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The best dog-friendly restaurants and bars in L.A.

Grab a bite and a pint with your pup at L.A.'s best dog-friendly restaurants and bars that go beyond pet-friendly patios

By Michelle Nati

With dog parks and pet stores galore, consistently great weather and endless outdoor activities, from the mountains to the beach, it’s no secret that Los Angeles is a naturally dog-friendly city. If you’re longing to grab a brew or a burger with your best buddy and are looking for something more than the requisite shady patio and bowl of water, check out the following dog-friendly restaurants and bars. From full menus of canine cuisine to doggy birthday parties, these pup-loving establishments have you and your pal covered.

The best dog-friendly restaurants and bars in L.A.

Photograph: Courtesy Park Bench Café

Park Bench Café

Restaurants American Huntington Beach

Park Bench Cafe, located in Huntington Beach Central Park, hits all the requisite marks as a dog lover's paradise. The restaurant has been a brunch staple since 1988, but it’s the Park Bench's doggie menu that gets the most attention. Items with adorable names like Bow-Wow-Wow (boneless, skinless chicken) and Rover Easy (scrambled eggs) are featured, as are decadent desserts including Chilly Paws (vanilla ice cream) and Peanut Butter Churro Bites. Does your dog have an upcoming birthday? Your furry friend can have a "poochie party," during which six or more canine partygoers will get fresh bowls of water, an entrée from the special menu, dessert and a piece of dog-friendly birthday cake.

The Morrison

Bars Pubs Atwater Village

Dine with your canine at this well-loved Atwater establishment where dogs have their own menu—no, we’re not talking about giving your best friend your leftover table scraps. The Scottish pub and eatery has created three specific dishes to please the palate of any pampered pooch. The entrées currently available—ground beef, shredded chicken or, gulp, hot dogs—all come with a heaping side of rice and are served on a silver platter with a bowl of water and a side of treats on the quaint Morrison patio. Doggie dinners are priced at $6 across the board.


Golden Road Brewing

Bars Beer bars Glendale

This popular tavern and brewery has literally gone to the dogs. While relaxing with a pint of one of many craft beers brewed on site, your furry friend can enjoy a little down time on the pub’s very own "doggy deck." The relatively spacious outdoor area comes complete with comfy doggie beds and water bowls. Biscuits are available and made from the grain used to brew Golden Road's beer, just in case your pooch needs a little sustenance.

Photograph: Courtesy the Waffle

The Waffle

Restaurants Diners Hollywood

This retro-inspired Hollywood eatery known for its signature waffles opened in 2008 and quickly became a local favorite. Owners Gavin Polone and John Papsidera are big dog lovers, and the Waffle’s atmosphere is reflective of that. The restaurant’s dog-friendly staff will not only bring water for your four-legged friend, but special treats called Woofles—made with parmesan, parsley and whole wheat flour—are also available. The Waffle also gives back to the community by working with the SPCA LA and other animal rights organizations.


Angel City Brewery

Bars Breweries Downtown Arts District

This hip Downtown brewery stands apart from the other establishments on this list in that it allows dogs not only on the patio, but inside the spacious tavern itself (with the exception of the brewing area). Angel City is known and loved for its craft beers brewed in small batches, and offers a rotating schedule of visiting food trucks, games for humans and frisbees and water bowls for pups. This Arts District destination is sure to please beer lovers, foodies and pet parents alike. Angel City also has a BYOD—bring your own dog food—policy, if you want to make a day of it. What’s not to love?

Brouwerij West
Photograph: Courtesy Brouwerij West

Brouwerij West

Bars Breweries San Pedro

After nearly five years without a permanent home, Brouwerij West planted roots in one of two WWII-era Navy warehouses at the Crafted at The Port of LA site, a massive 120,000-square foot building built in 1944. Their tasting room and full-production brewery is in full swing, but you'll also find a bottle shop and cafe opening inside the brewery in the near future. So what makes this brewery stand out among all the other South Bay beer houses? A commitment to green energy, sure, but also its family atmosphere—you'll see dogs hanging out both inside and out, and a whole lot of children.

Photograph: Courtesy 33 Taps Silver Lake

33 Taps Silver Lake

Bars Silver Lake

Beer lovers will be attracted to 33 Taps thanks to its vast craft beer selection, but it has a lot more to offer than just beer. 33 Taps' food menu has some healthy options mixed in with traitional bar food—think: buffalo cauliflower and a kale salad versus bacon mac and cheese and pork sliders. 33 Taps Silver Lake also just added a special new section to their menu specifically for your furry little friends. That's right, the bar's patio is dog friendly and your pooch can dine on a variety of rice dishes (plain or with beef or turkey) while you enjoy the sunny outdoors.

Lazy Dog Café

Restaurants Cafés Thousand Oaks

If you and your pet are on the road and you’re both feeling a bit peckish, The Lazy Dog Café boasts 12 locations in Los Angeles and Orange County, with additional restaurants in San Diego, Concord and Las Vegas. The Lazy Dog obtained its name and concept from owner Chris Simms, who, while vacationing in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, saw a dog lying by a fireplace and thought, "I wish everyone could enjoy life as much as that lazy dog by the fire." Playful and relaxing touches inspired by man’s best friend include a paw print sculpture on the ceiling plus dog photos and paintings throughout the restaurant. The chain has a dog-friendly patio and tasty menu items for your pup including chicken, hamburger and brown rice.


Blue Dog Beer Tavern

Bars Sports Bars Sherman Oaks

When you first enter the Blue Dog Beer Tavern in Sherman Oaks, you can’t help but be struck by the sheer number of photos lining the walls. From floor to ceiling and wall to wall, the bar is covered with framed pictures of dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds. (If you want your dog immortalized at the Blue Dog, be sure and bring a photo!) Located on a quiet side street near busy Ventura Boulevard, Blue Dog is known for its tasty burgers and bar grub, not to mention its wide selection of craft beers. Dogs are allowed on the sizable, shady patio and have plenty of ice water at their disposal. Pet parents are also welcome to order a plain burger patty for their furry friends.


Restaurants American West Hollywood

This pretty, pet-friendly establishment in West Hollywood is an elegant dining spot for pets and their owners. Located in a stunning 1923 former residence on the Sunset Strip, Eveleigh not only features old-world, farm-to-table country fare and cocktails for all patrons, but a rustic garden specifically for dog owners. The patio comes complete with picturesque city views, lime and olive trees and an aromatic herb and vegetable garden. And the rumors you may have heard are indeed true—all four-legged friends are offered a choice of sparkling or flat water.

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