Beach Bars That Welcome Salty Dogs

Posted by Billy Francis

Fido likes tiki huts and he cannot lie. There’s nothing better than indulging in a fruity cocktail and enjoying the sun, sea and sand with your best friend. “Paw” yourself another at these dog-friendly beach bars from coast to coast.

Old Salty Dog

Sarasota, FL
“Who are you calling old?” Photo by BringFido/Tori

Fido is bound to fit right in at the Old Salty Dog in Sarasota, FL. This beach bar’s expansive deck is a big hit, but it’s not the only thing that keeps dogs of all ages coming back for more. While you enjoy the fresh catch of the day, canine customers can eat a treat and rehydrate with a refreshing bowl of water. Snag a table for dinner so you can soak in the sunset over Sarasota Bay with your own old salty dog.

Hibiscus Suites lies within stumbling distance from the bar, and offers a comfortable and affordable stay near the water.

Sandbar Bar & Grille

Antioch, IL
"Just sleeping it off." Photo by BringFido

You don’t need to be on the coast to enjoy a beach bar. Sandbar Bar & Grille is a lakeside hangout in Antioch, IL, with wonderful views across Lake Marie from the picnic tables on the sand. Customers can order a juicy burger while pups receive pets and a bowl of water from the staff. After your meal, take a walk around the lake and admire one of the best places to see the sunset in the region.

After last call, treat Fido to a posh lakefront stay at Casa De Nello.

“Behave yourself or I'll call security!” Photo by

Located a few blocks from 8th Avenue Dog Beach, Wonder Bar is a rockin' beach bar that’s hosted some of the biggest legends in music over the years. New Jersey's own Bruce Springsteen has even been spotted at its famous Yappy Hour. The bar’s fenced outdoor space - Tillie’s Landing - boasts a tiki bar for drinks and a dog agility area.

Located just a short walk from the dog beach and Wonder Bar, The Asbury is the place for your furry VIP. The hotel features a rooftop lounge and swimming pool area, perfect spot for hanging out with your pooch during the summer months.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

Half Moon Bay, CA
“Cold beers, cool patio.” Photo by @hmbbrewingco

Take a detour from the California Coastal Trail for a cold one with a view at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. Sit back and relax on the pet-friendly patio of this popular Half Moon Bay hangout and enjoy panoramic Pacific views together. Devour dishes inspired by the ocean, like clam chowder or fish and chips, while Fido nibbles on a burger patty or a Maverick Bone, a treat made with the spent grains from the breweries’ artisanal beers, and wash it all down with a cool bowl of water.

Drift off to the sounds of waves crashing, take a late night stroll to the beach, and let your best friend run free around the private fenced-in yard at this 1967 Airstream on the coast.

The Lazy Pirate Island Sports Grill

Carolina Beach, NC
"A pirate's life for me!" Photo by BringFido/Kathleen

The Lazy Pirate Island Sports Grill is a Carolina Beach bar that wants to keep you and your pooch entertained all day. Order a colorful cocktail on the outdoor deck and bask in the tiki bar, a tropical “pawradise.” You can also belly up to the Crab Shack and Oyster Bar for a combination of live music and ocean sounds. Hot dogs can cool off with a bowl of water. After refreshments, walk off the evening’s excesses at Carolina Beach State Park.

You won’t need to commandeer a vessel to find a bed for the night. Carolina Beach Inn is located just a few planks away from the grill.

Seahorse Bar & Grill

Surfside Beach, TX
“I love going for a stroll.” Photo by BringFido/Becky

Seahorse Bar & Grill has over 200 feet of beachfront dining on the pet-friendly porch. You can’t miss this colorful culinary stop on your next visit to Surfside Beach, Texas. With a menu full of Gulf Ocean eats, you can fill up and admire the view at your leisure. The best time to visit is during the off-season, when you are welcome to walk with your leashed pooch down the wooden steps from the bar onto the sand and into the sunset together.

Meet at The Sea Glass Retreat for rest and relaxation minutes from the beach. Canine guests can roam free in the fenced backyard.

"This wet dog smells great!" Photo by @wetdogtavern_hb

Wet Dog Tavern is located a short walk from Huntington Dog Beach, one of the best dog beaches on the west coast. Bring your pooch along with you to this locally owned tavern, where they serve juicy burgers, wings and a variety of draft beers on tap. When you’re finished wetting your whistle, unhook your pup's leash over 1.5 glorious miles of fine sand at the dog beach. Attracting around 5,000 people (and nearly as many dogs) on most weekends, this stretch of shoreline is “pawfect” for sociable dogs who love nothing more than playing fetch in the surf.

Nearby Kimpton Shorebreak Huntington Beach Resort pampers canine guests with treats, beds and bowls to use during their stay, Fido will be happy to crash out at this beautiful hotel after a long day.

Tom’s Burned Down Cafe

La Pointe, WI
"I'm fired up to be here!" Photo by @emily_zeee

Take the pet-friendly Madeline Island Ferry to one of Wisconsin’s more unusual establishments, Tom’s Burned Down Cafe. Located a block from the coastline of Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes, the quirky spot grew like a phoenix from the flames. Just after the original cafe burned down, a truck carrying beer arrived, and Tom decided there was no point in waiting around to rebuild the place. He opened for business right away, and the rest is history. Nowadays, the makeshift cafe is full of sculptures, repurposed items and oddities that will keep you and your pooch coming back for more.

Barge Bay welcomes furry beach bums to stay on Madeline Island.

Sandbar at Jetties Beach

Nantucket, MA
Life's a beach near a bar. Photo by

Who wants frozen cocktails with their canine? Sandbar at Jetties Beach delivers a quintessential Nantucket beach experience. Dine with your dog under the shade of an umbrella on Jetties Beach overlooking Nantucket Sound. The seafood-inspired menu includes favorites like a raw bar, oysters and fish tacos. After your meal, kick off your weekend in dog-friendly Nantucket with a self-guided bicycle tour from Young’s Bicycle Shop. Their attached Burley trailers allow your best bud to enjoy a chauffeured bike ride.

Share a cliffside room with a view at The Beachside at Nantucket.

Bamboo Beach Bar & Grill

Madeira Beach, FL
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Bamboo Beach Bar & Grill in John’s Pass Village, Madeira Beach, is a Florida mainstay. Loved by locals and tourists alike, this beach-themed bar is decorated with palm trees and sculptures to transport you to a luscious Hawaiian island. One of the Florida Suncoast’s oldest bars offers, music and good vibes are always on the menu here. While you sip on a Bahama Mama, your best friend can cool off with a fresh bowl of water. Dogs will also be treated to boiled chicken upon request.

Keep the beach theme going with a few nights at Changing Tides Cottages of Madeira Beach.

Where’s your favorite dog-friendly beach bar? Leave a comment or tweet us @BringFido!

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