There are not many things better than sitting down to a nice meal at a fine restaurant, discovering an amazing cup of coffee at an area café or settling into a well-worn booth with an ice cold pint at your local watering hole. But if you’re a dog lover, it’s just not quite the same without your loveable four-legged friend. Fortunately, many restaurants, cafes and bars around the world are getting hip to the idea of opening up their doors to the dogs, and if you’re ever in the Boston area, here are a few places where your pooch is welcome to tag (or wag) along.
It’s not difficult to figure out what Blunch specializes in. So if you and Fido have a hankering for a quick and hearty breakfast, brunch or lunch, Blunch has you covered. Offering gourmet sandwiches, soups and breakfast items at very reasonable prices, Blunch also welcomes your furry little friend and even provides complimentary dog biscuits to boot, so both you and your dog can have a treat.
Where: 59 E. Springfield St., Boston, MA 02118
Brendan Behan Pub
The Brendan Behan Pub is THE definition of a local pub. Independently owned and operated by some fine folks in the Jamaica Plains neighborhood of Boston, the pub features a great selection of local beers and an unpretentious staff and clientele. Even better, the bar is canine- (and food-) friendly. For a great night out, bring your dog and some takeout, as the pub doesn’t serve food but more than welcomes you to bring your own, pony up to the bar and let the good times roll.
Where: 378 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
South End Buttery
This quaint bakery nestled in Boston’s trendy South End neighborhood is one of the most dog-friendly establishments in Beantown, named as Boston’s Best Pet-Friendly Restaurant by Tails magazine in 2010 and 2011. Owner Richard Gordon is a dog lover through and through (he has three), so canines are definitely taken care of here, with fresh dog biscuits from Polka Dog Bakery. You’ll find paintings and photographs of dogs covering the walls, and four of the bakery’s signature cupcakes are named after well-loved area dogs. The bakery even donates a portion of their cupcake sales to local animal rescue causes.
Where: 314 Shawmut Ave., Boston, MA 02118
Known as one of the best places in Boston to get a cup or cone of delicious homemade ice cream, J.P. Licks is the perfect place for dogs and their two-legged friends to kick back and enjoy each other’s company no matter what the season. You’ll love unique flavors like Red Velvet Cake Batter, Pralines & Crème and Chocolate Raspberry and your pup will love chowing down on their signature canine offering, “Cow Paws,” a frosty treat of light peanut butter and honey flavored sorbet topped off with a dog biscuit, made with all natural and pet-friendly ingredients.
Where: Several locations throughout Boston
Named as Boston magazine’s Best Coffee Shop in 2010, Wired Puppy brews up organic and fair trade specialty coffees and teas with quirky, canine-themed names such as “Sweet Puppy Love” and “Hair of the Dog” and offers delicious pastries in a quirky, comfortable environment. And the best part is that dogs are welcomed inside, the only café in Boston to do so.
Where: 250 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116
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