As you’re likely already aware, Charlotte is an incredibly dog-friendly city! It’s hard to go just about anywhere without seeing pups and their owners, especially since so many businesses in the Queen City have dog-friendly patios. But as a new dog owner, I’m starting to learn that all patios aren’t created equal. We have a one-year-old Great Pyrenees, a 100 lb. fluffy pup with tons of energy. Our goal is to find patios where she isn’t just tolerated, but appreciated. Places where the staff (and patrons) are excited to greet her, and where she’ll have bowls of water to drink from. So, here are some of the most dog-friendly patios in Charlotte, where your pup will always be welcome!
As the name implies, this NoDa spot is literally a bar dedicated to dogs. Your pup can roam off-leash with other dogs on the Astroturf, splash around in the doggie pools, or hop right up onto the bar to join you while you enjoy your beverage. The patio seating is right beneath a heat lamp to keep you warm in the cooler months, and there are misters to cool you down during the summer! Head to Dog Bar Trivia every Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. to test your knowledge on a wide variety of topics while enjoying tasty local beers.
Though your pup can’t hang out in the taproom here or at any other brewery in Charlotte, Lenny Boy has plenty of patio space and a fenced-in area with grass for your furry friend to enjoy while you sip your kombucha or beer. Lenny Boy also has water bowls and offers pet waste disposal bags in case your pups need to relieve themselves. Lenny Boy regularly hosts a dog walk called Waggle For Your Beer (hosted by Work For Your Beer and The Waggle Company), so keep an eye on the brewery’s Facebook events for the walk schedule!
In addition to having dog-friendly seating on a patio in front of the store, Park Road Books is also a totally dog-friendly business. Your pup can come inside with you to choose your books, and they may even meet a few other dogs while you browse.
In addition to offering dog training and doggie daycare services, Star Dog Charlotte also functions as the largest dog park in the Queen City with a 10,000-square-foot indoor space and 6,000-square-foot outdoor dog park with several different fenced-in fields. You can take your pup there for free anytime you want to get their energy out. Star Dog is also planning to install an outdoor patio bar soon, so you’ll be able to have a beer or two while your dog plays!
There’s so much for you and your dog to do at the U.S. National Whitewater Center! Whether you hit the trails, hop on a paddleboard, or post up on the patio at one of several outdoor bars for a local beer, you’re sure to have a blast (and get out TONS of energy).
With plenty of outdoor seating on the patio, Birdsong Brewing is one of our favorite dog-friendly breweries. There’s plenty of shade to keep your pup cool, grass for them to play in, and water bowls for them to drink from. Chances are they’ll run into a few other pups throughout the day to keep them entertained while you enjoy a few tasty brews.
Yes, you read that right! The same restaurant that brings you Korean-Southern fusion fare and incredible craft cocktails also has a full dog park where your pooch can run and play off-leash, and they have a pup-friendly patio if your pooch wants to join you while you eat. Add in life-sized pool, beer pong, and karaoke, and you’ve got yourself a puppy-friendly party!
One of the greatest things about hanging out at Hattie’s is that the whole property is fenced in, so your dog can hang out off-leash outside on the patio as well as inside the bar without you worrying about them getting loose! Hattie’s has water bowls and puppy waste disposal stations, and plenty of room to play. Stop by for Bingo on Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. or on Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. for karaoke night.
This indoor/outdoor sports bar and dog park is a great place to bring your pooch. There’s plenty of paved space for dogs to roam off-leash, as well as obstacle courses to keep them entertained while you drink local beer or cocktails. And as a bonus, you can take advantage of a dog bathing salon, doggie day care services, and overnight boarding while you’re there! Lucky Dog regularly hosts pup-friendly events, so keep an eye on their Facebook events to see what fun activity they’re hosting next.
You’ve probably seen dozens of photos of pups on the patio at Sycamore Brewing, and that’s because it’s one of the top spots for dog owners to meet up in South End! Dogs are welcome and encouraged, and you’ll find water bowls and pet waste disposal stations readily available if (/when) your pet needs them. You can check them out for Run Club on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 11:45 a.m. to give your dog a workout. Don’t forget to snap a picture of your pup with a beer while you’re there! Trust us, you won’t be the only one.
Where are your favorite dog-friendly patios in Charlotte? Tag us in your photos at @offlineclt!