Dog-Friendly Restaurants With Live Music

Posted by Lauren Barker

Imagine enjoying a beautiful summer day with a delicious meal and a cold drink on an outdoor patio, and a live band playing all your favorite tunes. What could possibly be better? What if your best four-legged friend was right there with you, lapping up his own bowl of fresh water and wagging his tail to the beat? You can experience this “pawradise” for yourself at these dog-friendly restaurants with live music.

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After Fido’s done splashing on 8th Avenue Dog Beach, get him cleaned up at The Dawg Joint before an evening out together at Wonder Bar. A featured attraction in the latest edition of our book, Ruff Guide to the United States, this Asbury Park hangout is one of our favorite pet-friendly music venues. The rockin' beach bar has hosted some of the biggest legends in music over the years, none more prominent than New Jersey local Bruce Springsteen, who has been spotted at its famous Yappy Hour. Order the World Famous Wonder Burger, or try out the Munchie Sampler and share some mac n’ cheese bites with Fido. The bar’s outdoor space - Tillie’s Landing - is fenced and equipped with a dog agility area.

If you’re looking for a rock ‘n’ roll stay in comfort, The Asbury is the place for your furry VIP. Located just a short walk from the dog beach and Wonder Bar, the hotel features a rooftop lounge and swimming pool area, which is the perfect spot for hanging out with your pooch during the summer months. Two pets of any size are permitted for an additional fee of $75 per stay.

Music City Bar & Grill

Nashville, TN
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With a nickname like Music City, USA, you can plan on hearing live tunes just about anywhere you dine out in Nashville. But for a delicious meal, the largest selection of draft beer in the area, and a covered dog-friendly patio, head to Music City Bar & Grill. This world-class music venue and restaurant located in the Opryland area promises live bands seven nights a week with no cover charge. Sit outside with your pup, listen to country hits and originals, and enjoy mouth-watering burgers, wings, pizza, and more. The kitchen is open late for party animals. For more live tunes with your four-legged roadie, head downtown to The Stage on Broadway where Fido can honky tonk with the seasoned pros and up-and-coming stars of tomorrow.

Spend the night at Virgin Hotels Nashville, one of the most dog-friendly hotels in America. Fido will receive treats at check-in, a dog bed and feeding bowls to use during his stay, plus a Virgin Hotels bandana to take home and commemorate the trip. Canines are also welcome to join their humans in the hotel bar and on the rooftop deck. Pets of any size are permitted for no additional fee.

Skull Creek Boathouse

Hilton Head Island, SC
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Experience coastal living at its finest when you dine at Skull Creek Boathouse in Hilton Head. Grab a seat at the covered patio bar or in one of the Adirondack chairs overlooking Skull Creek while you wait for your table, then order fresh seafood, sushi or a burger fresh off the grill. Your pooch will enjoy the sea breeze in his fur while being serenaded to live tunes and watching the sunset. Visit on a weekend during the Summer Concert Series to jam out to some of the Lowcountry’s best local bands. Skull Creek Boathouse is open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.

Retreat for the evening to this dog-friendly yacht located on the water just off of Skull Creek. This two-bedroom rental features all the amenities of home, including A/C and full kitchen, and your pup will love sunbathing from the upper deck. Two dogs of any size are allowed on board for no additional fee.

The Brewhouse Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA
“Just a little … bit … closer.” Photo by Mike

The Brewhouse Santa Barbara provides rock dogs with two of their favorite things: live music and a menu just for them. Fuel your mutt's moshing with chicken strips, steak bites or a frozen marrow bone from the dog menu at one of Santa Barbara’s most popular pooch hangouts. Order bacon-wrapped filet mignon or beef stroganoff and one of the 20 handcrafted beers on tap for yourself. After dinner, enjoy live music from cool cover bands and local musicians on the outdoor stage.

When the band stops playing, kick back and relax at Beach House Inn. Two dogs of any size are allowed for an additional fee of $10 per pet, per night.

Rock & Brews

Orlando, FL
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Treat Fido like the rockstar he is at Rock & Brews in Orlando. Album artwork dons the walls and logos of his favorite bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pink Floyd line the ceilings. Your hungry hound can order a burger pattie, grilled chicken breast, or bacon from the dog menu, and humans will have a large selection of signature food items, craft beer, and cocktails to choose from. Live bands play on the patio each Friday and Saturday night, but if you visit during a weekday you can still jam out to iconic rock concert moments on the TVs scattered throughout. You can also visit the location in nearby Kissimmee.

Don’t let the music stop after dinner. Head to the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando where two pets of any size are welcome for an additional $100 per stay. Your pooch will receive treats and bowls at check-in, and you’ll dig the hotel’s collection of rock memorabilia.

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Fido will think he’s hit the jackpot when you dine at 18bin, located in the Las Vegas Arts District. Furry foodies are welcome on their large outdoor patio while you enjoy a delicious meal, curated cocktails and a live DJ or band. Visit from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday when the restaurant goes to the dogs with Yappy Hour food and drink specials. Music fills the air during additional weekly events featuring live jams, including Music in the District every Thursday night.

Play your own tunes in the outdoor oasis of Casa de Baygo. Cool off in the pool, relax in the hot tub, or challenge your crew to a game of sand volleyball. Two dogs of any size are permitted for an additional fee of $25 per pet, per stay.

Dog & Bull Brew & Music House

Croydon, PA
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You know you’re in the right place with a name like Dog & Bull Brew & Music House. Located in a renovated Croydon train station, the relaxed and eclectic atmosphere welcomes dogs and humans alike. Dine with Fido on the spacious outdoor patio where you’ll hear local musicians playing both acoustic and “unplugged” tunes. The menu features comforting pub fare, a rotating tap selection and over 80 specialty bottled and canned beers to choose from. Your pup can order his own meal from the dog menu, like chicken and rice, which comes served in a dog bowl.

After dinner, head into nearby Philadelphia for live jams at Milkboy, a dog-friendly restaurant and music venue in the heart of the city. Spend the night at this downtown apartment, just a few blocks away. Dogs of any size are allowed for no additional fee.

Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro

Bellingham, WA
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The outdoor stage at Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro will bring music to your mutt’s ears. Visit the pet-friendly patio and beer garden known as Bellingham’s Backyard and listen to live bands, cozy up around the firepit, and enjoy innovative pub fare like rib-eye steak or bangers and mash, plus burgers, sandwiches and more. Be sure to grab a cold brew, glass of wine, or a seasonal craft cocktail from the tap room. The music line-up features weekly events like Pianos and Pints and a Thursday night Garden Twilight series.

Rest up at Hotel Leo, located just up the street from Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro. Fido will be welcomed with treats, bowls, and a pet rug, and the well-lit pet relief area is easily accessible. Dogs of any size are permitted for an additional fee of $25 per pet, per stay.

Chesapeake Inn Restaurant & Marina

Chesapeake City, MD
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Travel by land or sea to Chesapeake Inn Restaurant & Marina for an enjoyable evening of live music and a delicious dinner on the pet-friendly outdoor terrace, known as The Deck. Dine right on the waterfront overlooking the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal and listen to live entertainment which is provided daily during summer months and on weekends in winter. The casual fare menu features brick oven pizzas, tacos, burgers and more, and the outdoor tiki bar serves up tasty cocktails. For more beats, head across the water to Scahefer’s Canal House where live music rocks the deck nightly during the summer.

Stay within walking distance of all the action at Old Lock View. This pet-friendly rental includes a relaxing outdoor space with a gazebo, fire pit, BBQ grill and plenty of grass for Fido. Two dogs up to 75 lbs are accepted for an additional fee of $50 per pet, per stay.

Do you have a favorite pet-friendly restaurant with live music? Leave a comment or tweet us @BringFido!

Banner photo by James.