degrees, so check social media for the most up-to-date times before heading over. 25 Potomac Ave. SE, 762.233.7070

Wet Dog Tavern

Founded in memory of a beloved Golden Retriever, Wet Dog Tavern claims to be D.C.’s first pet-friendly bar garden. With an outdoor patio, Wet Dog Tavern also hosts special pet-themed events. Past gatherings have included photo sessions with your pet, a “yappy” hour and a National Love Your Pet Day celebration. The drink menu offers craft beer from breweries like New Belgium, Dogfish Head, Deschutes, Victory and Troegs, plus wine and liquor. A limited menu serves up burgers with one vegetarian option. 2100 Vermont Ave. NW, 202.234.3334

Wet Dog Tavern
Wet Dog Tavern (©Alexa Olsher)

For a day trip

8 Chains North Winery

Located about an hour outside of D.C., 8 Chains North Winery allows leashed dogs inside the tasting room and off-leash pups in the fenced dog park, which has seating, shade and a dog waste station. A bonus? Tastings here run just $9 per person. 38593 Daymont Lane, Waterford, Va., 571.439.2255

8 Chains North
8 Chains North Tasting Room (Courtesy 8 Chains North)

For Sports Lovers

Pups in the Park

Watch a Nationals game with your pup from a special pet-friendly reserved seating section. All proceeds from dog ticket sales are donated to the Humane Rescue Alliance, so you get to enjoy a day with your pup and help out less-fortunate pets as well. A dog ticket costs $10 and a human ticket is $33. There are six opportunities in 2019 to take your dog out to the ballgame: March 31 (vs. New York Mets), April 27 (vs. San Diego Padres), May 26 (vs. Miami Marlins), June 13 (vs. Arizona D-backs), September 13 (vs. Atlanta Braves) and September 28 (vs. Cleveland Indians). Check the website for all dates. Nationals Park, 1500 S. Capitol St. SE, 202.640.7649

Pups in the Park
Pups in the Park (Courtesy Washington Nationals Baseball Club)

For Outdoors Enthusiasts

Boating in DC

Bring your furry friend out on the water with Boating in DC. You can rent kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards and more and bring your best friend aboard in provided doggie life jackets. Check online for a full list of locations and season open dates. The Key Bridge Boathouse location opens April 13. 3500 Water St. NW, 202.337.9642

Boating in DC
Boating in DC (Courtesy Boating in DC)