Dog Friendly Bars in New York City: A New Leash on Life

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You’d never leave a good buddy chained to a pole outside in the freezing cold while you sat inside a cozy bar enjoying a pint (we hope). So why would you do the same to your dog? We’ve located four bars—even more awesome than Manhattan hound haunts like Tom and Jerry’s and The Levee—where man’s best friend is encouraged to tag along.

1. Brooklyn Brewery | Williamsburg

Though your dog can’t accompany you on a tour, you’ll be more than taken care of in the Tasting Room, which serves up an ever-rotating lineup of the latest (and favorites) from Brooklyn Brewery. Park your pet under one of the brewery’s many picnic tables and try a couple off the expansive blackboard behind the counter.

2. LIC Bar | Long Island City

Water bowls abound in this Queens watering hole revered for its come-as-you-are vibe. Check the pretension at the door and guzzle some suds while you listen to live music (every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) or participate in Laugh and Learn trivia nights (every Thursday).

3. Barcade | Brooklyn

Stop by this bark-friendly bar by 8pm to avoid a wait for the many retro arcade games like Pacman, Donkey Kong, Frogger and Tetris. Let your pooch pick a song on the jukebox and enjoy the expansive selection of local and craft beers. Come back in the springtime and unwind outdoors with your woogie.

4. Mission Dolores | Park Slope

This airy, no-nonsense beer garden caters to hooch hounds and furry hounds alike. The extensive beer list may seem overwhelming, so here’s a tip: order the cask ale. Not only is it delish, but it’s also awesome to watch the bartender serve it à la the old-school lever.

If you do go with your dog to any of these or other restaurants, I recommend getting good dog insurance, which protects your pet in case of accidents, illnesses, and emergencies. Restaurants are not always the safest place on earth, and your dog could easily swallow a foreign object, get cut while running in-between the tables, or be bitten by another dog.