Dog-friendly happy hours for the Dog Days of Summer in Washington, DC.

Who let the dogs out?! You did … and on purpose! Some of the Washington, DC area’s top eateries not only welcome four-legged traffic in their outdoor settings, but they make your furry companion feel right at home. Ever since I adopted a little pup-pup of my own last month, I’ve been looking for places to take him along.

These restaurants/bars/lounges go above and beyond to make sure that your best furry friend eats just as well than you do. Pet parents will sip cocktails while the doggie party animals munch on specialty treats just for them. Feel free to comment to add any that I have missed!

DC Doggy Happy Hours!

Wednesdays at Helix!

Every Wednesday thru September (5-7 pm) at Kimpton’s Hotel Helix Lounge, (1430 Rhode Island Ave., NW) locals and their canine companions can relax on the Helix Lounge’s spacious outdoor patio while enjoying Doggy Happy Hour. Enjoy special prices on cocktails and food, while pets enjoy free treats and time to socialize. Enjoy specialty cocktails, such as, Coco’s Cosmo – Vodka, Triple Sec, Lime and Cranberry, $5; Mollie’s Ale – Ice Cold Yuengling Lager, $3; Ginger’s Juice – Crisp Pinot Grigio, $5.
All the while, your dog will enjoy refreshing filtered ice water, vitamin water, and assorted yummy dog treats. The Doggy Happy Hour specials are available in addition to Helix Lounge’s nightly happy hour specials, which include half-price burgers and $3 Yeungling bottles and PBR cans, from 5-7 pm.

A portion of sales from each of the pet-friendly happy hours benefits the Shaw Dog Park. One dollar from each specialty drink purchased, will be donated to Shaw Dog Park for future projects, maintenance, and general upkeep. Woof!

A Dog at Hotel Monoco. Photo courtesy of MSNBC

Every Tuesday and Thursday, the Hotel Monaco, (480 King St.) in Old Town, Alexandria, hosts a weekly doggie happy hour beginning at 5 pm. Dogs and guests will chow down on treats and beverages in the hotel’s courtyard, served from the adjacent restaurant, Jackson 20. Your furry friends will enjoy complimentary gourmet doggie snacks with plenty of fresh water bowls. Humans can feast on regional American cuisine, craft beers and seasonal cocktails for a howlin’ good time! The happy hours will continue every Tuesday and Thursday from 5- 8 pm until October on the patio, weather permitting. Be sure to observe the rules!

Across the street, Pat Troy’s Ireland’s Own has a large patio to share with dogs–and a happy hour every day from 4-7 pm with half-off special on appetizers and drinks. Enjoy a half pound of peel and eat shrimp for just $5. Hungry for dinner? Dogs can dine as well with a their own menu: $3.95 for chopped chicken or burger, or lamb or beef stew–served with a bone.

Photo courtesy of Art and Soul.

There are two things people are passionate about – eating out and hanging out with theirkids. You can do both at Art and Soul (415 New Jersey Ave., NW), a pet-friendly restaurant located in Capitol Hill. This is just another reason that I love this restaurant. Not only is the food amazing, they provide that good ol’ Southern hospitality to not only you, but your furry friends, as well. Their special Pooch Patio menu available every day that the patio is open, offers an exclusive dog menu created especially for your furry friend complete with doggie drinks, treats, and desserts. Enjoy one of Art and Soul’s signature dishes or items from the small bites menu while your pup chows down on a HAPPY PUPPY, a 3 oz grilled steak for just $5 bones. For the big dogs, literally, they can try the HUNGRY DAWG, a 6 oz grilled steak for just $8. Rex will woof down the beef tips ($5) served in rich vitamin enhanced sauce with rice, and he can wash it all down with a non-alcoholic Bowser Beer ($4).

At Capitol Hill’s Union Pub (201 Massachusetts Ave., NW), dogs are allowed on the patio year-round; however, Pooches on the Patio, their Saturday happy hours are a special occasion for your canine companion with a plethora of dog treats and water for thirsty pups. Humans get $5 treats, too: mini-corn dogs (five per bucket,) Flying Dog Tire Bite Golden Ale (which gives a portion of its proceeds to animal charities), and Dogtail Vineyards red and white wine, plus regular light-beer specials.

The Doggie Style Bakery has teamed up with Larry’s Lounge (1836 18th St., NW) in Dupont Circle to offer ‘Yappy Hours’ every Wednesday thru September (6-8 pm) for our four-legged friends. Known for being gay friendly, this popular patio is a great spot to enjoy drink specials and free Mutt Licks, all-natural, hand-made frozen treats, like ice cream for pups!

The Cantina Marina (600 Water St., SW) on the Southwest DC waterfront offers a dog-friendly happy hour every Monday. You’ll come for the $2 beer specials–your furry friend will appreciate the free Milk-Bone bar.

Check out Doggy Days at Jay’s Saloon & Grille (3114 N. 10th St., Arlington) in Clarendon provides a covered patio, water, treats, and games for your pup. The event takes place Sundays, weather permitting, from 1 to 4. The same Monday-through-Friday happy-hour prices are offered to pet owners: $2 Budweiser and Coors Light bottles, $1.50 drafts, $7 pitchers, and $2.95 glasses of wine.

Take your pooch on Thursdays to Bread and Brew, an eco-cafe that features organic food and drinks located at 20th and N Streets, NW near Dupont Circle. This Green Certified restaurant offers happy hour everyday from 4-8 pm with a dollar off their draft beers featuring a number of craft brews; however, on Thursday nights for their doggy happy hour, neighborhood folks enjoy $4 Flying Dog Pale Ale, $1 off drafts, Treats for your pooch, $4 Red Dog Cocktail and juicy Roseda Beef Sliders.

A more lively way to celebrate with your pet: Take a canine cruise with Potomac Riverboat Company. Tickets are $12 per person and dog for a 40-minute Alexandria Seaport cruise. Boats leave at 7, 8, and 9 PM; reservations aren’t necessary, but space is limited. Popcorn and $3-to-$4 beers are available on the boat.

Doggy Treats Worth Barking About …

Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Sun.

The Newly-opened Shake Shack (1216 18th St., NW) in Dupont Circle offers Pooch-ini dog biscuits ($3.75) with peanut butter sauce and vanilla custard.

Everyone’s favorite frozen custard shop located in the quaint neighborhood Del Ray in Alexandria, VA, The Dairy Godmother (2310 Mount Vernon Ave.) offers real Wisconsin-style frozen custard. For your 4-legged friends, ‘she’ offers freshly-baked Squirrels (60¢ each or $3.50/bag of 6), made with eggs, stone-ground wheat flour, and spent barley malt which has a toasty flavor dogs go nuts for; frozen, wheat-free Puppy Pops ($1) in pumpkin and banana flavors, made with yogurt and peanut butter.

Bon appetite! er … I mean, Woof!


6 Responses to “Dog-friendly happy hours for the Dog Days of Summer in Washington, DC.”

  1. Jason

    Jun 29. 2011

    Rocklands in Arlington has a doggy patio Happy Hour…I think its Mondays but am unsure.

    also, a lot of dogs and kids play in the sprinklers between Rustico and Buzz Bakery in Ballston.


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  2. L. Denise

    Jun 29. 2011

    The ducks happen to like Cantina Marina, too! They just don’t get a special menu. They prefer whatever is thrown/dropped around.

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  3. Bren

    Jul 18. 2011

    i remember when i lived in Old Town, how most shops and stores would have treats and water laid outside for the dogs… I’m thinking it was every Friday during the summer, perfectly scheduled during happy hour. I just got a new puppy after losing my Geisha of 10 years, so I’ll thrilled about taking out and about in DC next we drive up!

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  4. Joe

    Apr 17. 2013

    Does anyone know of any other pup happy hours in arlington? All I see is just the one above. Arlington seems to be notorious for not being very dog friendly, so just curious if there is anything else out there.

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    • Angee

      May 18. 2013

      I live in the Shirlington section of Arlington and almost all restaurants/bars in the village are dog friendly during the warm months when the patios are open.

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