By Tim Falk
Published: 07/21/2021, edited: 09/29/2021
What could be better than cooling off in the searing Phoenix heat with a refreshing beverage or two? Doing it with your dog by your side, of course!
If you’re looking to turn your happy hour into yappy hour, there’s no shortage of dog-friendly bars in Phoenix where you and your pup can wet your whistles. Here are 5 of the best Phoenix bars for pet parents and pooches who need to quench their thirst.
First stop on our adventure around dog-friendly Phoenix bars is 32 Shea. Located on the corner of 32nd Street and Shea Boulevard, this local institution is bustling at every hour of the day. It starts with the breakfast rush and goes all the way through until happy hour and dinner much later in the day.
And while there’s an extensive range of gourmet delights, beers, wines, and cocktails to have you licking your lips in anticipation, the highlight for dog lovers is the “pawsome” patio. This dog-friendly space is the ideal spot for your pupper to enjoy a little relaxation while you treat your taste buds. Heaters and misters take care of climate control, while its Saturday Yappy Hour (when in season) is always well attended by four-legged patrons.
Dog-friendly breweries don’t get any better than O.H.S.O. (Outrageous Homebrewer’s Social Outpost). All 4 locations of this Phoenix favorite are proudly dog-friendly, offering spacious patios where pooches are welcomed with open arms.
Beer lovers are unsurprisingly well catered for with more than 40 brews on tap, but the extensive drinks menu also offers cocktails, wine, and spirits. From burgers and tacos to mac & cheese and chicken & waffles, there’s plenty of variety on the menu. And with homemade dog treats on offer too, your fur-baby doesn’t have to miss out on any of the fun.
Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company specializes in a range of artisanal ales and lagers. And at its DTPHX Beer Garden, located on Roosevelt Row, you and your pup will be made to feel right at home.
The large outdoor area is the ideal spot for you and your dog to settle in for a session, while the beer garden is also famously bird-friendly. That means you can admire some of the local feathered friends while you sip a Sonora White witbier or a White Canyon blonde stout, nibble on an AZ Hot Fried Chicken Sandwich or a PB&J Burger, and just take a moment to reflect on how wonderful it is to go bar-hopping with your dog by your side.
Next on our list of the best dog-friendly bars in Phoenix is this family-owned establishment in the Coronado neighborhood. The vibe at The Main Ingredient Ale House & Cafe is casual, the food is made from locally-sourced ingredients, and the patio is dog-friendly.
The best time to check it out is during Monday’s all-day happy hour, but happy hour also runs from 11 AM to 6 PM every other day of the week. The food here is all about high-end sandwiches and salads, so you might like to tuck into a TMI Cuban Torta, an Acapulco Cheesesteak, or a Fresh Beets Salad.
And who knows? If your pup is on their best and cutest behavior, they may even feature as the establishment’s Dog of the Week on social media!
Last but definitely not least, no article about the best dog-friendly bars in Phoenix would be complete without Uncle Bear’s Grill & Tap. This much-loved Phoenix institution is actually named after the founders’ gorgeous black Lab mix, who is sadly no longer with us.
But Bear’s legacy lives on at this popular dog-themed establishment, which has 3 locations around the Phoenix metropolitan area (2 in Mesa and 1 in Queen Creek) plus a brewery and taproom in Gilbert. Uncle Bear’s Grill & Tap is a place where four-legged guests are always welcome.
Find yourself a spot on the dog-friendly patio, ensure that your pup stays hydrated with a bowl of water, and admire the dog-themed decor while you tuck into craft beers and burgers. For something a little fancier, try a Southbound Greyhound, a Top Dog Margarita, or a Bulldog Peach Tea.
Phoenix pet parents are spoiled for choice when it comes to dog-friendly bars. So if you’re looking for somewhere you can drink, eat, and socialize with your pup by your side, you’ll find plenty of “pawsome” venues to enjoy.
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