As a freelance writer, I work from home, so my three dogs are with me almost 24 hours a day. Our relationship is probably a bit too co-dependent, but I hate going anywhere that they can’t join me. Luckily, the Boston area is becoming more and more dog-friendly, and it’s not just the beaches and parks!
Several pubs and retaurants now offer access to pups in courtyards and on outdoor patios. These 5 local bars are more than happy to provide a cool bowl of water for your dog as you enjoy a beverage or meet up with friends.
Jamaica Plain | 378 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
This spot is unique in that your dog can actually join you inside the bar! Since “The Behan” does not serve food, they aren’t restricted to relegating pups to the outdoor patio like most establishments.
Brendan Behan's is one of my favorite bars in Boston. However, this otherwise perfect pub has one big flaw: the street sign directly in front of the facade that makes it nearly impossible to get a good pic. The dark interior and cozy ambiance are perfect for daydrinking and showing up late to subsequent events with your friends. #brendanbehanpub #brendanbehan #jamaicaplain #bostonbars #bostonbar #boston #pub #daydrinking #urbanphotography #thebehan #thebehans
The Irish pub offers 31 craft beers and a live Irish band every Saturday. If you get hungry you are welcome to order a pizza from Captain Nemo’s across the street and enjoy it at one of The Behan’s tables!
2. The Kinsale
Downtown | 2 Center Plz, Boston, MA 02108
The Kinsale is an Irish pub/sports bar located Downtown near Government Center. It’s a popular gathering spot for sports fans and fun lovers looking to play trivia or sing karaoke. Although the patio does not offer the large screen TV’s you’ll find inside, it does provide a nice spot to meet new friends – human and canine!
Their extensive food menu includes Irish favorites like Bangers & Mash, Beer Battered Fish & Chips and Beef & Guinness Stew, along with traditional bar favorites like burgers, steaks and salads. Although there’s no dog menu, you could share an order of sweet potato fries with your pooch pal – as long as you skip the chipotle ketchup!
3. The Yard
Downtown | 215 Charles Street, Boston MA 02114
This is where the upscale pups congregate! Also located Downtown, The Yard is part of the fabulous Liberty Hill hotel, which was once the Charles Street Jail built in 1851! Liberty Hill offers dog-friendly accommodations for pup-loving travelers and is also home to CLINK, Alibi, Scampo and Liberty Bar.
Dogs are welcome to join their humans at the beautiful courtyard bar, The Yard. The area is reminiscent of a secret garden with high walls, sofas, lounge chairs and cocktail tables. Your hip pooch will love the off-leash fenced in area adjacent to the courtyard! Dogs staying at the hotel may also join you on the stylish catwalk that overlooks the stunning lobby.
The Liberty Hotel is now featuring “Yappier Hour”! Every Monday and Wednesday from April – October, CLINK.’s cocktails & snack menu are available outside in the courtyard! All size dogs are welcome.
Cambridge | 1 Kendall Sq, Building 100, Cambridge, MA 02139
The Cambridge Brewing Company has been transformed from an abandoned mill to a stylish, trendy brewery and local hangout!
Featuring high ceilings, painted murals, and stained glass windows that depict beer pints, The CBC offers handcrafted, original beers with fun names like “Tripel Threat” and “Tall Tale Pale Ale”. Dogs are welcome on the outdoor patio.
Cambridge | 999 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446
This Fenway-area restaurant serves authentic Spanish food like papas bravas, seafood paella, and tortilla espanola. They make their own red sangria and offer an extensive wine list. The outdoor patio serves the full, mouth-watering food menu and welcomes your pup! It’s probably not a good idea to share your tapas, though – dogs have sensitive bellies!
Featured Image via Facebook/Dog Lovers NI
H/T to DogVacay.com