The Penguins’ hockey season is over, but you can still buy Sam a drink and get his dog one, too. Pittsburgh is full of bars and restaurants that welcome well-behaved canine customers. Want to soak up some suds and sunshine on an outdoor patio? Bring your pooch along, because man’s best friend also makes a great drinking buddy.
East End Brewing, 147 Julius St., Larmier & 102 19th St., Strip District
Since 2004, Scott Smith has been hosting “Growler Hours” at his Larimer brewery. It boasts an outdoor seating area perfect for imbibing with Fido. East End’s sister location in the Strip District also welcomes four-legged customers. Drink. Sit. Stay.
Double Wide Grill, 2339 East Carson St., South Side
Pittsburgh born and bred, this kitschy institution has happily gone to the dogs. In addition to offering a separate pup patio, Double Wide hosts Lucky’s South Side Dog Festival. This year’s event, held May 20 from 12 to 5 p.m., includes vendors, giveaways, games and contests, including best dog trick and best owner-and-dog smooch.
Federal Galley, 200 Children’s Way, North Side
Recently opened on the Nova Place grounds, Federal Galley has four restaurants, 30 tap handles and an outdoor beer garden with room for 100 people and their dogs! Live music on Thursday and Saturday evenings will be sure to get toes tapping and tails wagging.
Dorothy 6 Blast Furnace Café, 224 East 8th Ave., Homestead
Don’t let the swanky chandeliers fool you. Dorothy 6 is one of the most unpretentious bars in the ‘burgh. Named after the U.S. Steel Duquesne Works behemoth, the eatery offers hearty meals for hard-working folks and their furry sidekicks. The long outdoor space often hosts “Pups on the Patio” events that feature food and drink samples, along with information about local animal rescue organizations.
Grist House Craft Brewery, 10 Sherman St., Millvale
On beautiful summer days, this Millvale brewery resembles a dog park. The spacious patio is a popular hangout for pups — including the owners’ pack — and their people. Commemorate your pet-friendly visit with a Grist House dog collar or bowl, then grab a growler of delicious beer for yourself. Food trucks are often on the premises.
D’s Six Pax and Dogz, 1118 S. Braddock Ave., Regent Square
A favorite dog-and-a-beer eatery since 1998, D’s offers canine-friendly sidewalk seating and a hophead-friendly “Beer Cave” boasting more than 1,000 bottled options. From all-beef franks, kielbasa and bratwurst, to turkey and veggie options, there’s a hot dog to suit every taste.
William Penn Tavern, 739 Bellefonte St., Shadyside
Home of the Inadequacy Dog, a half-pound, foot-long wiener, this Shadyside sports bar is a bastion for hungry pet owners. There’s a full, outdoor bar in the back which is heated in the winter. So you don’t need a fur coat to keep warm.
Allegheny City Brewing Co., 507 Foreland St., North Side
Not only can you bring your pups to this Deutschtown taproom, you can even bring a picture of them to hang on the Dog Wall. Take a seat at the bar, order a pint and have a howling good time with fellow animal lovers.
Jerome Bettis’ Grille 36, 393 N. Shore Dr., North Shore
The Bus made a career out of upsetting the Cleveland Browns and their rabid fanbase, the Dawg Pound. But to show there are no hard feelings, the Steelers Hall-of-Famer welcomes dogs on the patio at his North Shore restaurant. Great spot to enjoy the river view.
The Leaning Cask Brewing Company, 850 Pittsburgh St., Springdale
The Leaning Cask serves English-style beverages with names inspired by dogs, including the Mango Mastiff American IPA, Scottish Terrier Scottish Ale, Spring Spaniel Extra Strong Bitter and the Cheeky Corgi Cider. The owners’ pets, Remi and Kimber, are a common sight at the pub, which even has an indoor doggie restroom.