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The Best Dog-Lovers Bars, Cafes, And Restaurants Around D.C.

It can be stressful to leave your pup at home, and many owners would like to be able to bring their pooch out to eat and drink without worrying about leaving it behind. Luckily, District dog-lovers have an increasing number of great options for dining and drinking around the city with their pets. All of these places offer water and a place for your dog, but also go above and beyond to make your furry friend feel welcome.

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Dining with the doggies is possible in D.C.. (Photo by Robert Bieber)

ART AND SOUL

Location: 415 New Jersey Ave. NW

Catering to the well-heeled, Art and Soul goes above and beyond, offering dogs their own menu with a variety of options that are sure to please even the most picky pooch. Art and Soul serves up sophisticated, contemporary Southern cuisine in their dining room—and grilled sirloin, frozen beef bones, and banana-peanut “pupsicles” outside on the dog-friendly patio.

BAKED AND WIRED

Location: 1052 Thomas Jefferson St. NW

This acclaimed family bakery features cupcakes so heavenly they’ll bring tears to your eyes, as well as a variety of other handmade baked goods such as biscotti, granola, and ice cream sandwiches. The bakery concocts homemade dog treats in a variety of savory flavors, including Peanut Butter Krunch, Bacon & L. Queso, and Chick-E-Cheese. They also make kitty treats. There is a little coffee shop attached specializing in espresso drinks where guests can boost their sugar high even higher with caffeine. Dogs are welcome to enjoy their treats outside on the patio.

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Dogs roam on the grounds of Bardo Brewing. (Photo by Bardo Brewing)

BARDO BREWING

Location: 25 Potomac Ave. SE

With over 750 seats, including picnic tables perched right next to the river, this open-air beer garden has plenty of space for kids and dogs alike to run around. There’s also cornhole for the kids at heart. The owners like dogs so much they designated a half-acre of space just for dogs to run around off-leash. The no-nonsense establishment is located close to the baseball stadium and opens two hours before the games start, so you can enjoy a local brew before you head over to cheer on the Nats.

CANTINA MARINA

Location: 600 Water St. SW

Cantina Marina feels like a vacation. Come for the unabashedly island-inspired cuisine —the spot is known for its fish tacos—and stay for the brilliant sunsets magnified out over the river. Dogs are always welcome on the patio, but in the summer on Monday evenings, the Cantina Marina hosts a dog-friendly happy hour from about 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Corn dogs and margaritas are available for the humans, but dogs have to stick to water.

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Chaplin’s patio. (Photo via Chaplin’s on Facebook

CHAPLIN’S

Location: 1501 9th St. NW

Tokyo-trained chef Myo Htun has dreamt up an incredible menu with a variety of Japanese fare, and the cocktail list is not to miss. It features drinks named for famous Charlie Chaplin movies, including the ‘Tramp’ and the ‘Vagabond’. Guests are welcome to dine with their pets outside on the covered patio dotted with water bowls. They love dogs so much they created a cocktail called ‘A Dog’s Life” to toast them, featuring wholesome ingredients like Irish whiskey, apple brandy, golden apple honey, walnut, and prosecco.

JACKSON 20

Location: 480 King St., Alexandria

Jackson 20 is the restaurant attached to Old Town’s Alexandrian Hotel (formerly Hotel Monaco). The buttermilk friend chicken, slow-cooked beef brisket, and BBQ sliders will satisfy Southern cooking connoisseurs, and your pup is welcome out on the patio. Jackson 20 has one of Washington’s longest-running “Yappy Hours” every Tuesday night from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. through September.

LOST DOG CAFE

Locations in Arlington, Alexandria, McLean, South Arlington, and Dunn Loring

This cafe is a dog-lovers dream. Not only does it have incredible pizza, sandwiches, milkshakes, and salads, but the owners have been sponsoring and placing hundreds of unwanted animals since 1985. The interior features portraits of rescued dogs and canine-themed murals. Now they’ve expanded to four new locations, and also created a designated pet rescue foundation called Lost Dog & Cat Rescue.

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The Midlands beer garden. (Photo by The Midlands)

THE MIDLANDS

Location: 3333 Georgia Ave. NW

The Midlands features plenty of wide-open space for dogs and their owners alike. Its expansive patio is often occupied by pooches of various kinds, including a bar dog named AndyPants, and the 20 picnic tables fringed by trees offer a shady respite. Beer can be ordered by the pint or the stein, and there are darts, cornhole, and huge screens to watch your favorite teams inside. Sandwiches and salads are available, and you’re allowed to bring your own food.

THE PRETZEL BAKERY

Location: 257 15th St. SE

The Pretzel Bakery is something of an island in its section of Hill East, where there are few places for two- and four-legged neighbors to nosh and socialize. Locals walk over for sweet, savory and eggy breakfasts, as well as lunches of pretzel dogs and calzones, accompanied by a canned beer or soft drink. Dogs are heartily welcome on the wraparound patio. This is the first week of the cafe’s new seven-day schedule. Due to popular demand, it is now open Mondays.—Andrea Adelman

TUNNICLIFF’S TAVERN

Location: 222 7th St. SE

This popular, long-established neighborhood spot has nearly as many canine “regulars” as it does human regulars, due to its enclosed outdoor patio and laidback atmosphere. Capitol Hill dog owners have been known to bring new canine companions to brunch here to socialize with other pups. Water is kept plentiful in to-go containers, and what dog wouldn’t want to chill under the tables outside, picking up errant dropped French fries or being slipped chunks of delicious burgers by human admirers. —Meghan Markey

UNION MARKET

Location: 1309 5th St. NE

This patio has all the makings of perfection. If you buy libations from Suburbia, you can sit at their designated tables. Otherwise, help yourself to the unreserved tables in the common area, where you’ll eat and drink on an uncommonly spacious patio. The only drawback is no shade. Tables don’t have umbrellas, so everyone soaks up the sunshine unfiltered.—Andrea Adelman

THE WONDERLAND BALLROOM

Location: 1101 Kenyon St. NW

The Wonderland Ballroom is a no-fuss neighborhood bar with tasty food and an extensive beer list. On weekends it’s great to hang out outside on their dog-friendly patio. Menu favorites include quesadillas, jumbo wings, spicy sweet potato burritos, black and blue burgers, and southern fried chicken sandwiches.

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Wunder Garten has plenty of outdoor space for dogs. (Photo by Sam Kittner)

WUNDERGARTEN

Location: 1101 First St. NE

On a sprawling corner in NoMa, beer garden Wunder Garten draws crowds with its bohemian accents (such as the collection of nooks with charming lawn furniture and fairy lights), community-style tables and decently-sized pavilion, that looks like a small airport hangar. It also is ideal for dog owners, who can bring their pooch and grab a hefeweizen and sit outside and enjoy the long summer evenings with dog in tow. Just remember to keep your pup outside the pavilion.—Meghan Markey

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