Food & Drink

Where to drink outside with your dog this weekend

Published On 05/08/2014 Published On 05/08/2014
All Photos: Laura Hayes

Washington DC Ever have to leave the bar because you need to take your dog out, just as things were starting to get interesting? It's the worst. Luckily, you don't have to choose between responsible pet ownership and a whole lot of cold beer any longer. We scoured the city for the best places to bring Fido (or in this case, a corgi named Megan). What we found was quite... wait for it... fetching!

Art and Soul (info and address)
Capitol Hill
Sure, they’ll set out a bed and water bowl at Art and Soul, but that’s just the beginning. They also offer a pooch patio menu that has everything from non-alcoholic Bowser Beer to a Hungry Dawg 6oz grilled steak. This commitment to pleasing pups is a reflection of Chef Art Smith’s love for dogs. Continue Reading

The Heights (info and address)
Columbia Heights
When you get home from work, leash up and head over to The Heights in the heart of CoHi. Then, grab a seat at the communal table on the patio so you can take advantage of one of the most generously long happy hours in the District (3-7pm Mon-Fri and 4-7pm Sat-Sun). You’ll have a $6 craft cocktail in hand in no time, plus water and biscuits for your pup.

Cantina Marina (info and address)
SW Waterfront
Your perrito wants to watch you drink Micheladas, Corona-ritas, and margs on a patio overlooking the water, trust us. Just don’t forget to break off a bite or two of your tacos. Lots of parking and a super dog-friendly attitude make this spot a top pick.

Rustik Tavern (info and address)
For a low-key outing, pop by Rustik Tavern for brunch, happy hour, or dinner in the budding Bloomingdale neighborhood. Patio seats with puppy privileges are pretty easy to come by, and the draft list is decent.

The Argonaut (info and address)
H Street NE
After some time off, The Argonaut is resurrecting their Argo-Mutts Yappy Hour. The partnership with Metro Mutts means dog treats, giveaways, drink specials, and half-price hush puppies for dog owners. The first Yappy Hour of 2014 kicked off March 14th. Give them a ring to find out future dates. You can also bring your pup to the popular H Street patio every Saturday from 12-5pm (otherwise it’s off limits). 

Before you call PETA, know that no dogs drank beer in the making of this story.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
1. Art and Soul 415 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Capitol Hill)

Art and Soul's complete interior redesign includes herringbone wood flooring among other rustic-ness designed to foster a "contemporary urban market feel". High quality ingredients meet comfort food for delicious dishes like Confit Pork Belly & Pig Head Ravioli and a Fried Free Range Chicken for two.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
2. The Heights 3115 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010 (Columbia Heights)

Along with a range of shared plates and sandwiches, The Heights has a killer patio and a sweet happy hour for you to enjoy upon it ($6 craft cocktails and $2.75 Natty Bo bottles).

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
3. Cantina Marina 600 Water St SW, Washington, DC 20024

Southwest DC’s Cantina Marina is the culinary embodiment of Margaritaville, from its nautical theme to its beach bites-style menu. The Cajun-meets-Tex-Mex joint is built to resemble a beach shack; with cerulean blue and lemon yellow wood paneling dotted with decorative plaster fish, Cantina Marina would be less conspicuous in sunny Key West than the District. Embrace your temporary vacation, though, and comb through the platter of “Super” nachos to rescue the shrimp, steak, and Andouille sausage that’s smothered by chili, pico de gallo, crema, avocado, and jalapeno. The salads, entrees, and sandwiches offer Creole options, like Jambalaya pasta and the Bayou burger. You’ll want to wash your savory plates down with an ice-cold beer, a margarita, or a sweet specialty cocktail, like the blueberry lemonade. With a location right on the water, it’s likely you’ll pour hours into this place; and you know, it’s your own damn fault.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
4. Rustik Tavern 84 T St NW , Washington, DC, DC 20001

Bloomingdale's 30-seat pizza/beer joint's rocking graffiti'd up walls and a giant last-call bell, plus delivering Neapolitan joints like the watercress/mozzarella/roasted garlic sauce Going Green from their brick oven.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
5. The Argonaut 1433 Maryland Avenue Northeast , Washington, DC , DC 20002 (H Street Ne)

Reopened after an unfortunate fire, The Argonaut's got a roomy dining room highlighted by a bar built to mimic a Greek ship, and is slinging fittingly aquatic deliciousness like 1lb steamer baskets of shrimp or Pacific-Northwest snow crab legs.