Fido’s Favorite Yappy Hours

Posted by Lauren Barker

A dog walks into a bar… It’s not a joke, he’s just the guest of honor at a swanky Yappy Hour. From food and drink specials at restaurants to weekly canine “pawties” for a good cause, these pet-friendly social gatherings offer a fun and unique way of getting spoiled with your pooch.

Bell Tower Yappy Hour

Fort Myers, FL
“I can smell the hops.” Photo by

Bring Fido to Bell Tower Shops in Fort Myers to shop, dine and mingle with other furry fashionistas at the Bell Tower Yappy Hour. Pets are always welcome in many of the stores and on the outdoor patios of restaurants like Blue Pointe Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill, but on the second Friday of each month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., canine customers can join their humans for a special night on the town. Visit Bell Tower’s center court where pets can take part in costume contests, win prizes, and munch on treats while pet owners can enjoy food and drink specials, shopping and live music. Many of the pet-friendly stores provide special yappy hour surprises, too. Just look for the Boston Terrier sticker on the shop doors. Pet relief areas are located throughout the center as well.

Stay within walking distance of Bell Tower Shops at Homewood Suites by Hilton Fort Myers and enjoy more happy hour specials across the street at Shoeless Joe’s.

Yappy Hour with District Dogs

Washington, DC
“Can someone bring me a cold one?” Photo by

While dogs are always welcome in the outdoor spaces of D.C. hangout, metrobar, two- and four-legged social butterflies are invited to gather for a special evening event once a month. Yappy Hour with District Dogs takes place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. every third Thursday of the month from March through November. Canine customers can enjoy doggie beer, puppuccinos, treats, toys, belly rubs and more, all provided by District Dogs.

Spend the night nearby at Homewood Suites by Hilton Washington DC NoMa Union Station and spend the next day exploring the U.S. National Arboretum.

“That’s it. I’m tattling on you and you’re getting a time out!” Photo by

Wonder Bar, located just off the famous Asbury Park Boardwalk in New Jersey, has hosted some of the biggest legends of rock ‘n’ roll. Dog lover and New Jersey local Bruce Springsteen has rocked the stage here and has even been spotted at their famous Yappy Hour. The bar’s outdoor space, Tillie’s Landing, invites dogs to play in the sand while their owners enjoy a cocktail from the tiki bar. Tillie’s Landing is fenced in so Fido can be off leash to rock out with his friends. It’s also equipped with paddling pools, an agility area and a time-out section for pooches who need a break from all the fun.

Yappy Hour season at Wonder Bar runs from June through September and takes place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday and noon to 8 p.m. on weekends. Mondays and Wednesdays are reserved for small dogs only. The entrance fee is $10 per person on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and free on other days. Proceeds benefit Asbury Boardwalk Rescue and other local charities.

Worn-out pups can rest up at The Asbury, where they’re welcome to join their owners on the pool deck and in the lobby bar, and a portion of the $75 pet fee goes to a local animal shelter.

Mother Earth Brew Co.

Boise, ID
“They bring me along for the deals.” Photo by

Every Saturday, Mother Earth Brew Co. in Idaho’s capital city goes to the dogs. Bring your pup along for Yappy Hour from noon to 4 p.m. and you’ll receive a dollar off your first drink. Come sans dog and you’ll pay full price. Canine customers are welcome both outside and inside the taproom, so Yappy Hour takes place rain or shine. Bring your own food or grab something from one of the visiting food trucks. While you’re there, check out the swag and pick Fido up a Mother Earth can of beer dog toy.

Afterward, walk back to your room at Inn at 500 Capitol. Four-legged guests receive bowls, a bed and treats, and dog food is available. Pet-friendly floors lead back to designated pet relief areas with trashcans and waste bags.

Stanley's Northeast Bar Room

Minneapolis, MN
Bring the whole yappy family. Photo by BringFido/Amanda

The heated outdoor “pawtios” at Stanley’s Northeast Bar Room and The Howe Daily Kitchen & Bar in Minneapolis welcome pups to dine on tasty items from a three-course menu like Nala’s Turkey Meatloaf, K9 Chicken or an NE Pup Burger. Treats by Von Hanson are served as appetizers, Boxer Bites and Homemade Pupcream are options for dessert, and Fido can wash it all down with a Tail Chaser Dog Brew. Best of all, every day from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. pups can “pawtake” in Yappy Hour to receive $1 off all entrees and a complimentary Peanut Butter Woofer! There are even yoga mats for your pooch to relax on while dining.

Once everyone’s bellies are full, head back to this one-of-a-kind apartment near the Mississippi River and gather around the outdoor fire pit.

Elmwood Park Zoo

Norristown, PA
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A zoo probably isn’t the first place you think of to drink a cold one with your furry bestie by your side, but at Elmwood Park Zoo outside of Philadelphia, you can do just that. Bring Fido along to meet other members of the animal kingdom during Yappy Hour events on select Thursdays and Fridays. You can both enjoy drink and food specials at the Zoo Brew Beer Garden and Bar, and each dog in attendance will receive a free pup cup whipped cream treat. Yappy Hours are held during zoo after-hours from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with the last admission at 6:30 p.m. An online application must be submitted prior to arrival.

If you need a nightcap after the zoo, swing by von C Brewing Co. before retiring to your room at Hyatt House Philadelphia Plymouth Meeting.

Yappy Hour Paw-ty at THRōW Social

Delray Beach, FL
“It’s important to look nice for yappy hour.” Photo by

Every Monday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Fido is invited to a Yappy Hour Paw-ty at THRōW Social in Delray Beach. While you enjoy happy hour prices on delicious cocktails, wine and beer, and bites like Burger Sliders and the Big, Big Pretzel, your pooch can chow down on a free organic dog treat from DoodGirlCo. Kick back in the tropical-themed outdoor bar with your pup and listen to tunes from the guest DJ or play yard games.

When the evening winds down, walk back to your room at Colony Hotel & Cabana Club, conveniently located near all the dog-friendly restaurants on Atlantic Avenue.

Upstairs at Caroline

Austin, TX
“Nothing but smiles here.” Photo by @upstairsatcaroline

Sunday Funday takes on a whole new meaning at Upstairs at Caroline in Austin. Bring your four-legged foodie to the pet-friendly patio for Yappy Hour Hair of the Dog from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays and you’ll receive 25% off your check. Plus, frozen mimosas are just $7 all day. While you’re dining on street tacos, your pup can chow down on his own meal from a special pet menu including sweet potato fries, doggie ice cream and more!

Walk off your tacos on the way back to W Austin where Fido is welcome to join you on the patio of the hotel restaurant, Trace for more drink specials.

Do you have a favorite Yappy Hour to visit with Fido? Leave a comment or tweet us @BringFido!