By DIG Staff
After long days of school and work, both you and your dog deserve a nice outing. Dog parks and local pet stores aren’t your only options. If you want to bring your pooch to dinner or to grab a drink, look no further. Here are several local restaurants and bars that have outdoor pet-friendly seating areas:
Hosts Yappy Hours to benefit local animal charities and boasts an amazing beer selection for owners to enjoy. Yappy Hours are on the first Thursday of every month from 5-7 p.m. 15 percent of all purchases made by patrons will be donated to the Animal Protection and Welfare Society and it’s never a bad idea to socialize your pooch.
Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and Grill
As far as we can tell, this is the only restaurant in Baton Rouge that offers a menu just for dogs. It’s a simple menu, but dogs are more keen to enjoy the simple pleasures of scrambled eggs, boneless chicken, wieners, and a juicy Lucy burger patty.
Zippy’s Burritos, Tacos, and More
Zippy’s huge outdoor area is the perfect hangout for you and your dog while on a walk down Perkins. Grab a beer, some tacos and relax with your best friend—just remember to hold off on cheese and spicy filling for theirs!
Red Zeppelin Pizza
Red Zeppelin has a beautifully furnished outdoor patio where you and your dog can grab a slice and a drink.
Bistro Byronz allows your four-legged companion to accompany you on their outdoor patio, though they must be leashed and under your supervision at all times. Other than that, it’s a beautiful place to sit with your companion while enjoying delicious gourmet entrees.
This neighborhood coffee and cake ball mecca is one of the friendliest eateries for a dog in BR. Owner Gabby Loubiere Higgins has been known to give your k-9 more attention than her customers after serving up delicious cake balls and coffee. Can we blame her? I mean, look at that face…
Fat Cow Burgers & Fries
The best place in town to get gourmet burgers, duck fat fries, and a milkshake gets a little better when you can bring your four-legged best friend to enjoy the patio. Maybe sneak him or her a piece of bacon?
OK, so you can’t actually bring your dog into Kolache Kitchen, but if you drive through to pick up a bite for yourself with a dog in the car, they’ll give you a special kolache made just for pups.
Brightside Bar & Grill
The LSU area’s most charming dive has plenty of outdoor patio space to spare, with enough railed-in room for your pet to room, and their friendly bartenders don’t mind keeping your dog’s water bowl full when they’re slow.
Pull up a seat at one of the outdoor tables at Chelsea’s and your dog will have it made in the shade of the overpass as you enjoy their creole-inspired menu.
If you love fish and chips almost as much as you love your furry buddy, head to The Londoner. This Brit-themed bar has a dog-friendly patio and lots of beer to keep you happy.
Garden District Coffee
With plenty of outdoor seating and surrounding neighborhoods great for long walks, Garden District Coffee is the perfect pit stop when you’re getting some exercise for your dog.
Fresh, organic food, house-roasted coffee, and a patio surrounded by lush greenery to dull the noise from nearby Perkins Road—if you’re looking for a chill morning with your pet, this is the place.
Yvette Marie’s Café
Bring your dog to enjoy Yvette Marie’s roomy patio, and afterwards the two of you can take a stroll through Circa 1857’s yard full of sculptures and reclaimed pieces.
Why should you have to leave your pup at home to enjoy one of BR’s most famous eateries? Sammy’s offers a few tables up front perfect for your pooch’s weekend outing.
Best known for its eclectic music selection and for having almost as much square footage outside as it does inside, Radio Bar is a great spot for friendly, crowd-loving dogs.
Enjoy your night out with your pooch! Remember to take a photo and post it on social media with hashtag #idogbr. You may end up in the next issue of DIG!