A few fun places to visit with your furry friend include Bender's Bar and Grill on Van Ness. Your pooch is welcome inside and remember to ask about the house-made dog treats! El Rio on Mission has a great backyard with ping pong and shuffleboard that your pooch can enjoy with you. Stop in at Holy Water on Cortland as well.
If you keep to the residential section, expect a heavy sidewalk experience with on-street parallel parking that can reduce visibility on busy streets. Use caution around the heavier trafficked streets and obey pedestrian safety laws by only crossing along crosswalks and not in between parked cars. Many of the homes also have front garages, so be cautious and watch for cars backing out onto the streets.
The parks in Bernal Heights offer the much-needed green spaces for the dog-friendly neighborhood. The Bernal Heights Park is an off-leash park that sits on top of the Bernal Heights Summit. The trails here vary in difficulty, so a bit of experimenting might be in order to find one you and your pup can do successfully. Keep untrained pups on a leash!
St. Mary's Dog Play Area off of Justin Drive has been ranked as one of the best dog play parks in the city. The park has a double gated entrance to keep our furry friends safe coming in and out of the park. It offers a large, manicured grass field for exercise and play and lots of benches and picnic tables for two-legged folks. Water fountains are available to keep your furry friend hydrated. The area is not separated for large and small dogs, so keep an eye on your little pups.