Drinking with friends is lovely, but drinking with your dog is straight-up euphoric. For one, your dog’s never showed up to your pregame with other dogs you don’t like, or drank too much well tequila and blamed you for their toxic relationships. Never once has your dog ghosted 45 minutes into the night because the guy playing shuffleboard made sustained eye contact. Plain and simple, dogs make the best drinking partners, and it’s high time you start taking advantage of it. Here are the 12 best places in LA to do it.
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Blue Dog is one of our favorite places to drink in The Valley, and its dog-friendly status only adds to that fact. This Sherman Oaks staple is a great place to spend a Saturday afternoon watching a game with your dog, your neighbors, and your neighbors’ dogs. There’s a big front patio with water bowls, fantastic burgers (including one specifically for dogs), excellent craft beer, and photos of random pooches on nearly every wall. When your team blows another 4th quarter lead in the playoffs, trust us, you’re going to want to stare at a framed photo of a winking Pomeranian for a little bit.
Golden Road might not have the best beer in LA, but there’s no denying that their massive taproom in Atwater Village is ideal for weekend lounging and making new dog friends. There’s a large outdoor space covered in fake grass, a shaded doggie deck, complimentary dog beds, plenty of water bowls, and even biscuits for $5 a bag. Also, all proceeds from their “Puppy Hour” go to local rescues.
It’s been three weeks since the breakup and you still feel like sh*t. Time to grab Mr. Bananas and head out on a Los Feliz jaunt. After flirting with locals and buying bespoke greeting cards you’ll never send, go drink the remainder of the day away at Big Bar. The actually quite small bar - it’s tucked into the side of Alcove Cafe on Hillhurst - makes some of our favorite cocktails in the neighborhood, and while the inside is tight, you and Mr. Bananas can sit anywhere on Alcove’s massive shared patio. That’s where you want to be anyways for prime flirtation.
The Lincoln is one of the most popular bars in Venice, and that means on Friday and Saturday nights, you’ll be treated to long lines, crowded tables, and lots of people with a touch-and-go relationship with gravity. This is not when you take Fido to The Lincoln. Instead, come to their “Dog Day Afternoons,” which run monthly on Sunday afternoons. There are water bowls, treats, and toys for all the dogs, plus plenty of drink specials for their humans.
Highland Park Brewery has been one of our favorite craft breweries in LA for a while now, but their Chinatown location is twice the size of the original, meaning there are plenty of tables for big groups, a dedicated tasting room, and a big front patio where you and Kibbles can burn an afternoon hanging with other people who enjoy talking about the fruit notes of an IPA. Afterwards, head across the street to the LA State Historic Park, where Kibbles can participate in another enthralling round of chase the ball.
Three Weavers is an excellent craft brewery in Inglewood and one of the few breweries in town that allows dogs inside - as long as they’re on a leash. The tasting room has huge picnic tables where you can bring in your own food, play some board games, and see how many of the limited-release taps you can sample before your Scrabble skills begin to deteriorate.
Sure, Salazar’s food isn’t as good as it was when it first opened in 2016, but that doesn’t matter to your dog. Plus, no one can deny this Mexican restaurant’s outdoor space in Frogtown isn’t still a great spot to post up and drink cocktails all day - and night. Because the entire place is one giant patio, you never have to worry about your best friend in the world tagging along. You can drink your well-made mezcal cocktail and he can soak up all the residual attention from the locals.
As fun as it is to drink with people inside of a giant barrel in North Hollywood, it’s even more fun to drink with your dog on that giant barrel’s back patio. It’s been a few years since Idle Hour’s massive renovation turned it into one of the most memorable places to grab a drink in LA (see: giant barrel aesthetic), but that allure has not worn off one bit. The cocktails are strong, the beer list is solid, and if you get hungry, their Southern-leaning brunch menu is way better that it needs to be. Also, there’s a two-story bulldog on the patio, which you’re definitely going to take a photo in front of with your dog.
After grabbing an early afternoon cocktail and brunch at Salazar, head down the street to Frogtown Brewery. The small taproom kind of feels like you’re drinking inside of a friend’s garage, only with way better beer. At only 4.5% alcohol, The Feather In It session IPA is a great daytime beer and our favorite thing to put in our stomach before walking the dog down the LA River bike path for the afternoon.
MacLeod is an English-style microbrewery in Van Nuys, which means beers are brewed in-cask and poured right from the barrel with little-to-no carbonation. While that might not be for everyone, the good news is they have a fun, dog-friendly taproom with board games, live music, and good pizza that’s made in-house. And that’s definitely for everyone.
You work from home, which means you have the luxury of spending all day with your dog curled up in your lap. But every once in a while, it’s good to change up the afternoon scenery and head to The Rose. The sprawling indoor/outdoor restaurant in Venice has multiple patios that are ideal for posting up with a laptop and a glass of wine, and letting your dog cool his belly on the concrete flooring.
No one actually goes to Angel City for the craft beer, they go for the games, the food trucks, and a rowdy crowd made up almost entirely of 25-year-olds celebrating their birthdays. If you know that’s the kind of scene you and Bandit thrive in, then immediately head to this sprawling brewery in the Arts District.