UPDATE, MARCH 17, 2018: When we originally published this piece in 2017, we found 17 bars, breweries and restaurants that made it easy for owners to grab a drink or an (outdoor) bite to eat with their dog by their side. Since then, you’ve shared plenty of other establishments that encourage well-behaved dogs to tag along with their owners, and we’ve updated the list accordingly. Remember, non-service dogs are never allowed inside bars and restaurants where food is being prepared, so when the weather is cold and patios and outdoor seating areas are closed, your options are more limited.
If there is anything better than enjoying a cold drink at one of Pittsburgh’s breweries or bars, it’s enjoying that drink with your favorite furry friend by your side.
Pittsburgh is lucky enough to have a plethora of bars that welcome pets, either inside or on the patio, so you don’t have to leave your pooch behind when you go for a drink with friends.
While all dogs are welcome, most bars and restaurants ask pet owners to make sure their dogs like to socialize, or are well-behaved in crowded spaces, before bringing them in. And, late nights and loud music don’t make for happy pups, so keep your dog’s health and well-being in mind before grabbing those leashes, and taking them out to these pet-friendly spots.
Allegheny City Brewing
This cozy little brewery on the North Side welcomes well-behaved pets. Additionally, the owners are such big dog lovers that they have entire wall dedicated to their patron’s animals. They welcome anyone who stops through to bring along a picture of their pet to tack onto the wall!
Allegheny City Brewing (507 Foreland St., Pittsburgh) 412-904-3732
Grist House Craft Brewery
Grist House is the place to be if you are a dog. There is ample space to run around, concrete floors for cooling down, and usually plenty of other furry friends to play with.
Grist House Craft Brewery (10 E Sherman St., Pittsburgh) 412-447-1442
Double Wide Grill
Double Wide Grill welcomes pets when the weather is nice, and offers a separate area for patrons with pets that’s counter service only.
Double Wide Grill (2339 E Carson St., Pittsburgh) 412-390-1111
Jerome Bettis’ Grille 36
The patio at the Jerome Bettis Grill on the North Shore invites you to bring your dog with you. They even have special water bowls to make sure your pet stays just as hydrated as you do.
Jerome Bettis’ Grille 36 (393 N Shore Dr. Pittsburgh) 412-224-6287
The Brew Gentlemen
Bring your friendly dog to the Brew Gentlemen in Braddock. While you enjoy their wheat beers and IPAs, your pooch might even find some new pals to play with.
The Brew Gentlemen (512 Braddock Ave, Braddock, PA ) 412-871-5075
Arsenal Cider House & Wine Cellar
When the weather is nice, Arsenal Cider house has a massive outdoor garden for drinking and relaxing. Pets are welcome to hang out and enjoy the live music while their owners try Arsenal’s unique cider blends.
Arsenal Cider House (300 39th St., Pittsburgh) 412-682-7699
D’s Six Pax and Dogz
Order your pooch a hot dog at D’s! D’s has two sidewalk tables where dogs are welcome to sit their owners. They also have a large bench outside where patrons frequently enjoy drinks with their dogs when the weather is nice.
D’s Six Pax and Dogz (1118 S Braddock Ave. Pittsburgh) 412-241-4666
Also in Regent Square, Square Cafe is known for its delicious brunches, and also being very pet-friendly. When the weather is nice, your well-behaved dog is welcome to join you on the outside patio, and will even get his own water bowl! Square Cafe is BYOB.
Square Cafe (1137 S Braddock Ave, Pittsburgh) 412-244-8002
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Ace Hotel Lobby Bar
As a pet-friendly hotel, this courtesy extends to the lobby of the Ace Hotel, where their bar is located. And while, the pet-friendly policy doesn’t extend to their Whitfield restaurant, all of the other spaces, including the Lobby Bar, Gym, Ballroom and hotel rooms do allow dogs, regardless of whether or not you’re a guest.
Ace Hotel Pittsburgh (120 S Whitfield St., Pittsburgh) 412-361-3300
Wallace’s Tap Room at the Hotel Indigo
The Hotel Indigo is another pet friendly hotel in East Liberty. When enjoying a drink at Wallace’s Tap Room on the first floor, feel free to bring your dog to enjoy the fun.
Wallace’s Tap Room (123 N Highland Ave., Pittsburgh) 412-665-0555
Dogs love the cold floor in the basement of Bierport. Pets are welcome to relax and unwind as their owners do the same with Bierport’s 1,000 different beers.
Bierport (4115 Butler St., Pittsburgh, PA) 412-904-4248
OTB Bicycle Cafe
The OTB Bicycle Cafe has two sidewalk seats outside where your dog is welcome to hang out when the weather is nice.
OTB Bicycle Cafe (2518 E Carson St., Pittsburgh) 412-381-3698
The Cheesecake Caffe in Irwin offers a lovely dog-friendly outdoor patio. Their outdoor space, which opens in the summertime, is a completely glass-free environment, and if you bring your pooch with you to dine, they’ll make sure to provide a bowl of fresh water.
Cheesecake Caffe (512 Main Street, Irwin, PA)
On nice days, New Amsterdam opens its garage doors to the outside. Patrons can tie up their dogs on the sidewalk just outside, and enjoy a drink from the inside of the establishment.
New Amsterdam (4421 Butler St., Pittsburgh) 412-904-2915
ShuBrew has two sidewalk tables where pets can join their owners while they try ShuBrew’s hoppy beers.
ShuBrew (210 S Main St, Zelienople, PA) 724-766-4426
Big Dog Coffee
The aptly-named Big Dog Coffee shop on the South Side is one of the most pet-friendly places in the city, and guests are invited to enjoy a coffee on their outside patio with your dog by your side.
Big Dog Coffee (2717 Sarah St., Pittsburgh) 412-586-7306
Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream
Dogs are welcome to hang out the front patio of Millie’s. There is even a water bowl so you pet can stay cool while you enjoy your ice cream.
Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream (232 S Highland Ave., Pittsburgh) 412-404-8853
Leaning Cask Brewing Company
Leaning Cask Brewing in Springdale “loves our dogs here.” Not only are the brewery’s beers named after doggos, (like Bloodhound IPA, Cheeky Corgi Cider and Imperial Ridgeback IPA), but the brewery welcomes dogs anytime, and even sets out special water bowls just for them.
Leaning Cask Brewing Company (850 Pittsburgh Street, Springdale, PA)
Foundry Table & Tap
Dogs are always welcome in the patio area outside at the Foundry Table & Tap. The North Shore bar and restaurant has plenty of outdoor tables for people (and pooches), and offers drafts, growlers, and a daily specials menu.
Foundry Table & Tap (381 N. Shore Drive)
Liberty Pole Spirits
Dog-friendly doesn’t begin to describe Liberty Pole Spirits in Washington, PA – the owner’s dog Murphy is the perpetual “employee of the month.” Bring your pooch along as you sample whiskeys or try one of their specialty cocktails.
Liberty Pole Spirits (68 West Maiden Street, Washington, PA)
Sunny Jim’s Tavern
This casual spot offers creekside patio seating during warmer months, and the outdoor space is completely dog-friendly. The patio isn’t open right now, but will be ready for the season sometime in May.
Sunny Jim’s Tavern (255 Camp Horne Road)
Dorothy 6 Blast Furnace Cafe
When the weather is nice, and the patio is open at Dorthy 6 Blast Furnace Cafe in Homestead, dogs are welcome to join their owners for lunch, dinner, or craft beer in the cafe’s outdoor space.
Dorothy 6 Black Furnace Cafe (224 E. 8th Avenue, Homestead)
What’s better than a Primanti Bros. sandwich? A Primanti Bros. sandwich, enjoyed with your dog right by your side. All of the Primanti Bros. with outdoor patios are completely dog-friendly, and owners are invited to bring their dogs with them for some outside sandwich-eating fun.
Primanti Bros. (various locations)
This waterfront spot on the North Shore is only for business seasonally, but during the summer months when they’re open, they allow dogs on their outside patio.
Redfin Blues (100 Waterfront Drive)
BeerHead Bar & Eatery
Dogs are allowed inside and outside of BeerHead Bar & Eatery on the North Shore. Bring your pooch in as you enjoy a craft beer at the bar, or enjoy a bite to eat during warm months at their tables outside.
BeerHead Bar (110 Federal Street)
The Strip District’s Osteria 2350 has a dog-friendly patio, and pups are welcome to join their owners for lunch or dinner at the Italian restaurant when the weather is warm.
Osteria 2350 (2350 Railroad Street)
Sugar and Spice
Enjoy a sweet treat with your pet at Sugar and Spice Ice Cream Parlor in Baldwin. The ice cream shop’s outdoor patio is dog-friendly in the summer, and welcomes dogs to enjoy their own ice cream treats.
Sugar and Spice (5200 Clairton Boulevard)
Like the name suggests, neighborhood bar Howlers is very dog-friendly, and allows patrons to bring dogs inside the bar while they enjoy a brew on tap. If you want to keep your pup happy, though, make sure that you go before their nightly live music starts.
Howlers (4509 Liberty Avenue)
This Bloomfield tavern welcomes dogs (and their owners) on their outdoor patio, when the weather is nice.
Silky’s Pub (5135 Liberty Avenue)
Enjoy a drink with your dog at Apis Meadery. Dogs are allowed inside the pet-friendly Carnegie meadery while their owner’s sample wine and mead.
Apis Meadery (212 East Main Street, Carnegie)
Pups are always welcome at Threadbare Cider on the North Side. Head in for a drink at the dog-friendly cidery with your dog by your side.
Threadbare Cider (1291 Spring Garden Avenue)
Wigle Whiskey Garden
Cheers to your four-legged friend at the Wigle Whiskey Garden, where dogs are welcome. Sample one of Wigle’s latest releases, or enjoy one of their unique cocktails at this dog-friendly spot.
Wigle Whiskey Garden (1055 Spring Garden Avenue)
What dog-friendly restaurants, bars and breweries did we miss? Let us know in our comments, and we’ll keep updating the post!