Top 10 Dog-Friendly Date Ideas in Atlanta, GA


Lovers in Atlanta, Georgia, make sure you celebrate your Valentine's Day the right way this year — with your pooch, obviously! With a nickname like Dogwood City, it's no surprise that Atlanta has lots of options for pup enthusiasts of all sorts.

Whether your idea of the perfect date includes tasting treats or trekking through terrain, Atlanta offers all kinds of pawesome outings for sweethearts and their fur-babies. To take some of the pressure off of your shoulders, we've compiled some of our favorite date choices for people and puppers alike. Read on if you're interested in having the barkiest Valentine's Day ever!

Eat, drink, and wag at Ladybird's

For a date you'll never fur-get, opt for snacks, fancy cocktails, and pooches everywhere at Ladybird Grove and Mess Hall. Not only is the patio totally romantic (expect string lights and rustic charm), but it also welcomes canine patrons along for the good times.

Sit and chat at Dancing Goats

Looking for a place to take your valentine that's trendy, chic, and also easy on the wallet? Dancing Goats Coffee Bar serves up excellent coffee and snacks in an appealing venue, with leashed woofers welcome anywhere on the enclosed patio. They have several locations throughout Atlanta, so you won't have to travel far, either!

Grab something sweet at Morelli's

Does your crush have a sweet tooth? Invite them out for ice cream at Morelli's — and make sure they bring their pup, too! Dogs and their people are allowed to "chill" on the patio while enjoying all the delicious ice cream they can stomach. We won't judge you if you share your cone with your woofer — but we can't say what your date will think!
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Play at the dog park of your dreams

If your valentine loves spending time with their four-legged pal as much as you do (or if you happen to share a fur-child already), you need to go to Newtown Dream Dog Park. This dog park is the dog park other off-leash areas wish they were, complete with fountains and a giant milk bone. The park stays open until 9 PM from Thursday to Sunday.

Binge on burgers at Lucky's

What could be more pup-centric than planning your Valentine's Day date at a restaurant that's named after a Golden Retriever? Lucky's Burger and Brew offers a casual dining experience where man and woman's best friend is always welcome (leashed and on the patio, that is). Most of the eatery's burgers are named after doggos, too!

Take your sweetie to Sweetwater

Does your valentine love a good adventure? Right outside the city sits Sweetwater Creek State Park, a recreation area with trails of all shapes and sizes centered around a picturesque lake. Depending on your time and hiking ability, you, your love, and your pooch can choose from four different trails ranging from two to six miles in length.

Grab a cold one at Monday Night's

Despite what the name would have you believe, Monday Night Brewing is most definitely open this Valentine's Day. While you and your date sample beers out on the patio (we hear there's a new stout being released on the day of love), your doggo can sit by your side and enjoy the new sights and smells.

Walk the dog down the Beltline

Wouldn't it be convenient if there was a system of trails that took lovebirds and their canines all through the city, leading straight to artsy boutiques and fun food shops? Oh wait — there is! The Beltline is the ultimate Atlanta experience, taking explorers wherever they desire. You can even download maps of the trails to make the journey easier!

Enjoy taco time at Willy's

Nothing says "I love you" like burritos, right? If you agree with us, be sure to take your valentine to Willy's Mexicana Grill — a restaurant with all of the Mexican fare you can handle and a dog-friendly patio to boot! Fill up on favorites like quesadillas, fajitas, and (of course) nachos.

Stroll around in Piedmont Park

For a laidback date idea with no pressure and lots of fresh air, bring your valentine to Piedmont Park. Here, you can go on a good ol' fashioned walk in the park — and Fido can come as well! Enjoy the trails and meadows or stop off at one of two off-leash dog parks within the area.