It’s tough to leave your furry best friend behind. But at these pawsome dog-friendly spots in Durham, you don’t have to.
We found the best dog-friendly Durham bars, breweries, beer shops and bottle shops, all known for their extra-special hospitality toward your pooch. Bring ’em along for the ride next time you’re out and about. You’ll both be happy you did.
Known as a “dog-friendly taproom, bottle shop and gift shop,” Barley Labs—which opened in March 2018—is one of the (dog) friendliest spots in town. Customers (human and K-9) can stop by for dog treats and toys, craft brews, adoption events and more!
Dog-friendly both inside and out, Bull City Ciderworks makes it easy for pet owners. Even better is that, when temperatures drop, they’ve got a heated deck and an outdoor fire pit, plus some delicious craft beers and ciders (24 draft cider taps, to be exact) to keep you warm and cozy.
The only thing better than beer and dogs is... beer, dogs and pinball. Enjoy all three at Beer Study, located at 15-501 and University Drive. Grab a seat!
While Bull McCabe’s is also a full-service restaurant, this Irish pub allows well-behaved dogs on the outdoor patio, which is heated and enclosed this time of year. Don't miss the beer specials every day of the week!
Beer Durham is one of the more low-key spots on this Durham beer tour, but you and your pooch will be in great hands here. Don’t have a pooch? Beer Durham hosts a monthly adoption event called Dog Days, where you can meet the amazing adoptable dogs from the Animal Protection Society of Durham. Even better, Beer Durham donates a portion of all draft sale proceeds to APS. At Beer Durham, the dog days are never over.
If you’re out and about with the doggo, Fullsteam—around the corner from Durham favs Geer Street Garden and Cocoa Cinnamon—should be your first stop. The brewery’s giant warehouse layout offers plenty of room to kick it indoors, beer (or beers) in hand.
Attached to Motorco Music Hall is Parts & Labor, its sister drinking establishment. While dogs aren’t allowed inside due to health code (P&L has a full menu of appetizers and small plates), the outdoor, covered patio space is a good size. Visit in the spring, summer or fall and you can have the best of both worlds—your dog and an order of delish poutine.
Not all the dog-friendly spots are downtown. Another one of our favs is Growler Grlz, just a five-minute drive from Southpoint. With daily rotating taps, you’ll never get bored with the brew selection. Or the selection of doggies to snuggle (though we recommend asking the owner before you do). Dogs allowed both inside and outside.
After you’ve hit Growler Grlz, just cross the street to Sam’s Bottle Shop, the second location to Duke’s legendary Sam’s Quik Shop. Sam’s Bottle Shop gives south Durham a taste of the craft beer movement, and another awesome spot to visit with your Bubba. We love the spacious outdoor patio/roof in the summertime.
Asheville's circus-themed brewery has opened their first taproom in the Triangle, and it's pretty epic. Besides touting previously hard-to-access brews, soccer pool courts and an incredible wrap-around mural, the entire massive space—both indoor and outdoor—is completely pup friendly.
In the Greenwood Commons Shopping Center in south Durham is a (somewhat) hidden dog-friendly gem, Glass Jug Beer Lab. Dogs are allowed on the outdoor, covered patio and in the beer garden, ideal for visits with the pup in the spring, summer or fall.
Though dogs aren’t allowed in the taproom at Ponysaurus, you’ll be impressed with the amazing outdoor area, where there’s plenty of room for pup to join the party when the weather is warm.