7 Cool, Dog-Friendly Hangout Spots in the City

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Fall is here which means lots of beautiful, sunny days and cool, crisp nights are in store. It’s the perfect time of year to spend some time outdoors with your pups and the city has a ton of cool, dog-friendly hangout spots where you can meet up with friends (two and four-legged!) or just relax with your pooch to take in all the beauty that this season has to offer. Here are seven spots worth checking out:

El Camino Real, located in Northern Liberties’ (very dog-friendly!) Piazza at Schmidts is a hot gathering spot for cool, refreshing margaritas and delicious Tex-Mex fare. Their outside patio is dog-friendly and is a great spot for people- and pooch-watching! Olé!

The Abbaye is the spot for great, seasonal beer selections and tasty, made-from-scratch (and definitely not your average!) bar food. Dogs are welcomed with open arms and an endless supply of refreshing H20. Read about one dog’s trip to The Abbaye (along with a few other cool Philly spots), here.

White Dog Cafe in University City (there’s a second location in Wayne) boasts fresh, environmentally-sustainable ingredients to offer a one-of-a-kind “farm to table” dining experience. Dogs are welcome in the outdoor dining area, so bring your canine pal and enjoy a delicious brunch, lunch, dinner or happy hour!

Old City’s FARMiCiA offers diners a fun, eclectic and delicious dining experience. Creative dishes, designed to please everyone, including a great vegetarian and vegan selection, are created with local, seasonal ingredients. Fido won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to check out this awesome place, either!

Rouge is a popular dining and meetup destination in Rittenhouse Square — and for good reasons. The bistro fare has earned a reputation as some of the best in the city and the views from the eatery’s outside dining area can’t be beat. Your canine companion will be greeted with enthusiasm as you and he sit down for a delicious meal.

At Doobies in Rittenhouse, you won’t get glitz and glamour, but you will get friendly faces, great drink specials and best of all, a super dog-friendly atmosphere. This dive bar offers a fun and cozy setting and well-behaved pooches are welcome to join their humans in the fun! Doobies is a big supporter of pet-related causes and is host to fundraisers and special events, throughout the year, which benefit animal organizations.

Pizzeria Stella, a Stephen Starr establishment located in Society Hill, places a creative twist on a classic favorite. In addition to pizza, this eatery offers delicious pasta dishes and homemade gelato. Bring your dog along for some great Italian eating and lots of people-watching at one of their outdoor tables.

There’s still some beautiful weather to be had before the cold winter weather makes its arrival. Grab some friends, pack up your pooch and order up a refreshing cocktail and some delicious grub and enjoy!

What are some of your favorite dog-friendly hangouts in the city?

** To err on the side of caution, if you plan on bringing Fido along to any of the places we listed above, it’s a good idea to give a quick call ahead of time to make sure the establishment’s pet policies have not changed! **

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