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5 Best Spots to Hang Out with Your Dog

For those who can’t stand the idea of leaving their dogs home alone on a beautiful day, these dog-friendly stores, restaurants and bars in the Pittsburgh area welcome humans and canines alike.

The author's dog at the park. Photos via Instagram

April showers bring...lots of mud. Too much mud to take your pup to any of Pittsburgh’s dog parks (unless you’re planning on bath time afterward). While dog parks and open fields may be best for getting out your good boy’s (or girl’s) energy, the dog-friendly spots below are perfect for low-key dog days out.


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White Whale Bookstore

4754 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield

Bloomfield indie bookstore White Whale opened in October 2016 as a place to connect books with book lovers. It’s across the street from a Starbucks and Paddy Cake Bakery if you need a coffee or a treat while you browse, plus it’s in the midst of Liberty Avenue’s shops and restaurants. The best part, of course, is that you’re more than welcome to bring your canine best friend to hang out with you while you debate buying Fred Rogers’ biography.


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4115 Butler St, Lawrenceville

For those who prefer to sip on beer instead of coffee, Bierport Tap Room and Bottle Shop has 19 beers on draft and a cool concrete floor that panting pups love to lie on. The basement bar is bring your own food — so grab a snack from any of the restaurants on Butler Street before heading over.


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Hitchhiker Brewery & Tap Room

1500 S. Canal St, Sharpsburg

Hitchhiker Brewery has locations in Mt. Lebanon and Sharpsburg, my Goberian (Golden Retriever and Siberian Husky Mix) much prefers the Sharpsburg tap room — probably because we live just around the street. Chill out at the picnic tables with your dog by your side or play cornhole with your fellow (human) companions.


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Square Cafe (patio)

1137 S. Braddock Ave., Regent Square

Dogs typically aren’t allowed indoors anywhere that sells food, that is just a sad fact of life. But tasty brunch spot Square Cafe makes up for it by allowing canines to soak up the sun next to their owners on their sidewalk patio. The convenient location just a 5-minute walk from Frick Park makes it the perfect place to go after a long walk or run when your dog is tuckered out and ready to relax.


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Walters BBQ Southern Kitchen

4501 Butler St., Lawrenceville

Listen, if you’re trying to “eat clean” or whatever, Walters may not be the place for you. But if you and your furry friend (or, let’s be real, furbaby) want to hang out while you drink a beer and eat some “bad arse fried chicken,” then Walters it is. Because all of the tables at Walters are outside, the entire seating area is dog-friendly. The mostly-fenced in patio is covered with green turf, and string lights keep it well-lit into closing time. A heated tent covers the patio during Pittsburgh’s cold months, meaning you can devour ribs, wings and “Frito pie” with your pooch by your side year-around.

Honorable mentions:

Grist House Craft Brewery in Millvale
Rivertowne Brewing Company in Export
Big Easy Dog Daze & Cafe in Lawrenceville

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