These magnificent seven restaurants around the country are giving new meaning to the phrase “dine and dash.” While you enjoy your meal, Fido can make new friends and have a ball at the attached, off-leash dog parks at these unique eateries. As with all dog parks, Fido is welcome if he is up to date on his vaccinations and on his best behavior. Be sure to check the rules before visiting so there are no surprises when you arrive.
Mutt’s Canine Cantina Dallas, TX
While you’re chowing down on a Mutt’s Original Chicken Sandwich and sipping a Barkarita, Fido will be exploring the one-acre off-leash dog park at Mutt’s Canine Cantina in Dallas. The park features separate areas for large and small dogs, and attendants are on duty to pick up after them and ensure they have ample water for both drinking and playing. This leaves you (relatively) free to dine, drink and relax with friends. If your dog would rather hang by your side, leashed pups can join you on the patio where they can order a Pupsicle made of beef broth, peanut butter and an edible bone or a Doggie Dog (bite-sized 100% beef frank).
If your furry friend is about to celebrate a birthday, contact Mutts’ Pawty Planner to schedule a private event with all of his pals. Four-legged guests receive party hats and bow ties, a bowl of bones and a bucket of popcorn. Decorations for the party include fire hydrant centerpieces, and all canines get access to the dog park.
Mutts' has a second branch in Fort Worth, TX. Both locations are membership only, but daily passes can be purchased for $6.95. Monthly passes are available for $16.95 and annual passes cost $150.
Watering Bowl Denver, CO
Eat. Drink. Stay. That’s the motto of Denver’s Watering Bowl, also referred to as “your best friend’s bar” because it pays special attention to four-legged guests. This Glendale neighborhood restaurant and tavern boasts 7,000 square feet of fenced, turf dog park for Fido to stretch his legs. It also has two pet-friendly patios where your pup can join you for a delicious meal. If he's been a good boy, order a round of dog treats for the table or a doggie cake on special occasions.
Furry guests are welcomed through a special side entrance leading straight to the patio area. When temperatures rise, your pup can cool off in a doggie pool or on a bed of ice. In the winter, heated tents will keep the patio toasty. Dog park attendants are also on hand to clean up after your pooch and make sure she’s happy.
At the Watering Bowl, Fido plays for free.
Bar K Dog Bar Kansas City, MO
A doggie jungle gym, a giant bowl filled with tennis balls and two fenced dog parks for both large and small pups? Sounds like a hound’s heaven if you ask us! Located on the shore of the Missouri River in downtown Kansas City, Bar K Dog Bar offers humans and their canines a place to eat, drink and meet new friends. Dogtenders are on site to look after Fido while you dine on “healthy casual” fare sourced from ethical and humane farmers. Members will enjoy specials throughout the week, and there is a full dog menu available with items like a doggie breakfast burrito and ice cream nuggets. For the indecisive mutt, order a doggie flight with a sampling of any three menu items. The dog bar also has an on-site, full-service grooming salon if your pooch is looking for a new ‘do and a self-bathing facility to clean up before heading home. Additionally, each month Bark K Dog Bar partners with Westlake Pet Supply to host a photo contest with treats and toys awarded to the winners.
Day passes for pups are available for a fee of $10 for the first dog and $5 for each additional dog, and there is a limit of four dogs per visit. Annual memberships are also available for $225 for the first dog and $25 for each additional dog.
ParkGrounds Atlanta, GA
Whether you’re studying for a big exam, writing a blog or just looking to relax with your pup and a cup of Joe, ParkGrounds in Atlanta is the place to be. Order freshly brewed pour-over coffee from Counter Culture Coffee and have breakfast or brunch on the patio. Later in the day, grab a sandwich and a cold beer or mixed drink and find a picnic table in the shade. Meet up with friends or make new ones while your pup runs and plays in the fully fenced dog park. WiFi is free, so you can post pictures of all the cute dogs to your Instagram. Just remember to keep an eye on your pooch and clean up after him.
Dogs play for free with their pawrents at ParkGrounds.
Pub Dog Colorado Colorado Springs, CO
Restaurants that allow dogs to dine indoors can be hard to find. In fact, there is only one in the state of Colorado, but it’s a good one! Pub Dog welcomes leashed dogs inside the restaurant and on the outdoor patio. There are no servers, so head to the counter and order the Dog Pile Nachos for yourself and choose from a Pupsicle, Puppy Patty, Bacon, Bark Bowl or Celery and Carrots from the dog menu. Fido can work it off later by gallivanting with friends in the 3,000-square-foot, fully fenced, off-leash dog park. On your best friend's birthday or “gotcha” day, celebrate by booking the entire dining room for your private event or simply show up ready to pawty! Don’t forget to pick up a doggie cake from nearby Wag n’ Wash!
Pub Dog adds a 3% membership fee to your bill at each visit.
Yard Bar Austin, TX
Yard Bar has just as many items on its dog menu as there are sandwiches on the human menu. Fido can enjoy a House-Made Dog Treat, a Nathan’s Hotdog, or Dog Meatballs and Gravy. He can wash it down with a Bone Star dog beer and, if he’s saved room, finish his feast with house-made ice cream for dessert! After dining, he can join his friends at the off-leash dog park which features small and large dog play areas, ice splash pools in the summer, agility equipment and Bark Rangers to keep things from getting ruff.
You must be 21 or over (if you’re human) or at least four months old (if you’re canine) to enter the dog park. All ages are welcome to dine. Day passes during the week cost $6.50 per dog, and weekend and night passes are $7.50 per dog. If you’re in Austin for the week, purchase a five-visit pass for $30. Monthly and annual passes are also available.
The Doghaus St. Louis, MO
Sit for a meal and stay to play at The Doghaus, which lies just outside of St. Louis in Soular, MO. Order human food from the Good Bowl menu, including items like Snarles Barkley, a roasted pork sandwich or the Bob Barker, a vegan bowl. Fido can sink his teeth into his choice of Purina Beggin’ Strips or a Beneful Prepared Meal. After dinner, your pup can let loose in the off-leash dog park or take a nap in the Tito’s Vodka dog house. Check their calendar for events like happy hour specials during St. Louis Cardinals baseball and St. Louis Blues hockey games, and other events like Pup Crawls and Paint Your Pet Nights.
Leashed dogs are welcome to dine on the patio or inside on the second floor for no additional fee. Day passes for the dog park are $10 per pup. Annual memberships are also available.