Washington, D.C. is home to some of the area’s most unique bars and other dining establishments. Depending on your own individual tastes and interests, you’re sure to find something that caters to your needs…as well as those of your pooch. Believe it or not, many of D.C.’s bars are dog friendly and even host doggie happy hour events and specials. So the next time you’re looking for a great place to get a drink along with your four-legged friend, you might want to check out some of these venues.
Art And Soul
415 New Jersey Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 393-7777

With its Southern-inspired cuisine, D.C.’s Art and Soul takes southern hospitality to the next level. They even allow dogs on a special pooch patio so you and your buddy can dine and drink together. The restaurant and cocktail lounge features all your personal favorites along with a special menu just for dogs. Your canine companion will enjoy the works with such selections as the gravy train (beef, rice and gravy), the hungry dawg (grilled and sliced sirloin), peanut-banana “pupcicles,” the raw deal (frozen beef bone) and even a special non-alcoholic beer brew made from chicken broth and malt extract.

Cantina Marina
600 Water St., S.W.
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 554-8396

At this waterfront restaurant dogs are always welcome at the outdoor bar area. During the warmer weather on Monday evenings you and your pooch can even enjoy a dog-friendly happy hour together. As you enjoy human house specials like corndogs and margaritas, your faithful companion will enjoy a dog biscuit buffet and complimentary water bowls brought out by servers. Different dog rescue groups frequently participate in this happy hour event.

Jackson 20 Tavern & Restaurant
480 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 842-2790

At Jackson 20 Tavern & Restaurant in Alexandria, you and your faithful friend are both in for a doggone good time. During the months of April to October you can enjoy a special “Yappy Hour” happening every Tuesday evening between 5 and 8 p.m. While you enjoy great deals on drinks and snacks, your pup pal will be treated to complimentary water and treats. Here is your time to meet and mingle with fellow dog lovers and let your pooch make some new friends as well.

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Union Pub
201 Massachusetts Ave., N.E.
Washington, DC, US 20002
(202) 546-7200

This pub on Capitol Hill is a popular pick for pooches and people alike. Pets are always welcome to dine alongside their owners on the porch seven days a week. On Saturdays, however, there is a special ongoing happy hour happening on the scene. As humans meet, mingle and enjoy food and drink specials, dogs can enjoy biscuits, water and canine conversation.

The Daily Dish
8301A Grubb Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 588-6300

The Daily Dish in Silver Spring always welcomes dogs to “dish” out. Available outdoor seating at the patio allows you and your best buddy to enjoy great food and drink together. There is even a special Yappy Hour on the patio held Thursdays between 3:30 and 6 p.m. Additionally, the restaurant celebrates “dog days” like National Dog Day in August and participates in other events that are well-enjoyed by both pooches and people. Specials at last year’s event included “pup” tarts and dog-themed cocktails for humans, and doggie specials, including marrow bones.

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Laura Catherine Hermoza has a lifelong love for writing. In addition to serving as a contributor to various media publications, she is also a published novelist of several books and works as a proofreader/editor. LC resides in Baltimore County.