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15 Dog-Friendly Patios Around D.C.

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Bringing a four-legged friend along for dinner or drinks has never been easier. District officials once cracked down on restaurants and bars that hosted pets on patios, but in 2017 D.C. City Council members unanimously approved a bill allowing venues to custom tailor policies about welcoming animals.

These 15 restaurants and bars have patios that openly welcome dogs. Most of these venues also host regular “yappy hours” and offer snacks or full menus specifically geared toward pets. Although every outdoor patio in the city isn’t dog-friendly, this list is just the tip of the iceberg.

Don’t see a personal favorite on the list? Sound off in the comments or shoot us an email (dc@eater.com).

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Silver (Multiple locations)

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7150 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD

Both locations of this self-styled American brasserie have “Pups on the Patio” happy hours on Thursdays (4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) with menu specials, dog treats, and pet-friendly giveaways. Ten percent of all sales during that time go to a designated rescue each week.

2. Midlands

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3333 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20010

This huge outdoor beer hall is a a Park View staple that features rows of picnic tables atop an asphalt “garden” where dogs routinely mix and mingle.

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3. Wonderland Ballroom

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1101 Kenyon St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 232-5263
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The Columbia Heights mainstay that just turned 15 is frequently jam-packed with dogs sitting on benches next to their burger-eating owners.

4. Wet Dog Tavern

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2100 Vermont Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 234-3334
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This neighborhood bar inspired by the owner’s water-loving golden retriever opened near the 9:30 Club in 2017.

5. Colada Shop

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1405 T St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-8800
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While people fuel up on Cuban coffee and pastries at this Caribbean-style eatery, pets can snack on special guava and peanut butter cookies named after a customer’s loyal dog (Apollo) who used to love them.

6. Cafe Saint-Ex

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1847 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 265-7839
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Dogs can enjoy water and treats every day on the patio at this 14th Street mainstay, while pet owners can score all-night happy hour deals on Mondays.

7. Dacha Beer Garden (Multiple locations)

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1600 7th St NW
Washington, D.C.
(202) 524-8790
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This is a see-and-be-seen sort of outdoor beer garden, even for dogs. Just know that it gets crowded here on a sunny day. Its massive new beer garden in Navy Yard sells canned beer to pet parents.

8. Chaplin's Restaurant

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1501 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 644-8806
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Shaw’s resident ramen and cocktail bar puts out bowls for canines while their owners can sip the “A Dog’s Life” cocktail with whiskey, brandy, prosecco, lemon, honey, walnut bitters and a smoked apple ice cube. The 65-seat patio at new sister spot Zeppelin’s up the street is also dog friendly, with $3 Sapporo drafts and a $6 cocktail daily from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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9. Wunder Garten

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1101 First St NE
Washington, DC 20002

This section of office-heavy NoMa can feel like a concrete jungle, so this green beer garden with games and lounge seating has been a welcome addition.

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10. Opaline Bar and Brasserie

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806 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 730-8800
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The Parisian hotel restaurant’s patio offers a weekday high-brow happy hour for canines and their owners (4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.), complete with $40 buckets of rosé, iced oysters, and shrimp for $1 a piece. Fresh water bowls are provided for pooches.

           

11. Centrolina

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974 Palmer Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 898-2426
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This award-winning Italian restaurant and market sells special treats for pets to enjoy while their owners eat pasta on the patio. And its new sister spot Piccolina across Palmer Alley NW also has outdoor seating.

12. Art and Soul

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415 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington, D.C.
(202) 393-7777
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This Capitol Hill mainstay is so hospitable to dogs, it even has its own “Pooch Patio menu” offering peanut-banana “pupsicles,” grilled sirloin, and a non-alcoholic brew.

13. Hops N Shine

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3410 Mt Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22305
(703) 566-1509
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Del Rey’s new beer garden hosts a Yappy Hour every Tuesday on its patio, donating a portion of sales from Tito’s vodka and Heavy Seas beers to a different pet charity each week. There are also frequent adoption events out back.

14. Lost Dog Cafe (Multiple locations)

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808 N Henry St
Alexandria, VA
(571) 970-6511
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The owners of the local Lost Dog family of restaurants have their own foundation to save stray or abandoned animals.

15. Vola’s Dockside Grill and Hi-Tide Lounge

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101 N Union St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 935-8890
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Named after former city manager and animal activist Vola Lawson, the patio at this waterfont spot offers a special menu just for dogs. Featured items include frozen yogurt-and-apple “pup-sicles”, rare sirloin steak, and a medley of beef, rice, carrots, and gravy.

1. Silver (Multiple locations)

7150 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD

Both locations of this self-styled American brasserie have “Pups on the Patio” happy hours on Thursdays (4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) with menu specials, dog treats, and pet-friendly giveaways. Ten percent of all sales during that time go to a designated rescue each week.

7150 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD

2. Midlands

3333 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010

This huge outdoor beer hall is a a Park View staple that features rows of picnic tables atop an asphalt “garden” where dogs routinely mix and mingle.

3333 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20010

3. Wonderland Ballroom

1101 Kenyon St NW, Washington, DC 20010

The Columbia Heights mainstay that just turned 15 is frequently jam-packed with dogs sitting on benches next to their burger-eating owners.

1101 Kenyon St NW
Washington, DC 20010

4. Wet Dog Tavern

2100 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

This neighborhood bar inspired by the owner’s water-loving golden retriever opened near the 9:30 Club in 2017.

2100 Vermont Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

5. Colada Shop

1405 T St NW, Washington, DC 20009

While people fuel up on Cuban coffee and pastries at this Caribbean-style eatery, pets can snack on special guava and peanut butter cookies named after a customer’s loyal dog (Apollo) who used to love them.

1405 T St NW
Washington, DC 20009

6. Cafe Saint-Ex

1847 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Dogs can enjoy water and treats every day on the patio at this 14th Street mainstay, while pet owners can score all-night happy hour deals on Mondays.

1847 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

7. Dacha Beer Garden (Multiple locations)

1600 7th St NW, Washington, D.C.

This is a see-and-be-seen sort of outdoor beer garden, even for dogs. Just know that it gets crowded here on a sunny day. Its massive new beer garden in Navy Yard sells canned beer to pet parents.

1600 7th St NW
Washington, D.C.

8. Chaplin's Restaurant

1501 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Chaplin's
Chaplin’s
Chaplin’s [official]

Shaw’s resident ramen and cocktail bar puts out bowls for canines while their owners can sip the “A Dog’s Life” cocktail with whiskey, brandy, prosecco, lemon, honey, walnut bitters and a smoked apple ice cube. The 65-seat patio at new sister spot Zeppelin’s up the street is also dog friendly, with $3 Sapporo drafts and a $6 cocktail daily from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

1501 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

9. Wunder Garten

1101 First St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Wunder Garten [official]

This section of office-heavy NoMa can feel like a concrete jungle, so this green beer garden with games and lounge seating has been a welcome addition.

1101 First St NE
Washington, DC 20002

10. Opaline Bar and Brasserie

806 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

The Parisian hotel restaurant’s patio offers a weekday high-brow happy hour for canines and their owners (4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.), complete with $40 buckets of rosé, iced oysters, and shrimp for $1 a piece. Fresh water bowls are provided for pooches.

           

806 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

11. Centrolina

974 Palmer Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001

This award-winning Italian restaurant and market sells special treats for pets to enjoy while their owners eat pasta on the patio. And its new sister spot Piccolina across Palmer Alley NW also has outdoor seating.

974 Palmer Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001

12. Art and Soul

415 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, D.C.

This Capitol Hill mainstay is so hospitable to dogs, it even has its own “Pooch Patio menu” offering peanut-banana “pupsicles,” grilled sirloin, and a non-alcoholic brew.

415 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington, D.C.

13. Hops N Shine

3410 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22305

Del Rey’s new beer garden hosts a Yappy Hour every Tuesday on its patio, donating a portion of sales from Tito’s vodka and Heavy Seas beers to a different pet charity each week. There are also frequent adoption events out back.

3410 Mt Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22305

14. Lost Dog Cafe (Multiple locations)

808 N Henry St, Alexandria, VA

The owners of the local Lost Dog family of restaurants have their own foundation to save stray or abandoned animals.

808 N Henry St
Alexandria, VA

15. Vola’s Dockside Grill and Hi-Tide Lounge

101 N Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Named after former city manager and animal activist Vola Lawson, the patio at this waterfont spot offers a special menu just for dogs. Featured items include frozen yogurt-and-apple “pup-sicles”, rare sirloin steak, and a medley of beef, rice, carrots, and gravy.

101 N Union St
Alexandria, VA 22314

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