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A Guide to the Dog-Friendly Bars of Seattle

A Guide to the Dog-Friendly Bars of Seattle

Having grown up in Seattle, I always considered it to be quite dog-friendly. However as I had cats, I never knew just how much the Emerald City loved its four-legged friends until I lived there with my own dog as an adult. I was beyond elated to learn that many bars and breweries allowed dogs inside.

The wet and chilly winters usually mean that we have to put a pause on our dog-friendly outings in Portland, but that wasn’t the case in Seattle. Many places skirt health code regulations by simply forgoing kitchens. If there’s no food being served from the establishment, then it’s not a violation.

The majority of the establishments listed here have partnered with food trucks, allow guests to bring their own food, or encourage patrons to order take out from neighboring restaurants. For those who enjoy grabbing a beer with their pups without braving the cold and rain, this is a swell middle ground.

The Most Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Seattle

This guide to the dog-friendly bars of Seattle in no way includes all of the eateries that permit dogs indoors. I know there are plenty more, but I’d never finish this post if I included them all. There’s a pretty good chance that if the brewery doesn’t have a kitchen, it will likely allow your dog both inside and out. If you’re in doubt, just give them a call before heading over. Based on my research, all 16 bars and breweries listed here will welcome your dog inside.

Ounces Taproom is one of the many dog friendly bars of Seattle that allows dogs inside.

Ounces Taproom & Beer Garden (West Seattle)

If Washington beer (and cider and wine) is what you’re after, then Ounces Taproom is your place. The beer bar serves a rotating lineup of over 30 craft beers and other local beverages on tap. The pub opened with the help of a Kickstarter campaign, promoting the local beers and a welcoming environment to both kids and pets. The year-round outdoor patio means weather is never an issue and games, both to play and watch, are available for entertainment.

Check the calendar to see what food trucks will be on site. Ounces hosts a “Beer Runners” running club every Sunday at noon, among other events, including fundraisers for local animal shelters that include doggy beer and dog treats.

Beveridge Place Pub (West Seattle)

Well-behaved dogs are always welcome at West Seattle’s Beveridge Place Pub, but if they bark, “they’re out the door.” Owner Gary Sink wanted his pub to feel more European-like, where dogs are allowed just about everywhere. The idea for the pup-friendly pub came after traveling around Europe and noticing that dogs were considered part of the family more there in terms of outings.

The pub features 36 beers on tap, a list of over 150 beers from all over the world, as well as other beverages for those who don’t drink beer. There’s no food here, but you’re welcome to bring your own or order from one of the nearby establishments that do. Daily happy hours, plus trivia on Wednesdays, darts, board games, and shuffleboard.

Norm's Eatery is a classic dog-friendly bar and restaurant that allows dogs inside.

Norm’s Eatery and Ale House (Fremont)

When someone inquires about dog-friendly restaurants in Seattle, Norm’s is often the first place to come to mind for most dog parents in the area. Norm’s has long allowed dogs inside their restaurant. In fact, the restaurant was named after a golden retriever. The decor includes posters, photos, and paintings of dogs and a large parking lot mural lets dog parents know that they can enter with their pooch.

The dog menu includes a bacon pupcake, PB & Pumpkin Pretzel, and a Bow Wow Bowl, among other delicacies. Humans can choose from a large selection of pub food, including a variety of sandwiches and burgers. Norm’s serves brunch on weekends and happy hour twice daily.

Olde 99 Pub (Greenlake)

This neighborhood pet-friendly dive bar hosts a daily generous happy hour (from 2-6PM!), offering killer drink and food specials. Dogs are welcome to join their humans while they meet friends, watch the game, or play Wednesday night trivia.

Hemmingway gets plenty of love at Two Beers Brewing. Photo courtesy of Two Beers Brewing by Caity Rock.

Two Beers Brewing (SoDo)

The Woods tasting room at Two Beers Brewery features 24 taps, seating for 150 people, and a sunny outdoor patio with lawn games, pool, darts, and more. And, of course, it allows dogs. Two Beers is one of my favorite Seattle breweries, thanks to the quality craft and the outdoorsy vibe.

The brewery shares its space with sister brewer Seattle Cider Company as well as Sound Craft Seltzer Co so there is something for everyone. Even the restaurant serves a special chicken and rice meal for dogs and you can purchase dog treats made from spent grain.

Chuck’s Hop Shop in Greenwood (Greenwood)

The motto here is “land of 1000 beers,” and well, the rumors seem to be true. If you want it on tap, in a bottle, or to go, then Chuck’s probably has it for you. Furry friends are welcome both indoors and outdoors. With the large patio umbrellas, you can even enjoy your beer rain or shine, all year round. Rotating food trucks come to the scene after 5 pm to provide nourishment. See calendar for list of trucks.

Lucky Envelope Brewing (Ballard)

Lucky Envelope brews “culturally-inspired beer” using recipes that draw from both modern and historic styles and techniques. You’ll also find experimental ingredients in their beers, including peanut butter or habanero and shishito peppers. Dogs are welcome both inside and outside, and they may even be able to find some treats sitting around to snarf up. It’s a great place to bring the pups and a group of friends for a potluck and evening of games.

Popluxe Brewing (Ballard)

Just around the corner from Lucky Envelope you’ll find Popluxe Brewing, a dog and kid-friendly brewpub that claims to have the largest beer garden in Ballard. Guests may bring in their own food or order from the rotating food trucks that stop by. The tasting room doubles as a full arcade and hosts regular events, including trivia on Mondays.

This dog is ready for fun-filled day at Optimism Brewing in Seattle.
Photo courtesy of Optimism Brewing.

Optimism Brewing (Capitol Hill)

Gotta love a place that professes their love for dogs right on their website. Optimism loves dogs just about everywhere in the space, so long as they are on leash and under control at all times. During the chillier months, they’ll enjoy lounging on the heated concrete floors.

There is no kitchen on the premises, but there’s always a food cart in the beer garden and guests may bring their own food. Oh, and perhaps my favorite part about Optimism is that they don’t accept tips. That’s right. It’s because they actually pay their workers a fair and living wage. Bravo.

Belltown Pub (Belltown)

With titles like “best neighborhood pub” and “most talked about pub,” Belltown Pub is worth checking out. If the Seahawks are playing, then the game is definitely on the TV, among other sports and teams. More than just a sports bar, the food is good, too. Dogs are allowed to join their humans for some southern-style grub and it’s a known lunch spot for dog-lovers.

Fremont Brewing love pets and welcomes furry friends of all kinds.

Fremont Brewing (Fremont)

Seattle’s “Urban Beer Garden” is the perfect spot to imbibe in a delicious brew with your pup on a summer day. Fremont Brewing allows pretty much any pet you want to bring. Unlike the airlines, if you want to bring your peacock, well then, you probably can. Since dogs are allowed indoors, as well, there’s no need to worry about the winter weather keeping you away.

We’ve hosted two going away parties here since we could bring Sora. It’s located right along the Burke Gilman Trail, so if you want to do a bike to beer tour from Bothell, well then, we encourage the idea! We’ve done it ourselves! They don’t serve food, but you’re welcome to bring your own or you can order from one of the nearby restaurants.

Flatstick Pub (Pioneer Square, Kirkland)

For a unique date night with your dog, head to Flatstick Pub, the casual beer hall that also features a dog-friendly mini golf course. All the beer served comes from craft breweries in Washington. In addition to mini golf, you can try a hand at one of the pub’s original games, like Duffleboard, Ball Jockey, and Stick Putt. If you bring your dog to Yappy Hour, then you get $1 off your pint. Kids are also welcome. Note that Flatstick has three locations, only two of which allow dogs.

Dog-Friendly Bars North of Seattle

Middleton Brewing (Everett)

This is quite possibly our favorite dog-friendly brewery. Ever. And it’s just a short drive from my parents’ house. Lucky us! “Come for the beer, stay for the dogs” is the motto at this Everett brewery. You’ve been warned: If you make eye contact with adorable brewery pup, Kona, you’re signing yourself up for a game of fetch.

Biscuits, an adorable Corgi, is the most recent addition to the brewery dog team. Dogs are welcome to roam off-leash inside and there’s even a dog house with a bed for shy dogs. My favorite dog feature was the tap handle water spout for filling dog water. Note that they’re only open Thursday through Sunday.

Skookum Brewing (Arlington)

This Arlington brewery is well known for welcoming and loving their four-legged friends. Skookum cares deeply about animals and regularly hosts fundraisers and food drives for local shelters and rescue groups. Fun events include the Dog Days of Skookum, where rescue groups and pet-based vendors celebrate pups with swag, games, and prizes. During the “howlidays” bring your dog for a chance to win the Howl-o-ween or Ugly Sweater costume contest. A rotation of food trucks serves food to guests.

Hop & Hound (Bothell)

The hound in this name refers to Charlie, the proprietor’s rescued coonhound. Located in downtown Bothell, just a stone’s throw away from the Burke Gilman Trail, Hop & Hound was a favorite spot of ours to imbibe after a ride on the bike path. The tap house features a rotating list of 16 beers and over 100 bottles or cans to be enjoyed on site or at home. Each Friday, a different food truck provides nourishment. The dog-friendly beer garden is covered and heated, which means year round enjoyment. Keep an eye out for the dog of the month, featured in the monthly newsletter.

Photo courtesy of 192 Brewing.

192 Brewing (Kenmore)

This is the perfect summer drinking spot for northern dwellers. We decided to make 192 Brewing our final stop on a bike to beer day along the Burke Gilman trail and it was just delightful. The huge beer garden is more like a retreat with fire pits, live music, cozy tables, and good beer. Dogs are welcome, it’s bike friendly, and the brew pup host regular events like trivia, taco Tuesday, and open mic nights.

Map to the Dog-Friendly Bars of Seattle

Looking for more fun things to do with your pup in the Seattle area?


This guide tells you which dog friendly bars of Seattle allow dogs inside as well as outside.
Photo courtesy of Optimism Brewing. This is Simcoe, the brewery dog.

Chris Pederson

Wednesday 14th of October 2020

My brother and his wife are in town this weekend and they brought their dog. He is a puppy so they are bringing him everywhere they go. I'll follow your advice and call bars before we go to see if they allow dogs.

Jen Sotolongo

Monday 19th of October 2020

Oh fun! I hope they enjoyed and found a few breweries where they could take their pup!