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The best dog-friendly bars in NYC

Get buzzed alongside your four-legged friend at these pooch-friendly watering holes

Photograph: David Rosenzweig
Feel guilty whenever you leave your pup at home to go out and toss back some beers with your (human) friends? We've all been there. Luckily, there are tons of New York bars throughout the boroughs to drink some of the city's best beer while petting your furry drinking compadre. Whether you want sunny outdoor drinking spots or a cozy booth indoors, these Gotham bars will make your dog feel at home.

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Lucky Dog

If your hound finds leashes so restricting, duck into this dive bar, where dogs can roam free and snack on goodies from the treat-dispensing gum-ball machine. While your furry companion sniffs it up (that’s how dogs live it up, duh), play shuffleboard and work your way through the 20 beers on tap.

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Barking Dog Luncheonette

While some of us are hoping for that cat café to open permanently next spring (how did San Francisco beat us?!?), we have to admit that dogs go well with a good cup of coffee, too. This Upper East Side brunch spot really cares about accommodating its canine clientele—there’s a dog water fountain and treat jar outside.

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Upper East Side

Growler Bites & Brews

With walls decorated in Victorian-style dog portraits (including a mural of the owners with their little furballs) and a downstairs cocktail lounge called Underdog, this bar is really into mutts. Sadly, you can’t  actually bring your growler inside, but when the weather permits, the two of you can enjoy the outdoor seating on historic Stone Street.

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Financial District


Queens dog owners flock to the spacious brick backyard at this craft-beer destination, which is open to two- and four-legged folks. Bonus: You can order delivery here, though feeding Fido your table scraps is verboten.

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Long Island City

The Gate

Critics' pick

After a long afternoon of playing fetch in Prospect Park, you and your pup should head to this popular Park Slope bar. The two of you can take over a booth indoors or a table on the patio, which is situated on a busy corner  that’s perfect for people (and pooch) watching.

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Park Slope