5 Boston Area Bars That Welcome Your Dogs

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.


1. Brendan Behan Pub

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.

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!

After work beer & bites on our patio. #YesPlease

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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!

Brunch with the family and puppy

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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 don't have to "ruff" it at The Liberty! #libertyhotel #petfriendly #igboston #dogsofinstagram

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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.



4. Cambridge Brewing Company

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.

We recommend the Bluefish.

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5. Taberna de Haro

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!

Patio is open for business! Hoorah!#patio #alfrescodining #tapas #gin&toniconthepatio

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Featured Image via Facebook/Dog Lovers NI

H/T to DogVacay.com

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